Call does his workouts in Vibram FiveFingers, but for actual racing, he goes a little more traditional track-and-field. "Train in training shoes, race in racing shoes," he says, noting that ultraminimalist shoes "are not built for speed." On the course, he wears Nike's Zoom Waffle Racer 8, a cross-country running shoe that weighs a scant six ounces and has just enough tread for running fast. Schlachter prefers aggressive minimalist shoes like the X-Talon 212 from Inov-8. Whatever kicks you choose, both athletes recommend pairing them with lightweight, synthetic running socks, like Darn Tough's Coolmax 1/4 Sock Mesh model.
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