7 Running Spikes That Supercharge Your Track and Field Performance

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Training for track and field season? Sporting the appropriate footwear can make all the difference in the world when races come down to hundredths of a second! Whether you're training or competing on the Tartan Track, lace up one of these new pairs of running spikes, and you'll enjoy better grip, faster times, and a seat atop the leaderboard!

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New Balance
New Balance MD 500 V5 Running Spikes (Women's)​
$20.17

If you're a multi-event athlete, there's no need to buy a separate pair of running spikes for the 200- and 3,000-meter races. These kicks are super versatile, with six removable spikes that provide amazing traction and can be replaced when worn down. 

They also have an added EVA foam wedge in the heel that absorbs shock better than a sprinter's shoe, so your feet will feel fresh through the long haul. 

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Nike Zoom Superfly Elite (Men's)
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Nike Zoom Superfly Elite Track Spikes (Men's)​

$149.99

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Looking good might not actually make you faster, but these Nikes will sure as hell boost your confidence! The Flymesh upper is seamless, so hot spots will never interfere with your stride.

The shoe is designed with a weave that's inspired by seat belts — as the amount of force rises, so too does the amount of tension in the upper — so your foot will have even more support the harder you charge! For anything under 400 meters, it doesn't get much more game-changing than these bad boys.

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Altra
Altra Golden Spike Running Spikes (Unisex)​
$85.30

Altra's shoes are loved by marathoners, so we weren't surprised that their running spikes are a huge hit! 

This model is basically a cross-country trail-running shoe with spikes, so you'll have an upper hand on the competition when the course is loose or slick. They have Altra's signature wide, foot-shaped toe box that allows your foot to lie flat, rather than crunched together at the toes. The midsole is flexible, yet amply cushioned for rocky trails, and the company's Zero Drop platform from heel to toe allows for the most natural mechanics. 

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Sacuony
Saucony Endorphin Track Spikes (Women's)​
$110.00

For longer distance races, every tenth of an ounce counts, so your feet won't feel heavy when the miles stack up. That's why Saucony's Endorphin is the lightest distance-track shoe on the market (again), weighing in at a measly 2.4 ounces per shoe! The secret is the company's FLEXFILM — a synthetic upper material that's strong and lightweight, so fewer layers are needed for stability in the upper. The result is an incredibly lightweight and flexible track spike that distance runners rave about. 

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Under Armour
​Under Armour Speedform Sprint 2 Running Spikes (Men's)
$120.00

Every second counts when sprinting the 100-meter dash, and that's why Under Armour made these running spikes with eight traction pins! They're super lightweight (just 6.9 ounces per pair), are made with a soft synthetic leather upper, and have a silicone grip tab that'll hug your foot and never let go. These are so low-profile and snug-fitting that it's almost like attaching spikes to the soles of your foot. Watch out, Usain Bolt!

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Nike Zoom Rival Track Spikes (Women's)
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Nike Zoom Rival Track Spikes (Women's)​

$64.99

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Sprint much? Then shave seconds off your time with these track spikes! A rigid plate extends under the arch, with strategic spike mounting points aimed at increasing speed, power, and traction. They also have a super comfortable sockliner that conforms to nearly any foot, and the eight color choices will appeal to pretty much any woman!

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adidas
adidas Running Distancestar Track Spikes (Men's)
$52.50

Running the 5,000- or 10,000-meter races requires some serious stamina, and these running spikes will help minimize foot fatigue. The secret is the company's adiwear: a super durable compound that's abrasion-resistant, has excellent traction, and is incredibly flexible, so you can maintain the same natural foot motion from start to finish, no matter how long and arduous the race.