Zoot Ovwa 2.0
Strap the Ovwa 2.0 to your feet and you’ll know you’re in a Zoot shoe from its ride feel. It’s a slightly sturdier version reminiscent of the brand’s popular race shoes such as the Ultra TT, bolstered with a classic lacing system that makes it a great choice for training as well as racing. “The fit around the arch is solid and adjustable,” one tester said. “I prefer the way this shoe holds my foot compared to other Zoot shoes with elastic laces.” The bond between the foot and the shoe is predictable and solid. Firm and responsive ride characteristics are similar to Zoot’s race-specific models. Whether landing with the mid-foot or heel, this shoe helps propel the runner to a speedy takeoff. Pronounced lateral stability directs the foot’s path through a stride.
Adidas Energy Boost 2.0
No shoe exists that is perfect for every running speed and workout type, but the Energy Boost gets as close as any to that elusive ideal. Faster testers who favor a quicker stride liked it for an everyday shoe capable of crossing over into the realm of speed work, while those who typically prefer a more robust shoe were drawn to the Energy Boost for fast training days and races. All testers regardless of their speed or running style benefited from the unique sole. One tester described the feeling as having extra “bounce” in every stride. It has the explosive feel usually reserved for a race shoe but with substantial shock absorption and a little bit of supportive stability. Fit is very slim; try going up a half-size.