Tri Running Shoes Have to Meet the Demands of the Race

n the world of athletic running, experienced runners know that they need specialized shoes. While it is true that a triathlete can technically run from T2 to the Finish Line in basic running shoes, doing this is “shooting yourself in the foot.” Triathletes have specific needs that can only adequately be met by triathlon running shoes. Still, tri shoes are not “one size fits all.” Here are three primary considerations you should make when you buy your next pair of tri shoes.
Triathlon shoes have several qualities that separate them from other kinds of shoes. They have to be extremely light, they have to be put on in minimal time, they have to be well-ventilated, and have to dispel wetness quickly. Many racers shun socks to save time, so they also have to be as easy on the foot as possible – no blisters, please. 

Naturally, every racer wants the best shoes they can get their hands on. If it cuts transition time, speeds up the stride and conserves energy more than the others, you can bet that they’re going to be the top of the list. The Scott T2 Pros are the all-around hottest shoes at

Of course, not every shoe is a match for every race. Some shoes are better suited to the shorter sprint races, and others are more appropriate for the long haul races. On, the top-rated shoes for distance running are the ZOOT Ultra line. For the shorter races, the Scott T2 Pros just cannot be beat.

Triathlon Shoes Have to Meet the Needs of the Triathlete

Just as there are different shoes for different races, there are bound to be different triathlon shoes for different people. There are three basic shoe types to address the typical foot structures. These shoe types are called neutral, stability and motion control (or simply, control).

Neutral shoes do not have to compensate for any foot problem. These sole structures have a normal arch that keeps its spring with each step. If you shop at The Ironman Store at for neutral shoes, the top dog is the ZOOT Ali’i 3.0.

Stability shoes are designed to compensate for mild to moderate pronation of the arch. That is, the arch flattens when you step. There are different levels of stability shoes, from Maximum, to Moderate, to Performance Stability. The Ironman store has several top stability shoes, including the K-Swiss Konejo II, Mizuno Wave Elixir 6, and Mizuno Wave Inspire 7.

Motion control shoes are for people with “flat feet,” or “fallen arches.” These shoes provide the greatest level of support on all levels. When you shop at The Ironman Store, the top shoes for this foot structure are K-Swiss Ultra Natural Run II and the Pearl Izumi SynchroGuide III shoes.

Bottom line: When you choose your triathlon running shoes, it’s not just a matter of choosing shoes you like. To get the most out of your triathlon running shoes, you have to be focused on what you need when you shop at The Ironman Store and at If you have any questions, you can consult us for help in choosing the right shoes for you.


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