Runners tend to know two things about the right running shoe: 1) You have to go through more than one shoe, more than one run, to know what works best for your feet & 2) When you find a running shoe that works for you, you just know it.
I've been down the road of finding my perfect shoe as I've added on more and more miles within my training plan. This search hasn't been an easy one. You see, that first rule up there - we have to go through more than one shoe to find the right one - fit me to a tee more than 4 attempts. I've been through many brands and shoes trying to find just the right one, but through that tedious process I've endured blisters galore and many runs with sore or achy feet. Once I discovered the Brooks Pure Cadence, my search was over!
When I got the Brooks Pure Cadence last year, I was apprehensive at first because of the label "semi-minimal" that people told me related to this shoe. Per the Brooks description:
Lean construction fuses with a responsive fit in the PureCadence. For Guidance to Support runners, this shoe delivers more support through smart, streamlined features such as a wider Nav Band that’s locked in to the medial strike pod. A reinforced heel counter secures the foot and the internal PDRB helps prevent overpronation. The PureCadence gives runners who need more stability the chance to experience the feel of a natural foot strike with a lightweight, breathable shoe.
I tried the shoes, knowing I had the ability to return them should they not work out within 30 days, but ended up falling in love! It took a few runs to get used to not having a higher heel like traditional running shoes, but the feel was just right. My toes had plenty of room to move since there is a split toe in the front of the shoe (yeah, Ninja Turtle style.) The support wasn't to the point where I felt the shoe was "clunky" like most Support running shoes that have the stability bar inside of the midsole. Instead, there are stability 'pods' on each side of the midfoot sole. Also, the sole itself is made of a combination gel & foam.
I went through 3 pair of the Pure Cadence while I trained and raced in 2012 and then tried a pair of the Ravennas. Those worked for me, just not on long runs - my little Flintstone feet didn't have enough room to spread out after about 5 miles. I was just about to get another pair of my beloved Pure Cadence when discovered the Pure Cadence 2 was coming out. Whoa. An even better perfect shoe for me? ... Or would there be changes?
I love them. I could be happy running in them and only them. At the Disney Expo I met a ton of Pure Cadence lovers. We can form a semi-cult.
I was provided these shoes as part of the Brooks ID program from the brand, but the opinions and review are my own.
Are you on the search for the perfect running shoe?