This shoes predecessor, the Aeroflow, singularly failed to make an impression on us last year. While the shoe was good and light, our test samples were firm, and the upper was badly fitting and to put it charitably quite hideous.
We like this version a lot more. Its looks still might not be to everyones taste, but the upper fits a lot better, especially in the more rounded forefoot, and the ride is smoother. Fila has also augmented the big midfoot stability shank with a small medial post, though as for most shoes of this weight, any stability features are just a bonus for neutral, efficient runners rather than a green light for overpronators.
How does the Flow ride? For a light, fast runner it has a lively feel thats good even when training session mileages nudge into double figures. The cushioning isnt deep, but its very smooth and responsive, and its certainly more forgiving than that of a heavy racing shoe. And as ever, Filas smooth, responsive forefoot feel is what this shoe provides best.
The Flow is a nice tempo-running shoe for efficient runners. It would also make a good half-marathon or marathon shoe for runners who cant or dont want to wear a racing shoe; or a short-distance racer for slightly heavier runners or mild overpronators.
Try it on if you liked
Saucony GRID Swerve (£70); Asics DS Trainer (£80)
; New Balance 829 (£60)