Disclamer: Brooks running sent me a pair of women’s Neuro running shoes to review. As always, all opinions are my own.
I am all about a fast and responsive neutral running shoe, so when Brooks Running offered to send me a pair of Neuros from their new “Propel Me” line I was all for it! I have a ton of goals this year and Spring races are just around the corner so a fast shoe to PR in? Um, YES PLEASE!
From the moment I opened the box, I was in love! I mean, they are my favorite colors and looked really cool! The shoes also come in a pink go/black for women and the mens colors are metallic charcoal/electric blue as well as a white/black nightlife combo. No matter what color you choose you can not go wrong.
I do find it somewhat humorous that the first positive point about a shoe that is designed to protect my body as I log tons of miles is the color and style, but you know me. I love to play with fun colors and have awesome running outfits! Sometimes, well 99% of the time, style comes first but in the end, comfort and fit rule.
Just take a look at how cool this shoe is! I love the propulsion pods on the bottom! More on those later.
So, since we got the style out of the way, let’s talk performance. The Neuro is the first in the Brooks Running “Propel Me” line. The Neuro is designed to react to the running surface to make the last mile feel just as amazing as the first and it sure does deliver.
I have logged over 30 miles in these, a few outside, but most on the treadmill as it is still a nasty, slushy winter here in Michigan and I appreciate my Brooks Ghost 8 Gore-Tex to keep my feet nice and dry.
The first time I wore them, the tongue on the right shoe really aggravated the skin where the tongue hit and my first thought was oh no! These shoes were soooo cool! I gave them quite a few more tries, and the issue went away. Truthfully, I thought of just taking some scissors and trimming the tongue a bit, but it was never needed.
The running itself however, was light, responsive and fun. It reminded me of the Pure Cadence 2s that I used to love until I sprained my foot in the Chicago Marathon and my sports doctor told me to wear a more supportive shoe. The shoes are designed with a gearing mechanism that allow the heel and forefoot to move independently and that allows for a more powerful push off. It is fun, I’m not going to lie!
The shoe also fits like a glove. Having a very narrow foot, but not quite narrow enough to need a narrow size, it hugs my foot nicely and does not slip. The shoe is designed to create a hammock system that wraps under foot and tightens through the eyelets to provide a second skin feel and it does just that. In addition, the guidance plates (those giant spike things that come off the pods towards the upper of the shoe) provide a nice support system. I feel very aligned when I run in the Neuros, and with all the work I have done in PT that is a good thing!
Here are some specifics from the Brooks website that I want to share with you:
SHOE CATEGORY: Propel Me
ARCH: Flat, Medium, High
PLATFORM: Universal Platform
DNA LAYOUT: Biomogo DNA Layout
LAUNCH DATE: March 1, 2016
WEIGHT: 7.9 oz
MIDSOLE DROP: 8 mm
SUPPORT LEVEL: Neutral
My overall rating is a 9 and I say that due to the tongue issue I had. Will I be getting a pair in pink soon!
What is your favorite Brooks Running shoe? Would you consider the Neuro?