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If you’re back on the track for training sessions, or planning some races this season, we've got a good selection of running spikes for sprint and distance to help you to a PB.
It's always advisable to come into our store to get a proper fitting if possible, so we can make sure you end up with the best running spike for your foot shape. If you're not near a store, and are buying from us online, bear in mind track spikes are traditionally made small, so we advise buying at least a half to a full size bigger than your normal trainer size. We offer free UK returns, so you could order 2 sizes to try at home and compare for the best fit. As long as the shoes are not worn outside, they can be returned for exchange or refund (see full details).
Meanwhile, here are some of the best options for this year:
100M & 110M / 200M / 400M / Beginner Sprint / 800M & 1500M / 3000M - 10,000M / Beginner Distance / All-Round
Adidas Adizero Finesse / Nike Zoom Superfly Elite
Although lighter than the other spikes in this selection, the Finesse punches above its weight with a powerful spike plate that grips the track firmly. It also works beautifully for 200M.
Nike Zoom Rival Sprint / Adidas Sprintstar
A great fitting sprint spike. It has a good spike plate and a universal fit which is more accommodating of a wider foot than many running spikes, without being too wide for the narrower foot.
Adidas Distancestar / Nike Zoom Rival Multi / Saucony Vendetta
Offers the right mix of underfoot cushioning and spike plate tension, to maximize your efforts and offer some protection to your legs.
Adidas Distancestar / Nike Zoom D / Nike Zoom Rival Distance
The Distancestar is a versatile spike. It works well for any distance from 800M upwards and has enough EVA midsole protection to keep you feeling great over 3,000 and 5,000 metres.
Adidas Allroundstar / Nike Zoom Rival Multi
Purpose built for junior track and field activities. Provides grip and protection.
Adidas Distancestar / Nike Zoom Rival Multi / Nike Zoom Rival Distance
Mix up your events with the Distancestar which combines grip on the tartan with breathability and shock absorption and a great fit.
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KeighanJanuary 27, 2022 at 12:12amHey I'm just now starting track for the first time ever I'm going to run the 200, 400 and the 4 x 100 next fall I'm going to run cross country I'm looking for something comfortable but something that feels fast I'm open for any suggestions Thank you Reply
Nandanti MartaskovaJanuary 28, 2022 at 4:59pm
Thank you for your comment. I hope you will enjoy your track runs. If you are new to the track I would suggest you go for something more cushioned, like Adidas Distancestar or Nike Rival D.
If you are planning to run on your toes only for 400m – which is very hard to do in the beginning – I would suggest you go for sprint spikes like Adidas Finesse, Sprintstar or Nike Rival S9.
Please see our selection of cross country spikes here.
If you are thinking to use your track spikes for cross country as well (which is not ideal) I would suggest you go for the first option above (Adidas Distancestar or Nike Rival D) and just change the little spikes on the bottom from track size (5mm) to cross country (12mm).
I hope this helps. Good luck with your running.
JohannesSeptember 12, 2021 at 7:41pmHi I’m a 14 yr old athlete who is looking for a pair of running spikes. I usually run 60m, 100m and 200m. Which spikes should i buy? How much space should there be when i choose sizes - i’m a uk size 6,5-7 Many thanks Johannes Reply
Nandanti MartaskovaSeptember 13, 2021 at 5:54pm
Thank you for your comment. It is difficult for me to advise you on the right type of spikes without you trying the spikes on and comparing them to see which one is the most comfortable for you. Do you have an opportunity to come to one of our stores and try the spikes on? When buying the spikes is important to know what for you would like to use them. If you are planning to buy the spikes for racing I would suggest to go for sprinting spikes. If you are going to train in them you need more cushioning so there is less pressure on your calf muscles and in that case I would suggest to go for middle distance spikes.
Hope this helps. All the best with your running. Thank you.Reply
DanielApril 27, 2021 at 11:49amHi,
I have wide feet and i cannot find wide version of any running spikes...
What are the widest running spikes you know? Ideally middistance
Thanks for your help Reply
Nandanti MartaskovaApril 28, 2021 at 10:30am
Hi Daniel, Thank you for your comment. The spikes don't exist in a wide fitting. They just don't make them. I know it is a bit frustrating. It is difficult for me to advise you over email which type of spikes would be the best for your feet. The best is to try them on and see what fits you. I would suggest to go for bigger size as you need them broader. We offer a free delivery and returns policy. I hope this helps. Please let me know if you have any questions or if there is anything else I can do for you. Thank you,
SteveMarch 25, 2021 at 3:26pmHi Nandanti, I have an 11 yr old daughter that is just starting out on Combined Events and so will run/jump/throw. In her age group she will compete in pentathlon (70mH, 600m, LJ, HJ and Shot/Javelin). What is the minimum and optimum number of spikes/shoes she will need and what suggestions would you make for her footwear (eg same brand for all shoes or mix them up?). She has used Adidas Ambition and Nike Zoom M to date. Thanks for your help. Reply
Nandanti MartaskovaMarch 29, 2021 at 4:02pm
Hi Steve, Thank you for your comment. For your daughter I would suggest you get one pair of middle distance spikes for all the events she does. Please see these options below from two different brands:
Nike Rival M
These spikes have a bit of cushioning under the heel to protect her feet. At the age of 11 she is is not going to be on her toes all the time so the cushioning in the spikes is essential. You are welcome to get a specific spike for her if you wish. The only disadvantage is that her feet are growing and she will need to replace them quite often.
