Considerations When Buying Triathlon Running Shoes

Triathletes face some unique challenges when running. Not only do you have to deal with the muscle transition from one event to another, but you need to think about getting as fast through the transition as possible. Here are some other factors to consider…

T2 Transition

It’s important to get in and out of the bike to run transition area as fast as possible. We recommend using quick laces or other types of running shoes that don’t require you to tie your shoes. Just kick off the bike shoes, jump into the running shoes, and get going!

Type of Running Shoes

Every runner and triathlete is different and everyone has a different foot structure and profile. It’s important that you get the correct type of running shoe for your foot type. Whether you have flat arches and overpronate or have high arches and supinate, you want your shoes to protect your feet and not cause injury.

Waterproof and Breathable

Your feet may also be wet, so shoes that are breathable and allow water to drain are key. Keeping them as light as possible is another great option.

Trainers vs Flats

You may prefer to race in your normal training shoes. But there is something to be said for wearing a lightweight, racing flat. You’ll feel fleet and fast. But we recommend keeping racing flats limited to half ironman and shorter distances. The full Ironman is too long to wear a racing flat.


If you want to complete your fastest triathlon, you won’t do it without the right pair of running shoes. We hope these ideas have given you food for thought when choosing a pair of running shoes.

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