The first time I ran in these Brooks trail shoes, I launched myself over a rock within the first tenth of a mile. No fault of the shoes, just my own clumsiness. So after surveying my bodily damage, I shook it off and set out again.
Shortly, I wasn’t thinking about the onset of swelling, or the stiffness and bruising that would surely greet me later. All I could think about was how very good the Cascadias felt on my foot. Twelve miles and 1,800 feet of ascending later, my love for these shoes was still occupying more headspace than visions of ice packs waiting at home. Seriously, they’re that good.
Designed with input from ultramarathoner Scott Jurek, the Cascadia 7’s utilize a breathable, microfiber upper with an asymmetrical anatomical design and a curved lacing system. This design hugs your foot without feeling tight. They’re snug in a way that feels like the shoe was custom-made just for you. In my case, the curved lacing is an added bonus — it puts less pressure on the top of my foot, where I have bone spurs from years of running in shoes that do the opposite.
The cushioning system delivers just as much comfort to the bottom of the foot. There was a softness to every foot strike, and it lived up to Brooks’ claim that the liquid midsole and heel technology responds dynamically to the amount of force placed on the foot, dispersing it accordingly. Each step feels more stable, even on irregular terrain.