Not all track shoes are made the same. Shoes designed for discus, shot put and hammer throws have smooth bottoms to facilitate spinning techniques or textured rubber outsoles for enhanced traction during glides. Shoes made for javelin include spikes to help keep you grounded. A number of brands offer styles for each throwing event, but to help ensure you find the right pair to suit your needs, FN did some research and rounded up some of our favorite options for women. Our selection includes picks from well-respected brands like Nike, New Balance and Asics for you to choose from.
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1. Saucony Spitfire 2 Track Shoe
This Saucony model features a lightweight synthetic upper and a seven-pin strike plate for traction.
Pros: A die-cut EVA midsole delivers optimal cushioning while cross-straps lock feet securely in place.
Cons: They run small.
2. New Balance MD500v5 Track Shoes
These track shoes from New Balance have a bold resin-print upper and a Pebax plate with removable six spikes.
Pros: An EVA heel wedge provides supportive cushioning, while padding around the ankle also boosts comfort. Tools to remove the spikes are included.
Cons: Some users may find these occasionally rub against the sides of your feet, causing discomfort.
3. Nike Zoom Rival SD2 Shoes
This Nike style features a textured rubber outsole that lets you pivot naturally, giving just the right amount of traction. Meanwhile, a nylon forefoot plate supplies maximum support and power transfer as you throw.
Pros: These include a synthetic leather upper with mesh perforations in the toe box to let feet breathe. A midfoot strap also provides a snug fit.
Cons: They only come in white.