I hope that this helps. Please let me know if you have any questions or if there is anything else I can do for you. Thank you, Kind RegardsReply
CharlotteFebruary 26, 2021 at 3:47pmHi,
I’m a 14 year old female track athlete focusing mainly on the 300/400 but will also run down to the 200 and up to the 800. I’ve run track for quite a few years so have experienced a fair few spikes and running experience. I do also compete in long jump but I have separate spike for this- adidas adizero long jump. The last spikes I wore for track were the Nike s9 spikes but they weren’t my favourite compared to other Nike spikes I’ve worn.
What spikes would you recommend?
- I’m a size 6 by the way
Nandanti MartaskovaMarch 1, 2021 at 4:19pm
Thank you for your comment. It is difficult to chose the spikes without trying them on. Nike Rival S are basic sprinting spikes. If you prefer something more professional, specifically designed for 400m I would suggest Zoom 400. The other option would be Adidas Sprintstar, which is at the level of Rival S but from a different company. Hope this helps.
EmmanouelFebruary 4, 2021 at 12:29amHello Nandanti,
I am struggling to choose between the Nike Superfly Elite and the Adidas Adizero Finesse. I am primarily a 200m runner with 400 as my second, quite good and experienced, but at the same time I am always part of 4X100 (and the 4X400) and most the times I anchor the relay as well. Since I am an "all-around" sprinter, I am having a hard time picking one of the two.
My last pair of spikes was the JaFly 3 s and although I didn't have any issues with them, I would love if they had more of an aggressive plate, which is what the Superfly s have, as I once owned a pair of Adidas spikes with a higher foot angle and stiffer plate and it felt incredibly fast. But I don't know if it would be a wise choice, based on the fact that I run the 400 and 4X400.
I am not aware, if the Finesse s are somewhere in the middle (JaFly-Superfly), as far as the plate is concerned, but I think if they were, they would be the better choice.
So between the two, which one would you recommend for me?
Thank you, in advance
Nandanti MartaskovaFebruary 5, 2021 at 11:45am
Hi Emmanouel, Thank you for your comment. I know it is a difficult decision regarding the spikes. The best would be to try the spikes on and see which one has the best fit, feel and plate for your feet. If you prefer an aggressive plate then Adidas Finesse could do the job as well. At present it is very difficult to get a hold of Nike Superfly. Nike didn't offer us any for this year so there is a possibility that we will not have them in stock at all this year. You also can look at Nike Zoom 400. This spike is designed for 400m specifically. We offer a free return policy. After you purchase the shoes from us you can try them around your house first. You can also try them outside on a dry, clean track for a short run (20m-50m). The shoes must be in a good condition for a return. With the delivery we send out a free label for the post office so if you don't like the shoes just stick the label on the parcel and drop it at the post office. Once they arrive to us we will process refund or exchange according to your instructions. I hope that this helps. Please let me know if you have any questions. Good luck with your running. Thank you, Kind Regards NandantiReply
ChrisDecember 5, 2020 at 11:30pmHi Nandanti,
Can you please recommend me a pair of running spikes for track running (800m-5000m) for a wide foot. I usually wear 4E road shoes so would welcome as wide as possible spikes.
Nandanti MartaskovaDecember 7, 2020 at 12:53pm
Hi Chris, thank you for your comment. Unfortunately no companies make track spikes in a wide or extra wide fitting – they just don't exist. In fact track spikes are quite tight fitting, so the foot is more secure in them to avoid any friction or movement. Even racing shoes don't exist in a wide or extra wide fit. I know it is disappointing. Please let me know if you have any question or if there is anything else I can do for you. Thank you, kind regards, Nandanti.Reply
MariaMarch 2, 2020 at 12:04amMy elementary daughter will be participating in track this year. She intends on running the 100 and 400. She did have some heel pain last year. Which spike would you recommend? In addition, she may also try the 800. Thank you Reply
Nandanti MartaskovaMarch 2, 2020 at 4:55pm
Thank you for your comment. I would like to know how old is your daughter and what is her foot size? If her foot size is up to UK5.5 I would suggest to go for Adidas Allroundstar. This spike is specifically designed for kids and has enough cushioning for any sprinting distance on track. If her foot size is bigger than UK5.5 I would suggest Adidas Sprintstar or Nike Rival M. These two spikes are designed for sprinting distances, are flexible, and have enough cushioning for kids. I would not suggest you go for anything with sturdy platforms like Nike Zoom 400 or Superfly. They could be too hard for your daughter. It would be good if you can come with her to one of our stores so she can try the spikes on and compare them, and find the most comfortable one. I hope that this is helpful.Reply
I wish your daughter all the best in her running.
Tom QuinteroJanuary 17, 2020 at 2:44pmHello
My son is 16 and usually runs the 200 and 400 m. The team also plugs him in the 4 x 100. He is an experienced runner.
Thank you! Reply
Nandanti MartaskovaJanuary 17, 2020 at 7:04pmHi Tom,
I am happy to hear that your son is such a good and experienced runner. If he runs most offten the 200 and 400m I would suggest Nike Zoom 400 (ideal for 400m) or Adidas Finesse (designed for sprinting up to 400m). Nike Rival M 9 is also middle distance spike but very basic.
All the best with his running.
AlexGJanuary 6, 2020 at 1:12pmHi, what would be your recommendations for XC spikes? The sole plates on my Brooks Mach 18 and Mach 19s have both failed. The 19s were a replacement from Brooks for the failed 18s but have only lasted 3 races! In the North West of the UK the ground has been very wet so I've been using 12mm spikes and taking care (running on my heels) when the course crossed over tarmac paths but am still having issues. Reply
Nandanti MartaskovaJanuary 7, 2020 at 6:00pm
I am sorry to hear that you had such a painful experience with your spikes. According to my knowledge all the cross country last the same and there is no one more durable than the other. I know that the trails can be very tough. I would suggest to try a different brand to see if there is something that works better for you. Please see our selection of cross country spikes.
