You should pick a pear of spikes that are specific to your
event. There are nine basic types of Track Shoes:
- Sprint spikes - Made for 100m to 400m sprints.
They usually have no heel, very lightweight, and either
a flexible, or stiff spike plate. There are many
flashy-looking and consequently expensive
spikes on the market especially in this
category you may dream about getting, but the priority
is the fit of the spikes not the looks.
- Hurdling - 100m, 110H, and 400H. Most hurdlers
either use a flexible sprint spike or a middle distance
spike because they have a small cushioned heel. These
spikes are the same as sprint spikes.
- Middle Distance - 800m to Mile. These shoes
usually have a small cushioned heel and a small forefoot
spike plate. They have a smaller footprint than distance
- Distance - 3000m to 10,000m. These spikes
usually have fewer spikes in them and smaller spike
plates but a full length cushioning. The elite level
spikes have very little anything to reduce weight.
Steeplechasers also use a distance spike.
- Pole Vault/Long Jump/Triple Jump - These spikes
have a thin, full length midsole for cushioning and
stability when planting.
- High Jump - These spikes have rear foot spikes
as well as forefoot. They are designed to allow a firm
plant for the takeoff foot.
- Javelin - Javelin boots are big and heavy, but
they provide the grip and stability that you will require
when doing this event.
- Throw - Shot/Discus - Two types of shoes
are made, glide shoes and spin shoes. The choice of either
glide or spin depends upon your technique, so if you are
buying for the first time you should know which type you
need buy talking to your coach. Some brands just have one
choice but others have both types.
- Multi-Purpose - these are basically
middle distance spikes. They are meant for athletes that
want an everyday spike to wear in practice. They can be
used for almost any event except throws.
You can find a link to good web sites that stock wide
ranges of spikes on the links