Minute 1: Does anyone still wear racing flats?

For footwear to earn a name like “super shoes,” those kicks must be good enough for a DC Comics character or a 1:59 marathoner. In the latter category, carbon-plated running shoes like the Nike ZoomX Vaporfly Next% 2 have pushed the boundaries of performance, but they are not necessarily the fastest way to the finish line. In many cases, old fashioned racing flats may be a better choice according to this new piece: “Will racing flats help you crush that PB?” Before the mechanical advantage of a super shoe, the theory was that the less material you could wear while still protecting your feet, the better. That’s exactly what racing flats aim to do, keeping weight low for a quick stride and natural foot strike. Years later, research more or less confirms theory. Adding about 100g of weight to your shoe worsens running economy, translating to about a 1% slower mile time, according to this “Running Shoe Weight & Performance Calculator.” This tool lets you input your own shoe style and size to see what impact a different pair could have on your races. If you track “The History of the Running Shoe,” you’ll see that we’ve been trending toward lighter, smarter materials in recent years, allowing us to build shoes that offer more support without weighing you down. That’s certainly a factor worth considering as you search for your perfect racing shoe.








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