Best Shoes For Triathlon

Posted by TheRunningShoeReview on March 7, 2014

With Triathlon season approaching, training is likely to increase.  With that in mind, here are the best shoes to train for, and to run a triathlon in.


In general, training for the run part of the triathlon is very similar to running, so I recommend getting something that is comfortable, and works for you.  The Shoe Fit Helper should give you a good idea of what will work. 

Race Day

For racing, you want something that is light, fast, and dries quickly.  So I have come up with what are in my opinion, the best shoes to race in:

Heel Strikers:


Adidas Energy Boost 2

The Adidas Energy Boost 2 is a light, comfortable shoe, that is fast, flexible, and fits closely to your foot.  The external heer counter is secure, and hugs your foot into place, but is still easy to slip on.


triumph_11.jpgSaucony Triumph 11

 A slightly heavier shoe than the Boost, but provides a comfortable fit, and is light too.  You can smash some heavy miles out in this shoe, and its internal construction means it can be slipped on without socks.



glycerin_11.jpgBrooks Glycerin 11

 The Glycerin offers a slightly higher heel than the previous two shoes, so is more suited to heavy heel strikers, but still offers a flexible sole unit, and is more stable than the other two before it.





Asics_Gel_Noosa_9.jpgAsics Gel Noosa 9

The Asics Gel Noosa 9 is a triathlon specific shoe.  It is comfortable, offers plenty of cushioning, and drains quickly.  It uses a Dynamic Duomax support system to prevent over-pronation, and It has built in elastic laces for an easy transition.  A seamless upper also means you don't need socks.


 Mid-Forefoot runners


asics_gel-lyte33_3.jpgAsics Gel Lyte 33 3

Going down the slightly more minimal route, The Gel-Lyte33 3 offers a natural ride with plenty of cushioning, and no heel counter, making it light, and easy to slip on.  The FluidAxis midsole means you get a far more natural flexion in your foot than with a nomal shoe.


kinvara_4.jpgSaucony Kinvara 4

The Kinvara offers a huge amount of cusioning, with only a 4mm heel, offering a more natural foot strike position.  The flexible heel means it slips on easily, and the internal bootie construction means it is comfortable with or without socks.


flite_195_black_red.jpgInov8 F-lite 195

The Inov8 F-lite 195 is a comfortable flexible shoe that has just enough about it to go the distance.  It uses a 3mm heel with a thin layer of EVA foam for slight amounts of cushioning.  Again, a flexible and light shoe, that doesn't need socks to be comfortable.


With Tri season coming up, the above shoes should offer enough selection to get anyone throughthe race.  However, if you need any more advice, let me know, and I'll offer what I can.  It is also a good idea to find out what stye of runner you are, to get the right level of support and cusioning.  The Shoe Fit Helper will help you out.  In the mean time, we'd love to hear what you think, and if there are any others you think warrant a place on the list, let us know below.


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