Shoes made for 100m - 400m sprints. They are usually lightweight and with either stiff or flexible spike plate. See sprint shoes
Designed for 800m - 1500m distance. These shoes usually have small forefoot spike plate and small cushioned heel. See Mid distance track shoes
Track shoes for long distance have fewer spikes but with full length cushioning for protection and support. See Long distance track shoes
Slightly flexible track shoes with enough padding and heel support. See hurdling track shoes
These are stiff track shoes with minimal cushioning. They usually have 6 to 10 spikes. See track shoes for relays
These shoes offer right amount of padding in the heel to protect the foot when landing. See Long jump shoes
These shoes have spikes placed in the forefoot and rearfoot. They usually have strap for lockdown and midfoot support. See high jump shoes
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
They are very similar to long jump and triple jump shoes. They are moderately padded and stiff. See Pole vault shoes
Discus throwing shoes have round, smooth outsole. They are sometimes labeled as rotational or hammer/discus. See discus throwing shoes
These shoes have slightly textured outsole and wide, flat heel. They are flexible with ample ankle and midfoot support. See Shot put throwing shoes
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 throwing shoes have round and smooth outsole. They offer ample amount of support for the ankle, achilles, and midfoot. See Hammer throwing shoes
Steeplechase shoes have a mesh upper and are water-resistant to protect the feet while running across water.
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
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 events include javelin, hammer, discus and shot put. Throwing shoes are flexibile with wide and flat outsole. See throwing shoes
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.
Track spikes that can be easily worn or taken off without the use of a closure system.
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
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
These are indoor tracks with carpet-like surfaces. Shoes with smaller or needle spikes are ideal for wood surfaces.
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
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
It is a rubberized artificial surface thats is durable and water-resistant. See >all-weather track shoes
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
Track spikes with an upper material that prevents water from entering the shoe
Track spikes with an upper material that offers minimum protection from water. These shoes are relatively more breathable compared to waterproof ones.
- Spike Size
This is the most common size of pyramid spikes, and are best used in running events on indoor surfaces, such as rubber or asphalt.
This spike size is usually for dirt and grass surfaces; they are longer and, thus, sink deeper.
Usually found in track spikes that are used for jumping events. This spike size works best on asphalt or other synthetic surfaces.
This is the common spike size for track shoes used in javelin.
Used in track shoes for javelin.
- Spike Type
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 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
They are also called as compression spikes and are ideal for softer tracks. See Shoes with Christmas tree spikes
These are meant for rubber tracks. The spikes have cylindrical shaft and a pointy top.
They have no spikes and are ideal for indoor use. See track shoes with blank spikes
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