Run shoe technology has improved considerably over the last decade and the new technology has caused much debate on fairness in competitive running. Tim Heming even took the subject up in this month’s 220.


To clarify the situation before Tokyo and ensure all athletes have a level paying field, World Athletics have now announced that they have amended the rules governing competition running shoes. The amended rule now states:

“From 30 April 2020, any shoe must have been available for purchase by any athlete on the open retail market (online or in store) for a period of four months before it can be used in competition.

“If a shoe is not openly available to all then it will be deemed a prototype and use of it in competition will not be permitted.” 

Shoes must also have a sole no thicker than 40mm and must not contain more than one rigid embedded plate or blade. (Read full rules here)