The best shoes for spartan race need to be light, drain water well, have great traction and help prevent blisters without wearing socks (stay dry!).
A lot of companies make different shoes and many of them can be great, but the leader is Inov-8. They have many models also but I’ll focus on 2 here as the best shoes for Spartan Race or Mud Runs.
Best Shoes for Spartan Race or Mud Run
- Mesh and synthetic
- Manmade sole
- Lightweight & stable trail running shoe that offers superior grip
- Synthetic & mesh fabric with sticky rubber compound soles
- Two Arrow Shoc-Zone midsole
- TPU Met-Cradle lacing support
- Soft heel and tongue
From the product description…
Made with lightweight and breathable all mesh and synthetic material that allows your feet to stay cool and keep your toes blister-free. The sole is comprised of sticky rubber outsole which optimizes grip in wet conditions and over steep, slick terrain. Soft heel and tongue provide comfort for long hikes, runs, or races. Two Arrow Shoc-Zone midsole uses a minimal amount of EVA foam padding to cushion your steps and keep your strides quick and efficient. Meta-Flex insert adds a natural forefoot flex. TPU Met-Cradle lacing support cradles the forefoot behind the metatarsal heads to deliver a secure foot hold.
- Claimed Weight: (single) 10.5 oz
- Midsole: EVA, Meta-Shank 1
- Lining: mesh
- Closure: laces
- Support Type: stability
Heel to toe, this is an aggressive shoe for tackling steep, slippery ascents and fast, flowing descents. A precise fit keeps this shoe close to your foot, an articulated shank allows the midsole to flex and adapt to uneven terrain, moderate cushioning soaks up rough impacts, and thick outsole lugs dig deep into the dirt. Innov-8 suggest that this low-drop (6mm) trail shoe is ideal for short- to mid-distance training for intermediate minimalists, and ideal for longer distances if you’re an experienced minimalist runner.