Women’s running shoes review: New Balance Fresh Foam Zante, Nike Air Huarache Run Ultra

We review two of the premium women's running shoes currently available to the European market

The New Balance Fresh Foam Zante V2 Photo: New Balance

New Balance have combined their award winning Fresh Foam cushioning with the 1080 series, but how does this innovative shoe fare against FootLocker’s Nike Air Huarache Run Ultra.

New Balance Fresh Foam Zante v2

Fit: The Fresh Foam Zante v2 is a shoe made for performance. The New Balance shoe gives you a second skin-like feeling that’s streamlined for speed. An engineered mesh allows the feet to breath even in the most testing of conditions.

Feel: The shoe has a cushioned underfoot to ensure a smooth ride. The engineered mesh upper gives your feet room to move while data-designed grooves on the outside deliver the flexibility you need. The design lends to a luxurious feel ideal for athletes who run at an average pace for an average distance.

Ride: The Fresh Foam Zante v2 claim to provide an excellent ride. Testing the shoe in unpredictable Irish weather conditions, New Balance’s latest offering passed with flying colours with superb support which allowed for ease of movement come rain or shine.

Price: £95

Verdict: The Fresh Foam Zante v2 is a good option for those looking for a comfortable pair of training shoes for walking, regular daily exercise or training. However, New Balance’s tight fit means those looking to purchase the Fresh Foam Zante v2 should look to buy a half a size bigger. The high visibility of the shoes allows you to train in darker mornings and evenings with peace of mind.

Rating 8/10

Nike Air Huarache Run Ultra

The Nike Air Huarache Run Ultra are lightweight and fashionable Photo: Footlocker EU

Fit: The women’s Nike Air Huarache Run Ultra shoe brings back the iconic Huarache fit. The internal flawier cables offer flexible, lock-down support. The pull tab on the ankle makes the Nike Air Huarache easy to slip on and off for those looking to fit their workouts into their busy life and work schedules.

Feel: The Nike Air Huarache Run Ultra shoe, which is available at Footlocker EU, has a featherweight feel. The seamless one-piece upper is sleek and helps to generate the lightweight sensation when wearing this Footlocker shoe.

Ride: The contoured Phylon midsole provides for durable but lightweight cushion, making the Nike Air Huarache Run Ultra shoe ideal for running on the road, in the park, on the treadmill or a set of tennis!

Price: £99.99

Verdict: Footlocker UK’s Nike Air Huarache Run Ultra aren’t only incredibly comfortable, but they are also very stylish. While these shoes are perfect for your workouts, they can double up as a fashionable shoe to ensure comfort throughout the day.

Rating 8/10

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