Marathon and Road Race

7 Best running shoes that Kenyans use to win marathons

The following is a selection of best running shoes which Kenyans have used to win marathons. Kenyans are renowned allover the world for conquering long distance races. We all know the achievements by legendry marathoner Eliud Kipchoge who won London marathon four times between 2015 – 2019, under 2.0 Ineos Challenge history making run, and his Olympic gold glory.

We also know he has broken courses records, and won 99 percent of his marathons. Other record smashers include Dennis Kimetto, who broke a record set by yet another Kenyan Wilson Kipsang, who had also broken a record set by his countryman Patrick Makau. You can read about their astonishing records here.

It is not only in the marathons and road races where Kenyans are dominant. The world can barely remember when the country lost in the men’s 3,000 metres steeplechase in an Olympic or World championship. The men’s 800 metres world record is held by David Rudisha.

Best running shoes used by Kenyan runners

1. Nike ZoomX Vaporfly Next%

Nike is the official sponsor for Eliud Kipchoge. The shoemaker is renown for its #JustDoIt label. He conquered the world with the Nike ZoomX Vaporfly Next% at the Virgin Money London Marathon 2019. The shoe was unveiled in late April just a few days to the marathon.

Nike ZoomX Vaporfly best running shoe

Nike claims the shoe ‘can make runners 4 percent more efficient on their feet, translating to precious minutes over the course of a race like the marathon’ and saves runners more energy. The best  marathon shoes can therefore make a runner do fewer minutes than ordinary shoes. Research by Wired and the New York Times found that runners who wore Vaporfly ran 3 to 4 times faster than those who did not.

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Eliud Kipchoge World Record Nike Zoom

2. adizero Sub2 by Adidas

The adizero Sub2 by Adidas was worn by record holder Wilson Kipsang in Berlin 2017. “It is important for the shoe to be light, fast and comfortable – and it is,” Kipsang said before the race.

Unfortunately, the shoes are limited edition and only available by elite athletes. They are the same shoes David Rudisha wore when he set the new 800 metres world record in London in 2012. That record is yet to be broken.

Marathoners Patrick Makau, Dennis Kimetto, Geoffrey Mutai and Emmanuel Mutai are all users of the adidas product in their exploits.

adizero Sub2 by Adidas Wilson Kipsang
Image credit: AthleticsWeekly

3. Adizero Adios Boost

The Adidas Adios Boost is another shoe that has helped Kenyan men conquer the world. Geoffrey Mutai won the New York Marathon 2013 wearing these shoes.

Adizero Adios Boost

4. Nike Zoom Streak 4

The Nike Zoom Streak 4 is a favourite of various athletes finishing in the top 10 in the marathons. With Nike’s experience in developing long distance running shoes, this shoe should do you well in catapulting you to a podium finish, Even if you are not an elite athlete, it will help you run and finish your dream marathon run comfortably.

Nike Zoom Streak 4

5. New Balance 1600

New Balance is working hard to come up with shoes that can inspire victory in elite athletes. The company is a major sports gear manufacturer even though it is yet to attract bigger names the way Nike and Adidas do. The New Balance 1600 have crossed the finish line in the top 20 in many marathons around the world.

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New Balance 1600 best running shoe

6. Puma Faas 400

Puma is well known in the ball games but it has also been represented well on the track and road races. It is yet to catch up with the big boys in the marathon but the Puma Faas 400 is a favourite for elite athletes at various meetings worldwide. Try them out and you could just be on your way to a personal glorious finish.

Puma Faas 400

7. Enda shoes

It would be surprising if the land of marathoners relied on imports to conquer the world. Enda shoes are growing in popularity among elite athletes training in the Kenyan highlands despite their launch just a few years ago. The Kenyan company understands what Kenyan athletes need to conquer the world. It will just be a matter of time before their label get to the ends of the world. Enda shoes are quite affordable for the amateur runner.

Enda best running shoes

Note that most of these best running shoes come in different versions, the latest ones being improvements on the previous versions. There are hundreds of other brands out there for use by various athletes. Just make sure you make the right choice especially if you are preparing to run a marathon.

Last updated April 14 2022