Arch support
Daily running
M: 283g | W: 275g
Heel to toe drop
M: 10mm | W: 10mm
Heel height
M: 28mm | W: 25mm
Forefoot height
M: 18mm | W: 15mm
Widths available
M: Normal - D | W: Normal - B
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Shoes best for road, track and light gravel. See the best road shoes.


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.


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.


We spent 6 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

5 reasons to buy

  • The internal liner and open mesh in the upper of the Zoot Carlsbad offers maximum breathability.

  • Most of the runners applauded the durability of this shoe.

  • The Z-Bound technology of the Carlsbad provides soft responsive feel under the foot as what most runners observed.

  • Several runners were satisfied with the shoe’s seamless internal fit, which is designed to eliminate blisters.

  • Majority of the reviews noted the comfortable construction of the Zoot Carlsbad.

2 reasons not to buy

  • Some reviews took note of the limited color variations of the Carlsbad.

  • Slightly high-priced shoe.

Bottom line

The Zoot Carlsbad is a neutral running shoe that performs well on the road. The comfort, cushioning and durability of this shoe made it ideal for long-distance and short runs. This shoe is a great partner for daily trainings.

World wide, Carlsbad is in the bottom 20% most popular running shoes. The brand, Zoot, is the 21st most popular.

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    This shoe is built for the neutral runner, ideal for short or long-distance runs.

Updates to Carlsbad

The Zoot Carlsbad features an updated upper construction. It provides maximum breathability and comfort. It keeps the foot well ventilated all throughout the run. The insole of the shoe gives added cushioning when needed and it comes with an internal support cage that provides midfoot support.

The cushioning of the Carlsbad is also updated. It comes with a responsive cushioning with soft underfoot feel. The dual density midsole attenuates shock on impact and has a solid energy rebound, reducing forefoot stress and fatigue.

Carlsbad size and fit

The Carlsbad is available in standard running shoe length. The fit is narrow to medium in the forefoot, heel and midfoot area. The shoe gives a comfortable and snug fit for a wide range of runners. This is available in standard D and B widths for men’s and women’s versions respectively.


The outer sole uses the notable ZCR element that is strategically placed in the forefoot and heel area to give exceptional durability and protection against the damaging properties of the road. The ZBR element in the forefoot gives added cushioning and durability.


The midsole uses the brand’s Z-Bound+ midsole technology that delivers impressive cushioning and responsive underfoot feel. It reduces fatigue and stress especially on long runs. The CarbonSpan+ technology delivers added midfoot support and encourages dynamic toe-off.


The upper of the Zoot Carlsbad features an open mesh coverage that gives impressive fit and maximum breathability. The BareFit internal lining gives a sock-like feel and the insole gives added durability and cushioning when necessary. The internal support cage provides additional support in the midfoot.


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