If would be great if you could come to one of our stores and try the different spikes on to compare them and see which one has the best fit and feel for you.
All the best with your cross country running.
Sheldon DsaJanuary 5, 2020 at 8:00pmHey, what would u choose between Adidas adizero accelerator or fineese or would u choose a Nike Superfly. I mainly run the 100-400m Reply
Nandanti MartaskovaJanuary 7, 2020 at 5:51pm
Thank you for your comment. We don't stock Adidas Adizero Accelerator so I can't offer you any information on this spike. Nike Superfly has really rigid platform to keep you on your toes constantly. That is why it is mainly recomended for 100-200m sprint. Adidas Finesse is a sprinting spike but can be use for 400m as well. Nike Zoom 400 is an ideal 400m spike. It also depends what distance you run more of. It would be good, if you have an oportunity, to try both spikes on and compare them – to see which one fits and feels better on. I hope that this is helpfull.Reply
Good luck with your sprints.
HBNovember 30, 2019 at 2:03amHello, what would be the best 30m sprint spike? It's for a very very short distance.
Thanks in advance Reply
Nandanti MartaskovaDecember 3, 2019 at 4:11pm
I would like to ask you if you need a spike for a child or an adult? If it is for a child Adidas Allroundstar Junior or Nike Rival S are the best options. For an adult you can use any sprint spike. Nike Rival S or Adidas Sprintstar are more basic. If you like a more professional spike you can look at Nike Superfly Elite or Adidas Finesse. I hope that this helps. Good luck with your sprinting.Reply
OliviaNovember 23, 2019 at 4:43pmThis year will be my first year as a winter track runner. I'm 15 and I have little experience in running. I'm currently signed up for the 300m and 55m hurdles, are there any shoe recommendations? I have slightly wide feet and I was curious if there was any versatile shoe good for both? Reply
Nandanti MartaskovaNovember 26, 2019 at 6:15pmHi Olivia,
Nike Rival M will be a great spike for both 300m and 55m hurdles for your training and competitions. The other option is Saucony Vendetta, which is little bit heavier. Both sipikes are designed for middle distance and good for hurdles as well, as they have a bit of cushioning under the heel. When hurdling you might land on your heel so the cushioning is needed. Good luck with your running.
CsabaNovember 18, 2019 at 8:17amMy son is 13 years old. In the coming season he will race from 100 to 800 meters, even indoor 60m. His best discipline is the 300. His last shoe was a Nike Rival M 8. Would the Zoom 400 be OK for him or should we stick with the Rival? Does it make sense to buy a Rival M for trainings and 800m races, and a second Rival S for the shorter distances?
Nandanti MartaskovaNovember 19, 2019 at 1:30pm
Thank you for your comment. Just to clarify the difference between the Nike Rival M and Zoom 400 spike. Rival M is a basic middle distance spike. Zoom 400 is Nike's premium middle distance spike, that is the reason why is more expensive. Zoom 400 has a lightweight plate to keep the runner on their toes, but it is cushioned under the heel and flexible so it can be used for 800m as well. Rival S is for sprinting (100m-200m) – S means sprint. Some runners use the same spike for training and competing. Some runners prefer to train in one spike and race in a different one. It is up to you to decide. I hope that this helps. Please let me know if you have any questions.Reply
CsabaNovember 20, 2019 at 11:44amDear Nandanti Martaskova,
thank you for the answer! We would prefer a single pair of spikes. I wasn't sure if the probably stiffer full length plate of the Zoom 400 is recommended for a junior athlete and if it can be user for trainings? Since 300 meter is the best discipline I would choose the Zoom 400, probably it is also better for 100m than the Rival M.
With best regards,
Nandanti MartaskovaNovember 20, 2019 at 4:03pm
Zoom 400 is still very flexible. Your son will be very happy with Zoom 400. I wish him lots of fast runs on the track.
RyanJuly 14, 2019 at 9:04amhi
do you think that the prime sp or prime finesse will be better suited for long jump and the occasional 100m?
and can you summarize the differences between the prime sp and prime finesse for me please? Reply
Nandanti MartaskovaJuly 15, 2019 at 3:08pm
I would suggest to go for whatever event you do more of. Generaly speeking the sprint spikes are design for sprinting only, they have a very sturdy spike plate to keep you on your toes and not enough cushioning for long jump. You would be better to do long jump in a middle or long distance spike. Prime SP is designed for 100m only (sprinting only) in comparison with Finesse which could be used for 100m (sprinting) and occasionaly up to 400m.
I hope that this is helpful.Reply
Good luck with your running and jumping,
RyanJuly 16, 2019 at 2:57pm• could you inform me about the differences in the spike plates of the prime sp and finesse?
• secondly, i heard that the prime sp's are narrow and will hurt your feet?
• thirdly, is it a good idea to use the prime sp's for training regulary plus competitions (as they have irremovable spikes) or would you recommend the prime finesse for both competitions plus trainings?
