Track shoes — also commonly referred to as spikes or track spikes — are a necessity for competitive racers, whether running sprints or lengthier distances. These models are lightweight, often much lighter than your average running sneaker, which allows you to hit higher speeds without feeling the fatigue you’d experience in a heavier shoe. To make your shopping experience easier, we’ve rounded up our favorite men’s track shoe models from top athletic brands in the sport.
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1. New Balance Men's Sigma V2 Vazee Track Shoe
The New Balance’s Sigma V2 Vazee track shoe for men was built with customizable fit in mind. To get sprinters across the finish line, the brand built the style with bootie construction and a Boa lacing system to keep the foot secure. Also, its aggressive 8-spike plate gives the shoe the traction needed to perform over longer distances.
Pros: The style also features no-sew overlays and a synthetic and mesh upper, keeping the shoe ultralight.
Cons: The fit may be too snug for some.
2. Adidas Men's Sprintstar Track Shoe
Built with speed and power in mind, the Adidas Sprintstar track shoe features a lightweight and breathable mesh upper and a Pebax plate outsole designed to provide a transfer of energy. Also, it comes equipped with a soft collar for comfort around the ankle.
Pros: The model features other innovations such as the brand's Sprintweb tech in the forefoot to keep the foot locked down and synthetic overlays on the upper for a secure fit throughout the stride.
Cons: The shoe's fit may be too tight for some runners.
3. Asics Hypersprint 6 Men's Track and Field Shoe
To beat the competition to the finish line, Asics kept its Hypersprint 6 track shoe for men as light as possible. To accomplish this, the brand used its Speed Mesh on the shoe's upper with seamless TPU overlays and a lightweight Pebax spike late with a 5-spike configuration.
Pros: Because the shoe is so light, coming in at 6.2 ounces, it's a great pick for sprinters running shorter distances.
Cons: The shoe may be too narrow for some wearers.
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