Track shoes can seem intimidating. It’s easy to assume they’re the preserve of elite athletes, but they’re not. A weekly session at a track will not only help to give your speedwork an edge, but the variety will help keep you motivated, too.
While using ordinary running shoes on a track is fine, if you want to get the most out of your workout, get yourself a pair of track spikes.
What to look for: All the shoes in our review are middle-distance ones – a good option for track-training virgins. The longer the distance, the longer the spike you need. This is because the longer you run, the slower you go, and so you need greater traction as your foot spends longer on the ground on each stride.
Sprint shoes have fewer cushioning and support features than distance ones, and cross-country shoes have longer spikes and a tougher construction for mucky conditions.