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  1. Sara @ LovingOnTheRun
    March 17, 2014

    I haven’t worn Brooks in quite some time honestly. I would love to try them out, but my shoe budget is on hold right now. I am loving my Mizuno Wave Riders right now!

  2. Cheri @ Overactive Blogger
    March 17, 2014

    Have you thought about, instead of the Glycerin, flip-flopping between the Connect and the Ghost? The Glycerin (and now the Transcend) are so high cushion, that might be why it might feel like a huge transition between the Glycerin and the Connect. (I work for a Fleet Feet so I know more than I’d ever like to about pretty much every shoe that has ever been launched.) Seriously, feel free to hit me up with any questions you have :)
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    • Meghann
      March 18, 2014

      I have a pair of Ghosts. However, when I got them I was so deep in Ironman training that I never really gave them a chance. I should dig them out of the closet and give them a try, I’m just so addicted to the PureProject line that it’s hard to try anything else.

      • Cheri @ Overactive Blogger
        March 18, 2014

        Totally understand. Yeah, I would try the ghosts on super long run days, connect maybe for shorter runs and see how that goes!
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      • Melissa @Tryingtoheal
        March 18, 2014

        I’m with Cheri on trying out the Ghost. Give those a shot instead of the Transcend. A little more cushioning than the Pure flows but less than the transcend! And much more flexible! Just be aware of the wider toe box than the pure flows….
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  3. Zaneta
    March 17, 2014

    Thanks for posting this!! I fell in love hard with Brooks a couple years ago! I have the Ravenna, Pure Flows and Pure Cadence… LOVE them all, but it’s time to get a new pair!! (they all have WAY too many miles on them!)

  4. Jojo @ RunFastEatLots
    March 17, 2014

    I’m running in Mizuno Sayonaras. I haven’t tried Brooks before, but maybe I will someday. I tried the Pure Connects at the shoe store, and they felt a bit too squishy for me.
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  5. Karen
    March 18, 2014

    I just bought a pair of Mizuno Enigma 3s and am loving them!

  6. Runner Girl Eats
    March 18, 2014

    I really enjoy your honest reviews instead of the basic “I love all Brooks”.
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  7. Amanda Elizabeth
    March 18, 2014

    Thanks for the review!!! I have never run in Brooks before I may need to check them out the next time I change up my running sneaks.
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  8. Susie
    March 18, 2014

    I’m fiercely loyal to Brooks–they fit my feet best, and since getting fitted into them years ago (after running in Nike Shox–customized, of course). I like a neutral to support shoe, and have gone through 6 pairs of Defyances and am now on my first pair of Ravennas. I wear custom orthotics, but I also have little to no natural arch stability, so I need something that has a little bit of stiffness (but not too much) and support (but not too much lol). It is such a fine, fine line for me–I am so prone to injury because of structural issues but also because my Crohn’s Disease and the meds I take for it prevent me from healing and recovering as well as most.
    I thought about getting a pair of the Pure Flows to walk around in, but have never committed.
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  9. Jen @ Pretty Little Grub
    March 18, 2014

    I appreciate your honest reviews. I love my Mizuno Wave Inspire 8’s. I also have the 9’s but the 9’s give me blisters. I’m in the market for a new pair of shoes since my 8’s are ready to retire. Brooks has never really had my attention but I might check them out.
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  10. Aly
    March 18, 2014

    I really like the Brooks Launch and seem to be one of the only ones. they are super light and flexible. I did have some problems after I wore them during a 200 mile relay, but I think it was more of hills, under training, and the shoes were supposed to be retired issues. After that relay I went to Luke’s Locker and tried on 25 pairs of shoes and ultimately went back to the Launch in a half size up.

