- Posted by
- Matt Cook
- Sep 7, 2017 9:00:00 AM
What’s in a shoe? Not many people think about that when they go to purchase running shoes, however a triathlete has to because what a shoe is made of, how it fits, what kind of support it gives, and how heavy it is, matters for training and race day.
So, before you purchase just any kind of shoe or the most expensive shoe you can find because you think it’s the best, do some research about shoes. You can start here by learning about the nine best triathlon running shoes.
This is one of the most popular kind of triathlon running shoes, and there’s good reason why. This is the twelfth version of the shoe, and it’s gone through some upgrades. Visually it’s changed to a two-toned colour, but in terms of performance a lightweight and responsive foam have been added as well as an engineered mesh upper that adds to the support at the arch. It also has a wet-grip outsole rubber, which is great for helping you find traction on wet roads.
The Fastwitch is a very light shoe that has great outsole rubber to provide you with better traction. The shoe provides a cozy fit with mesh that is light and breathable around the foot. This shoe is perfect for runners who don’t need much cushion when they run.
Most people when they think of Under Armour don’t immediately jump to thinking about shoes - they usually think about clothes - however Under Armour does have a great triathlon running shoe in the Gemini 3. This edition of the shoe is lighter than the previous one. It also has a snugger fit around the mid point of your foot. This shoe is also fantastically comfortable for long distances because of the midsole foam that it employs.
One of the cheaper shoe options on the list it nevertheless is still a great shoe. This shoe has a more structured heel than some of the other shoes listed here, but it’s great if you’re looking for increased support for your foot. It also has a firm midsole carrying that support to the rest of your foot. Like all of the other shoes it has a very breathable mesh for your foot to get some air.
Much like ASICS, Mizuno is a brand that you also most likely know. The Wave Rider 20 is their twentieth version of the Wave Rider and one of the best versions of it. This shoe is good for many different types of feet and if you can only have one pair in your arsenal than this one should be it. It’s light and cushioned to help you go the distance.
The Zoom Elite 9 from Nike is made for speed (hence the name). It’s a lightweight triathlon running shoe that also provides a lot of cushion. It also gives your foot protection with its secure fit. While it is known for helping your speed, it also has great traction making it a great shoe for wet ground.
An earlier version of the Adidas Supernova was called the Supernova Glide, but don’t confuse the two as the Adidas Supernova is a later edition and an improvement over the previous one. It’s a very bouncy kind of shoe as it has more of Adidas Boost foam then the earlier version. The shoe is as comfortable as ever, but this new edition has a new kind of rubber outsole that improves flexibility while providing strength and support.