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➘ NIKE LUNAR ECLIPSE+ BEST FOR: Runners moving up to racing shoes. PRICE: £90, www.nikestore.com. FEATURES: The midsole has Dynamic Support technology, which is comprised of lightweight LunarLon foam sitting at an angle providing additional cushioning for the outer side of the foot, giving you stability as your body demands it – whether you're neutral or a pronator. TESTER SAYS: "Light enough to race in, but gave great support." USP: Nike+ SportBand provides feedback via a sensor. So you can upload data online after racing.


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➙ BROOKS GREEN SILENCE BEST FOR: Experienced racers who care


about the environment. PRICE: £55, www.brooksrunning.co.uk. FEATURES: Weighing in at just 196gm with asymmetrical lacing which optimally adjusts to foot shape. TESTER SAYS: "Felt great on, flexible, lightweight with support and good grip. Like any shoes, just tie the laces properly, mine came undone in a 10k (although it was a rainy day)." USP: Green credentials: recycled CDs are used in the heel!


➘ SOMNIO PACEMAKER 2.0 BEST FOR: Runners with higher arches and those new to racing shoes. PRICE: £105, www.somniorunning.com. FEATURES: "Loved the lace-keeper which kept my laces in place, a comfortable fit, and the mesh material meant my foot could breathe." TESTER SAYS: "Reassuring to have the shoe fitted so well. A special 'Clarks' measurement-style contraption was able to assess the level of support I needed around the arch." USP: A custom-build shoe. You can adjust the amount of heel support you have, too.


21 CENTURY SHOE! ST


A round-up of unique performance shoes for runners of all abilities


➙ MIZUNO WAVE MUSHA 3 BEST FOR: 5k and 10k races. PRICE: £65, www.mizuno.co.uk. FEATURES: Weighing just 230gm, the forefoot flexes easily and evenly, allowing the runner to maintain a natural gait and cadence. A flexible toe box and comfortable heel. TESTER SAYS: "Flexible, light, but support from the cushioning in the midsole. As a Mizuno Wave Rider fan these are the natural shoe for me to race in." USP: The name, Musha, which is Japanese for warrior.


➚ NEWTON GRAVITY BEST FOR: Forefoot, biomechanically efficient runners interest


in natural running. PRICE: £135, www.newtonrunning.co.uk. FEATURES: Weigh just 290gm (UK size 8) and have Newton's Action/Reaction™ technology in the forefoot and an advanced rear foot design aimed at maximising forward propulsion. TESTER SAYS: "I'm a lightweight, forefoot club runner and triathlete. I wouldn't recommend them for beginners." USP: Gives greater energy return for less impact.


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TRAINER BEST FOR: Runners who weigh up to 80kg. PRICE: £120, www.runningshoeslondon.co.uk. FEATURES: CloudTec™ technology absorbs horizontal and vertical forces on impact with the ground, providing the comfort of a stability shoe, and the speed of a racer. The 13 rubber cloud elements on the sole activate the postural muscles, too. TESTER SAYS: "I like them, but they took a little getting used to. I haven't raced in them, but felt good for speed work." USP: A soft landing but firmness and stability on the push-off.


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