Runner Sets Half Marathon Record in Dress Shoes
At the Hotlanta Half, winner Juris Silenieks wore shoes with pointy toes but running shoe technology.
On Sunday in Atlanta, recent Syracuse University graduate Juris Silenieks won the Hotlanta Half Marathon in 1:17:05 while wearing dress shoes.
Silenieks was an accomplished runner for Syracuse’s cross country and track & field teams, but his goal in Sunday’s race was to establish a new Guinness World Record for the fastest half marathon in dress shoes which, pending verification, he accomplished. He wore Wolf & Shepherd’s Honey Captoe shoes, which retail for $345.
Over the past year, several runners have engaged in a battle to see who can run the fastest half marathon in a suit. If this is the beginning of the dress shoe battle, Silenieks has set the bar relatively high.
Wolf & Shepherd was founded last year by Justin Schneider, who was a decathlete for Notre Dame and former footwear designer for Adidas. Schneider’s goal was to use running shoe technology to improve the comfort and performance of dress shoes. Wolf & Shepherd then recruited Silenieks to field-test the shoes in Sunday’s race. Still fit from his track season, Silenieks figured he might as well give it a shot.
Silenieks wrote in an email to Runner’s World that had he worn racing flats, he estimates he could have completed the hot and hilly race in about 70 minutes. But overall, he gave the shoes a positive review.
“There have not been any major setbacks from the dress shoes at all,” he wrote. “I think I am maybe a little more sore than I would normally be, but that is about it. I could not have imagined running it in a different pair of dress shoes, though.”
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