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  • Terrain


    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.

  • 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.

  • Use

    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.

  • Price
  • Weight
    Men: 9.7oz
    Women: 7.9oz
  • 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.

  • Heel height
    Men: 28mm
    Women: 28mm
  • Forefoot height
    Men: 20mm
    Women: 20mm
  • Width
    Men: Normal
    Women: Normal
  • Release date
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81 / 100 based on 6 expert reviews

  • 82 / 100 | Runner's World

    The multi-density midsole gave great heel cushioning (particularly in the women’s version) and a bouncy, flexible toe-off, with midfoot support provided by a wide, fill-in arch and a firm wedge of foam just behind the ball of the foot.

  • 79 / 100 | Runner's World

    This lightweight trainer provides a supportive and responsive ride.

  • 80 / 100 | Triathlete Europe

    The amazing breathable upper mesh and Barefit technology makes these shoes stand out from other race flats and the bonus of the Quicklace system give these racers an added edge.

  • 85 / 100 | Blisters and Black Toenails

    Zoot's seamless technology is called BareFit and it is one of the things that makes this shoe so good.

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  • A new racing shoe is presented by Zoot with a very attractive sole. The Zoot Makai comes with a lightweight and unique sole construction that delivers durability and traction. Cool and breathable, the upper mesh material offers excellent ventilation while the Z-lock lace systems offers both speed lace and standard lace options. Because of this, a custom-fit lacing is available allowing the runners to easily put it on and run right away. This new lacing system is a great addition to its design as it helps make sure that the laces are not loosed along the run and will not disturb the stride.
  • This shoe also comes with a new and clever way of rapid transition with a rubber tongue on the heel and a surprising material loop on the front. This addition aids the Quicklace system for quick transition, which is also an advantage for runners to have an edge in the race.
  • The cushioning system of this shoe is enhanced. This shoe features a unique cushioning system in two different degrees. The midsole are flexible but solid, and this is because of the Z-bound and ZVA, which both provide the support needed while keeping the shoe soft and responsive.

The Zoot Makai has an accommodating size to fit a runner’s standard foot size. The toe box area is wide enough, actually wider than other versions, to allow toe free movement. The mid-foot and heel area are both locked with the new lacing system that also provides the custom-fit for a more comfortable running.

The outsole of the Zoot Makai has the Carbon Rubber technology, combined with the new Z-Bound and ZVA sole. This technology is placed both on the heel and the toe for a more responsive rebound that is light, soft, and of minimal support. This outsole material is similar to the Zoot Solana 2.

The midsole are enhanced with better cushioning at a less weight with the new Z-Bound and ZVA technology. As a result, the shoe offers faster stride, responsive rebounds, and reduced stress on the foot.

The upper construction of this shoe consists of the breathable mesh that is also soft and cushiony. It is enhanced with the newest Quicklace lacing system of combined standard lacing and speed lacing. This construction makes it easier for the racers to put the shoe on and have a quick stride. To enhance the soft and comfortable feel, it is also constructed with a seamless internal fit that offers comfortable running even without socks.