Mile shoes I want to try

My goals are rarely formed over time, they tend to just pop into my head and get stuck. Like the day I ran 10 miles at a 6:50 pace and decided I should try to do a 2:59 marathon. Or last fall, when I thought, “hmm, I could probably do a 40 minute 10K” and signed up for a race the next weekend. Right now, that thing is running a 5 minute mile, something I haven’t done in 19 years.

Being a shoe geek, you know I’m going to try to ensure I have the biggest advantage possible under my feet.

New Balance FuelCell 5280

Price: $200
Weight: 5.3 oz
Drop: 6mm
The shoe built specifically for the race I’m targeting has to be on the list. Youtube shoe expert and fellow elite hobbyjogger Jamison Michael says it’s a disaster if you’re not running fast. Like a track spike for pavement. Sounds awesome. I really want to try them, don’t know if I want to roll the dice on buying them.

Reebok Floatride Run Fast Pro

Price: $200
Weight: 3.5 oz
Drop: 4mm
I assocate Reebok with The Pump and the brand that “kids who weren’t necessarily poor (LA Gear Regulatorrrrrrrrr!), but their parents wouldn’t spring for Nike” wore. But the Run Fast Pro is the lightest serious running shoe out there (sorry ViBros). Pebax midsole. Expensive, but perpetually on sale. Everyone thinks its great.

Skechers Horizon Vanish

Price: $90
Weight: 5 oz
Drop: 4mm
Poor man’s Run Fast Pro? Maybe. Still don’t know if I can bring myself to take Skechers seriously. Do I have to go to an outlet mall to buy them?

Adidas Takumi Sen 6

Price: $120
Weight: 6.9 oz
Drop: 5mm
Rhonex Kipruto broke the road 10K world record in this shoe. Boost in the forefoot. Adidas racing shoes suit my gait cycle really well. Sounds great, but it’s a bit heavy for a mile.

Nike Vaporfly NEXT%

Price: Doesn’t matter, already have them
Weight: 6.6 oz
Drop: 8mm
I feel like you have to consider these for any race. But I would feel like a complete tool lining up for a mile in Vaporflys. It’s comfort advantages are nullified at this short a distance, where it just becomes a bigger racing flat.

Wild cards

Adidas Adios 4 - Ah, the shoe that was designed for me. Go-to shoe for speed, VO2Max and threshold work. But pretty heavy for a mile race.
Adidas Sub 2 - Lighter than the Takumi Sen and 8mm drop, but hard to find. Yet, this may be the ultra-light Adios I dream of.
Adidas Takumi Sen 5 - Lighter than the 6. Really hard to find, especially in the US.
Nike Streak LT4 - Only 5oz and change, and very much on sale right now.
Saucony A8 - Did my 10K and Adult 5K PR in this. Already have it. Under 6 oz.
Skechers GoMeb 6 - Almost as light as the Horizon Vanish, but with Hyperburst foam. On sale.
Skechers Speed Elite - Maybe a more versatile NB 5280? But man…can I actually bring myself to buy SKECHERS? THE S?????
Track spikes - I’ve run spikes on the road before, obviously without the actual spikes. And some of these have a bit of cushion.

So, which one?

I don’t have to decide right now. I’m early in the training block, and the races I’m looking are in June and July. I think the NB 5280 and Run Fast Pro are objectively the best options, but also the most expensive. The others may be a bit more versatile. Or maybe the Vaporfly, Adios or A8 will be fine - I will certainly try these all in my speed workouts.

Colin Baker Written by:

Colin is a network engineer, amateur/wannabe Porsche mechanic, and elite hobbyjogger in Madison, WI.