• also, i read that the prime sp's reduce your foot's ability to provide propulsion / stride length because of the lack of (metatarsal?) movement due to the stiffness and shape of the spike. is this true?
just wanna clarify some doubts :) Reply
Nandanti MartaskovaJuly 16, 2019 at 5:05pmHi Ryan,
Unfortunately we don't stock Prime SP so I can't give you any information about this shoe. Reply
MarcMay 20, 2019 at 1:47pmMy 15 year old son has been running around a year, and has been using the Nike Zoom Rival M until he finds his best distance. He has been using that spike for everything from 100m up to 3000m. But he is starting to concentrate more on 400/800 (I think he is a 400m runner, he thinks he is an 800m runner!), but with the odd races above and below that. Would he be better using the Nike Zoom 400, or is he better sticking with the Rival M for now? I don't really want to buy multiple pairs of spikes whilst he is still growing. Reply
Shankara SmithMay 21, 2019 at 6:31pm
I love the Father/Son tussle on best-suited-distance:-) Well, The Zoom 400 is going to be great for 400 meters and personally I think it's fine for 800 meters too, but you don't want to be going any further than 800 in them. You also don't want to risk stress injuries when he's still growing and the legs and feet are prone to stress trouble anyway. Arguably he shouldn't be using a Zoom 400 for 800 meter training either. So, unless his current Rival M spikes still fit and can be used for anything over 800m then I'd play safe and stick with another pair of the Rival M.
MandiMay 2, 2019 at 7:44pmMy 12 year old daughter is in her second season of track so we are fairly new to this. She runs the 100m and 100m hurdles. Last year she used the Nike Zoom Rival S and liked them just fine. We are in a unique situation this year- While she had one foot slightly bigger last year, the size difference has grown and she is almost a whole size difference. While she can make do with everyday shoes not fitting completely, I'd like her track shoes to fit the best they can.
We spent hours trying on different shoe combinations at a running shoe store and finally left with what we thought would be adequate. Because we went late in the high school season, not a ton of the new model shoes were left that she could try on multiple sizes. We almost gave up without purchasing anything but then we found the Nike Zoom Rival MD 6 on the older model/discount rack at a great price so I felt ok buying 2 sizes. At that point we figured it was our only good option. On our way home we ran to a big box store to see if they had they Rival S to try on and see what sizes worked best in that since that it what she had last year.
The differences between the MD6 and the S for her are this: The MD6 is bulkier as its an older model, It has more heel cushion which might be helpful for her favorite hurdles but maybe not great for the 100m, because of the price we were able to purchase two sizes so they fit each foot well, they are so very ugly (in her eyes) so she can't see past that right now. The S is what she is used to. The S are not bulky and they look nicer. I can not buy two pairs in S so the smaller foot will move around in the shoe.
I will take any advice you have to offer about both options. Thank You. Reply
Shankara SmithMay 3, 2019 at 10:57am
Oh, I'm so sorry to hear that your daughter is having a tough time getting spikes to fit and that she likes the look of - which can be important when it comes to inspiration. Feet growing at different rates is quite normal but I can fully appreciate the tricky situation you are in now with fitting shoes. Hopefully in the next year the feet will balance out in sizes. But for now, I think you've made a pretty sound decision. If she sticks with the MD6 she will be safely held for the hurdles - I would be slightly concerned that she could turn her heel on landing if the shoe is too big on one foot - and although these spikes are not as fast as the Rival S the difference is fairly small. The benefit of the Rival S over MD would really only be noticed in competition, so it depends on how much she competes and at what level. If she's running for her school or club in the County races then she will be at a slight disadvantage.
If you go for the Rival S instead she can use a thicker sock on the smaller foot, I would advise against putting in a thin insole as that could upset her hips as one leg would effectively be couple of millimetres shorter and that's really not wise. But the reality is that even with a thicker sock she's going to be moving around in the shoe. As mentioned above, I'd be more concerned about the hurdles than the 100M; if her foot is loose and she lands slightly awkwardly she could end up with an injury.
So, on balance - and of course I've not actually seen how the spikes fit her - if she can bear to stick with the MD6, I think this is the safer option. Unless you can find the Rival S in two sizes at a price you can afford. At 12, she's still got 1-2 years of foot growth to come. So hopefully this is a temporary problem. If it's of any help, we would gladly offer you 15% discount on the purchase of two pairs of the Rival S.
mandiMay 3, 2019 at 9:25pm
Thank you for the offer-that is very kind, but I'm not in the UK. I appreciate your advice and all the advice you have given to others on this page. It has helped me make an informed decision for my daughter.Reply
CharlieMarch 17, 2019 at 4:47pmHi
I am just starting out competing and have not decided what is my best - I sprint and do 800m and have also started high jump, which I really like. We can't afford different spikes and my feet are still growing, what is the best for me to go for please? Thanks Reply
Shankara SmithMarch 18, 2019 at 2:30pm
It's great that you're trying out different disciplines and finding out what you enjoy the most and what you're best suited to. You certainly don't want to be investing in different running spikes at this point, you just need a good general all-rounder that will protect you - and help you. I'd recommend the Nike Zoom Rival M, the Adidas Distancestar or the Saucony Vendetta. All of these will work for the sprints, 800m and although very different from a High Jump spike (which has a stronger upper and a rigid sole) will suffice for now. If you end up sticking with the High Jump, that's the speciality spike I'd invest in first – apart from anything else you'll find the track spikes will wear out or tear on the uppers once you build on your power for the High Jump.
CharlieMarch 24, 2019 at 3:31pmThank you for your help. Could you tell me the best spikes to get for High Jump please? thanks Reply
Shankara SmithMarch 26, 2019 at 8:45amHi Charlie,
We stock the Nike Zoom Elite High Jump because it's proved far and away the most popular with our customers over the years. Adidas do a High Jump spike but we never found it as popular in fit as the Nike - I'm sure it would suit someone who gets on well with Adidas but it wasn't as universally well-fitting as the Nike. We also had the Asics High Jump spike for a while but no one really liked that at all. So, from my experience the Nike is the sure-fire winner but some will also get on well with the Adidas.
