Photo: Oliver Baker

Nike Zoom Elite 9


$120, Roadrunnersports.com

The draw: All-around speedster

The ultimate speed shoe for just about any distance, the revamped Zoom Elite 9 serves up a nimble ride with a lightweight chassis that offers plenty of cushioning and protection. The upper has an airy sensation, but it also helps provide a secure and surprisingly supportive fit. Although it’s a great choice for tempo runs and track workouts, it also has a very low-profile knobby patterned outsole for traction that makes it ideal for running through soggy aid stations at Olympic-distance and 70.3 races.

7.9 ounces | 8mm heel-toe offset