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Carbon Running Shoes

For all distances

Carbon Running Shoes

Carbon running shoes are very popular nowadays. But why? And for which distances can you use them? We’ve made an overview of all the different models that are available at 21RUN.


Using carbon in running shoes, actually isn’t that groundbreaking. Some brands already experimented with this in the late 80s. Since then, technology and knowledge about the material have improved immensely; resulting in a far more effective carbon plate. Carbon plates are extremely light and strong. Thanks to the wave-pattern the plate gives you an enormous boost during your toe-off phase. That’s exactly why these carbon running shoes are often used to break records.

Long Distances – Marathons or more


The carbon plate has a light curve and stimulates a smooth transition from midfoot to forefoot. Each shoe size has its own personalised carbon plate: making the plate as effective as possible, and helping you get the most out of your Alphafly.

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adidas Adizero Pro

The carbon plate in the sole is placed in between the insole and the midsole. The Adizero Pro is ideal for your long endurance training or race.

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The carbon plate is found between the PROFLY midsole and the Rubberised EVA outsole. This plate ensures a smooth and fast heel-to-toe transition and returns a lot of energy during take off.

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Middle distances – Half-marathon to marathon

Nike ZoomX Vaporfly Next% Unisex

The famous full-length carbon plate is found on top of the ZoomX midsole. Both elements, the carbon plate and the ZoomX midsole, make this shoe so fast and famous.

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Saucony Endorphin PRO

These light running shoes feature a lot of innovative elements, the most important of which is the carbon plate in the midsole. This plate provides a lot of responsiveness and minimises energy loss.

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Nike Zoom Fly 3

Placed in between the layers of React foam is a carbon fibre plate. This plate functions as a spring: propelling you forward with a lot of force during your take off phase.

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Short Distances – Less than a half-marathon

ASICS Metaracer

The Metaracer features a carbon plate that especially gives a lot of structure to the forefoot. This plate is found in between the Flytefoam midsole and the outsole.

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HOKA ONE ONE EVO Carbon Rocket +

A comfortable racing shoe! And, a one of a kind in HOKA’s collection. The special carbon plate in the midsole provides a springy effect. Excellent for quick speed boosts.

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HOKA ONE ONE Rocket X Unisex

The CMEVA-Foam midsole provides effective cushioning, but also ensures a good feel with the underground. This midsole works together with a one millimetre carbon plate.

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All Carbon Shoes

The full collection of carbon running shoes keeps growing. Therefore it can be tough to choose which pair is best for you. This stays a very personal choice of course. Which carbon shoes are good for you largely depends on your preferences, goals and running style. Find an overview of all carbon running shoes that are in stock right now here.

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