8.15.19

Best Cross Country Shoes for Practice and Competition

As you head back to the course this cross country season, not just any shoes will do. You need the best gear possible to help you leave your legacy in the record books. That’s why we’ve created this list of the best cross country shoes of the season. So, whether you compete in spikes or flats or just need a new pair of shoes for practice, eastbay.com has the best gear from top brands. So, get ready for your best season yet!

COMPETITION SPIKES AND FLATS:

When it comes to shoes for race day, you want to make sure they’re light as can be with ultimate traction to grip the surface of the cross country course, whether you’re running on grass, gravel, or dirt.

1. Nike Zoom Victory XC 5

Colors: Black, Metallic Silver, Black

Take on tough courses with these cross country shoes. Multilayered, translucent mesh provides a lightweight, breathable, and water-resistant upper that stays snug on your foot throughout the race. The spiked version has a carbon fiber plate in the midfoot to enhance stability and support and features rubber heel pods, extra lugs, and six spike pins on the outsole to give you multisurface durability and aggressive traction. The waffle version of these shoes sports a CushIon midsole for lightweight, responsive cushioning and an all-rubber outsole for gripping traction.

2. Saucony Havok XC2

Colors: Black and Green

These cross country shoes are a great option for varsity runners. Both versions are made with a seamless sock-like upper with FLEXFILM overlays to provide an enhanced fit without adding extra bulk. While both versions feature a full carbon rubber outsole, the spiked version also features a six-pin Pebax® plate to keep you leading the pack on aggressive terrain.

3. New Balance XC Seven V2

Colors: Black and White

These shoes combine the lightweight cushioning of elite racing shoes with a more traditional fit and extra protection, making them a perfect choice for new racers. An engineered knit upper provides lightweight structure while unique midsole cushioning gives a responsive feel underfoot. Finished off with a lugged rubber outsole and six removable spikes, these shoes provide superior traction on every type of course.

4. Nike Zoom Rival XC

Colors: White, Black and Atmosphere Grey

These shoes look as fast as they feel with a multilayered mesh upper featuring striped skin overlays. Both versions are great, affordable options for cross country shoes with lightweight, responsive cushioning in the midsole and an anatomical rounded heel to roll with the ground. The spiked version has strategically placed lugs on the perimeter of the outsole to enhance grip in all conditions, while the spikeless version features a waffle plate with a rubber outsole for traction.

5. Saucony Carrera XC4

Colors: Black and Slime

Even the best can get better, and these racing shoes are proof of that. A fully engineered mesh upper features ISOFIT that adapts to the shape and motion of your foot for a secure fit. The midsole is made from a super light, high-abrasion foam to increase durability without weighing you down. The spiked version features a durable rubber outsole with a six-pin Pebax® spike plate that provides unrelenting grip for your fastest race yet.

PRACTICE FLATS:

Built for training, preparing for race day, and beating your PR, these shoes are guaranteed to get you closer to annihilating your goals.

1. Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 36

Colors: Phantom, Riderock, Electric Green and Moon Particle

These running shoes are exactly what you need to get your practice miles in throughout the week. They feature a slimmer design than the last Pegasus model with less weight in the tongue and heel collar. The upper is made from engineered mesh, and the midsole features a full-length Zoom Air unit along with CushIon foam to provide responsive cushioning.

2. Saucony Type A8

Colors: White, Black and Citron

These versatile running shoes have an engineered mesh upper with FLEXFILM overlays to provide a seamless sock-like fit. A super light midsole gives rebound while you run, and a carbon rubber outsole provides durable traction so that you can comfortably put in many practice miles before the big race.

3. New Balance 1500 V5

Colors: White and Neon Emerald

Designed for aggressive road runs, these shoes promise speed and support. The upper is made of breathable mesh to keep your feet feeling fresh, and the midsole sports responsive cushioning to keep your steps light and springy.

Best Long-Distance Running Shoes

Looking for a fresh pair of long-distance running shoes for the summer season? Check out our list of the best!

The Differences Between the Nike Zoom Running Shoes

Discover the differences between all the Nike Zoom running shoes to find out which pairs is best for you.

Best Running Shoes 2020

Spring is the perfect time to replace your worn-out running shoes with a new pair. Check out our list of the year's best running shoes.

How To Choose The Right Pair of Running Shoes

The right pair of shoes can help your body operate more efficiently during your run. Here's how to choose the right pair of running shoes:

Top Kids’ Track Spikes

Looking for a new pair of spikes to dominate this spring season? Check out our top recommendations of kids' track spikes!

Track and Field Gear Guide

It's time to start gearing up for track and field season. Our Track & Field Gear Guide is here to help — providing you with the info you need to upgrade your game.

Eastbay’s Turkey Trot: A Decade of Making a Difference

Over the past 10 years, Eastbay's Turkey Trot has become a tradition for many in Marathon County, WI, as a celebration of both holiday and community.

Cold-Weather Gear

Eastbay has all the cold-weather gear you need to withstand whatever Mother Nature throws your way while training outdoors this season.

Man and woman running side by side on pavement covered in fallen leaves.

Best Gifts for Runners

Eastbay offers thousands of gifts that keep on giving. Check out our best gifts for runners including shoes, shorts and jackets.

Brooks Ghost 12 Feature Image

4 Reasons to Buy the Brooks Ghost 12

Two professional athletes give their thoughts on the new Brooks Ghost 12 running shoes. Here's four reasons why you should consider buying them:

Female cross country runner running with trees in background

Best Cross Country Shoes for Practice and Competition

Cross country season is here, and we've got the fastest spikes around so that you can set new personal bests and dominate every meet.

Brooks Beasts Team Training Feature Image

Benefits of a Running Team, According to the Brooks Beasts

By training as a running team instead of individual athletes, the Brooks Beasts Track Club provides its athletes with unique benefits.

See More