The Zante’s raison d’être can be found in a new, lower-to-the-ground iteration of the lightweight Fresh Foam midsole it debuted last year. New Balance used biomechanical data from runners to engineer the foam undercarriage with an optimal balance between cushioning and stability—testers fell in love with the result. The simple but smartly designed upper features two harmoniously integrated airy meshes, a seam-free interior, a lightly padded tongue and subtle heat-welded overlays that serve up a comfortable fit and just enough support and structure without inhibiting the ride. And, to be frank, the $100 price tag means it has everything you need and nothing you don’t.
Best for: All types of training from long progression runs to tempo efforts and short and fast interval workouts.
weights: 7.6 oz. (men’s), 6.3 oz. (women’s)
heel-toe offset: 6mm; 16mm (heel), 10mm (forefoot)