RaidenMarch 2, 2019 at 5:44pmHey i run the 100 and 200 but i also jump. my 100 time with just 60$ spikes was a 12.2 in 8th grade and my 200 was 26.3 any way i can get better shoes? Reply
Shankara SmithMarch 4, 2019 at 4:46pm
You are fast! Fantastic :-) Yes, you could certainly benefit from a more powerful track spike to bring your times down even more. Choose from the Nike Zoom Superfly Elite, Nike Zoom JaFly or Adidas Finesse. All will have a much more powerful spike plate than whatever you are using currently and this will be so helpful to you, especially for your starts.
Best of luck
TinaFebruary 25, 2019 at 6:36pmMy daughter is looking to try track and field this spring. She wears a US 5 youth wide shoe. I don't see spikes offered in wide widths anywhere. Which shoes are cut the widest? I am thinking going up a size and having excess toe room would not be good for track. Reply
Shankara SmithMarch 4, 2019 at 4:52pmHi Tina,
Sorry for the techie hitch that's delayed this answer:-( You're correct, spikes are not available in wider widths. I would recommend going up a size - spikes tend to size smaller anyway. Is she still growing? If so the extra length isn't a bad thing and she can try a slightly thicker sock to start with and then go thinner once she grows again. It's the sprint spikes that you generally want a snugger fit on, if she is trying out various track and field events then a middle distance spike will be best suited and you can have a little space at the toes and still be totally fine.
Some people find the Saucony Vendetta a bit wider than the Nike and Adidas spikes, so this may be one to try. Plus it's perfect for a beginner.
MaartenFebruary 22, 2019 at 7:24amHey,
I am a dutch athlete and am looking for new spikes. My main event is the 800m but sometimes I also run the 400 or 1500m. Last year I used the brooks elmn8 v4 but I want to try someting different. I saw the nike victory elite 2 and nike victory 3. What do you think about them? Or are there better suited spikes for me?
Shankara SmithMarch 4, 2019 at 5:02pm
Sorry for the techie hitch that's led to this reply coming in late to you :-( The Nike Zoom Victory is more of a long distance spike, so it wouldn't be my choice for 800m unless you were concerned about injuries. It works for the 1500m but as you're mainly 800m with some 400m and 1500m I would stick to a good middle distance spike. In a way the Nike Zoom 400 is closer to your Brooks as there's a full length power plate, though it would be a real push to run 1500m in it, too much I would think. We find the Adidas Distancestar a very popular spike for 800m and it has a spike plate along similar lines to your Brooks, though no more powerful.
Hope that's of some help
IsabellaFebruary 12, 2019 at 5:30amhello there
my daughter is 14 and runs the short hurdles (at the moment it is 90m) - she is currently using the saucony showdown but a friend has said that the showdown has a very aggressive spike plate that isn't recommended for hurdling because hurdlers need a flexible spike plate? Do you know anything about that? and if so can you recommend a suitable shoe? She does also do the occasional 100m and long jump. Thank you! Reply
Shankara SmithFebruary 12, 2019 at 12:06pm
The Showdown will be great for the 100m and fine for Long Jump but I agree it might be too stiff for the Hurdles whilst your daughter is still a junior. You'd still want a sprint spike but you could take something with a less aggressive plate that gives a fraction of flex from the mid foot back. The front part will still be a rigid spike plate as they all are. I'd recommend either the Adidas Sprintstar or the Nike Zoom Rival S. Both are more basic sprint spikes than the Showdown but that's actually what you want – the top of the range sprint spikes will all have very rigid and powerful spike plates, which when she's older, has stopped growing and her muscles are more powerful will be fine even for the Hurdles but right now may be too much.
The other idea would be to check with her coach – if she's running with a club. Her coach will know her best and understand her needs best. If she's not got a coach and only a school PE teacher then I wouldn't necessarily expect the teacher to be fully informed on spike running shoes – he or she may be but you couldn't expect it 100%.
Hope this is of some help
EliFebruary 9, 2019 at 3:19amHi, I’m a 1600 m and 3200 m runner, what do you think are the absolute best spikes for these events in my third year of track? Reply
Shankara SmithFebruary 9, 2019 at 1:25pmHi Eli,
It depends which brand you get on best with. The Zoom D is great, and if you like Nike this is the one I'd recommend. If you prefer Adidas then the Distancestar will do great too.
Hope you have a great Spring into Summer season
MichaelJanuary 30, 2019 at 4:04pmHello, I have another question. What’s your opinion on Puma spikes? I’m asking because I got my 14 year son the Puma Evospeed 7 Metallic (color) for indoor and they are over 3 ounces heavier than the Adidas Adizero SPs he wore last year during outdoor. One Sp weighs 4.5 ounces and one Evospeed 7 shoe weighs 7.8 ounces.. My son is a 100-400 meter runner. I only purchase them because he could not wear the SPs during indoor season. Thanks Reply
Shankara SmithJanuary 30, 2019 at 4:48pmHi Michael,
We gave up stocking the Puma spikes a few years ago as they simply didn't sell. Not even Usain Bolt being sponsored by Puma was enough to convince our customers to choose Puma, they would always select Nike or Adidas once they had tried on a variety. So I can't honestly say how the spikes are now. The SP is exceptionally lightweight, it weighs 128g in a size 8, the Finesse weighs 150g in a size 8.
