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Buying Competition Shoes for Men

At 21RUN we have a wide range of competition shoes for men. These types of shoes are ideal for men who want to get the most out of their races. For men, competition shoes can be subdivided into three categories:

  • There are the so-called Super Shoes such as Nike’s ZoomX Vaporfly Next% and HOKA ONE ONE’s EVO Carbon Rocket . What makes these shoes unique is the combination of a hard carbon fibre plate with soft cushioning in the sole. Carbon fibre running shoes have a plate in the sole which functions as a spring and propels you forward during your runs. The soft cushioning ensures that the landing impact is attenuated and thus protects the feet during landing phase. This type of shoe is worn by most top athletes and is very suitable for virtually all distances. A lot of brands now have come with their own versions of carbon plate running shoes. Check out our collection of Carbon running shoes.

  • Next to super shoes there are also Racing Flats such as the Saucony Type A9 and the New Balance 1500v6. These are lightweight shoes with a minimal offset, little to no cushioning and little support. This type of shoe is suitable for distances up to 10 kilometres. There are also shoes that are a combination of spikes and racing flats which are especially suitable for running on the track. A good example of this type of shoe is the Spike-Flat from Nike.

  • Yet another kind of racing trainers are Lightweight Performance Shoes such as the Saucony Kinvara, the adidas Adizero Boston and the Mizuno Wave Shadow. These are lightweight running shoes that still offer some stability and cushioning. They are usually viewed as a fast and lightweight version of regular running shoes.


Which are the Best Racing Shoes for You?

Consider carefully what kind of runner you are and for what distances you would like to use your racing shoes before purchasing them. Are you a runner with an efficient running style and are you planning to run half and full marathons on these shoes? Then you can safely opt for Super Shoes. Is competition running new for you and do you need some stability? Then opt for lightweight competition shoes. Are you planning not to run much further than 10 kilometres on your competition shoes and are you not prone to injuries? Then you can opt for the minimalist Racing Flats.

Before wearing the shoes during a competition it is always smart to first do a few trainings in your new racing shoes. Many athletes also use competitive shoes during pace training.