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Top 7 Racewalking Shoes

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Updated May 14, 2014

A racewalking shoe must be extremely flexible as racewalkers roll through each step. A racewalker strikes with the heel, but it is a more gentle impact than that of a runner. A low, tapered and not overly cushioned heel is wanted. The shoe should be flat from heel to forefoot. The shoe should be lightweight for speed. It needs just enough cushion for long distance.

1. Mizuno Wave Universe

Mizuno Wave Universe
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This is a very lightweight racing flat for neutral racers. They will turn your feet into chariots of fire, right? They come in very bright colors and styles.

 

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2. adidas AdiZero Boston

adidas adiZero Boston
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 This is a high mileage trainer, so if you are training to race a half marathon or marathon, the adiZero Boston has enough cushioning.

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3. Brooks T7

Brooks T7 Racing Shoe
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This is an extremely lightweight racer. Although it has been used by elite athletes for marathons, it lacks cushioning and has a minimalist design, so it is best used for shorter distance and for racing. The low profile and flexibility are good for racewalkers. It comes in unisex sizing, so women will have to take care when ordering online. The upper has an asymmetric design Brooks thinks works well anatomically.

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4. Saucony Grid Type A5

Saucony Grid Type A5
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Many walkers like the fit of Saucony. This racing flat comes in at 6 ounces per shoe, which is very light, although some of the others are even lighter.

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5. Adizero Mana

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Racewalkers like using the Adizero Mana for training. Built for distance runners, they are still very lightweight and have some stability elements with a medial post. It has more room in the toe box than some other shoes. However, it appears to be discontinued, so stock up while they are still out there!

6. Reshod Walking Shoes

Reshod Walking Shoes
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Racewalker Carmen Jackinsky patented a rocker sole to enhance the natural heel plant - roll through foot motion of walkers and racewalkers. Her company, Reshod Walking Shoes, will modify the shoes you provide to replace the sole with the rocker sole.

7. Hershey Custom Racewalker

What could be better than custom shoes made to fit your foot by a craftsman? Hersey Custom Shoes designed a racewalking trainer and a racewalk competition shoe used in the 2000 Olympics. I have a pair and there is nothing better. The drawback? The initial cost and lead time.
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