I’ve not written anything about specific shoes for a while. But, after a recent purchase that was probably my best shoe bargain ever, I thought the time was right.
The Brooks Green Silence get rave reviews and are really worth considering for anyone following the ‘less is more’ approach to running shoes. I was very lucky with mine, I bought a used pair on eBay to try out (less than £10 including postage). After running in them once I was happy enough with them to race a half marathon in them a few days later.
What makes them so good?
They are super light, and very, very comfortable. The forefoot is quite roomy (for a racer) and my-wider-than average feet are very happy in them even on long, fast descents. I found the cushioning ample (I’m not a barefoot runner), and will probably use them for a marathon. There is a heel cup, but it is much less obvious than in most other shoes. Heel to toe drop is less than conventional shoes at 8mm, but not so low to cause problems for runners not used to flatter shoes. However, it’ll still be worth a gradual introduction if you are not accustomed to lower profile shoes.
What makes them bad?
I am sure many runners have come across this problem. You find a shoe that feels good, and one that doesn’t break the bank, then the manufacturer stops producing them. That’s what Brooks have done with the great Green Silence, replacing them with the Pure range of shoes (unfortunately not such a bargain).
Nevertheless, if you are quick, you can bag a pair for less money than the cost of many race entry fees. I got some another pair from amazon, hurry though, the supplies are running low.
Let us know what you think of them.