Facts

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 normal, high or medium high arches. See the best neutral shoes.

Stability / overpronation / normal arch

Shoes for runners who need mild to moderate arch support (Around 45% of runners). Best for runners with a low 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
$150
Weight
Men: 9.9oz
Women: 9.9oz
Heel to toe drop
Men: 8mm
Women: 8mm

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.

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

5 reasons to buy

  • The Zoot Ali’i 16 was a fitting choice for racing, according to some runners.
  • Various users said it was comfortable right out of the box.
  • Many reviewers were amazed at the innovative lacing system and how it promoted an even pressure across the foot.
  • The midsole enabled a fast transition that was unlike any other running shoe, a wearer commented.
  • There were no pains nor blisters even after long miles, wrote a consumer.

3 reasons not to buy

  • One tester thought that the midsole looked cheap and flimsy and that it was not appropriate for long-distance running.
  • The upper felt narrow and stiff, a wearer complained.
  • It produced pain in the shin, as experienced by a customer.

Bottom line

The latest version of the Zoot Ali’i had positive feedback from most of its users. Several commended the performance brought by this running shoe. The features were also well-received. On the other hand, a few people encountered problems regarding fit and comfort.


Rankings

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Ratings

4.1 / 5 based on 8 ratings

5 star
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4 star
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3 star
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Updates to Zoot Ali'i 16

  • Zoot introduces a fresh look at running with the Ali’i 16, a lightweight gear that is adequate for tempo runs, track workouts, and even racing. This footwear is most suitable for neutral pronators or runners who require little to no arch support.
  • The shoe comes in only one colorway, proudly dubbed the “Flying Hawaiian.” The region of Kona in Hawaii was the inspiration for this eye-catching design. Kona is the home of the IRONMAN World Championships and the birthplace of Zoot Sports.
  • The upper is made from breathable mesh that implements an optimal cooling effect. However, the standout feature is the BareFit™ internal lining, which claims to give a fit and feel that is like a second skin.
  • The midsole consists of the dual-density Z-Bound™ and the ZVA, both signature materials from Zoot. They deliver excellent rebound and ample cushioning, especially during the heel strike. Meanwhile, the outsole uses carbon rubber for a lightweight yet durable traction.

Zoot Ali'i 16 size and fit

The Zoot Ali’i 16 has a standard running shoe length and is available in diverse sizes. It has a broad forefoot and midfoot, but not exceptionally so; it will comfortably fit runners with a low to medium foot volumes. The width profile is medium for both the men’s and women’s versions.


Outsole

The outsole of the Zoot Ali’i 16 makes use of carbon rubber. This material conveys a firm structure that guarantees durability.

There are lightweight tread patterns on the length of the outsole to achieve the necessary traction for up-tempo and long-distance runs.


Midsole

This Ali’i 16 has a dual-density midsole, which consists of the Z-Bound™ and ZVA, both of which are proprietary materials of the brand.

The Z-Bound is an ultra-lightweight cushioning element that enables an ideal degree of rebound. With an enhanced gait, there is a decrease in the runner’s stress and fatigue levels. Z-Bound™ also grants the shoe a resilient quality because it is a durable material.

The ZVA, on the other hand, is injected EVA foam that has shock-absorbing property. This material works by preventing discomfort and injury caused by surface impact. ZVA also supplies each step with bounce, resulting in a natural stride and a laid back underfoot feel.


Upper

The upper of the Zoot Ali’i 16 is breathable mesh, which aims to provide the best level of ventilation for the foot.

Underneath the mesh is the BareFit™ lining that presents a comfortable and seamless interior, assuring to feel like second skin. The smooth surface of this material prevents blisters and other injuries.

A molded 3D heel counter and an integrated heel pull tab offer fast transitions, as well as excellent heel support.

The Ali’i 16 employs Boa® Closure System as its lacing technique, which yields a fast, customized, and comfortable fit. The dial adjuster enables quick application and effortless transition to running.