All the best
Michael BluntJanuary 30, 2019 at 3:45pmHello, I noticed you didn’t mentioned the Adidas Adizero SP as one of the top shoes. My son has the SPs, are the Finesse a better shoe? He runs the 100-400 meters. Reply
Shankara SmithJanuary 30, 2019 at 4:43pm
The Adizero SP is a very powerful sprint spike, designed for an athlete at the top of their game who has a really good running gait. If your son finds they work well for him then there is no better spike. For some athletes it will be too powerful but for an experienced sprinter they willl be great. My only concern would be the 400m, these spikes are designed for 100M and 200M, wearing them for 400M may prove tough on the legs. But again, if your son finds they work well and he's happy then great :-)
All the best
ChuckJanuary 13, 2019 at 5:05pmThe 110mH is my main event. I am also going to try the 300mH and the 400. I have only used spikes once (Nike Rival M) and I am not sure what type or brand to buy. Anything would help. Reply
Shankara SmithJanuary 14, 2019 at 4:04pm
It all depends on whether you land on your heel at all. For the 110M Hurdles you probably don't but may find that on the 300 and 400 you land a bit on your heels as you tire. If that's the case - or if you guess it might prove the case as you start trying the longer distances - then I would suggest the Nike Zoom 400. It is a great sprint spike but has a little more give at the heel to protect you.
If you're confident you won't put pressure on your heels then - if Nike Rival M felt good to you that time - go for either Zoom Rival S or Zoom Ja Fly if you want a more powerful spike plate. If you're not attached to the idea of Nike the Adidas Sprintstar is also a good option.
SaijeJanuary 5, 2019 at 9:26pmHey Im staring track for the first time and need some spike advise. I want to run 100m 200m 400m and 800m. Maybe some hurdles too. Do I need two different kind of shoes? A sprint and middle distance spike? Help! Reply
Shankara SmithJanuary 7, 2019 at 1:33pm
It's great to hear you're starting Track, it's so much fun and gets you super fit!
So, what are the best running spikes for you? Well, it sounds like you want to give it all a go and see what ends up feeling the best disciplines to you, which is a really good idea. You may end up cutting down and focusing on just a couple of distances or you may have such a great time with the variety that you stick with all of them. For now you've got two clear choices:
1. Take a middle distance spike and use it for everything. This will give you the touch of cushioning under your heel to protect you over the 400 and 800, will be fine for the shorter sprints, you'll just be missing out of the power in the sprint spikes. If you're starting out even the middle distance spikes will feel great and help you improve. Nike Zoom Rival M or Adidas Distancestar.
2. You could take something like the Nike Zoom Rival M / Distancestar for the 800 and maybe the 400 (if you find you land on your heels at all then you'd use these). Then also get something like a Nike Zoom Rival S or Adidas Sprintstar for the 100M, 200M and 110M Hurdles. This way you have perfect shoes for all distances.
It really depends on how you're coming to Track and how fit you are currently. If it's a case of wanting to spice up your training, enjoy the camaraderie of track sessions and see how it goes, I'd stick with option 1. If you're determined to take Track seriously and really discover what your capacity is in these distances then go for option 2.
What a great way to start 2019! Enjoy:-)
BrockDecember 26, 2018 at 4:08amI am a mid-distance runner, like the 400 and 800, but my team is very small so sometimes I am brought up to the mile and even the two mile! Is there a spike that is versatile enough for all these events? I already have some distance spikes, but should I invest in a mother pair to increase my mid-distance Times, or is there a spike that can work for all of these events? Please let me know. Reply
Shankara SmithDecember 28, 2018 at 12:08pm
Your distance spikes (as long as they're for middle distance rather than 5,000m and 10,000m) will do great for 800m up to the 2 Mile distances, it's the 400m where you'll lose out a little bit. Something like the Adidas Distancestar, Nike Zoom Rival M or Saucony Vendetta will work very well for 800m, 1500m and will just about give you the protection you need for 2 mile. These will also work for the 400m but you won't have quite the power you'd have with say the Zoom 400 which offers protection and power. Actually, you could probably get away with using the Zoom 400 for the 800m too, as long as you're injury free and not prone to injury.
So if you're distance spikes are working out well for 800m upwards, then you could invest in a Zoom 400 or other Sprint spike to give you the best chance at 400m PBs.
Hope this helps to clear it up for you a bit.
JeffDecember 22, 2018 at 12:15amHey,
I specialize in the 400 and 800 and I was thinking of buying the distance star and I already have the men’s vendetta so what would you recommend
Shankara SmithDecember 22, 2018 at 5:18pm
This Adidas Distancestar would be a good choice. The Nike Zoom Rival M is also good but the construction on the Distancestar is arguably a bit better. You could consider the Zoom 400 but it might be a bit powerful for the 800, it would depend on your strength/propensity to injury.
Good luck with your training
Andy SmithDecember 13, 2018 at 5:38amHi Shankara, I run the 400m & also the 400m hurdles event in high school. I'm deciding between the Nike JaFlys & the Nike Zoom 400s for a new spikes. There isn't much info on the Zoom 400s online, very few reviews available as it is relatively new. I heard that the JaFly 3 isn't very durable but when I tried them on they both felt great, with the JaFlys 3 feeling more bouncy & aggressive while the Zoom 400s had btr stability & comfortability but also with sufficient power. Which shoe would u suggest? Considering that my pet event is 400m hurdles :) thank you so much! Reply
Shankara SmithDecember 13, 2018 at 12:35pm
The Zoom 400 has been very popular with our customers; it's a good spike and there aren't many 400m specialist spikes on the market. You've analysed it exactly right; you'll get a touch more power from the Ja Fly but more comfort from the Zoom 400. We haven't had complaints about the durability of the Ja Fly and I honestly don't think it would wear much different from the Zoom 400, so personally I wouldn't throw that into the equation. So it really comes down to what you value more power or protection, although the margins are small and either is going to work for you. If you have any injury problems or a propensity for picking up injuries then the Zoom 400 would be the one to go for. Otherwise it's really a matter of what makes you the most excited to go out and sprint in!
