Running footwear varies in multiple styles and efficiencies

Sarah Unruh, Editor-in-Chief

Casey Withers
Ashlynn Doebele laces her spikes before sprinting.

Within the BHS girl’s track team is a wide variety of talent, and an even wider variety of shoe types. For every event, there is a shoe that can better improve an athlete’s performance.
One of the most common types of track apparel would be spikes. They are usually worn by sprinters and hurdlers.
As most track participants know, spikes look how they sound: a tight, slimmer shoe with small metal spikes protruding from the toe end. These barbs help runners gain traction on the rubber track.
Junior Ashlynn Doebele always runs her races in spikes. “Wearing them during my races definitely helps me run a better race.”
She, along with most, also wears them during her field events. Long jump, high jump, triple jump, and pole vault all are non-running events that athletes wear spikes for.
There are also shoes that are better designed towards long-distance runners. Popular brands include Brooks, ASICS, and Mizuno.
Junior Kaitlyn Caldwell is one of many who prefer the styles offered by Brooks. “They’re more comfortable for me compared to other brands, and they’re lighter, too.”
Having insufficient footwear can result in shin splints and other foot and leg injuries.
Another aspect of track shoes is their distinct look: bright. Most running shoes are made with bright, reflective colors in order for drivers to see people running on the road. They often stand out against a team’s two-three color uniforms.
Overall, shoes can be one of the most important elements of a track athlete’s performance.