Shoe Of The Week: Brooks Neuro
A shoe that's hard to categorize, but full of strengths.
Cushioning, energy return and ground feel come together in one crazy-flexible shoe. With a completely decoupled midsole/ outsole undercarriage, the Neuro can respond to both strike force and external forces—think uneven ground—for smooth running. Its unique undercarriage design features a perimeter of pods with soft centers and firmer, more supportive frames, allowing this neutral shoe to offer shock-absorbing comfort with a touch of stability. A unique interior “hammock” supports the foot from below while a pliable upper wraps the foot from above. It feels like a modern version of a “barely there” minimalist shoe that offers a touch more cushioned, supportive and energetic responsiveness. As such, it’s a shoe that’s both light and fast and can also sufficiently cover longer distances—especially efficient runners who are light on their feet and can handle slightly less shoe under foot. It’s hard to categorize this shoe, but it’s more flexible than any shoe we’ve tested and certainly one of the most innovative.
This is the shoe for you if … You’re a strong-legged runner looking for a very flexible shoe that’s minimally constructed but still offers a twinge of support.
Weights: 9.6 oz. (men’s), 7.8 oz. (women’s)
Heel-toe offset: 8mm; 25mm (heel), 17mm (forefoot)