Are You Making the Right Impression? at Last! the Shortest Day Is Behind Us - What Better Excuse to Buy Some Snazzy New Running Shoes
1. PUMA FAAS 500 [pounds sterling]75, puma.co.uk The Faas 500 is designed for neutral runners (those whose feet 'roll' correctly on impact), and is perfect for everyday training. It's stable, thanks to a lateral groove cut into the side of the shoe, and beginners will appreciate the cushioning and support. 'Faas', by the way, is Jamaican for 'fast'.
2. ASICS GEL NIMBUS [pounds sterling]105, asics.co.uk Suitable for under-pronating (those whose feet don't roll in enough) or neutral runners, the Gel Nimbus is a comfortable, well-cushioned shoe, at home on the treadmill or out in the park. Asics has widened the base and decoupled the heel from the rest of the sole, which helps keep it stable.
3. NEW BALANCE 1080 [pounds sterling]90, newbalance.co.uk If you're worried that some of these featherweight trainers might not stand up to the demands of a heavy workout, this could be the shoe for you. The heel of the 1080 has been completely redesigned to improve cushioning upon impact, which it handles superbly - without you feeling completely detached from the road.
4. MIZUNO WAVE RIDER 14 [pounds sterling]85, mizuno.co.uk It seems like Mizuno Wave Riders have been around almost as long as running itself. Mizuno has made a few tweaks for the 14th version; it's springier than before, and a lot more durable. As ever, it's a good shoe for neutral runners, in the gym or on the Tarmac.
5. NEWTON GRAVITY [pounds sterling]135, newtonrunning.co.uk A lightweight performance shoe. Built for speed, with little uppersection support, this isn't one for the novice. It's eco-friendly, too - the laces, webbing, outer sole and packaging are all made from 100 per cent recycled materials.
6. BROOKS ADRENALINE GTS 10 [pounds sterling]85, harrods.com Brooks is known for making shoes suited to endurance running, and the Adrenaline GTS - despite the name's sprint connotations - is no exception. …