New Balance Fresh Foam Zante v3 $100

New Balance Fresh Foam Zante v3 $100

Thanks to its performance and fit, the Zante has amassed a considerable following. The upper fit has been refined with each update, but this season’s is the best yet in adapting to its curvy last. The engineered mesh may be responsible for some of the feel as it holds the foot more supportively.

The saddle is thoroughly dialed in, extending into the heel counter for great support. The ankle collar foam package contours well, securing it into a softly lined heel. The midsole is low-profile Fresh Foam, featuring new sculpting of the cells, which provide improved deflection in the midfoot as well as a smoother ride. The outersole features a similar tread pattern, though it’s been updated. The lugs have been rotated 45 degrees for better grip, and some have been resized to flex better as the foot passes over them. The numerous minor refinements have taken a really good shoe to the next level, all while maintaining the really good price. And that’s why the Zante 3 has earned our award for Best Shoe in the Performance category.

Testers: "The fit was good, [it’s] now even better. Well- cushioned, fast, and fun to run in.”

Updates the Fresh Foam Zante v2

Sizes: Men 7–13,14,15,16 (D,2E); Women 5–11,12 (B,D)

Weight: Men 9.2 oz. (size 11); Women 7.3 oz. (size 8)

Shape: semi-curved

Construction: Strobel slip-lasted, EVA Strobel board

Recommended for: medium- to high-arched feet with neutral biomechanics