I found myself in need of some new running shoes and my wife suggested I could get some at Movin’ Shoes while I was San Diego for the Carlsbad 5000. I’m not going to object to buying some new kicks so I went into the store on Monday before my flight.
“Needing new shoes” may be a bit of an understatement. While I was injured I allowed my shoe rotation to go to hell and I was down to only one pair of shoes that really belong in use. My long mileage (13+) shoe just went over 500 miles and my short distance shoe (5/10K races, track workouts) are showing a lot of wear even at 250 miles. I want to try the Saucony Zealot before I commit to my next long mileage shoe so I was intending to get something to replace my Virrata. I wasn’t to excited about any of the racing flats they brought out and I was unenthusiastic about the Vazee a few months ago but I was running out of neutral shoes to try. Erica suggested I try the Zante so I gave it a go.
It didn’t blow me away but there was nothing wrong with it either. The Fresh Foam New Balance has been using is pretty good so I decided to buy them. Today I went out for a 7 mile run on the shoes. As I expected they felt good but not great for most of the run. They have adequate cushioning to get me out to a half marathon without a problem and the upper fit well. I like a slightly roomy toebox and had no complaints there either. The one issue I did run into was at about mile 6 of my run. The arch support on the left side felt a bit to high and was a little annoying. It wasn’t a show stopper but I wouldn’t want to run too many miles like that either. I think I may have just had the sole slightly askew, I’ll try adjusting it next time.
They aren’t as amazing as my beloved Kinvara 2s but the Zante is a solid shoe for your everyday trainer. Much like the Vazee a few months ago I give this a solid “B”.