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Terrain

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.

Arch support

Neutral / cushion / high arch

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

Motion control / severe overpronation / 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.

Price
$105
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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 7.8 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

7 reasons to buy

  • The Advantage 3.0 has luxurious cushioning as observed by many runners.
  • Despite the ample midsole and thick outsole, the shoe is quite flexible.
  • Zoot’s sockless comfort excels in the Zoot Advantage 3.0.
  • Affordable price.
  • A handful of runners noted the shoe’s excellent traction in different areas.
  • Durability is one asset that most runners agree with this shoe.
  • The sizing is true with ample room in the toe box.

2 reasons not to buy

  • There were runners who felt that the heel’s shock absorbing features could have been improved.
  • Getting the right and comfortable fit seems to be an issue for several runners.

Bottom line

Zoot goes to the old school routine in the 3rd version of the Advantage. It is every inch a traditional shoe, except that it has remarkable flexibility. Runners will love the way the shoe supports the arches. Comfort is also provided through the adequate cushioning. It’s a very durable trainer that entry level runners and heel strikers can appreciate.


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Ratings

4.2 / 5 based on 13 ratings

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Expert Reviews

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78 / 100 based on 1 expert reviews

  • 78 / 100 by Tri Bomb • Tri Bomb • Level 2 expert

    We would have to recommend this for colder running or, as it is designed for, wet, nasty conditions. The upper does not seem to breath as well, probably because it is water resistant. So, it does not make for a great choice on hot days. 

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Updates to Zoot Advantage 3.0

  • The 3rd version of the Advantage offers more breathable support because of its use of an upper unit that really has a very open construction. The front of the shoe predominantly has a lot of areas where air can certainly enter and provide a well-ventilated foot coverage.
  • Contrary to its predecessor, the Advantage 2.0, the Zoot Advantage 3.0 uses stitched-on layers that help the upper fabric in wrapping the foot responsibly. They also help the upper unit retain its structural integrity as it already uses a more open construction.
  • The mid-sole unit offers full-length cushioning that’s responsive and supportive. It’s meant to fully carry the foot and keep it comfortable at all times.
  • A Stability Post has been added to the mid-foot section of this running shoe and its purpose is to correct over pronated foot motion, thus making the stance more neutral.
  • The outsole uses durable rubber as its protective layer. It efficiently shields the rest of the sole unit from wear and tear, while also delivering traction over the surfaces. Non-prominent flex grooves offer some flexibility, so that the forefoot can move more naturally.

Zoot Advantage 3.0 size and fit

The Zoot Advantage 3.0 is true to its size. It comes in sizes that adhere to the common measurements for running shoes. The medium width measurement in the heel, mid-foot and forefoot accommodates those with medium foot-dimensions. The curved shape also lets the natural curvature of the human foot to acclimate well when wearing it.


Outsole

Durable rubber is used for the outsole unit of the Zoot Advantage 3.0. It can be found across its entire length. It’s durable enough to shield the sole unit from the abrasive nature of the surfaces. As this shoe was meant to function on high mileage races, it’s practical to use a high quality layer to encompass its external sole unit.

The non-prominent flex grooves allow the wearer to flex and move their feet more naturally. It doesn’t give a stiff and unwieldy sensation when it comes to the platform. With this design, each toe off becomes more responsive and agreeable.


Midsole

The mid-sole unit of this shoe makes use of the Z-Bound Cushioning System. Running from the heel to the toe, it offers responsible underfoot cushioning, some bounce-back mechanics for a more responsive underfoot feel, and softness that makes the platform highly comfortable.

A Stability Post is placed in the mid-foot section. Its purpose is to correct over-pronation and keep the runner in a neutral stance while running. Having such a supportive unit prevents the foot from feeling any discomfort or getting any injuries.


Upper

The BareFit Technology is the upper fabric construction of the Zoot Advantage 3.0. The fabrics used here are soft and smooth. These materials encourage sockless wearing and they do not let the skin of the foot feel any warm spots or irritation. Blistering or welting is practically prevented.

The tongue and collar are connected and they make one single, supportive unit. They lock the foot in place and they do not make the entryway for the foot feel irritated or uncomfortable. They’re lightly padded, so they keep the foot snug and secure.

The Asymmetrical Lacing system follows the curve of the foot. So when the laces are tightened, the natural curvature of the wearer’s foot feels the snug security that’s taking place.