First 100 Shoes at the NYC Marathon Courtesy of Sneaker Report

A reader (thanks Tom!) just passed me a link to an impressive piece of work posted on Sneaker Report. They put together a photo montage of the first 100 shoes to pass by at yesterday’s New York City Marathon. I tend to be a fan of racing flats, so many of my favorite shoes are well represented, and Nike and adidas seem to take top honors in terms of frequency of appearance (the adidas adios Boost and Nike Zoom Streak appear quite often). However, much to my surprise, there were no sightings of the adidas Springblade.

For a few examples, here’s men’s winner Geoffrey Mutai in the adidas Adios Boost (photo via Sneaker Report).

Geoffrey Mutai Boost

And here’s Meb Keflezighi in the Skechers GoRun Speed 2 (photo via Sneaker Report):

Meb GoRun Speed 2

Check out the full suite of photos here on Sneaker Report.

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Comments

  1. So is the Adios Boost available in the US? I happen to be in another country right now and found them here and am wondering if I should buy them. If they won’t be available in the US for a while, I might.

  2. no springblade??

    thank goodness lol

    cringe every time i see it, ugly in more ways than one

  3. kamilothoris says:

    Here is a picture of Abebe Bikila using his springblades.

  4. EternalFury says:

    Looks like quite a few course records are made in Boost shoes after all. Maybe it’s a gimmick, but it clearly doesn’t seem to degrade performance. ;)

  5. Zedric Dimalanta says:

    What, no Adidas Spingblade? (lol)

    Offhand though, I think a casual survey like this says more about which shoe company can afford to sponsor more elite athletes than anything about who makes the “best” shoes.

    EDIT: Hah! Cody R. and I made the same joke.

  6. llewis2081 says:

    Totally off topic, but does anyone know what the orange tags on the shoes are? They remind me of the old “D-Tags” they used to use for race timing, but these seem to be on both shoes, in all of the pictures I looked at.

    • packrats999 says:

      In elite races and many cross country races, the competitors are required to wear a timing chip on each shoe as a fail-safe procedure.

  7. Steve Fines says:

    I thought this quite interesting.

    In the end, do these top runners actually choose their shoe, or is this a sponsor decision?

    Or maybe they are given 2-3 shoes by the sponsor to choose from?

    And, as long as it is light weight, at this level does the shoe choice really matter that much?

    • Pete Larson says:

      I’m sure they have a choice of any shoe made by a particular sponsor. Not sure if there are incentives to get them in particular shoes or not.

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      • packrats999 says:

        They could be given a budget to freely choose or they could have been given a specific model by their sponsor. And as you say, incentives could be in play. The best of the best have their shoes custom made even if they may look like off-the-shelf product.

    • Geoffrey Alan Gray says:

      I was talking with some of the top women at the LA 1/2 marathon 2 weeks back that were sponsored by Adidas. They said they didn’t like racing in the Energy Boost but were big fans of the Adios Boost…

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