— Recommendations are independently chosen by Reviewed’s editors. Purchases you make through our links may earn us a commission. Today, October 11, marks the extra-triumphant return of the Boston Marathon, after COVID-19 concerns canceled the April 2020 race outright and postponed the 2021 race by six months. The marathon will see a mix of some of the world’s greatest athletes, time-qualifying amateur runners, and charity-supporting beginners return to the streets of metropolitan Boston, ready to race again and celebrate the sport of running.
Of course, that sport requires a vital tool: a supportive pair of running shoes. The Boston Marathon is a great place to spot what’s currently trending in runner footwear. It’s where sponsored athletes wear the shoes stocked with the newest technology for pounding the pavement at a shockingly fast pace for 26.2 miles straight.
To commemorate the last decade of the Boston Marathon, we’ve compiled a list of the sneakers that the winners wore, with a bit of background on each shoe and its technologies.
Nike Zoom Streak 3
Runners: Robert Kiprono Cheruiyot (2010), Teyba Erkesso (2010), Wesley Korir (2012), Lelisa Desisa (2013 and 2015)
According to a now-deleted webpage at retailer Running Warehouse, the Nike Zoom Streak 3 debuted in 2010 and was best known for its one-piece breathable upper that provided significant water drainage should it get splashed through puddles. The Zoom Streak 3s first crossed Boston’s finish line in 2010 on the feet of Kenyan athlete Robert Kiprono Cheruiyot in a time of 2:05:52 and on women’s division winner Teyba Erkesso of Ethiopia in 2:26:11.
What’s extraordinary about this shoe is that it remained a popular marathoners’ choice for years after its introduction and subsequent newer model introductions. In 2012, the Nike Zoom Streak 3 won it all again in Boston, worn by Kenyan Wesley Korir, who clocked a winning time of 2:12:40. Two-time Boston champ Lelisa Desisa crossed the 2013 finish line in 2:10:22 and 2015’s in 2:09:17 (a full minute faster) wearing the same pair of Zoom Streak 3s. For an idea of how popular these shoes once were: Complex’s Sneaker Report counted the number of Nike Air Zoom Streak 3s seen in 2013’s Boston Marathon, and ohe first 100 athletes to cross the finish line, 10 wore Streak 3s.