Motivation Brooks PureConnect 4 both brilliant and neutral

Brooks PureConnect 4 both brilliant and neutral

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6.6oz; high arch; neutral, minimalist profile

When it comes to your kicks, choosing fashion over function isn’t a winning decision. But this pair from Brooks combines style with a comfortable fit, making it easy to have it both ways.

By Carrie Snyder, Photo by Darren Calabrese

Let’s admit that sometimes we’re drawn to a shoe because it’s got flash. This stylin’ shoe is colourful, bright, fun and earned a whole lot of notice from friends in my spin and weights class. As I laced up in the change room, they said, “Whoa, new shoes? Sweet!” and “Hey, I’d wear those!” The tread has excellent grip, a must-have when swinging kettle bells at 6 a.m. As for running, at 6.6oz this shoe is feather light, extremely flexible both heel to toe and across the midline, and makes me speedy, or gives me the illusion that I might be. Either way, the big support beneath the arches and the snug fit of the spongy body are super-comfy. Given the thin profile of the soles, I felt surprisingly well-supported while running. I’ll wear this shoe for shorter distances or to train on the track. Not for those with flat feet or who need support at the ankles.

Find more of Carrie Snyder’s shoe recommendations in the April issue of iRun. And remember always test out any pair before you make your final decision.