Billed as a ‘hybrid trail runner that takes you from pavement to trail’, the Merrell Trail Crusher has the look and feel of a casual trainer rather than a running shoe. With its funky yellow laces and simple styling, it’s perfect if you’re running into town and don’t want to take spare shoes with you, or you’re fitting in a quick run while the kids are at swimming club. The tread is fine on even surfaces, but it’s not designed for technical or muddy terrain, and doesn’t feel like it would withstand many miles of pounding the trails. These are comfortable to wear – light, with a cushioned, supportive sole unit – and well-priced. 4mm drop
Lightweight and comfortable, but not designed for serious running.