Track shoes are a necessity for competitive runners and throwers. Shoes for sprinting should have an aggressive, stiff plate that runs from toe to heel and features at least eight spikes for optimal traction. Meanwhile, shoes for longer-distance runs typically don’t feature a plate at the heel and, to improve speed, come with six spikes or less that are super lightweight. For high jumps, shoes should have spikes on the ball of the foot as well as at the heel. Styles made for performing long jumps and pole vaulting feature a thin spike plate to provide traction and support during take-off and landing. When it comes to throwing shoes, they should have a spike-free bottom so you can pivot easily. To make your shopping experience easier, we’ve rounded up our favorite men’s track shoes for all types of track and field events.
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1. New Balance Sigma V2 Vazee
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.
Pros: The style also features no-sew overlays and a synthetic and mesh upper, keeping the shoe ultralight. Its aggressive eight-spike plate gives the shoe the traction needed to perform over shorter distances. They’re offered in three colors.
Cons: The fit may be too snug for some.
2. Saucony Unleash SD2 Track and Field Shoe
This style has a stretchable mesh ISOFIT technology upper that adapts to the foot’s size, shape and movement for an ultra-soft, sock-like feel.
Pros: Flex Film overlays provide a snug, secure fit. Compression-molded EVA midsoles deliver lightweight, durable cushioning. A nylon forefoot plate and high-density rubber outsoles enhance spin and glide techniques.
Cons: Some may find they run tight.
3. Asics Hypersprint 6 Track Shoe
Asics’ Hypersprint 6 track shoe is designed to be as light as possible, with Speed Mesh on the shoe’s upper, seamless TPU overlays and a lightweight Pebax spike plate with a five-spike configuration.
Pros: Synthetic overlays in the forefoot offer secure support. A mesh lining allows the foot to breathe.
Cons: The shoe may be too narrow for some wearers.
4. Adidas 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. It’s made for events up to 400 meters.
Pros: It also features other innovations such as the brand’s Sprintweb technology in the forefoot to keep the foot locked down and synthetic overlays on the upper for a secure fit.
Cons: The shoe’s fit may be too tight for some runners.
5. Under Armour Kick Distance Spike Sneaker
These UA shoes feature a lightweight textile upper for breathable support, shock-absorbing EVA foam midsoles and a Forefoot Pebax plate that provides a push of power to help you maintain your speed.
Pros: An internal mid-foot strap and 3D printed heel support create a locked-in fit. Four-pin track spike outsole construction supplies enhanced grip and traction. They come in four colors.
Cons: These may also run a bit small.
6. Ifrich Track Shoes
This pair is designed with a lightweight, breathable mesh upper with durable synthetic leather overlays and eight removable metal spikes.
Pros: These also come in four colors. They’re cushioned with soft, shock-absorbing EVA insoles.
Cons: Some may find them too big.
7. Puma TFX Sprint V4 Track Shoe
These vibrant Puma shoes feature a one-piece microfiber upper that hugs the foot, an eight-pin Peebax spike plate and compression-molded EVA midsoles.
Pros: A die-cut EVA sockliner cemented to the Strobel board allows for a snug fit.
Cons: Some may find the laces tend to unravel.