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What Are the Best Track Spike Shoes?

By | November 10, 2012


Are you a track runner? Are you considering taking up one of the track sports? Do you have any idea what type of foot wear you will need? What are the best track spike shoes? Well, let’s talk a little bit about the different activities you might be considering and then compare the types of track spike and shoes that would likely benefit you.

Types of Track and Field Activities
What are some of the activities you might consider in the realm of track and field? Sprinting, distance running, cross country running, long or high jump, shot put, discus and hammer throw are a few that come to mind. All of these activities require specific shoe construction as well as track spikes design, size and placement.

Track Spike Designs
Let’s take a look at some of the designs of track spikes and the purposes for those designs. The most common length of the shoe spike is ¼ inch (6 mm) though they are available from 3/16 inch (5 mm) to ½ inch (12 mm) and are generally made of metal or ceramic. They come pretty much in three basic shapes:
– Pyramid – conical shape with a taper to a sharp point
– Needle (or pin) – thinner cone diameter with a sharp point
– The compression tier – this is a terraced cone shape with a flat end that compresses instead of penetrating the track. It uses the track reaction force to get energy back to the runner.

These shapes allow different interactions between the shoe spike and the track and field surface with which they come into contact to allow the wearer of the track shoe to obtain sufficient traction to propel them as needed for the activity in which they are participating.
Some tracks will limit the length of the track spikes or even prohibit needle spikes to prevent damage to the surface of the track or injury to other participants.

The Best Track Spike Shoes
If you’re interested in distance or cross country running, you’re going to want a shoe that is constructed with more support and durable soles with fewer track spikes than you would want if you were going to be sprinting, which would require more very stiff track spikes in the front of the sole to keep you on your toes while running. On the other hand, if you chose to long jump, you would want a track shoe similar to our sprinter mentioned above versus a high jumper who would want a flat bottomed track shoe with heel spikes to transfer more energy to the entire foot instead of just the toes.

The best track spike shoes are the ones that provide the wearer with the traction, energy transfer, comfort and support for the track and field activity that he or she chooses to do. You will find some excellent shoes with just the right track spike design to fit your needs made by some pretty impressive shoe manufacturers like Adidas, Nike, New Balance, Puma, Reebok, Asics, Brooks, Saucony and Mizuno to name a few.

So… pick your sport and shop for the best track spikes shoes to help you shine!

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