Verdict from 4 experts and +100 user reviews

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 and 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. Though it also received negative comments, it is still safe to say that the shoe is a very reliable road partner.

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Good to know

  • 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.

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.

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. These outsole elements are also utilized in the Zoot Solana 2 and Zoot Makai running shoes.

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.

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.

How Del Mar compares

This shoe: 81
All shoes average: 82
56 95
This shoe: £130
All shoes average: £120
£40 £280
This shoe: 312g
All shoes average: 269g
79g 437g
Jens Jakob Andersen
Jens Jakob Andersen

Jens Jakob is a fan of short distances with a 5K PR at 15:58 minutes. Based on 35 million race results, he's among the fastest 0.2% runners. Jens Jakob previously owned a running store, when he was also a competitive runner. His work is regularly featured in The New York Times, Washington Post, BBC and the likes as well as peer-reviewed journals. Finally, he has been a guest on +30 podcasts on running.