Ever read through product reviews and find that half of them are written within 24 hours of the reviewer receiving the item? Some even admit to not even trying the product out yet. I can’t stand that. So when I decided to add product reviews to my site, I told myself I would never review a product without an ample amount of use. For shoes, I believe that time is between 50-100 miles. Shoes reveal their true colors after the 50M milestone.
That said, this review is well past due. I purchased a pair of Brook’s PureCadence a year ago from next week while Brooks had their Cavalcade of Curiosities Bus at Hanson’s (read about it here). They were my first step in my transition to zero drop shoes. They are not minimalist shoes, despite some of the stats:
Weight: 9.5 oz
Stack Height: 22 mm (Heel), 18 mm (Toe)
This is why I withhold “minimal” status from the Cadences, That stack height, while less than a traditional shoe like the Adrenaline, is still an adequate amount of cushioning compared to VIVObarefoot or Skora. I find the extra cushioning comforting for roads.
- “Taco” Laces
- Split Toe Outsole/Midsole
- Soft, breathable uppers.
I find the Navband and the Split Toes to have no added value other than aesthetics. Your laces will always be tighter than the Navband and the split toe is not in the upper, where your toes actually reside. My favorite feature is the “taco” shape that the laces have. They are able to stay tied with only a single knot, a feat I can’t say for even my casual shoes. Any Brooks I’ve owned have always been very breathable and these are no exception. The only issue I have is that the material surrounding the opening is too soft, resulting in some pretty bad wear.
Overall, I enjoyed these shoes a lot. They never gave me any real problems. They took me through the final weeks of my first marathon and I ultimately decided to wear them for the race. I haven’t purchased a new pair however. Reason 1 is cost. They came in at $120, $20 more than the rest of the Pure line. because of their “support” features. I don’t think I need support shoes anymore. Reason 2, is that I fell in love with the PureGrits (review to come).
One last note. They are currently at 320 miles. Brooks states that they last 250-300 miles. I’m pretty confident that have a good 30-50 miles left in them. In fact, I started rotating them into my strength days for my 1 mile warm-ups and cool-downs.
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The opinions on this review are my own. I was not paid or persuaded in any way to give a particular opinion on this product.