Hope that helps you to your decision.
Andy SmithDecember 13, 2018 at 11:17pmThanks so much Shankara, really appreciate your advice! And yes I've had injury problems with my foot so I'll opt for the Zoom 400. Have a blessed Christmas! Reply
Shankara SmithDecember 14, 2018 at 10:44am
Sounds like the right choice. Good luck for 2019, may your sprinting go from strength to strength.Reply
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ClaraNovember 13, 2018 at 9:02amHi! Im a spanish Athlete, i always run 200-400 with nike zoom celar but now i want to change, maybe i prefer rigid spikes.
Zoom 400 si a good option for runing speed? 200-400 and sometimes 100.
Shankara SmithNovember 13, 2018 at 10:11am
As you've been happy with the Celar I'd actually suggest Ja Fly over Zoom 400. The spike plate is very similar on both but the tension in the Ja Fly is slightly stronger and the grip is a bit deeper than the 400. The Celar was a fairly powerful spike, so I'm not sure you'd notice much more power in the Zoom 400 but you certainly should with the Ja Fly.
Good luck with all your training and races!
AnnabelleOctober 13, 2018 at 2:33amHi!
I'm a 15-year-old girl and I've been running track for three years (high school and junior Olympics). I run the 100, 200, 400, and 4x100, but I'm hoping to focus more on the 400 this year while maintaining my speed in the other races. I think I'll need quite a versatile pair of spikes because I want to continue to perform well in all of the sprints. Which kind do you suggest? Reply
Shankara SmithOctober 13, 2018 at 10:02am
Wow, that sounds great. Well, for the spikes I'd consider Ja Fly or Zoom 400. If you're working more on the 400 then the Zoom 400 makes sense as it will give you good protection as you build in intensity but will also work for your shorter sprints. The Ja Fly would give you a fast spike that can work for 100 to 400, my only concern is that your body is still vulnerable as you'll still be growing, you want to limit the strain as much as you can whilst still giving training 100%. I would be a bit concerned if you were doing not only racing but all your training in the Ja Fly.
Ultimately it's not a bad idea to have two pairs – especially as your feet will have stopped growing by now I assume – and using say the Zoom 400 for training and 400m races and another sprint spike for the shorter sprints.
AnnabelleOctober 15, 2018 at 11:53amThanks! I just remembered that I forget to mention something. Last year, I ran in a pair of Nike Zoom S's I believe, and they had a much smaller spike plate than the spikes you suggested. Does that change anything? Reply
Shankara SmithOctober 15, 2018 at 3:36pmHi Annabelle,
I assume that was the Nike Zoom Rival S? That has 7 spikes, so you get plenty of grip, the difference is the power of the spike plate. The Rival S is limited to the forefoot, the Zoom 400 and Ja Fly continue the tension back to the heel. So these two would feel more powerful than the Rival S but the 400 would still give you that touch of extra protection. Reply
Yasmin hammadSeptember 16, 2018 at 3:44pmHello
I am an athlete i am searching for a spike in which i can run 100m 200m 500m
What is the best shoes for me Reply
Shankara SmithSeptember 17, 2018 at 3:24pm
It will slightly depend on how much you do of each distance. If the 500m is occasional then you can benefit from the extra power in Nike Ja Fly or Adidas Finesse, or even Adidas Sprintstar if budget is a concern. If you do a fair amount of 500m then the best one would be Zoom 400. It will give you a bit more protection but still work as a good spike for 100 and 200m.
RonSeptember 7, 2018 at 4:06pmI am looking for a spike for my 8th grade daughter who is 14. She runs the 100, 200, 4x1 and 4x2 relays. Last year she had a Nike spike (not sure of the exact model) that I purchased from a local sports store. However throughout the season she often complained of heel and calf pain but I am not sure if that was related to the spike or not.
The outdoor season doesn't start until March but I wanted to get an early jump on researching track spikes prior to the season. What would be the best type of track spikes for my daughter to purchase for her outdoor season?
Also, she most likely will run indoor track (her first time ever). The season starts in late October and she will probably run the 60 meter dash, 100 meter dash, and 200 meter dash. Would she need a different type of spike for the indoor meets as compared to outdoor?
Any information you can provide would be greatly appreciated, thank you. Reply
Shankara SmithSeptember 8, 2018 at 12:47pm
It sounds like your daughter is really into athletics, which is fantastic. Firstly, she can use the same spike shoes for the indoor and outdoor, there are no different requirements for indoor sprinting.
So, she will need a decent Sprint Spike. If Nike fit her well then they are fine, otherwise she can look at Adidas which are also good. The model you decide on should depend on two things: budget and foot growth. I guess her feet will pretty much have stopped growing now that she's 14? If so you could consider investing in a spike higher in the range: Nike Ja Fly or Adidas Finesse. However, if budget is a concern the Adidas Sprintstar is a very good spike and the Nike Zoom Rival S is also fine – just not as powerful as the Finesse and Ja Fly which would work with your daughter's stride to maximise the power she's putting in.
Regarding the heel and calf pain, the only way her Nike spikes could be exacerbating this is if they don't fit well enough – if they were too loose – because as a sprinter she won't be landing on her heels, therefore the construction of the spike won't be affecting the heel. It is more likely to be connected to the strain of her training. Calf and heel pain are connected, it would be a good idea to talk to her coach about it or visit a good physiotherapist. Possible causes: body struggling with the intensity of training whilst still growing – usually stretching and strengthening will provide a solution; other training or sports in shoes that don't provide enough support or cushioning causing calf tightness that then manifests more obviously when she's in a pair of minimal spikes; the length of time spent in the spikes which provide the right grip and fit but are still minima Reply
RonSeptember 11, 2018 at 1:20amHi Shankara,
Thanks for the information. Immediately after I sent you the first message I went home and checked what Nike model spikes she ran in last year and they were the Nike Rival S (which I assume is the exact same as the Nike Zoom Rival S)?
