Fila hasnt yet had the success it wants in the serious running market. Thats partly because the Italian company is determined to establish a reputation for edgy style, which presumably makes some core runners dubious. Its also because, in terms of performance, real stand-out shoes are the exception to the norm in its range (the £55 Flow and £80 Rejuvenate Plus
are two of these exceptions). Thats not because of a lack of technology its cushioning systems work well, and its
carbon kevlar midsole plate adds a perceptible smoothness and spring to the forefoot feel of the shoes in which it is used. The F1 High Speed is the fourth Fila shoe to use this plate. The good news is that as an everyday neutral trainer it has an above-average forefoot feel (including an upper thats lighter than it looks), and its the best of Filas carbon-kevlar shoes. The bad news is that at the sort of slower speeds to which its rearfoot softness and overall weight lend themselves, you dont often get to make the most of that forefoot.
Fila has tweaked its carbon kevlar plate and midsole softness to make the F1 High Speed its best everyday trainer for biomechanically neutral runners. It was designed as more of a performance trainer, but at this weight it is simply a smoother alternative to Filas FGT320.
Try it if you liked Fila FGT320 (£60)
; Asics Gel Cumulus (£65)
; Adidas Response Cushion (£60)