Hoka ONE ONE Clifton 2$130 1 of 13
The Clifton 2 has exploded onto the tri scene as one of the most popular shoes for training and racing. The thick, ultra-plush outsole has a surprisingly stable ride and the heel-to-toe transitions feel like a dream. While not the quickest shoe on the list, the Clifton 2 has the most comfortable experience.
Skechers GOrun Ultra Road$115 2 of 13
Skechers has been steadily making its way into the performance running shoe market, and the GOrun Ultra Road fits the bill. The dual-density Resalyte midsole is comfortable, and the enhanced traction outsole is durable and efficient. Designed as a maximalist shoe, the Ultra Road is a great fit for heel strikers but is still quick and light enough for all stride types on race day.
Scott AF+ Support Shoe$145 3 of 13
New from Scott, the AF+ Support Shoe pairs cushioning with structure to provide runners with a more stable and efficient ride. Designed for high volume runs and races, the AF+ Support Shoe features an AeroFoam+ midsole that's both smooth and constant—no matter the speed.
New Balance Vazee Pace$110 4 of 13
This new offering from New Balance is a neutral-cushioning shoe designed as a fast-paced trainer. The REVlite midsole foam is firm, yet comfortable, and the shoe features a heel-toe curve to accentuate the fast feel. The Vazee Pace is a snappy, responsive ride that can handle both training and tempo runs.
Pearl Izumi E:Motion Tri N2 v2$130 5 of 13
Designed for the harsh conditions in Kona, the Tri N2 v2 is a neutral runner with one use in mind: triathlon. The quick-pull laces and large loop on the heel make it easy to slip these on, and the sock-like upper is breathable and barefoot friendly. The flexible midsole and the cushioned heel provide a smooth, fast running experience.
Skechers GOrun 4$100 6 of 13
The GOrun 4 is an ideal shoe for quick runners with a midfoot strike. While not optimal for iron-distance events, the GOrun 4 excels at the 70.3 distance and shorter. Its highly breathable fabric is great for hot runs, and the dual-density Resalyte midsole is comfortable and responsive. When it comes to shoe features, you can't get much better performance for the price.
Zoot TT 7.0$120 7 of 13
It may look different than most other shoes, but this shoe is designed for triathletes by triathletes. The Quick-Lace system and the Easy-On loops make putting on the shoe after a hard bike split easier. In addition to saving you time in T2, this neutral runner will push you to a new PR with its springy rebound and quick feel.
Scott Race Rocker 2.0$125 8 of 13
The Race Rocker 2.0 is a low-profile, quick and neutral shoe designed for more efficient runners. The upper is highly breathable and the lower profile sole encourages a heel-to-toe transition. The shoe runs on the small side and fits snug with no slip in the heel, and the lightweight design is perfect for speed work or shorter triathlons.
New Balance 860v5$120 9 of 13
The 860v5 is a reliable stability shoe designed to provide sustained and responsive cushioning over long distances. It has less flex in the midfoot and arch than most alternatives, but this provides extra support in these places. Despite the added support, it's not the quickest shoe on the market, so it's most appropriate for long-distance training runs and races.
Adidas Ultra Boost$180 10 of 13
While the self-proclaimed title of "Greatest Running Shoe Ever" is a little excessive, the Ultra Boost is a quick, dependable shoe fast enough for race day but durable enough for training runs on city streets. The Primeknit fabric and the boost soles combine for a fluid and responsive ride, and even though it's technically a neutral shoe, the Torsion System in the midfoot provides the necessary support for the average runner.
Pearl Izumi E:Motion Road M3 v2$135 11 of 13
Designed for heel-to-toe runners, the Road M3 v2 is a stability shoe that also provides a supple and responsive ride. This mid-level stability shoe is lightweight, but it's supportive enough for high-volume training and long-distance racing.
Zoot Laguna$115 12 of 13
Looking for a lightweight, smooth ride from a company with a history in triathlon? Look no further than the Zoot Laguna—a shoe with plenty of cushioning and medial support for iron-distance events. As an added bonus, the BareFit internal lining is seamless, so running out of T2 without socks won't be a problem.