Full review: New Balance RC205 £55

Weight 220g
Evaluation Despite its 'old school' looks, the RC205 is actually a brand-new racing shoe. That old-fashioned aesthetic does give a good idea as to the shoe's strengths - a simple, minimalist, and lightweight speedster. This is, in fact, the shoe favoured by former marathon world record holder Khallid Khannouchi, and that should give you an idea of the kind of runner who'll get the most out of them – the fast and efficient kind. That doesn't necessarily mean elite, though. The 250 uses New Balance's new Acteva midsole foam, so the cushioning is good despite its low profile. Few runners will find it their ideal marathon shoe, but for 5Ks and 10Ks, the quick, neutral runners out there should enjoy it.