Track Season: The Best Trainers

You (or your kid) are entering Track & Field season. You’ve got the spikes down: “S” is for sprinting, “D” is for distance, et cetera. What about training shoes, though? You want those spikes to last all season, so you need to train in something else. Here’s a handy guide to shoes for your everyday training.

Sprints (100-400m, Hurdles, Jumps)

A mistake a lot of running stores make is suggesting sprinters don’t need any cushion in their shoes. A mistake a lot of coaches make is thinking sprinters need stability in their shoes. While it’s true that racing flats are responsive and meant to go faster, the amount of force that sprinters are generating on each step means that their feet and shins can feel torn up, without enough cushion.  In terms of support, take it from a flat-footed 400m runner: Sprinters are generally not going to injure themselves in neutral shoes, even if they over-pronate. Aim for shoes with lower heel-to-toe drops and responsive forefoot cushioning, promoting a midfoot-landing stride.


Distance (800-3200m)

These are a little easier to get right. Most running stores and coaches are more familiar with distance training and the shoes for it, but here are some standouts. Start with lighter shoes and see what type of cushion and how much support you’re comfortable with.


Below are links to buy the above-mentioned shoes at the lowest-found prices. If you or your athlete still aren’t sure about which shoe would fit best, I urge you to go to a running specialty store and get fitted. Buy the shoe from there. They did do the work, after all, and support your local businesses! However, any purchases made from the below links (of the exact link or buying something else after being directed to Amazon through them) may generate Amazon credit for this website, which is used to invest in reviews to continue bringing you high-quality content.

Sprint Models
adidas Performance Women’s Adizero Boston 6 W Running Shoe, Easy Blue Tactile Blue Energy Blue US
ASICS Men’s Dynaflyte Running Shoe, Electric Blue/Indigo Blue/Hot Orange US
Brooks Women’s Neuro 2- Medium (B) width
Mizuno Men’s Wave Sayonara 4 Running Shoe, Quiet Shade/Black/Silver US
New Balance Women’s Vazee Pace v2 Running Shoe, Light Blue/Pink US
New Balance Men’s M2090v1 running Shoe Yellow/Black US
Nike Women’s Air Zoom Elite 9 Aluminum/Black/White US
Puma Men’s Speed 500 Ignite Running Shoes Blue Lemonade/SafetyYellow/Peacoat US
Saucony Women’s Breakthru 3 Running Shoe, Grey/Purple Teal US
Reebok Men’s Crossfit Speed TR Cross-Trainer Shoe, Black/Ash Grey/Classic White/Rubber Gum/Pewter US

Distance Models
adidas Performance Women’s Supernova W Running Shoe, Midnight Grey White/Still Breeze US
adidas Performance Men’s Supernova St M, Core Blue/Metallic Silver/Blue US
ASICS Women’s Gel-Cumulus 18 Running Shoe, Indigo Blue/Silver/Pink Glow US
ASICS Men’s Gel-DS Trainer 22 Running Shoe, Carbon/Black/Safety Yellow M US
Brooks Womens Launch 4 Running Sneaker Shoe, Anthracite/Ceramic/Lime Punch
Brooks Men’s Ravenna 8 Anthracite/Silver/Black Running Shoe US
Mizuno Women’s Wave Rider 20 Running Shoe, Grey/Aqua US
New Balance Women’s Boracay V3 Running Shoe, Supercell/Ozone Blue/Bleached Sunrise US
New Balance Men’s M880GG6, Grey/Green US
Nike Women’s Air Zoom Pegasus 33 Purple Smoke/White Running Shoe US
Nike Women’s Lunarglide 8 Black/White Anthracite Running Shoe US
Puma Speed 300 Ignite US
Saucony Women’s Ride 9 Running Shoe, Grey/Charcoal/Combo US
Saucony Men’s Guide 10 Running Shoe, Blue/Black/Red US
HOKA Men’s Hupana, Color: Black/Dark Shadow


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