HOW TO BUY RACE-DAY RUN SHOES
The optimum racing shoe should propel your final discipline charge come the 2019 tri season. But what should you look for when buying?
Dedicated triathlon laces can be added to most racing shoes for a swifter T2, but the New Balance here have a Boa ratchet wiring system for an enhanced fit and, hopefully, a faster transition time (the heel loop should also help with this).
Whatever your race distance, your feet are likely to be hot and sweaty from the bike leg. So aim to look for a mesh upper to enhance ventilation. Also factor in whether you’ll be running sockless for the final discipline and assess the internal seams.
Given most of you are based in the UK, there’s a fair chance your race-day running will take place at a high pace on wet, concrete roads. So scan the shoes for assured – but not excessive – traction from the outsole, combined with decent drainage.
A race-day trainer will usually have a smaller heel stack height than normal road shoes to offer more responsiveness and reduced weight. The heel-to-toe drop of the sole can often be minimal as well, with the 1500T2 here having a 6mm drop.