2013 Triathlete Buyer’s Guide: Running Shoes

Zoot Ultra Kiawe

$120, Zootsports.com
The draw: Stable yet quick and agile

With less heel-toe drop than most Zoot shoes and an all-stretch upper, the Kiawe—designed with significant feedback from pro triathletes Jordan Rapp and Javier Gomez—is best suited for fit, efficient, fast runners looking to jam after the bike. Ideal for barefoot use, the lower heel tab eliminates rubbing, the extended tongue loop is handy for pulling the shoes on quickly, and the quick-dry, minimal-seam construction guards against blisters. The Kiawe provides an incredibly stable, flexible ride thanks to a carbon-fiber insert at the mid-foot.