  11. Elizabeth {Positively Healthy}
    March 18, 2014

    I have a few too many pair of shoes #problemsworkingatarunningstore. But my all time favorite running shoe is the Wave Riders. I have ran in the Pure Flows a few times and I wear my Ghosts all the time (all from Brooks) but I am just not a running in Brooks fan.
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  12. Kristen @ Glitter and Dust
    March 18, 2014

    I am currently running in the Brooks Glycerin and absolutely love them. Do you know how these particular shoes might compare to the Transcend or PureConnect3? My feet are a little wider (which I why I absolutely LOVE Brooks shoes) and I love a good cushion. I am very comfortable in my Glycerins, but wouldn’t mind having options. Always looks for a fun new pair of Brooks!

  13. Emily @ The Swallow Flies
    March 18, 2014

    I’m still running in the Brooks PureCadence 2s — that I won from you! I absolutely LOVE them. I was nervous doing a longer run in them a couple of weeks ago (due to being more minimalist than what I used to run in), so I put on my trusted Asics. Interestingly, those caused me some arch issues, and I switched right back to my Brooks. LOVE them! Thanks again! :)
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  14. Lesley
    March 18, 2014

    I switched to Brooks after ASICS disappointed me with their GT 2000s, but now I’m using Newtons and Altras. My therapist thought a zero drop shoe would help with my ITBS, and I’m slowly easing into the Altras.
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  15. Courtney
    March 18, 2014

    I’ve been running in Brooks Adrenaline since 2009 and I adore them. I’ve been tempted by the PureConnects and Transcend, but I’m not sure why I’m trying to fix something that isn’t broken :) I also have a pair of Brooks Cascadia for trails which I like as well. I’m definitely a Brooks junkie.. I just wish their clothing was a bit cheaper!
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  16. Chatelaine
    March 18, 2014

    I just moved in to the Brooks Adrenaline 14. I had a surplus of the 12 and then jumped the 13 right in to the 14. They’re something different about them that I can’t quite put my finger on. When these run out I’m headed back to the Road Runner to have them help me pick out a new shoe for my stride. I seem to have more aches and pains in the 14s.

  17. Melissa @Tryingtoheal
    March 18, 2014

    I’m with you on the Transcend. I got them from work and am not a fan. Granted I have a very narrow foot, so tightening those things up meant I hand bends in the upper fabric, causing friction and giving me more blisters and foot bruises and I can count. The support from the guide lines is certainly different and I have had several customers who love that feeling. The stiffness of the shoe is crazy and I think this shoe is really best for someone who is doing a serioussss amount of miles and is on the heavier side. I truthfully don’t think it’s meant for people like us, but hey, I’ve sold them to people of our size who love them. To each is own I guess! But I also have the pureflow 2s and like them, but don’t use them for running, only cross training…I’m a mizuno girl all the way. Brooks are just too soft for me…something in their cushioning always ends up injuring my calves! Boo!
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    • Karen
      March 20, 2014

      Melissa, what kind of injury did you end up with from the Brooks? I bought a pair of Glycerins last year and at first they felt great. After about 6 weeks though (I don’t run far, often or fast!) I kept getting an increasing tightness in my calves. Didn’t think it was the shoes and ended up going to physio but now I’m wondering… I recently bought a pair of Mizunos and LOVE them!

      • Melissa @Tryingtoheal
        March 20, 2014

        Karen, I ended up with micro-tears on both my major calf muscles and it was very painful. I ended up having to take weeks off from running and switched back to my mizunos. I believe the material in the mizunos is much stiffer but lighter, while the brooks can be thicker and softer, and apparently my calves can’t handle that. You’d think they would like it being soft! But no…so I’ve stuck to mizunos for running for almost ten years :)
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      • Karen
        March 21, 2014

        Thanks Melissa! Sounds similar to the problems I was having although mine were perhaps not as extreme. It only hurt when I ran so my physio told me to take six weeks off with no running and to stretch and strengthen my calves. Even with slacking off on the stretching, I haven’t had any problems so far with the Mizunos.
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  18. EB @ Running on E
    March 18, 2014

    I would like to try the Brooks Pure Connect. It sounds like the kind of line I am looking for. I am currently running in Asics, but want to move to something more minimal.
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  19. Ashley
    March 18, 2014

    I’m in Kharu’s but looking to make a switch!

