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  1. adidas adizero Sub2 Men
    adidas adizero Sub2 Men
    €181.95 €201.95
    Available sizes: 42 2/3
  2. Saucony Kinvara 9 Women
    Saucony Kinvara 9 Women
    €101.95 €136.95
    Available sizes: 38, 38.5
  3. Nike Zoom Fly Flyknit Women
    • Nike Zoom Fly Flyknit Women
    • Nike Zoom Fly Flyknit Women
    • Nike Zoom Fly Flyknit Women
    • Nike Zoom Fly Flyknit Women
    • Nike Zoom Fly Flyknit Women
    Nike Zoom Fly Flyknit Women
    €111.95 €161.95
    Available sizes: 37.5
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  4. Nike Zoom Fly Flyknit Women
    • Nike Zoom Fly Flyknit Women
    • Nike Zoom Fly Flyknit Women
    • Nike Zoom Fly Flyknit Women
    • Nike Zoom Fly Flyknit Women
    • Nike Zoom Fly Flyknit Women
    Nike Zoom Fly Flyknit Women
    €111.95 €161.95
    Available sizes: 38
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  5. Nike Zoom Fly Flyknit Women
    • Nike Zoom Fly Flyknit Women
    • Nike Zoom Fly Flyknit Women
    • Nike Zoom Fly Flyknit Women
    • Nike Zoom Fly Flyknit Women
    • Nike Zoom Fly Flyknit Women
    Nike Zoom Fly Flyknit Women
    €113.97 €161.95
    Available sizes: 38.5
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  6. Nike Zoom Fly Flyknit Women
    • Nike Zoom Fly Flyknit Women
    • Nike Zoom Fly Flyknit Women
    • Nike Zoom Fly Flyknit Women
    • Nike Zoom Fly Flyknit Women
    • Nike Zoom Fly Flyknit Women
    Nike Zoom Fly Flyknit Women
    €113.97 €161.95
    Available sizes: 38, 40
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  7. Saucony Kinvara 10 Women
    • Saucony Kinvara 10 Women
    • Saucony Kinvara 10 Women
    • Saucony Kinvara 10 Women
    Saucony Kinvara 10 Women
    €89.02 €136.95
    Available sizes: 42
  8. adidas Adizero Adios 4 Women
    adidas Adizero Adios 4 Women
    €151.95
    Multiple sizes available
  9. ASICS Gel DS Trainer 24 Women
    • ASICS Gel DS Trainer 24 Women
    • ASICS Gel DS Trainer 24 Women
    ASICS Gel DS Trainer 24 Women
    €141.95
    Available sizes: 37.5, 39.5, 40.5, 42
  10. Saucony Fastwitch 9 Men
    • Saucony Fastwitch 9 Men
    • Saucony Fastwitch 9 Men
    Saucony Fastwitch 9 Men
    €111.95 €126.95
    Multiple sizes available
  11. Saucony Fastwitch 9 Women
    • Saucony Fastwitch 9 Women
    • Saucony Fastwitch 9 Women
    Saucony Fastwitch 9 Women
    €114.45 €126.95
    Available sizes: 38, 38.5, 41
  12. HOKA ONE ONE Mach 2 Women
    HOKA ONE ONE Mach 2 Women
    €91.95 €151.95
    Available sizes: 42
  13. ASICS Gel DS Trainer 24 Men
    • ASICS Gel DS Trainer 24 Men
    • ASICS Gel DS Trainer 24 Men
    ASICS Gel DS Trainer 24 Men
    €127.95 €141.95
    Available sizes: 43.5, 44, 44.5
  14. New Balance 1500v5 Women
    New Balance 1500v5 Women
    €109.95 €121.95
    Available sizes: 37.5, 40
  15. Nike Zoom Fly Flyknit Women
    • Nike Zoom Fly Flyknit Women
    • Nike Zoom Fly Flyknit Women
    • Nike Zoom Fly Flyknit Women
    • Nike Zoom Fly Flyknit Women
    • Nike Zoom Fly Flyknit Women
    Nike Zoom Fly Flyknit Women
    €111.95 €161.95
    Available sizes: 37.5
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  16. HOKA ONE ONE EVO Carbon Rocket + Unisex
    • HOKA ONE ONE EVO Carbon Rocket + Unisex
    • HOKA ONE ONE EVO Carbon Rocket Unisex
    HOKA ONE ONE EVO Carbon Rocket + Unisex
    €161.95
    Multiple sizes available
  17. HOKA ONE ONE EVO Rehi Women
    HOKA ONE ONE EVO Rehi Women
    €127.95 €141.95
    Multiple sizes available
  18. HOKA ONE ONE EVO Rehi Men
    HOKA ONE ONE EVO Rehi Men
    €127.95 €141.95
    Available sizes: 41 1/3, 45 1/3
  19. adidas Adizero Prime Unisex
    adidas Adizero Prime Unisex
    €201.95
    Multiple sizes available
  20. ASICS Gel Noosa Tri 11 Women
    ASICS Gel Noosa Tri 11 Women
    €136.95 €151.95
    Multiple sizes available
  21. ASICS Gel Noosa Tri 11 Men
    ASICS Gel Noosa Tri 11 Men
    €136.95 €151.95
    Available sizes: 41.5, 44.5, 45, 46.5
  22. ASICS Roadhawk FF 2 Women
    ASICS Roadhawk FF 2 Women
    €109.95 €121.95
    Multiple sizes available
  23. ASICS Roadhawk FF 2 Men
    ASICS Roadhawk FF 2 Men
    €109.95 €121.95
    Multiple sizes available
  24. ASICS Gel DS Trainer 24 Women
    • ASICS Gel DS Trainer 24 Women
    • ASICS Gel DS Trainer 24 Women
    ASICS Gel DS Trainer 24 Women
    €121.95 €141.95
    Multiple sizes available
  25. ASICS Tartheredge Men
    • ASICS Tartheredge Men
    • ASICS Tartheredge Men
    ASICS Tartheredge Men
    €118.95 €131.95
    Available sizes: 42, 44, 46
  26. ASICS Gel DS Trainer 24 Men
    • ASICS Gel DS Trainer 24 Men
    • ASICS Gel DS Trainer 24 Men
    ASICS Gel DS Trainer 24 Men
    €121.95 €141.95
    Available sizes: 42, 44, 46, 46.5
  27. Saucony Type A9 Men
    Saucony Type A9 Men
    €109.95 €121.95
    Multiple sizes available
  28. Saucony Type A9 Women
    Saucony Type A9 Women
    €109.95 €121.95
    Multiple sizes available
  29. Saucony Kinvara 10 Women
    • Saucony Kinvara 10 Women
    • Saucony Kinvara 10 Women
    • Saucony Kinvara 10 Women
    Saucony Kinvara 10 Women
    €89.02 €136.95
    Multiple sizes available
  30. New Balance 1400v6 Women
    New Balance 1400v6 Women
    €105.45 €116.95
    Available sizes: 41.5

