Want List: Nike Free Hyperfeel Running Shoes

One school of thought with running is that you should do it barefooted, that the human body was equipped with perfectly good paddles with which to propel itself round a park or down a country lane without any help from shoes, thanks very much.

For most of us – particularly urban dwellers forced to skim over broken bottles and dog turds – that’s not a practical option. Which is where shoes like the new Nike Free Hyperfeel come in.

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Low-profile, closely fitted and, in this case, partly knitted, the ideal strived for is to be less something you stick on the end of your feet and more an extension of them, like another layer of skin.

To achieve this, enormous amounts of research have gone into the optimum placement of the cushions, grooves and insoles so that pressure is absorbed evenly when you run in them – just it would if you were ‘going hippy’.

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Paradoxically, the trend for high-colour makes shoes like these rather conspicuous. With the Nike Hyperfeels, this means black and white knit with a lime green trim.

Hey – we want people to know we take working out seriously, right?

£115, Nikeinc.com