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The Iten is the perfect light weight trainer. Built for your fast shorter runs, it's robust enough to keep you going if you chose to go longer.


  • 4mm heel to toe drop.
  • Startlingly light weight at 7.9oz (224 grams) for men's size 9.
  • A slightly wider than normal toe-box.
  • Midsole cups the heel.


The Iten is the perfect light weight trainer. Built for your fast shorter runs, it's robust enough to keep you going if you chose to go longer.


We brought the toe box down so when you flex your toes, the Iten will move with your foot. We also made the Iten just slightly wider than other speed work shoes, giving your toes just a bit more room to splay.


At a mere 7.9 oz (224 grams) for a men’s US size 9 (UK 8), the Iten will never be a drag when you pick up the pace.


Your foot is a powerful set of muscles and tendons. When training, you want a shoe that gives your foot a full range of motion so your arch, ankle, and toes can build the strength and endurance you need. The Iten does just that.


If you run barefoot, you’ll find yourself landing on your midfoot or forefoot. Having a big cushioned heel on your shoe can throw off this natural gait. So the Iten has only 4mm more cushioning in the heel than the forefoot to help you land naturally.


Whenever you take a turn or run across an uneven surface (like the crown of a road), your foot wants to move laterally. Since the Iten’s midsole cups the foot, it keeps you locked into the shoe even on the sharpest of turns.

Cultural Elements

More than just a great running shoe, the Iten is covered with little bits of the Kenyan running story. 


Along the side of the Iten, you’ll find 12 lines for 12/12 - 12 December. Jamhuri day ,the day in 1963 when Kenya gained independence and exactly one year later when it became a republic.


Whether Maasai  beading or Swahili lesos, you’ll see consistent repetition of triangle patterns in Kenyan design. We brought those same triangles to several different places on the Iten.


The national motto of Kenya means “all pull together”, and is used to refer to moments where communities come together to accomplish something individuals couldn’t do alone.

The Great Rift Valley

The groove on the heel of the Itens represent the escarpments and the floor of the Great Rift Valley.

The Name: Iten

It’s a big name from a small place. Iten is a small town nestled on Kenya’s Great Rift Valley that has produced the highest number of gold medals in distance running. It is also known as the home of champions.

Better For the world

Social impact

As we celebrate Kenya’s athletic excellence with runners across the globe, we deliver economic empowerment in Kenya. Both in production and by giving back to the community. Learn more.

Climate neutral

We measure our carbon footprint, reduce it, and then offset what we can’t eliminate. Plus all our packaging is reused or reusable. Nothing to the waste bin. 

Vegan Friendly

Lapatets and Itens are made free of animal byproducts or materials and are not tested on animals. Though sometimes they seem eager to check them out.

Customer Reviews

Based on 134 reviews
Learning to appreciate working out in the Iten

I’m adjusting to running in this shoe but I really like them a lot. I’m accustomed to running in a stability, very cushioned shoe. But what I really like is the minimal drop in the shoe, which works with my changed gait (thanks to Chi Running Form). I am very aware of my foot strike in the Iten and I like it! Its a light shoe that I also use for weight training in the gym.

Great Shoes/Snug fit

Very minimal and to the point. Nice toe box, very slim cupped heel and has some spring after a while. I have the green and they're head-turners for sure! I like them a lot, great purchase. Go Enda!!

Sneakers are great!

They are fantastic! Some of the best arch support I have ever had in a sneaker. I was a little concerned that it was pinching my right foot by my pinky toe, but I adjusted the laces and the tongue and it was fine. I am not a runner, but a long distance walker. I am glad they were made for uneven surfaces, most of my walks are up and down uneven sidewalks so they are just right for those conditions. So far so good. Also the shipping was amazingly fast, so thank you for everyone from the makers, marketers, and sellers. I wish you continued success! Cheers!

Enda Iten

These are the only running shoes I’ll ever buy. They are super lightweight, and comfortable, and I have actually had zero injuries since wearing them.

Comfy ride!

Nice running shoes with a good mid foot strike. Plenty of padding and support for short to mid distance runs!

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