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Who Wore What? These Were the Top Shoes at the 2022 Boston Marathon

The 2022 Boston Marathon looked like an Adidas vs. Nike showdown, with a few other shoe brands sprinkled in.

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Ever since the first carbon-plated super shoes hit the roads, they’ve dominated the pro running conversation. With any speedy performance, we want to know: What latest shoe technology were they wearing?

That was certainly the case for Monday’s thrilling Boston Marathon where Peres Jepchirchir and Ababel Yeshaneh fought until the very last mile for their glory moment. In the end, it was Jepchirchir who out-kicked Yeshaneh 2:21.01 to 2:21.05.

In the context of super shoes, though, it may as well have been a head-to-head battle between Adidas and Nike, two Goliaths in the space. And though Nike had more racers finish in the top 15 wearing its shoes, the eventual 2022 Boston Marathon champion was wearing a pair of Adidas Adizero Adios Pro 2’s.

Curious what the other ultra-fast women were racing in on Marathon Monday? We tracked down the 6 shoes that were worn by the top 15 women.

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Adidas Adizero Adios Pro 2 | $220


Who wore it?

Along with 2022 Boston Marathon champion, Peres Jepchirchir, fellow Kenyans Viola Cheptoo (6th place) and Joyciline Jepkosgei (7th place), and ninth place Charlotte Purdue sported the German shoe.

Nike Vaporfly Next% 2 | $250


Who wore it?

Who didn’t wear the fabled Nike super shoes? First and second runners up, Ababel Yeshaneh and Mary Wacera Ngugi sported Nikes along the Boston Marathon course, followed by fourth and fifth place runners Edna Kiplagat and Monicah Ngige. Degitu Azimeraw (8th place), Nell Rojas (10th place, first American finisher), and Bria Wetsch (15th place) round out the list of top 15 Boston finishers that raced in Nikes on Monday.

Saucony Endorphin Pro 3


Who wore it?

Malindi Elmore, the 11th place finisher, was the only top 15 competitor to sport this new style from Saucony.

HOKA Rocket X 2

close up of Stephanie Bruce's unreleased HOKA Rocket X 2 shoes from the Boston Marathon
126th Boston Marathon April 18, 2022 (Photo: Kevin Morris)

Who wore it?

Second American finisher Stephanie Bruce rocked these brand-new (not available until next year) shoes from her long-time sponsor. She came in 12th overall in 2:28:02.

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Brooks Hyperion Elite 3 | $250


Who wore it?

Desiree Linden finished her ninth run at the Boston Marathon in 2:28.47 in this new edition of Brooks carbon-plated super shoe.

Puma Fast-R Nitro Elite


Who wore it?

Minnesota-based Dakotah Lindwurm came in 14th in 2:30:42 wearing the Puma Fast-R Nitro Elite, a shoe that is not yet available in America.

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