Six of the Best – Running Shoes for Not Really Running In

The trend for your cool mates to wear running shoes won’t have escaped your notice. Whether you’re ready to join them in consuming Salomon for breakfast with a heavy helping of Hoka, we thought we’d pull together one of our list-like things to shine some shards of light on stuff we’re quite taken with. Running shoes you could run in but probably won’t.

Salomon S Lab XT-6 Sneaker
Arguably the shoe that leads the way in the rise of running footwear.
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New Balance Fresh Foam More Trail V3
No doubt inspired by the chunky soled silhouette of its contemporaries, New Balance nevertheless creates a shoe that looks nothing like the New Balance runners of the 70s and 80s. These are what your uncle wears to pretend he’s an ultramarathon runner.
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Hoka One One Mafate Speed 2 Trainer
With its VibramĀ® Megagrip Sole and perfect fusion of colours this is the shoe you wished you could pull off. Maybe when you’re in Tenerife with the Mrs?
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Nike Zoom Vomero 5
First introduced more than 15 years ago, the return to prominence of this sporty silhouette shows things do tend to go in 20 year cycles. Originally this was introduced by Nike to offer additional comfort when compared to the popular Pegasus shoe. Now it’s back and they’re doing it in quite a few colours.
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Moncler Genius x Salehe Bembury Trailgrip Low Top
Ok so clearly anyone thinking of seriously wearing this work of art to go running through puddles is themselves pretty puddled. The colours, the way the toe curls back in on itself without ever conjuring up images of those young commuter lads and their pointy shoes. These are what Aladdin would wear to collect his lottery win before running off into a golden sunset.
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adidas x Wales Bonner SL72 Knit
A more refined runner, this sleek sneaker is a rework of the classic adidas SL72 trainer, originally released for the Summer Olympics in Berlin in 1972. Grace Wales Bonner has teamed up with the three stripe protagonists to bring a fresh take on a shoe that first emerged more than half a century ago. These aren’t the same futuristic footwear you see elsewhere in the list but as adidas embraces and indeed owns the whole Bloke thing, it’s important to remember they have always been innovators, too.
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Mark Smith

I had pizza for tea.

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