Are you looking for a new pair of shoes that could accompany you on the running track? Are you a sportsman who takes the marathon seriously?
If so, you need a top-quality pair of carbon plate running shoes.
Here, we provide our top 10 picks for the finest running shoes across various brands for 2023. So look around and find out which suits your running style best.
In This Article:
- Nike Vaporfly 2
- Nike Alphafly 2
- Nike Zoom Fly 5
- Puma Deviate NITRO Elite 2
- Puma Fast-R NITRO Elite
- Asics METASPEED Sky+
- Asics METASPEED Edge+
- Adidas Adizero Pro 3
- New Balance FuelCell SuperComp Elite 3
- Under Armour Flow Velociti Elite
Carbon Plate Running Shoes That Make Marathons Feel Like Running on the Beach
1. Nike Vaporfly 2
At the top of the list, we’re excitedly introducing Nike’s fastest and most advanced carbon plate running shoes - the Nike Vaporfly 2.
In our previous Nike Vaporfly article, we explained why these running shoes are the leader of the running race: they’re faster, lighter, more flexible, and, most importantly, tried and tested by some of the world marathon champions like Eliud Kipchoge in 2018.
What is so out of this world about this Nike Vaporfly?
This shoe combines two most innovative technologies: the Nike ZoomX foam and the VaporWeave material. And don’t forget the carbon plates. These built-in secret weapons are full-length and can propel you forward to win any long-distance run.
2. Nike Alphafly 2
Coming second on the list is another pair of carbon plate running shoes from Nike: the Nike Alphafly 2. Look how distinctive they are with those massive grooves in the outsole.
Costing $25 more than the Vaporfly 2, this Nike gives you a vamp (Air Zoom) separate from the heel. With a carbon plate inside the midsole, the shoe is the ultimate testification proving that running shoes can return energy for a more efficient run.
So you won’t be able to look at your old favorite pair of running shoes the same way again after taking a few steps in this Nike Alphafly 2. Instead, these rocket launchers will help you cut the time needed to complete the race while maintaining stability.
3. Nike Zoom Fly 5
If you’re not willing to reach too deep into your pocket and spend $200+ for a top-tier pair of running shoes, why don’t you consider the Nike Zoom Fly 5?
These carbon plate running shoes can be stylish casual sneakers while performing more than well for daily running. How so?
Being affordable doesn’t mean the Zoom Fly 5 loses its consistent cushioning you feel in every step, not to mention the perfect contoured fit that locks down your feet and helps you avoid heel slip. This versatility, where you combine a sleek style with the performance of running shoes, is unusual in the running world.
Who, though, said you couldn’t have it all? So deploy the Nike Zoom Fly 5 at the starting line of your preferred race and in the days and months after winning it.
4. Puma Deviate NITRO Elite 2
Not a fan of Nike? Understand that many other brands offer carbon plate running shoes that make you top any long-distance runners.
The Puma Deviate NITRO Elite 2 can be your next marathon propellant. Made out of premium foam technology with extremely lightweight construction, the NITRO Elite is the pinnacle of responsiveness that exceeds the expectations for all-surface traction.
The best part? Puma’s innovative thermo-formed carbon plate is designed to maximize energy transfer and optimize running efficiency. Leaner and stronger coming with excellent propulsion power and breathability. This Puma has it all.
5. Puma Fast-R NITRO Elite
If the Deviate NITRO’s already excellent breathability is not enough for you running on the beach during the summer, try the sock-like mono-mesh Puma Fast-R Carbon.
This marathon-worthy racing shoe offers more than you wish to have. With a cutting-edge, hoof-style midsole made out of NITRO Elite foam for unreal breathability and almost-there comfort, the Puma Fast-R makes you travel at the speed of lightweight runners.
Of course, this shoe also has a carbon plate to stabilize the midsole and every step you make while maximizing energy transfer. So don’t be surprised if you notice that your move transitions become so fluid you feel like you’re sprinting through the air.
6. Asics METASPEED Sky+
Coming up next is the Japanese sportswear manufacturer Asics with one of its latest marathon-inspired carbon plate running shoes: the METASPEED Sky+.
Named after its designated functionality as a stride-runner shoe, the Sky+ increases speed by lengthening runners’ strides. This quality is achieved by increasing the amount of foam to help runners have more bounce and vertical propulsion.
Let’s not forget the full-length carbon plate built in a redesigned midfoot to provide energy transfer and help extend your strides even further. As a result, you can run more effectively with these shoes, making quick paces feel nearly effortless.
7. Asics METASPEED Edge+
Unlike the Sky+, the Asics METASPEED Edge+ is designed for cadence-runners who increase speed by increasing the number of strides.
Despite the apparent similarities between the two versions, the Edge+ has a higher drop and toe-spring, making your fastest movement even faster.
And, if you hate that impact absorbed into your feet and then going up to your knees every time you land on the ground, remember that the 16% increase in BLAST™ TURBO cushioning underfoot is there for a softer landing and an even more reactive bounce.
8. Adidas Adizero Pro 3
The Adizero Pro 3 is one of Adidas’ latest carbon plate running shoes. It was designed for record-breakers like top runners and professionals who take running seriously.
Thanks to its sophisticated technology and design, the Adizero is also ideal for runners searching for little improvements. It does so by distributing the pressure from the runner’s weight more evenly due to a revolutionary carbon fiber plate design.
As a result, there is less stiffness under the heel and a more consistent feel. So put on the Adizero Pro 3 and push the boundaries of your physical capabilities.
9. New Balance FuelCell SuperComp Elite 3
The latest FuelCell SuperComp Elite is designed with a dual focus on lighter weight due to a new upper material and dynamic energy return due to the Arc System.
Unlike other shoes with a horizontal groove that cuts across the outsole, this New Balance has a strategic vertical midsole void to increase stored energy on the sides of the foot and deliver a higher total energy return.
New Balance even claims that every piece of this pair of carbon plate running shoes serves a particular purpose. With data from the brand’s research lab, this design philosophy results in a shoe that is not only a running shoe but a racing shoe.
10. Under Armour Flow Velociti Elite
The Under Armour Flow Velociti Elite, which Sharon Lokedi wore to win her first marathon, the NYC Marathon, in 2022, is the last item on the list.
Lokedi laced up her new light, snappy, rubberless shoes and let the carbon plate push her across NYC’s finish line in 2:23:23 after months of training and testing the Flow Velociti Elite.
There is no rubber in this Under Armor running shoe since it is made of rugged, gripping foam that serves as both the cushioning and sole. As a result, your strides lengthen and become firmer and closer to the ground due to your shoes feeling lighter.
What’s your favorite pick for your next marathon race?
Be the winner on every track with the help of carbon plate technology, and let it push you beyond the border of racing success.
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