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The Different Types of Track and Field Spikes

Track and field spikes are athletic shoes that are used for different types of track and field sports that generally comprise of running, throwing and jumping. The shoes may be referred to as track spikes or track shoes. They would usually have some projections or protrusions at the bottom of their soles called spikes. Spikes or track spikes may be used interchangeably for either the shoes or their spikes (that is, their protrusions).

Different types of track shoes are designed for specific track and field sporting events; athletics can select the right type of track shoes based on the event they may want to partake in. They would also need to select the right type of spike plates and spikes (protrusions) for their shoes too. Track shoes will usually make use of some spike plates at the front of the sole. A spike plate will typically have some threaded holes that are referred to as spike wells, where some spikes (protrusions) may be screwed to the bottom of the shoe.

The toe part of some track shoes may be bent upward (the upward bent angle is generally referred to as the taper) to allow some space for the spikes at the bottom of the shoes. Some running events include sprint, relays, hurdling, long and middle distance running. Some jumping events include high jump, long jump and pole vaulting, while throwing events will include javelin, discus throw and shot put.

Sprint track and field spikes or shoes’ tapers are generally the most rigid and the highest too for track shoes. Long distance running shoes have spike plates that are more flexible than sprints’ and some fewer spikes too. A middle distance running track shoe falls between a sprint and a distance running track shoe.

High jump track shoes have some heel spikes (protrusions) and a flat bottom, while long jump track shoes are somewhat similar to sprint shoes or spikes. Track and field spikes from RS4U can adequately provide some effective traction for various types of sporting events. Each athlete will need to compare different types and brands of track shoes to get the right fit.

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