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Review: Brooks Pure Cadence

I was sent this pair of Brooks Pure Cadence from I've never run in Brooks Shoes before, but I have to say I'm pretty smitten.

From the Brooks site:

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.
Just like our core line, we hold PureProject to the industry’s highest weartest and durability standards. Because of their lightweight construction and fewer materials, runners should generally expect shoes from the PureProject line to last approximately 250-300 miles.
Category: Support
Weight: 8.3 oz
Platform: Anatomical Last
Construction: Stroebel
Launch Date: October 1, 2011
• BioMoGo DNA Midsole
• IDEAL Heel
• Toe Flex
• Nav Band
• Anatomical Last
What’s unique to this shoe?
• Nav Band locks into midsole
• More grounded Toe Flex
• Reinforced heel counter secures heel
• Medial pod works with center strike pod for balance
• Internal PDRB (Progressive Diagonal Roll Bar)

First, let me be clear that the Brooks Pure Cadence is NOT a barefoot shoe. However, I do not usually go for a barefoot shoe, simply a more minimal pared down shoe. These fit the bill perfectly. They are low profile, light weight, and have a low heel drop.

While I find these to be not quite as minimal as I prefer, I still like the feel of this shoe. It's very light and I felt fastI also noticed that I felt like I was doing better at landing mid-foot instead of heel striking in these. A huge plus to me as this is something I'm working on.

The Pure Cadence offers more arch support and stability for overpronating than many minimal shoes and I would say it'd be perfect for the runner that needs a little more stability/support yet still wants to try a lighter, more minimal shoe. 

If you have a wide foot, this may not be the shoe for you. It is a snug/hugging my arches fit. I found that I preferred thinner socks with this shoe. Also, I couldn't spread my toes quite as much as some minimal shoes I've tried. All of that said though, I really like the feel of this shoe on my foot.

If you know me, you now I care how the shoe looks as much as how it performs. I have to say, this is a good looking shoe. It comes in a turquoise color that is gorgeous:
This color:

And even the black like I have has pops of electric purple that really spice up a boring black shoe:
The men's shoe comes in:
Have you tried any of the shoes from the Brooks pure project? Thoughts?

Disclaimer: sent me these shoes for review. I receive no compensation for this post and as always opinions are 100% honest and my own.