If you are thinking about taking on Spartan Race then you need to prepare yourself, it is a gruelling and challenging race that puts anyone who enters it through their paces and makes them work harder than ever before. Training for Spartan Race is about getting your body and your mind ready for it, but another important part of getting to the finish line is the equipment that you use. So today, we are going to take a look at the very best shoes for the Spartan Race and other races like it. Difficult terrain, slippery obstacles and a lot of mud all mean that you can put your normal running shoes back in the closet, they just aren’t going to cut it here.
Spartan Race is a dangerous challenge, many people get hurt while doing the race and although the race has some great medical support staff, we are pretty sure that most of you don’t want to meet them in a professional capacity. So below, we going to tell you about the best shoes for the Spartan Race. The features mentioned below are going to help you run the race and face the obstacles, mud and terrain while reducing your risk of an injury.
Things to look out for when buying shoes for Spartan Race (and other races like it)
Get a grip
Basically, the very best shoes for Spartan Race are trail shoes. Trail shoes are go anywhere shoes, many people use them for running in wooded areas and off the beaten track. They have great grip, some have teeth on the sole, and they provide excellent stability and support which means you can run easily, freely and most importantly, safely.
The beginner Spartan
If you are doing the race for the first time then there is no need to go crazy and buy some really expensive shoes. More Mile Shoes are only about £30 and will provide everything mentioned above. These will allow you to compete in the race and finish it, if you are up to the task. The More Mile Shoes should last you around 10 events, depending on how much abuse they see, after that, you may want to consider stepping up your shoe game once again.
The expert Spartan
If you know that the event is going to be seriously muddy then one of the best shoes to go for are the Mudclaws, the clue is in the name, they have been designed for muddy situations and have claws (teeth) on the bottom to help you keep your grip.
An all rounder shoe would be something like the Inov-8. Grippy, supportive and stable in all conditions. This one has helped many people crossed the line over the years. If you are looking to compete in every Spartan Race in a year then get yourself a pair of the X-Talon 212s. A popular shoe that has great stability and should last you all year long, unless the races are particularly muddy and difficult.
We hope that this list has helped you with your search for the best shoes for Spartan Race. Please take a look at some of the other posts on our blog while you are here if you are looking for a shoe that will help you train for the race.