The Brooks PureCadence 7 is part of the Pure Project series which debuted at the height of the minimalist movement so the PureCadence aims to be fast and light. It falls under the ‘light stability’ category as they incorporate guide rails. In order to maintain a natural low to the ground experience that the Pure series is known for the PureCadence 7 continues to use the Biomogo DNA LT foam with light guide rails for added support. The side walls of the shoe offer slight aesthetic changes compared to the previous version but still retains the same underfoot feel of the predecessor. The major update to this shoe can be seen in its air woven upper. Because of its stability features, runners with knee or joint pain can use this shoe and can benefit from its comfort and support.
There is lots of padding on the inside and it's lined with smooth fabrics. This lets your feet feel great while you are running. There are lightweight guard rails to ease the body to more natural motion. You can see a rounded heel which helps encourage a mid-strike. If you are getting a little sloppy and are landing on your heel, this rounded heel helps roll you onto your toes. The shoe has a bootie inside the shoe which wraps around the feet like a sock. This bootie material is extremely soft and forgiving.
BioMogo is Brook’s high-end cushioning foam which provides comfort to the entire shoe from the forefoot to the heel. It works on a wide range of temperatures from the hottest days to cold and gives you the same experience. Some runners found that the PureCadence 7 took a few runs to break in because of its low drop. But once broken-in, the shoe becomes comfortable and remains so.
The treads of the outsole are described as being ‘pod-like’ and are deep enough to take on uneven roads and harsh surfaces without losing their grip. Many reviewers have found very little wear on the outsole even after hundreds of miles. Brooks is known for the durability of the midsole and they claim that the Biomogo molecules do not break down easily with normal use. This means that runners will experience the same level of comfort even after you gather some serious mileage in this shoe.
One reviewer compared the guide rails to the bumpers in a bowling alley as it provides a customized level of support where it is needed. The rounded heel helps guide the foot into the path that it wants to go in. If you thought the shoe had enough stability features, here’s one more. A heel counter keeps the rear of the foot stable and keeps the heel from moving about.
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-Close-to-Foot fit with a stretch-woven upper
-Soft internal bootie
-Lightweight guide rails to keep the body in alignment
-Flexible sole which disperses impact away from the foot
Overpronators who are looking for stability shoes without bulk and medial posts will find this shoe a nice change. This shoe is not meant for a heel striker as it may provide a jarring experience for you. It is heavier than a road shoe like the Saucony Kinvara but in return for the extra one and a half ounces, you will get extra traction and stability. The shoe is priced affordably and is cheaper than its competitors making it a good option for those looking for budget shoes.