Zoot Kiawe, $120
6.8 oz.; 5.4 oz.
Fit: If ever a shoe fit like the glove, it’s the low-volume Kiawe. With a seamless inner liner, the one-piece upper literally molds to your sockless foot. It does run a bit on the narrow/snug side, so many of our testers had to size up half a size to get the right fit. The shoes are equipped with both traditional and speed laces, making this a good go-fast racing shoe for runners and triathletes alike.
Feel: Lightweight and low to the ground, the Kiawe feels like a racing flat should: firm and fast. Devoid of plush cushioning, the Kiawe is meant for going fast from 5K all the way up to the half-marathon. The race-ready geometry includes a subdued heel (6mm heel-toe drop) and a thinly cushioned forefoot that promotes an energetic toe-off sensation.
Ride: It’s designed as a racing flat and offers little in the way of support, but lighter, efficient runners will appreciate it as an up-tempo mid-mileage trainer. A super-flexible but semi-firm midsole allows your foot to move without restriction, making for fast transitions and a smooth ride at faster speeds. As an added bonus, the Kiawe have super-grippy outsoles for cornering at top speed.
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