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If you race on the track, you'll want a good pair of track shoes. Track shoes are lighter and more flexible than training shoes, and – as with lightweight road racing shoes – this is achieved by trimming down the midsole. The good news is that track surfaces are much softer and springier than roads, so most runners can safely race in track shoes.
There are two basic types of track shoe: spikes and flats. Spiked track shoes offer significantly better traction than flats, but require changing the type and length of spike to adapt to different track surfaces. Track flats offer less traction than spikes (a critical consideration in sprint races), but can be used on any track surface without adjustment.