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10 December 11

My new shoes, the Brooks Green Silence!

Had heard great things about these sneaks for a while, including thumbs up from No Meat Athlete's Matt and Runblogger's Pete.  I was looking to transition to a lighter, more “minimal” shoe, but since I live in a city and do most of my runs in on asphalt and other hard surfaces, it seemed unwise to jump head-first into barefoot-running-type kicks. These seemed like a good transition shoe, have a wider toebox than most racing flats/minimal-ish shoes (my feet are kinda wide), and I couldn't resist all the amazing “green” aspects!

From Brooks’ website —

Key Green Features:

  • BioMoGo, the world’s first-ever biodegradable midsole for running shoes
  • 75% of the shoe’s materials are post-consumer recycled
  • Biodegradable insole and collar foams
  • Laces, gillies, and reinforced webbing are 100% post-consumer recycled
  • Water-based adhesives are used throughout
  • All dyes and colorants are non-toxic
  • Packaging is 100% post-consumer recycled

Constructed with roughly half as many parts as comparable shoes, the Green Silence requires less petroleum and energy to make. Of course, the shoe manages all of this while delivering the premium performance expected from Brooks.

Reduce your carbon footprint. Move forward. Run Happy®.

Took these babies out for a 4.5 mile run yesterday morning and they were so comfy!  Definitely felt a lot lighter though less supportive than my Nikes, but no soreness etc. afterwards :D  And though I felt like I was going slower trying to get used to this, still managed to hit 8:17min miles for a regular morning jog…not too shabby. Love the way they look, and I feel like they definitely make more more conscious of mid-foot striking.  Time will tell how they fare for definitely big props for the time being.  Even if they don’t end up being ideal for racing/long runs etc., I have a good pair of stylish, Earth-friendly shoes to show off!

Oh, and did I mention vegan ultramarathoner/general superhuman Scott Jurek wore these for over 165 miles at the 2010 AU 24-Hour World Championships to set a new American 24-hour record? Baller.

Themed by Hunson. Originally by Josh