I believe my daughter is done growing but who knows?. At 14 she already stands 5'9 and wears a size 10 shoot ( which I believe would be a size 7.5 in the UK)
I'm not overly concerned with price and since she told me that she likes the ones she had last year, the Nike Rival S, maybe I'll just get her a new pair of those (although her old ones still fit and dont look bad after 20 meets last season). Personally speaking, I would like for her to step up a bit and try the Nike Ja Fly or Adidas Finesse but I'll let her make that decision. Certainly trying them on at a store wouldn't hurt and who knows maybe she'll like something different.
And thanks for the information concerning her calves. Take care and have a great week.
Shankara SmithSeptember 11, 2018 at 10:19amHi Ron,
I'm glad you found the info useful. All the best, and I hope your daughter's sprinting goes from strength to strength. Reply
CarlyJuly 10, 2018 at 10:34amHi
I am a beginner to athletics and doing a few competitions. My event is the 100m and I occasionally do the 200m but it's not my best event, what spikes would you recommend please?
And do I get my size or go half or a full size up?
Many thanks! Reply
Shankara SmithJuly 10, 2018 at 2:48pmHi Carly,
I would try the same size as you wear usually, you want the spikes to be as snug as you can comfortably wear - you don't want to slide in the shoes even a tiny bit as that translates to loss of energy and momentum. Sprint races are over so quickly that you can wear snug spikes without your toes suffering.
As you are starting out, I'd recommend the Nike Zoom Rival S or Adidas Sprintstar. The Nike Superfly Elite and Adidas Finesse are fantastic spikes for 100 and 200m but they have powerful spike plates and better suited to experienced and quick sprinters. That said, if you are promising and fast then go for the best!
LinaMay 30, 2018 at 1:14pmHey!
I am a 800m runner and looking for new spikes. Actually I have the adidas adizero md, but I think they are too soft. So is it possible to run the 800m in the nike zoom 400? Because I think I prefer spikes which have a harder sole.
Shankara SmithMay 31, 2018 at 3:01pm
The Nike Zoom 400 has a more rigid spike plate but it's almost as stiff as the sprint models, so it may be a touch too much. There's a small amount of heel cushion.
I wonder if the Distance Star would suit better. Because the spike plate extends well into the mid foot, it has more tension but it also has a small wedge of heel cushion to provide some protection. The Adizero MD also has a strong spike plate but the adizero heel cushion makes for a softer landing.
The best thing would be to come in and try on both (our London branch carries both styles) or order both from us and send whichever doesn't feel right back, just make sure you try them on a carpet at home, not a hard floor.
DavidFebruary 18, 2019 at 3:31amHey im also a 800 meter runner and I would like to know if I could get away with an adizero finesse or what other high end spike would you recommend thanks Reply
Shankara SmithFebruary 18, 2019 at 6:45pm
I really wouldn’t recommend the Adistar Finesse for 800m, I just think the spike plate is too stiff for 4 bends. The Nike Zoom 400 would be a better choice as it’s still a powerful spike but it allows a more natural range of motion for the bends. It's designed for 400m but an efficient and experienced athlete could use it for 800m.
DavidFebruary 20, 2019 at 1:27amThank you so much I give the zomm 400 a go. Reply
LauraMay 7, 2018 at 8:08pmHi!
Im a distance runner (1500m-10k) & I‘m searching for spikes for steeplechase, preferably Nike. I already have the Victory 3 & the Zoom Rival D9, but I don’t want these to get wet. I want to buy a pair which I will only use for steeplechase, which are the best? Reply
Shankara SmithMay 9, 2018 at 11:56am
In the past there have been some steeplechase specific shoes in the Nike or Adidas range which had holes in the sole, so water could drip through them, but from the ranges we've seen for 2018 there's not been a shoe like that anymore. I'd say the Zoom D (not to be confused with the Zoom Rival D) offers the best option for water drainage as the uppers are aerated even at the back of the heel. The shoe is more flexible than the Rival D, more like the Victory, with cushioning that's also at Victory levels.
Nike do make the Mambo which they target at steeplechasers but they've not supplied that spike to us this season. However, the uppers are really no better than the Zoom D anyway for drainage anyway.
Hope that helps
JonApril 21, 2018 at 1:07amMy son is a specialist 100 & 200m runner and has used the Adidas Adizero prime SP for the last 2 seasons. Is there anything better than these around at the moment? Reply
Shankara SmithApril 22, 2018 at 6:28pmHi Jon,
The Adizero Prime is a super light sprint spike with a minimal feel. The difference between it and Nike Superfly Elite or Adizero Finesse arguably is the power in take off as the spike plate of these two is more substantial and will give some a more powerful release out the blocks - that said plenty of sprinters would argue that the Prime is as powerful, I'm sure. I'd say it comes down to the efficiency of the sprinter; someone who is really in control of their movement out the blocks will probably find the Prime better, others who are still working on their efficiency may find the Finesse or Superfly more powerful.
Best of luck to your son.
AmanApril 5, 2018 at 4:36amI am an athlete and i am searching for a spike in which i can run both 100mts and 200mts,new and best i need Reply
Shankara SmithApril 5, 2018 at 12:17pmHi Aman,
I would recommend the Finesse or Ja Fly, they will be great for 100M and 200M. You could also use the Superfly but it will feel a bit more controlling on the bends of the 200.