It’s a Pure Cadence type of day…

October 05, 2012


Yep, that’s right. It was one of those days when I wanted to run lighter, faster – to feel the ground with each step and plow my way through the miles. When I fist started running in minimalist shoes, I fell in love with the feather weight and way they allowed my feet to play a more active role in my runs. I’ve since tried numerous pairs of minimalist, and I’m currently in love with my pure cadence. Go inside for a bit of shoe porn and my review. With every I review shoe, I’m very honest that there are some things that I like and a few things that I don’t. Pros:
  • The support is amazing! My other minimalist shoes have been more of a one size fits all type of deal. Kudos to Brooks for making a minimalist that works for over pronators that need a bit of stability. Maybe you don't need the support - check out their other shoes in the Pure Collection.
  • Lightweight – At first look, I thought the shoe was going to be a bit chunky. However, I was pleasantly surprised at how light it really is.
  • Toe Flex – I didn’t know there was a technical term for this feature until I looked it up on the website. But basically, the toe flex allows greater flexibility in the toes and activates the big toe.
  • Width – This is my problem with minimalist shoes across the board. They are always a bit narrow for my feet and I neglect to buy a size up to compensate. If would be great if there were a few more width options instead of just B.
  • Nav Band – The verdict is still out on this feature, but I’m leaning more towards putting it in the cons column. It’s not that I don’t like the nav band, but with the width of my feet is provides a VERY snug feel. This is fine for shorter runs, but  I don’t think I could endure it for a long run. All in all, I think that I would easily move this feature to the pro column is Brooks added a wider width.
  • Final Verdict: The pure cadence will be my go-to shoe for shorter, faster runs. I’m comfortable with the 4mm drop, and the sole provides the right amount of support.

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