Following the release of its highly-anticipated obstacle course racing shoe, the Spartan RD Pro by Craft, Spartan went back to the lab with its performance apparel and footwear partner to create a technical, high-performance trail running shoe — the Spartan x Craft Nordic Speed Shoe. The shoe, built for speed, endurance and durability, meets the specific needs that trail runners expect to face on the trail, from uneven terrain to wet, slippery surfaces.
Its essential technology includes:
- A carbon-infused outsole that holds grip over slippery, wet terrain.
- A reinforced foam midsole that produces a smooth ride on rough, uneven trails.
- A flexible, durable upper that keeps runners fresh and protected.
The men’s colorway features a black upper with a teal sole and tongue, while the women’s is offered with a teal upper and smoked pearl sole and tongue. Both models retail for $140 on Spartan.com.
“With Spartan Trail events growing across the world, attracting athletes from beginners to professionals, our community needs a high-performance shoe to keep up with the demands of the terrain,” explains Michael Lunardelli, Spartan’s VP–merchandise and retail. “We’ve worked closely with Craft’s team of designers and technicians to create the Spartan x Craft Nordic Speed. Every stitch and seam has been intricately designed using the best materials and technology available – ensuring it will stand up to the terrain and providing a competitive edge to those who wear it.”
“People in Sweden and the Nordic region are very health and fitness conscious and use the extreme conditions of the nature around them to maximize the way they run and train,” adds Eric Sarin, head of Craft’s footwear development and a 25-year athletic shoe maven responsible for the engineering and design behind Spartan X Craft footwear collaborations. “This shoe was born with exactly that in mind — to assist athletes as they train and compete in variable conditions to their ultimate ability. With Nordic trails and mountains and natural obstacles as our muse, we created an extremely versatile trail running OCR shoe.”
Since partnering with Craft Sportswear in 2018, Spartan has established itself as a serious player in high-performance apparel and footwear built for endurance training and racing. The creation of the Spartan x Craft Nordic Speed Shoe was a natural evolution for the collaboration between the two brands, as Spartan has expanded its footprint in trail running with the creation and growth of Spartan Trail and the Spartan Trail World Championship, which draw the world’s best trail runners to 10 prestigious trail and ultra-races across four continents.