We spent 9.4 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

6 reasons to buy

  • The breathable mess and no-sew construction made the upper of the Zoot Diego impressive, according to some testers.
  • The internal reinforcement provides amazing fit and support with no added weight as noted in some reviews.
  • Many runners were satisfied by how durable the Diego is.
  • The Barefit internal liner technology offers a sock-like fit.
  • Most runners took note of the shoe’s Progressive Forward Roll that promotes smooth and plush ride.
  • This features a Z-Bound technology that saves runner’s energy, reducing fatigue and stress.

3 reasons not to buy

  • The Zoot Diego is a moderately high-priced running shoe.
  • Some runners observed that the Diego is not as comfortable as expected.
  • This shoe is a bit heavy as noted in some reviews.

Bottom line

The Zoot Diego is running shoe that offers plenty of cushioning and impressive grip. This shoe got positive reviews regarding durability. This neutral running shoe performs best on the roads and a great daily training partner.


Terrain: Road
Arch support: Neutral
Weight: Men: 12.5oz | Women: 10.8oz
Heel to toe drop: Men: 4mm | Women: 4mm
Pronation: Neutral Pronation
Arch type: High arch
Use: Jogging
Strike Pattern: Forefoot strike
Distance: Daily running | Long distance | Marathon
Heel height: Men: 28mm | Women: 28mm
Forefoot height: Men: 24mm | Women: 24mm
Brand: Zoot
Type: Heavy | Big guy | Low drop
Width: Men: Normal | Women: Normal
Price: $150
Colorways: Blue, Grey, Multi, Pink
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89 / 100 based on 2 expert reviews

  • 95 / 100 | Lenny Sunday | | Level 3 expert

    Fantastic. Spectacular. All words rolled into one.

  • 80 / 100 | Triathlete Europe | | Level 2 expert

    They might not be the lightest shoe on the market but for getting the long winter miles in, or for the heavier runner to use for longer distance races, I can’t think of a better pair of shoes to run in.

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  • The Zoot Diego features the innovative midsole that uses the brand’s ZVA and Zbound+ technology that gives maximum cushioning. It efficiently absorbs shock during impact and releases energy during toe-off.
  • This Zoot running shoe also features the Progressive Forward Roll that guides the foot in every transition. This encourages a smooth heel-to-toe transition without giving too much effort.

The Diego is available in standard running shoe length. The midfoot, heel and forefoot are in standard measurements. The shoe is available in standard running shoe widths as well. It comfortably accommodates runners with normal foot shape and measurement.

The outsole of the Diego uses the Zoot Carbon Rubber and Zoot Blown Rubber that gives reliable traction on the road and added durability on high wear areas. It also gives added cushioning. This outsole configuration is relatively similar to the Zoot Makai and Zoot Solana 2.

The midsole features the Z-Bound+ technology that is strategically placed in the entire midsole to deliver maximum cushioning. This works together with the brand’s injected ZVA that absorbs shock efficiently and delivers powerful toe-off.

The upper of the Zoot Diego has an open mesh coverage that delivers lightweight breathability. The BareFit technology offers seamless, sock-like fit that delivers added comfort and reduces the risk of blisters and irritation. The Dri-Lex fabric reduces moisture and keeps the foot odor-free.


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.