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What shoes do the elites wear?

Similar to how on the Oscar red carpet, celebrities are frequently asked “Who are you wearing?” we are curious to know what shoes the elites of the running world are pounding their Ks out in. Here are some of the favoured kicks of your favourite elites.

GOmeb shoes1)  Skechers GOmeb Speed 3 shoes

Meb Keflezighi won the 2014 Boston Marathon in a time of 2:08:37 while wearing these shoes, which are named after him. Rather than traditional soles, the shoes have rubber “pods” on the outsole. The shoes will be available in the fall of 2014.





2) Air Zoom Pegasus 31

Nike’s latest update of the Pegasus was designed with Mo Farah’s input. Mo looks for a neutral shoe that can withstand his five-foot five and 125 pound frame pounding 100 plus mile weeks. The drop sole is 10 millimetres, which is lower than previous models. The sole is designed with Nike’s “Zoom Air” unit, which allows give to the heel when you land, but then a snap back to propel your foot forward on the toe-off.



g401n_0490_0010212673_f_l_primary3)   Asics Gel Hyper Speed 6

These are American marathoner Ryan Hall’s preferred distance shoes. These kicks weigh only 5.9oz and are designed with a seamless upper to enable sockless wear. Top Canadians Lanni Marchant and Natasha Wodak are also fans.



adidas adizero boost4) AdiZero Adidas Boost

Wilson Kipsang set a new world record of 2:03:23 at the Berlin Marathon last fall while wearing these 7.8oz shoes. The Boost technology added to the beloved Adios provides a 15 per cent increase in energy return from the previous model.




saucony5) Saucony Kinvara 5

This is the preferred shoe of Molly Huddle, the American 5000m record holder, 8 time US champion and 2012 Olympic finalist in the 5000. She recently won the New York Mini 10K. The women’s shoe clocks in at 6.7oz and the men’s at 7.7oz.




brooks6) Brooks PureGrit 3

This shoe is the choice of renowned vegan ultramarathoner and author of Eat and Run, Scott Jurek. The shoe has the ability to go from road to trail seamlessly. The shoes are approximately 9.9oz (8.1oz for women’s).


new balance7) New Balance 1600

This is a lightweight marathon flat, weighing only 5.8oz. Canadian Olympic marathoner, Reid Coolsaet, is a fan.