New Orleans Metro Stars Track Club
Track Shoe Buying Guide
A good pair of track shoes can't turn a slug into a track star - but they can give an athlete an extra edge to help them win their event. Athletes who are competing on a track team or who are focused on specific events will find it helpful to have track-specific footwear. Check out these tips for buying your next, new pair of track shoes.
Track and Field Shoes - Know Your Event
The type of track and field shoes you use will depend on what kind of races or events you participate in.
For new runners who have not yet found their event, it's best to err on the side of caution and choose a middle distance/multievent spike.
Track and Field Shoes - What's Your Fit?
The main thing to consider when buying a pair of track shoes, of course, is that they fit and are comfortable. Always try a new pair of running shoes on at the end of the day, when your feet are at their largest. Make sure you have plenty of room for your toes and it's always a good idea to go for a short run around the store or the mall to make sure the shoes are comfortable. But, don't run for too long, or the store clerk may think you've decided to skip town without paying for your shoes! Also, be aware that some tracks don't allow runners to wear certain kinds of spikes (because they can wreck the track), so check with your coach to make sure your track shoes are acceptable.
Spikes can be found in stores and online. Though be best place to find your correct fit is in-store, you will find the best variety online.
Here is a list of local stores where you may find spikes:
1. Louisiana Running + Walking Co
4153 Canal St, 70119
2. Varsity Sports
3450 Magazine St, 70115
3. Nike Factory Store
4101 S Carrollton Ave, 70119
4. Dicks Sporting Goods
197 Westbank Expy, 70053
5. Academy Sports & Outdoors
8843 Veterans Memorial Blvd, 70003
Here are links to websites where you may find spikes:
8. VS Athletics
Mid Distance Spikes