New Balance #FreshFoamZante Review + #RunToAFasterBeat

A few weeks back, I mentioned how I have been running in the Altra Superior 1.5 and it hasn’t been the best fit. Shortly after, New Balance reached out to me with the opportunity to try out the new Fresh Foam Zante shoe. I was WAY excited because I had already been stalking this shoe on IG for AGES, thanks to the accounts of Canadian Olympic marathoners, Eric Gillis and Reid Coolsaet.

The women’s Fresh Foam Zante comes in 3 colourways and the struggle was REAL to choose!  I want all the colours. It turned out that I didn’t need to make the choice anyway, because New Balance can’t keep these badboys on the shelves, so they sent me what they could! I received the grey and pink combo, which I actually loved so much more in person! All the options are bomb. FEAST YOUR EYES:

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First Impression

“Damn this shoe looks goooood.”

Last season, I had a lot of success wit the New Balance Minimus zero drop shoe. The only problem was that I ran holes straight through them in less than two months! The Fresh Foam Zante is a much more substantial shoe, but it’s still very light, all while being a snug but moveable fit (they are a 6mm drop for those who are wondering!). I don’t like to have restrained toes, and the Fresh Foam Zante gives you that snug and safe feeling (do you know what I’m talking about?), without keeping your piggies from getting to the market, if they want to get there, YOU KNOW?

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I generally have found the NBs seem to fit a little more snug than other brands. I wear a size 6 or 6.5 in regular life, but I remember wishing I got a 7 in the Minimus’ (I got a 6.5). I got a size 7 in the Fresh Foam Zante, and I probably even could have gone for a size 7.5, as a blister did form on my big toe. In the shoe’s defense– in the place where I developed a blister, there should actually be what people call a “toe nail”  to protect the skin, but I don’t know what those are anymore, so whatever.

The First Run

I threw these on for my Saturday run and I had no issues!  I ran 17k on my first run and it was totally comfortable (I never actually felt the blister, I just saw it later). The Fresh Foam Zante is exactly the in-between type of shoe I have been looking for. I needed something more substantial than Vibrams I’ve worn in the past or the NB Minimus I’ve worn more recently, but I didn’t want a traditional chunky, oversized running shoe. I for sure need to collect all 3 colours. I would 100% be wearing these for the Ottawa Marathon if I were still running! (Surprise, I’m not). Hopefully I can wear them for the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon instead!  I totally recommend these shoes!



So speaking of racing, I mentioned recently that I had stopped listening to music on my long runs, because carrying my phone is a hassle and I love saving music to fuel a race (not just a run), and give me a power-up on race day after going for a few runs without it!  For my music, I was recently introduced to an app called Spotify. Spotify is different from other music apps because you actually get to SEARCH for music, make your own playlists, etc, and it’s FREE! I made my TYS10K playlist with Spotify and it helped me run through my diaphragm pain and come in only 21 seconds off my PR!

New Balance and Spotify have come together for this awesome contest called #RunToAFasterBeat where they are giving away a trip to a North American music festival plus $1000 in New Balance gear! (YOU COULD GET ALL THE FRESH FOAM ZANTE COLOURS!) All you have to do is visit to create your next playlist! Check my TYS10K playlist out while you’re at it!

Hope you guys are enjoying this GLORIOUS running weather, I’ll be back with an update soon!






Disclaimer: I was provided a pair of Fresh Foam Zantes in exchange for my honest review. I did not receive any other compensation and all opinions are my own.







  1. Uhhhh, YES. These shoes though. I ran Boston in them and I am never switching shoes.
    We need to go on a run now though, now that we are shoe twins. 🙂