13. Puma Mobium
Puma’s first real foray into the high-end running market is a very promising one. The design is based around the human foot, with mid and outsoles that expand and contract to match your foot mid-stride. At the same time the Puma Bioband runs through the outsole in a figure of eight, providing elastic energy to your run – the more pressure you exert on it, the more energy return you’ll get.
Price: £85 | Link: Puma
14. Nike FlyKnit Lunar 1+
FlyKnit tech works replacing the traditional panelled upper with a woven one, making the shoe lighter but more straight forward and cheaper to manufacture. The tightly woven polyester upper varies in density with heavier weave in areas that demand more support. The ultra-light upper is supported by Nike's Lunarlon cushioning system - lighter and supposedly more responsive than standard EVA soles.
Price: £140 | Link: Nike
15. Saucony Triumph 10
At just 295g in a men's size nine, the latest running shoes from American brand Saucony are lightweight but solid. The sole features a unique crashpad design with three independently responsive layers that respond independently when your foot strikes the ground, aiming to deliver a smooth landing and a more efficient transition as you push off. The breathable open mesh uppers come in three colours: white, black and lime, or citron, black and white. The illuminuous citrons have the added bonus of helping you to be spotted jogging the streets on those dark winter nights.
Price: £115 | Saucony
16. Merrell Barefoot Trail Glove
Members of the barefoot running movement, Merrell has worked with Vibram to deliver this superlight, durable running shoe that’s like a glove for your foot. Built to tackle all running terrains, if you are struggling to get to grips with the unique running technique, there's a Merrell Barefoot Training app available on the App Store to help get you started.
Price: £75 | Link: Merrell
17. The North Face Mens Single Track Hayasa Shoe
Perfect for lovers of running off the beaten track, this ultra-lightweight shoe features the delightfully named Snake Plate and Cradle technology which provides comfort and cushioning in the crucial forefoot and heel areas of your foot. A super-sticky grip outsole will help tackle tricky terrain while a protective toecap should help protect against running into stones or a loose branch. They’ve been tested by ultra runner Tsuyoshi Kaburaki which suggests that the Hayasa is capable of going the distance.
Price: £100 | Link:Cotswold Outdoor
18. Reebok Realflex
Reebok’s own take on minimal running shoes aims to help feet move and flex naturally. This not only benefit long runs in the park but aids performance in your gym workouts when you are jumping or stretching. The Realflex also sports a layer mesh upper which provides greater breathability and aims to promote greater stability making you feel a little lighter on your feet.
Price: £65 | Link: Reebok
19. Salomon Mens XR Crossmax Neutral Shoe
If you’re after a shoe that covers pavement pounding and hitting the trail, the XR combines technologies from both types of running shoe which means comfort and cushioning for harder surfaces and durability and stability for the more uncertain surfaces. Salomon’s Sensiflex and Sensfit systems reinforce the areas around the ball of the foot and instep to provide cushion for endurance runs while the Contragrip outsole should help your grip on more rugged surfaces.
Price: £100 | Link: www.cotswoldoutdoor.com