Zoot motion control running shoes (May 2017)



Flexibility is a feature that is much sought after in a shoe. Fortunately, Zoot is as flexible as the shoes they produce. Not satisfied with manufacturing triathlon specific shoes, the company has tried its hand on other types of running shoes to the delight of the running world. The best part of Zoot is their flexibility in listening to their customers’ appeal and suggestions. No less than 100,000 reviews are clearly appreciative of the company’s flexibility.

What makes Zoot the best partner for overpronators?

  • The main difference between a stability shoe and a motion control shoe is the amount of overpronation the shoe controls. Motion control shoes are built for runners whose foot roll excessively inwards after landing. This type of running is the most susceptible to injury and pain. To answer the needs of severe overpronators, Zoot combined all their stability features and added a bit of rigidity on the medial part to fully address the heavy overpronators’ needs.
  • A sturdier upper material and synthetic overlays are used to provide ample support to the midfoot and medial areas. The less flexible upper ties down the shoe securely inside the foot for a snug and comfortable fit.
  • A structured heel cup is used to further control overpronation. Not only is the heel cup more rigid, it is also a bit larger. Strength comes with size so it should be logical the heel would really help in locking down the foot. A more personalized and stronger upper fit coupled with a more structured heel cup should go a long way in battling severe overpronation.
  • At the heart of the corrective measures placed by Zoot is the combination of the roll bar technology and the more rigid Carbonspan+ midsole foam. Whereas some of Zoot’s stability shoes use only one of the other, these best motion control shoes are equipped with both to ensure a more stable ride.
  • Lest the shoe feels like cement, Zbound cushioning is added to provide some premium cushioning. A plumper insole adds to the cushioning feature. The utilization of the insole and the Zbound midsole foam strikes the balance between stiffness and softness that is badly needed in a motion control shoe.
  • Despite the heavy overpronation features the shoes offer, these shoes are relatively lightweight. Worn by a heavy-framed runner, these shoes could certainly do some damage in the races.
  • The insoles are removable in most Zoot motion control shoes. These would be ideal for runners who would want to customize the corrective features of the shoes.

What should be the common denominators of the best Zoot motion control shoes?

  • Stiff heel. A critical key to limiting foot movement is a stiff heel. A stiff heel is made possible by making it more structured and firmer than the average stability shoes.
  • Medial support. This is made possible by several factors. The main support, however, comes from the roll bar technology and the impressive carbonspan+ midsole foam. These provide more structure to the shoe and sufficiently support the medial area. The consequences of a collapsing arch are more than answered with these features.
  • Midsole cushioning. Zbound midsole foam provides the much needed cushioning for a naturally stiff motion control shoe.