With law­suits and con­tra­dic­tory stud­ies putting min­i­mal­ist shoes on the back foot, chunky soles are back in fash­ion. Here are your front run­ners

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Adi­das Su­per­nova Se­quence Boost 7

£74 adi­ You’ll find Adi­das’s Boost tech­nol­ogy in the sole of this shoe – it’s the white stuff that looks a bit like poly­styrene pop­corn and it prom­ises to cap­ture the energy of ev­ery step to pro­pel your foot off the ground. In re­al­ity, it doesn’t have the bouncy ef­fect you might hope for, but it does make this – the light­est shoe in our test at 310g – feel even lighter. So light in fact you might doubt its claim to be a sta­bil­ity shoe if it wasn’t for the rigid Stable­frame run­ning along its length to pre­vent flex on the hor­i­zon­tal axis,

PROS Well cush­ioned yet su­per light­weight. Con­ti­nen­tal Tyres sole pro­vides the best grip on test

CONS Mesh up­per is great for air­flow, but it lets wa­ter in rather too easily. Boost not no­tice­ably dif­fer­ent to other sole tech­nol­ogy

Best for Peo­ple with nat­u­rally out­wards fac­ing feet who need a bit of help get­ting on the straight and nar­row

Hoka One One Con­quest 2

£126 Hoka is the leader of the max­i­mal­ist trend and the One One is its flag­ship shoe, so it’s no sur­prise this is the chunki­est on test by a long way – its fore­foot cush­ion is big­ger than most shoes’ heels. That said, it of­fers a pretty firm feel that's more ‘play­ground as­phalt’ than the wad­ing-through-cush­ions ef­fect of pre­vi­ous mod­els, while the curved sole en­cour­ages a smooth stride with evenly dis­trib­uted weight from heel to toe no mat­ter what part of your foot hits the floor first, or heav­i­est.

PROS 2 ½ times more cush­ion­ing than a stan­dard run­ning shoe. Curved sole min­imises energy lost through heavy heel­strikes

CONS No need to be po­lite – this is one ugly, ugly shoe. Hard to feel changes in the road sur­face un­der­foot

Best for Any­one with past in­juries caused by the repet­i­tive im­pact of road run­ning who needs max­i­mum sta­bil­ity and force re­duc­tion

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