Article by Hope Wilkes
New Balance Fresh Foam Zante Solas ($100)
Someone at New Balance is listening, or I dreamed the Zante Solas into life. Despite being a long-time fan of the Zante line, I wasn’t sold on the Pursuit. Specifically, I commented in my review that I’d like to see NB produce the model with a Fresh Foam Ground Contact outsole. Enter the Zante Solas, which has the precise outsole I wished for. Thank you, New Balance! This model shares the heritage of the Zante, but takes the line in an even more stripped-down direction than the Pursuit. I won’t say minimalist because that means a certain thing in the running world, but in a design sense, the shoe is very simple. There’s a sock-like upper atop a Fresh Foam midsole and a Fresh Foam Ground Contact outsole.
Pros: weight, looks, snappy yet forgiving ride
Cons: the upper could be somewhat more secure