  20. Sheila
    March 18, 2014

    I tried the Brooks Pure Connect but they gave me issues with my achilles. So I’m still wearing my tried and true New Balance minimus shoes.

  21. Rebecca Jo
    March 18, 2014

    I just got some Brooks Ravenna’s … its my first pair of Brooks…. I feel so excited about that :)
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  22. Morgan
    March 18, 2014

    Great POST!!! I sell shoes for a living and I LOVE BROOKS!!! I started in the PureCadence and loved them, and then went to the PureFlows…however word of CAUTION… I TORE MY CALF MUSCLE RUNNING IN THEM… because there is less arch support than the Connect and Cadence its a tough shoe to run in… so now I’m out of running for 4-6 weeks!

  23. Sara@RunningInPinkProject
    March 18, 2014

    Bought some Brooks shorts at an expo this weekend. Still haven’t given any of their shoes a go yet. I am much heavier than an average runner so I need serious cushioning. I feel like minimalist shoes are everywhere I look so I get discouraged. :)
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  24. Rachel
    March 18, 2014

    I’ve been in Asics gel cumulus since I started running. I recently bought 2 pair of the same model/same model year at the same time. One rubs against the plate (surgery 13 yrs ago) in my ankle and creates a lot of pain, the other doesn’t bother me at all. It’s supposed to be the SAME shoe! I’m considering going to my local running store to see if asics cumulus is still the right shoe for me. For the 13 years that I have been running, maybe it’s time to try something else???

  25. Ellen
    March 19, 2014

    I love the Brooks Pure line! It was my first set of minimalist shoes and I will never be able to leave them. I run in the PureFlow’s as well. My Flow 2’s were a size too small and were still more comfortable than my previous shoes! I now run in the (proper sized) 3’s. I can’t imagine running without them. Or how I ever ran in a bulky heel!
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  26. Ellen
    March 19, 2014

    I love the Brook’s Pure line. I have run in the Pure Flow’s for the past two cycles of shoes. I had the size too small 2’s and they were still more comfortable than my previous shoes. I now run in the (sized right) 3’s. They are the most amazing shoe ever! I never had a minimalist shoe before these and can’t imagine how I ever ran in a bulky heel before!
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  27. Stacey
    March 19, 2014

    Ever since I (finally) got fitted at a running store, I’ve been in love with my Newton Gravity shoes. It took some getting used to the lower drop, but I feel like my form is better and I’ve had no IT band/hip pain :)
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  28. Erin
    March 19, 2014

    I just retired my Brooks Glycerin which I loved but noticed I had some plantar fasciitis issues with early on. My local running store fit me for a pair of Asics Cumulus which to me feel very similar to my Glycerins without the plantar pain. I tried the new model of the Glycerins on at the store and they just weren’t right. I am loving my Asics right now!

  29. Dan
    March 19, 2014

    I am starting to run barefoot in the park little by little..gotta say – it feels great!

  30. Lindsay
    March 19, 2014

    I started last year with a pair of the PureFlows original design. I loved them so much I bought the PureFlow 2’s and just finished a half marathon. The one thing I noticed with both the original and the 2’s is that I get a blister on the inside of my right foot. Same spot in both shoes so I think my foot is just oddly shaped:)
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  31. Jesica @rUnladylike
    March 20, 2014

    I am currently rotating between the Brooks Pure Cadence 3s and the Brooks Transcend. The Pure Cadence are my core shoes, and I do all my racing and weekday runs in the. I like to run in the Transcend when I’m feeling sore and/or needing some recovery. I have also been doing some speed sessions in the Altra Intuitions, which I also like. Glad you are liking the new Flows.
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  32. LauraMae
    March 30, 2014

    I’m running in Pureflow 2’s! I love Brook’s shoes! Great review!
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  33. Camille
    March 10, 2015

    Those Brooks Transcend pair look realllyyyyyyyyyyy pretty! Love them. I’m a new runner and shopping for my first *real* shoes and I know you mentioned they aren’t really for long-distance running but I’m putting this pair on the top of my list. Thanks for the great review– this helps a lot!

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