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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.

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