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
20. New Balance Minimus Trail
Carefully crafted to help you build up a mid-foot strike rather than slamming down on your heels and sending impact straight to your knees, the Vibram-powered Minimus come minus the sole insert. You can really feel the ground beneath your feet but not the stones. They do lack a bit of grip in the wet on concrete but handle the trails with aplomb.
Price: £69.95 I Link: New Balance
21. Vibram Fivefingers Komodo Sport
The original foot glove is guaranteed to get you noticed on the streets. Before you slip a set of these one your plates, you’ll need to work on changing your running style to avoid injury. Protective enough for road-running but leaving your feet to land in a more natural arch. These latest pinky protectors come with a stitch-free. 2mm footbed that feels like a second skin.
Price: £114 I Link: Vibram
22. Vivo Barefoot
After the Vibram’s these are the next craziest looking lightweight shoes. They look a little bit like Crocs with protective honeycomb outer. Inside there’s a super comfy slipper that keeps your twinkle toes warm and safe. The puncture resistant sole is a great confidence booster on those inner city streets.
Price: £40 I Link: Vivobarefoot
23. K-Swiss California
We're surprised too, K-Swiss doing running trainers. But the exceptionally light and comfortable shoe weighs just 194g and by using a Guidglide dual-density midsole with a Superfoam crash, you'll get a real spring in your step. An Austa rubber outsole also increases durability for those extra long runs.
Price: £85 I Link: Sweatshop