Brooks Pure Cadence
I bought these shoes last week, and I love them! I have worn Brooks Glycerin (outside) and Brooks Adrenaline (treadmill) for years now. In fact, Brooks are the only running shoes I have worn since I began running when Sam was one.
I first saw these shoes on Daily Mile dot com. One of my friends posted about trying the new Brooks minimalist shoes, and I was curious. At our local Finish Line store I asked the salesman to show me some....I loved them even before I tried them on!
What a fantastic color combination! I know that you are not supposed to buy running shoes for the color, but I don't consider myself a real, hard-core runner anyway! I always consider color. When I have shoes that are a color I am not crazy about, I cannot wait until I wear them out.
These shoes are considered a hybrid between a super supportive shoe like I have been wearing for 5 years and a minimalist shoe (which I will probably never wear). They are extremely lightweight, but they do have some padding in the sole. Especially in the mid-foot area, to encourage mid foot striking as opposed to heel striking (which I do---just look the the heels of my running shoes for evidence). Whatever the mechanics, I just like these shoes. I like how they feel. I love the color.
How have they performed? Well, I must be honest. When I first ran in them (a 4 mile and then a 6 mile run) I did not insert my orthotics (I had these made after a long-term knee injury/pain 4 years ago). I have only run once or twice without my orthotics in 4 years. My right knee and ankle hurt after both runs, and continued to ache throughout the day. Then I ran 6 miles and then 10 miles with the orthotics inside. No pain. None at all. I then wore the shoes without the orthotics to the grocery store/Walmart/Sam's last weekend for about 4 hours. My right knee and ankle began to hurt with 10 minutes of wearing them and hurt the entire time. So...yesterday I tried them without the orthotics one more time. I ran 7 miles, and during the run my knee felt fine. As the day wore on, my knee did begin to ache. My verdict: I will continue to wear these shoes, but I am going to work on my running form to see if that will help my knee discomfort. If I have to, I will wear the orthotics. Does that defeat the purpose of trying to wear more minimalist shoes? No matter. I love these shoes, and I am going to wear them!