Arch support
Daily running
M: 275g | W: 224g
Heel to toe drop
M: 8mm | W: 8mm
Heel height
M: 28mm | W: 28mm
Forefoot height
M: 20mm | W: 20mm
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 6.3 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

5 reasons to buy

  • The shoe is very comfortable and lightweight as mentioned in some reviews.

  • Some runners applauded the quick lacing scheme of the Zoot Makai.

  • Many mentioned that the Makai has the right amount of cushioning for underfoot protection.

  • It has a flexible and breathable upper.

  • The Makai is a responsive shoe according to some testers.

2 reasons not to buy

  • This shoe is expensive.

  • Based on some reviews, the laces are too light and stay loose.

Bottom line

The Zoot Makai is a reliable running shoe designed for natural foot motion. It delivers a good combination of cushioning, protection and comfort. This shoe is ideal for daily training and short-distant runs.

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

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4.4 / 5 based on 11 ratings

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81 / 100 based on 7 expert reviews

  • 82
    Runner's WorldLevel 5 expert
    by 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
    Jonathan BeverlyLevel 4 expert
    by Runner's World
    This lightweight trainer provides a supportive and responsive ride.
  • 83
    flyersfan1088Level 3 expert
    by Gear Institute
    With a slight adjustment to the lacing system, I would put the Makai in my top 5 trainer/racer shoe necessity list.
  • 80
    Dan SpeedLevel 2 expert
    by 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
    Phaedra KennedyLevel 1 expert
    by Blisters and Black Toenails
    Zoot's seamless technology is called BareFit and it is one of the things that makes this shoe so good.
  • 79
    Gary RoethenbaughLevel 1 expert
    by Triathlonbusiness.com
    The shoe design is ‘bold and wild’.
  • 78
    Claire DuncanLevel 1 expert
    by Triathlon Magazine Canada
    After several longer runs, we found that while it’s definitely a great option for short to mid distance racing, it’s not necessarily the shoe you’ll want to run your full distance race in.
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Updates to Makai

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.

Makai size and fit

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.


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.


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