Choosing the right Track Shoes

Track and field shoes have spiked bottoms that provide traction and stability for running, jumping, and throwing. They work by piercing the track and preventing the feet from slipping. They usually have five to ten spikes near the top of the sole, which can be permanent or removable. The heels usually have no spikes, except in javelin and high jump shoes.

Kinds of Track and Field Shoes include the following:

  • Sprint spikes (track and field shoes)
    • Sprint spikes are designed for short, fast runs, such as 100- to 400-meter races. They have stiffer spike plates that offer more support and aggressive traction.
  • Distance spikes (track and field shoes)
    • Distance spikes are used for longer races and long-distance running. They are usually lightweight and have more flexible spike plates.
  • Field spikes (track and field shoes)
    • Field spikes are designed for specific field events such as high jump, hurdles, and javelin throw. Jump shoes usually have heel spikes and bounce-back spikes for planting, while shoes for throwing events usually offer increased spin and foot flexibility.

Make sure your track and field shoes provide adequate traction for your specific event. Permanent spikes are more durable and require less maintenance than removable ones, but screw-in spikes are better if you participate in both jumping and running events.

Choose track and field shoes with well-cushioned soles, particularly on the toe and heel areas because these parts take the most strain. Make sure they are lightweight and breathable to prevent your feet from wearing out. If you will be using them in cold or wet weather, look for insulated interiors, such as neoprene or Kevlar linings

Choose track and field shoes with light but durable leather uppers. These will last longer and wear better than synthetic ones like nylon. If you tend to sweat a lot, look for shoes with mesh interlacing to reduce water buildup and prevent blisters.