World Class Racewalking
Dave's Shoe Picks!
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They say: "Experience the next best thing to naked feet with the hyper-light PureDrift. Spread those toes with two split grooves that allow your forefoot to flex through its three functional units. A hardly-there upper has a close fit and provides a little more coverage than a birthday suit. When you really want to feel free as a bird, remove the sockliner for a zero drop experience. Feet, meet feel.
Just like our core line, we hold PureProject to the industry's highest weartest and durability standards. Because of their lightweight construction and fewer materials, runners should generally expect shoes from the PureProject line to last approximately 250-300 miles."
Dave says: "Wow! Brooks has done it again! These have the light, fast feel of the Green Silence. Although not for everyone, the PureDrift is a great minimalist pick for raewalkers with reasnably good mechanics."
$85 at RunningWarehouse.com with the World Class Racewalking discount code. (WCRD)
Brooks Racer ST5
They say: "Minimalists delight in the Racer ST 5, with just the right touch of support. The shoe is super lightweight for racing, but has the substance and durability required for tempo runs and training. With an upgrade to the resilient, longlasting cushioning of BioMoGo, your feet will stay protected and your legs fresh, mile after mile. 8.6 ounces"
Dave says: "Although I originally got the ST5s for their color (my first pair were Team Challenge Blue and Orange!) I quickly found out they are the rare combination of fast and flexible yet supportive."
$85.95 at First to the Finish.
Brooks Green Silence
They say: "Lightweight Neutral. Make an eco-statement with the Green Silence. Each and every part of this shoe has a sustainable element, including soy-based inks and recycled materials. And in this case, "green" goes hand in hand with great performance. The Green Silence helps you take responsibility, and first place - with karma to spare."
Dave says: "The "green" refers not to the color--although I do have a green version in my closet--but to the innovative use of recycled materials and environmentally-sensitive processes used in creating this utra-lightweight racing flat."
$50.00 at Holabirdsports.com!!!
They say: "The Brooks T7 Racer running shoe is the ideal partner for runners looking to beat their PR's up to half marathon distance. You want to run hard and fast on race day and feel as lightweight as possible while having the maximum comfort you can, this is where the T7 delivers. Features a streamlined asymmetric upper that works with the anatomy of the foot to securely wrap the arch from start to finish. For a superb lightweight feel, flexibility and good support its midsole construction is simple and effective featuring Rearfoot HydroFlow ST and a curved platform to attenuate the shock of your heel contact and fit perfectly. The combination of HPR Plus and forefoot hyper pod construction in the outsole with Air Mesh and synthetic overlay materials in the upper provide excellent ventilation, durability and traction. The perfect race day shoe."
Dave says: "The T7 is a great very lightweight, very fast racer that I use for speed work and short races, although occasionally I'll use them for road tempo workouts as well. The T7 is extremely comfortable for any distance right out of the box, but due to its short lifespan I don't use them for high mileage workouts or races. "
$49.95 at Footlocker.com!!!
Nike Zoom Streak XC
They say: "The Nike Zoom Streak XC is a unisex, turbo-charged track and field running shoe packed with Nike Zoom Air technology to put some high-performance spring in your step. Enjoy super-responsive cushioning and explosive performance off the mark.This lightweight running shoe is perfect for cross-country on both indoor and outdoor tracks. 6.8 ounces."
Dave says: "Value and performance! The Streak XC is great for speed work and racing up to 5k for most racewalkers, but has enough support and cushioning for racewalkers with good mechanics to take it all the way up to 50k."
adidas adiZERO Rocket
They say: "As you might guess, the adidas adiZero Rocket is no slouch on the race course. From 5Ks to full marathons, the ultralight Rocket delivers high-performance cushioning that's absorptive yet responsive, and a highly breathable mesh upper that wraps around your foot like it was made just for you. 7.5 ounces.
Dave says: "I heart this shoe! Another great fast-feeling shoe with enough support for longer efforts, with a relatively long-wearing outsole. Adidas has done it again!"
Men's ASICS GEL-HYPER SPEED 4
They say: "Attention elite road racers! The men's ASICS GEL-Hyper Speed 4 is back with all its best old tricks a few new ones. This fast, featherlight road racing flat delivers excellent road feel while providing plenty of cushioning to soak up shock. Wide platform gives you stable footing on anything your next road race might throw at you. 6.6 ounces."
They say: "Asics has always been able to find the "sweet spot" between light weight and support. The Hyper Speed 4 won't disappoint."
adidas adiZero Mana Racing Shoe (Women's)
They say: "Women's adidas adiZero MANA - Race in the women's adidas adiZero Mana, a versatile, featherlight running flat that's designed for anything from speed training to marathon racing. You get a highly breathable upper for superior ventilation, excellent cushioning and a highly durable outsole for long distance running. 7.3 ounces."
adidas adiZero Mana Racing Shoe (Men's)
They say: "Men's adidas adiZero MANA - Race in the men's adidas adizero Mana, a versatile featherlight running flat that's designed for anything from speed training to marathon racing. You get a highly breathable upper for superior ventilation, excellent cushioning and a highly durable outsole for long distance running. 8.0 ounces."
Men's Mizuno Wave Universe 3
They say: "Track distance runners searching for a lightning-quick running shoe look to the men's Mizuno Wave Universe 3 for ultra-lightweight, neutral cushioning. This running shoe is updated with a new, more durable outsole that better holds up to the abuse all you elite runners put your gear through. Innovative "printed" overlays provide incredibly lightweight support and structure for the upper. Since lighter weight equals faster running times, then the Wave Universe 3 might be consiered an unfair advantage. If your are a serious road racer then you must ask yourself if you are serious enough to don the high performance Wave Universe 3. 3.6 ounces."
Dave says: "Please, Santa!"
Brooks Racer ST4
They say: "Light enough for the 5K but sturdy enough for the marathon, the sleek Racer ST helps shave seconds or even minutes off your time. The DRB backs you up with the support you need to break the tape feeling strong. Go for it. 8.6 ounces"
Dave says: "This is a great update of the very popular (with racewalkers) Racer ST3"
Women's Saucony Grid Type A4
They say: "The lightweight, fast racing flat that you love to race in, the updated women's Saucony Grid Type A4 flat has improved traction and durability and a lower midsole height. Plus the unique drainage holes in the outsole further reduce weight so you can really fly! Perfect for 5K up to half-marathons, lighter-weight racers can even wear the Grid Type A4 in a marathon. 5.5 ounces."
Dave says: "Saucony has been making great shoes for racewalkers for years. They've finally gotten away from their famously obnoxious color schemes with the Type A4!"
Men's Adidas AdiZero Boston
They say: "The men's adidas adiZero Boston is a featherlight, long-distance trainer worthy of carrying the name of the legendary marathon. Enjoy high-performance adiPRENE cushioning and highly ventilated shank that'll keep your feet cool no matter how hard you work. 10.6 ounces."
Women's Adidas AdiZero Boston
They say: "The women's adidas adiZero Boston is a featherlight, long-distance trainer worthy of carrying the name of the legendary marathon. Enjoy high-performance adiPRENE cushioning and highly ventilated shank that'll keep your feet cool no matter how hard you work. 9.0 ounces."