Zoot Running Shoes Review

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Founded in 1983 in Kona, Hawaii, Zoot Sports is a provider of multisport apparel worldwide, including compression gear, wetsuits and, of course, shoes. Zoot offers one of the only triathlon-specific lines of footwear available: shoes for both male and female athletes that are ultra-lightweight, durable enough for cross-country running and designed to be worn with or without socks.

Zoot Racers and Trainers

Zoot’s top-of-the line racing shoes and trainers start with a super-light mid-sole constructed with a proprietary carbon-fiber insert that provides extra cushioning and rebound, giving you excellent forward propulsion without a lot of extra weight. Uppers are constructed from breathable compression mesh that molds to your foot and allows moisture to escape, rather than being absorbed into the material and weighing you down. Made for smooth, fast transitions, these shoes are designed to be worn sockless, with no seams to irritate your foot and an antimicrobial liner that reduces moisture, odor and hot spots. Closures are made from aircraft-grade stainless steel and provide a snug fit so the shoes stay put even on your longest run. Some models feature an asymmetrical, neoprene panel on the upper that provides enhanced breathability and a more custom feel.

Zoot Stability Shoes

While Zoot Sports is best known for its low-profile racing shoes, the company offers some options for runners who need a bit more support. These stability shoes have a dual-density mid-sole that gives you added structure without a lot of extra bulk. The best option for flat-footed runners or those whose feet slightly over-pronate -- where the foot turns inward sightly beyond the neutral position on foot strike -- the stability shoe is also a good choice for those who are hard on their shoes. Larger runners, particularly those whose feet over-pronate, may benefit from a motion-control shoe with a less flexible mid-sole and additional arch support.