Facts

Terrain
Road
Arch support
Neutral
Use
Daily running
Triathlon
Price
$140
Weight
M: 312g | W: 283g
Heel to toe drop
M: 8mm | W: 8mm
Heel height
M: 28mm | W: 28mm
Forefoot height
M: 20mm | W: 20mm
Widths available
M: Normal - D | W: Normal - B
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Road

Shoes best for road, track and light gravel. See the best road shoes.

Trail

Shoes best for trail, off road, mountains and other unstable surfaces. See the best trail shoes.

Good to know

As long as you stick to the road or path, and if you want just one running shoe, buy a road running shoe.

Neutral / cushion / high arch

Shoes for runners who does not need any additional arch support (Around 50% of runners). Best for people with high or medium high arches. See the best neutral shoes.

Stability / overpronation / normal arch

Shoes for runners who needs arch support (Around 45% of runners). Best for runners with a normal arch. See the best stability shoes.

Motion control / severe overproanation / flat feet

Shoes for runners who needs a lot of arch support. Best for runners with flat feet. See the best motion control shoes.

Good to know

- Rule of thumb: If in doubt, buy neutral shoes to avoid injuries.
- More about arch support in this video.
- Find your arch type by following steps from this video.

Daily running

Cushioned shoes for your daily easy running. Great comfort. See best shoes for daily running.

Competition

Lightweight shoes good for races, interval training, tempo runs and fartlek. Here are the best competition running shoes.

Good to know

If you want just one pair of shoes, buy a shoe for daily running.

The height difference from the heel to the forefoot, also known as heel drop, toe spring, heel to toe spring or simply drop.

There are many opinions about what a good heel drop is. We do not recommend any in particular. Lean more in this video.

Summary

We spent 4.7 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

6 reasons to buy

  • The open mesh and internal liner fabric make up the upper of the Zoot Del Mar, providing maximum comfort and superb fit.

  • Some runners applauded the no-sew construction of this shoe for added support and minimizes blisters.

  • Most reviews took note of the generous cushioning of the shoe.

  • The Proprietary Zoot EVA for absorbing shock performs well as mentioned by most reviews.

  • Majority of the runners experienced a lightweight feel with solid rebound.

  • The overall construction and design of the Zoot Del Mar gained positive feedback from most runners.

4 reasons not to buy

  • The Del Mar is slightly expensive.

  • Limited color variations.

  • Some observed that the shoe is too narrow for them.

  • This shoe is slightly heavy.

Bottom line

The Zoot Del Mar is a neutral training shoe that offers superb cushioning ad comfort. It gained positive response from runners because of its performance, construction and durability. The no-sew design is a great plus for this shoe.



World wide, Del Mar is in the top 50% most popular running shoes. The brand, Zoot, is the 21st most popular.

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Ratings

4.6 / 5 based on 18 ratings

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Expert reviews

Experts are running shoe geeks, who post reviews at youtube, directly at RunRepeat or at their own websites. Each expert is categorized from level 1 to level 5 based on expertise. See stats on expert reviews and how we calculate scores here.

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80 / 100 based on 4 expert reviews

  • 85
    Brian MetzlerLevel 5 expert
    by Running Competitor
    This is the shoe for you if: … You’re looking for a well-cushioned shoe that offers a consistently comfortable feeling for the training paces you typically run.
  • 75
    Runner's WorldLevel 5 expert
    by Runner's World
    The Del Mar is a lot of shoe, and that's the point.
  • 81
    Canadian RunningLevel 4 expert
    by Running Magazine
    It’s a substantial shoe, but our testers pointed out that it was exceptionally comfortable and durable.
  • 80
    Kate HalseLevel 4 expert
    by Heavy
    These Zoot shoes stand out for their stylish design and a simple yet effective construction.
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  • April Shop Zappos
    This shoe is lightweight, coming in at just 9oz and made with a breathable mesh and synthetic upper.
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Updates to Del Mar

The Zoot Del Mar features an enhanced midsole that delivers high level of cushioning. With the brand’s midsole technologies, the shoe can deliver a responsive ride. Also, it uses the CarbonSpan+ Rails that guide the foot forward for a smooth ride.

Del Mar size and fit

The Del Mar is available in standard running shoe length and width. It can accommodate those with normal foot shape and measurements. Narrow-footed runners can also experience a great fit on this shoe. The heel, midfoot and forefoot are of standard measurements with snug fit.

Outsole

The Del Mar uses the Zoot Carbon Rubber and full Zoot Blown rubber that gives reliable traction and plushest ride. It also gives added durability to high wear areas.

Midsole

The midsole provides impressive shock absorption and promotes responsive ride because of the Z-Bound+ technology. It works perfectly with the brand’s injected ZVA that delivers a lightweight feel and strong rebound. The CarbonSpan+ Rails provides a smooth heel-to-toe transition.

Upper

The Zoot Del Mar has an open mesh coverage that provides a breathable environment to the foot, keeping it cool and dry. The BareFit internal liner gives exceptional sock-like fit. The no-sew construction of the shoe delivers added comfort and support.


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