If you’re new to the world of track and field, and you’re looking for the right pair of shoes for your event, we’ve got you covered. For sprinting, cleats should be extremely lightweight with rigid soles and spikes to help propel you forward. Meanwhile, distance shoes generally have fewer spikes and more cushioning to keep you as comfortable as possible while running for longer periods of time. And cleats for high jumps have better ankle support with rearfoot and forefoot spikes that allow the foot to firmly plant into the ground before taking off. Ahead, we compiled some of the best styles in each category. All of our picks are engineered for comfort and come in multiple colorways to choose from.
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1. New Balance Vazee Verge
An eight-spike Pebax plate supplies aggressive traction, flexibility and speed in this style, making it great for longer sprints.
Pros: Meanwhile,a FantomFit, no-sew upper supplies lightweight comfort as a second-skin like collar construction offers a barely-there feel.
Cons: This pair also may run slightly small.
2. Asics Hyper LD 5
This style is equipped with a lightweight textile upper and generous midsole cushioning for enhanced comfort over long distances.
Pros: The nylon spike plate provides increased durability and traction. A seamless construction reduces chafing. They’re slip-lasted for lightweight flexibility. The five pyramid spikes included are easily removable and replaceable.
Cons: They might run a tad small.
3. Adidas Adizero HJ
The Pebax spike plate and grippy sharkskin outsoles on this shoe work to offer lightweight traction for maximum jumping performance.
Pros: Molded EVA foam midsoles offer enhanced cushioning. A synthetic upper and lockdown strap help keep your feet in place as you jump. An engineered mesh heel supports the ability to plant and jump with power.
Cons: These may run on the narrow side.