2014 Triathlete Buyer’s Guide: Running Shoes

Photo: John David Becker

Zoot Ultra TT 7.0

$120, Zootsports.com
The draw: Race-day speed

Of all the tri-specific shoes tested, the Ultra TT is best suited for short-course burners. The sole snaps forward off the road, propelling the runner with a little extra juice. It feels laterally stable—no side-to-side sway—and provides a small degree of cushioning with plenty of protection from the pavement. The elastic upper yanks open and closed quickly, securing the foot with a constant dose of pressure. With a bit of sockless training, testers were able to run barefoot without much problem, although the top of the foot tended to rub slightly.