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Buying competition running shoes at Running.shop

Competition shoes are running shoes that have been specially developed for running races. Recently, these types of running shoes have been in the spotlight because of Nike’s newest models: the ZoomX Vaporfly Next% and the Nike Alphafly. In addition to these two models, there are many other models and brands of competition shoes. All with their own benefits and features. Competition shoes are mainly used by the more serious athletes who want to pursue personal, national or even world records. Many athletes also use racing shoes during fast trainings on the track or on the road. It is of course smart to use your new competition shoes for training a couple of times before you use them for a race. Racing shoes work best when you have an efficient running style. Runners who land heavily on their heels and who run at an average pace will experience little benefit from competition shoes.

What is the difference between competition shoes and regular running shoes?

Competition shoes distinguish themselves from normal running shoes on a large number of aspects. Competition shoes are often lighter in weight, have a lower offset (the difference between the height of the heel and the toes) and they offer less cushioning and support. There are also major differences between the different competition shoes:

  • You have the so-called Super Shoes such as Nike’s ZoomX Vaporfly Next% and HOKA ONE ONE’s Carbon X. What makes these shoes unique is the combination of a hard carbon fiber plate with soft cushioning in the sole. The carbon fiber plate in the sole 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.
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Next to super shoes there are also Racing Flats such as the Saucony Type A9 and the New Balance 1400v6. 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 these types of shoes is the Spike-Flat from Nike.
  • Yet another type of racing shoes are Lightweight Performance Shoes such as the Saucony Kinvara 10, the Adidas Adizero Boston 8 and the Mizuno Wave Shadow 3. These are lightweight shoes that still offer some stability and cushioning. They are usually viewed as a fast and lightweight version of regular running shoes.

What should you look out for when choosing competition shoes?

When choosing the right competitive shoes it is important to think about what type of runner you are. Are you an experienced and efficient runner and do you have a high pace frequency? Then all types of competition shoes are suitable for you. Do you have less experience with running with racing shoes, are you a heel lander, are you prone to injuries or are you not running at top speeds, but do you still want to get started with competition shoes? Then it is wiser to opt for the more accessible, lightweight competition shoes. The lightweight competition shoes are more accessible because they offer a healthy mix of cushioning, protection and weight and because they do not require extremely high speeds to take advantage of them, as is the case with Super Shoes.

In addition to what kind of runner you are, it is also important to consider what distances you are going to run on your racing shoes. If you run distances up to 10 kilometres, cushioning and stability are less important than when you run half or full marathons (unless you are prone to injuries, of course. Then stability and cushioning are important no matter the distance). For these shorter distances you could therefore opt for racing flats. When you run longer races, both cushioning and stability suddenly become a lot more important. One could best use Lightweight Performance shoes or even Super Shoes for this.