Here’s a sneak peek at the shoes Patrick Makau was wearing when he ran 2:03:38 in Berlin.
The city of Berlin is where marathon world records get broken, and the last two times that’s happened the guy doing it had the same model of shoes on his feet.
When Kenyan Patrick Makau broke the tape in 2:03:38 this past September at the BMW Berlin Marathon, he knocked a whopping 21 seconds off Ethiopian Haile Gebrselassie’s barrier-breaking mark set in 2008. The shoes both of them were wearing when they made their record-breaking runs? The adiZero Adios from adidas–also the same shoe worn by 2011 Boston Marathon champions Geoffrey Mutai and Caroline Kilel–which can arguably be referred to as the fastest running shoe in the world. In fact, the three fastest men’s marathons victories of all-time have been run wearing some version of the adiZero Adios.
The red-orange and yellow model Makau was sporting in Berlin is the latest and greatest version of the shoe Gebrselassie first flashed when he ran 2:03:59 in Berlin three years ago. What has changed since the original iteration of this fast racing flat? Specs-wise, not a lot. The weight hasn’t budged, as the shoe still checks in at 7.4oz for a men’s size 9, while the heel-to-toe drop also remains the same at 11mm.
What is new in the adiZero Adios 2 is a Coolever mesh upper, which features a larger weave than the previous model and allows for maximum heat exchange between the foot and the outside air. A new, more responsive midsole compound is said to increase propulsion by 3%, while a new 3D mouled heel allows for a more secure heel fit during faster foot transitions. Underneath the shoe, a new 3-tiered torsion system allows for more stability underfoot and promotes greater forefoot propulsion from the “snap-back” of the torsion unit. Also in the front of the forefoot, a new Continental rubber outsole provides 21% more traction under normal conditions and 23% more traction on wet roads.
Expect the adiZero Adios 2 to hit stores here in the States around Christmas time. In the meantime, check out the gallery below for an early look at this fast pair of racing flats!