Fast Flats: U.S. Olympic Marathoners’ Racing Shoes

  • By Brian Metzler
  • Published Jul. 23, 2012
  • Updated Jul. 25, 2012 at 1:49 PM UTC

Shalane Flanagan, Nike

It’s hard to say what shoe Shalane will wear in London. We’ve asked, but so far haven’t gotten a definitive answer. Her husband, Steve Edwards, told us a few weeks ago that Shalane hadn’t yet decided on her shoes. In recent years, she’s often worn the Nike Zoom Marathoner, a shoe that Nike is no longer making. It’s not that she can’t get them, though. Nike has a warehouse of outdated shoes it can draw from and/or it could make up a custom pair if necessary, especially for an athlete who figures to have a very good chance of contending for a medal. Here’s a shot of the Nike Zoom Marathoners Nike cooked up for Paula Radcliffe at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing. Different flag, but still red, white and blue.

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Brian Metzler

Brian Metzler

Brian Metzler is the editor-in-chief of Competitor magazine. He has raced every distance from 50 yards to 100 miles and run in more than 700 pairs of running shoes in the past 25 years. You can reach him at

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