We review Brooks’ Pure Cadence natural running shoes.

Brooks Pure Cadence

Though brooks don’t describe their Pure Project line as ‘barefoot’ shoes, it’s hard not to make that association and the Cadence is a support shoe for people who’d rather not have too much interference with their running. That said, there is plenty of soft DNA foam cushioning under the full length of the shoe and the upper, though light, is well structured with overlays and a plastic mesh section. Teamed with the Nav Band that runs across the top of the midfoot it helps to give a well-supported feel. There’s also a soft medial post to help control overpronation, but it’s much less pronounced than on traditional support shoes. A low heel-to-toe drop and shaped, minimal crashpad under the heel are designed to encourage midfoot striking for a more efficient gait. We found the Cadence a pleasure to run in on steady runs, when the shaping and lightness of the shoe helped us to pick our feet up and land slightly further forward than usual. However, on longer slow runs, they don’t quite feel supportive enough for people used to traditional support shoes, and on speed intervals we found the shoes a bit too well padded for instant ground feedback.

A light everyday trainer, good for people re-training their gait, but not super quick.

Performance 4/5
Value 3/5
Overall 3/5

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