New Balance RC-1001 £69.99

Weight 253g
Evaluation You have to work quite hard to get over the plain looks of the 1001. And then you have to actually run in the shoe to discover that, because of the bulky cushioning cartridge, the rearfoot ride only becomes smooth above walking pace. But if you get that far, you’ll discover that the 1001 is a practical option for runners who want more protection than excitement from their racing shoes. With a thick forefoot and the N-ergy cartridge in the rearfoot, it’s best suited to heavier runners, or lighter runners who are running long enough distances for their heels to touch the ground significantly.