Peaks Coaching Group's Nick Stanko might say that shoes are the only thing you can't borrow for a triathlon, but that doesn't mean you have to get tri-specific kicks complete with drainage holes, tongue grips, and elastic laces. A light pair of running shoes that are comfortable with and without socks will function just fine.

We found that Mizuno's new Wave Sayonara, a lightweight everyday runner with an especially soft liner, was just the right fit for training and race day. But everyone's foot and stride is different. When shopping for a running shoe that you can also use in a tri, get at least a few dozen miles in them before race day. And be sure to look for a fairly light, breathable shoe (remember, your bare feet may still be damp) that gives you no hot spots with or without socks. [$120;]