187 best track & Field shoes

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    • Sprint

      Shoes made for 100m - 400m sprints. They are usually lightweight and with either stiff or flexible spike plate. See sprint shoes

      Mid-distance

      Designed for 800m - 1500m distance. These shoes usually have small forefoot spike plate and small cushioned heel. See Mid distance track shoes

      Long-distance

      Track shoes for long distance have fewer spikes but with full length cushioning for protection and support. See Long distance track shoes

      Hurdling

      Slightly flexible track shoes with enough padding and heel support. See hurdling track shoes

      Relays

      These are stiff track shoes with minimal cushioning. They usually have 6 to 10 spikes. See track shoes for relays

      Long jump

      These shoes offer right amount of padding in the heel to protect the foot when landing. See Long jump shoes

      -High jump

      These shoes have spikes placed in the forefoot and rearfoot. They usually have strap for lockdown and midfoot support. See high jump shoes

      Triple jump

      Shoes for triple jump events have different heel and have more cushioning than long jump shoes to reduce heel bruises. See shoes for triple jump events

      Pole vault

      They are very similar to long jump and triple jump shoes. They are moderately padded and stiff. See Pole vault shoes

      Discus

      Discus throwing shoes have round, smooth outsole. They are sometimes labeled as rotational or hammer/discus. See discus throwing shoes

      Shot put

      These shoes have slightly textured outsole and wide, flat heel. They are flexible with ample ankle and midfoot support. See Shot put throwing shoes

      Javelin

      Also known as Javelin boots, these shoes are heavier than other throwing shoes. They also comes in either low, mid or high top cuts. See Javelin shoes

      Hammer throw

      Hammer throwing shoes have round and smooth outsole. They offer ample amount of support for the ankle, achilles, and midfoot. See Hammer throwing shoes

      Steeplechase

      Steeplechase shoes have a mesh upper and are water-resistant to protect the feet while running across water.

      Use
    • Brand
    • Running

      Includes sprints, mid distance, long distance, hurdles and relays. Track shoes for running events are either stiff or flexible with minimal to moderate level of cushioning. See track shoes for running events

      Jumping

      This event inclused long jump, high jump, triple jump and pole vault. Jumping shoes have full length midsole for comfort, support and stability. See Jumping shoes

      Throwing

      Throwing events include javelin, hammer, discus and shot put. Throwing shoes are flexibile with wide and flat outsole. See throwing shoes

      Event
    • Asphalt

      It is the hardest surface to run on. The best shoes for asphalt surfaces have rubber outsole with flexible spike plate. See track and field shoes for asphalt

      Dirt

      Best to use track shoes with needle or pyramid spikes, common spike length is not more than 1/4 in. See track shoes for dirt surfaces

      Wood

      These are indoor tracks with carpet-like surfaces. Shoes with smaller or needle spikes are ideal for wood surfaces.

      Rubber

      It is used for softer tracks. Shoes with pyramid, tartan, and Christmas tree spikes are ideal for this surface. See track shoes for rubber surfaces

      Grass

      Also called turf. It provides nice cushion for running but can be slippery on rainy days. Pyramid spikes are best for this surface. See track shoes for grass

      All-weather

      It is a rubberized artificial surface thats is durable and water-resistant. See all-weather track shoes

      Indoor

      Most temporary indoor tracks are wood with a carpet-like surface. Use 3/16 needle or smaller spikes, if they allow any at all. See track shoes for indoors

      Surface
    • Waterproof

      Track spikes with an upper material that prevents water from entering the shoe

      Water-repellent

      Track spikes with an upper material that offers minimum protection from water. These shoes are relatively more breathable compared to waterproof ones.

      Features
    • 1/4-inch

      This is the most common size of pyramid spikes, and are best used in running events on indoor surfaces, such as rubber or asphalt.

      3/8-inch

      This spike size is usually for dirt and grass surfaces; they are longer and, thus, sink deeper.

      3/16-inch

      Usually found in track spikes that are used for jumping events. This spike size works best on asphalt or other synthetic surfaces.

      5/8-inch

      This is the common spike size for track shoes used in javelin.

      3/4-inch

      Used in track shoes for javelin.

      Spike Size
    • Pyramid

      Classic spike designed for dirt, rubber, hard and grass surfaces; they usually have a lenght of 1/4 in. See Shoes with pyramid spikes

      Needle

      Needle spikes are best for all-weather tracks. They are also called as "slim" because they are slimmer than pyramid spikes. See Track shoes with needle spikes

      Christmas tree

      They are also called as compression spikes and are ideal for softer tracks. See Shoes with Christmas tree spikes

      Tartan

      These are meant for rubber tracks. The spikes have cylindrical shaft and a pointy top.

      Blank

      They have no spikes and are ideal for indoor use. See track shoes with blank spikes

      Spike Type
    • Color
    • Lace-up

      The conventional closure system for many athletic shoes; lace-up track spikes make use of shoelaces threaded through a series of eyelets and are knotted to secure the foot.

      Hook and loop

      Track shoes that utilize a hook-and-loop strapping method in the upper the secure the foot.

      Slip-on

      Track spikes that can be easily worn or taken off without the use of a closure system.

      Closure
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