What? New Balance Fresh Foam 860v11, £120
What is it? Trainers that promise stability and cushioning in a lightweight shoe.
The verdict: “Trainers are a very personal thing, so I must admit I am guilty of being stuck in my ways and not trying anything new once I’ve found a pair I love. So testing out these New Balance Fresh Foams were an eye-opener I didn’t expect.
I feel most comfortable running when I have a supported shoe, so I was happy that these are ‘built for the runner seeking stability’. While some people are fans of being able to feel their foot on the ground when running, for me it’s the total opposite. The beauty of these trainers is the foam technology which feels like you are being lifted off the ground and have an extra spring in your step. I’m not usually a fan of high-back trainers as I find them quite restrictive when running, however the material and flexibility meant I got all the benefits without even noticing it.
As mentioned, running trainers are a very personal purchase. This shoe is designed for someone who enjoys structure with flexibility, a bounce in their running and the comfortable feel of a slipper.”