We spent 10.2 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

7 reasons to buy

  • A lot of runners were amazed that the Brooks Anthem was adequately plush without being heavy or unresponsive.
  • This running shoe delivered excellent ankle support, according to a user.
  • Several wearers were happy with the roomy toe box.
  • It was very lightweight and comfortable to run in, as commented by a couple of buyers.
  • One runner observed a natural stride, and no shin-splits, with the Brooks Anthem.
  • Many users agreed that it worked well as a neutral running shoe because it just brought the right amount of arch support.
  • Some buyers expressed that the minimal design gave a classy appearance that looked better than the usual athletic shoes.

3 reasons not to buy

  • It felt less cushioned than the other neutral shoes offered by Brooks, according to a runner.
  • One tester said that the shoe felt bulky and heavy while being worn.
  • A commenter wrote that the toe area has already come apart within only a month of wear.

Bottom line

Many of the users were impressed with how the Brooks Anthem brought comfort and steady performance to their running sessions. However, some of the wearers have doubts about the shoe’s durability and structure.


  • Terrain


    Shoes best for road, track and light gravel. See the best road shoes.


    Shoes best for trail, off road, mountains and other unstable surfaces. See the best trail shoes.

    Good to know

    As long as you stick to the road or path, and if you want just one running shoe, buy a road running shoe.

  • Arch support

    Neutral / cushion / high arch

    Shoes for runners who do not need any additional arch support (Around 50% of runners). Best for people with normal, high or medium high arches. See the best neutral shoes.

    Stability / overpronation / normal arch

    Shoes for runners who need mild to moderate arch support (Around 45% of runners). Best for runners with a low arch. See the best stability shoes.

    Motion control / severe overpronation / flat feet

    Shoes for runners who needs a lot of arch support. Best for runners with flat feet. See the best motion control shoes.

    Good to know

    - Rule of thumb: If in doubt, buy neutral shoes to avoid injuries.
    - More about arch support in this video.
    - Find your arch type by following steps from this video.

  • Price
  • Weight
    Men: 8.4oz
    Women: 7.3oz
  • Heel to toe drop
    Men: 4mm
    Women: 4mm

    The height difference from the heel to the forefoot, also known as heel drop, toe spring, heel to toe spring or simply drop.

    There are many opinions about what a good heel drop is. We do not recommend any in particular. Lean more in this video.

  • Width
    Men: normal
  • Release date
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Updates to Brooks Anthem

  • A shoe for neutral pronators, the Brooks Anthem is ideal for road running, with its simple, no-nonsense design and overall construction. It falls under the brand’s Connect line, which includes shoes that are built to be lightweight and flexible to bring a natural running sensation.
  • It makes use of a lightweight and breathable upper that’s derived from Engineered Mesh. It provides a relaxed and customized fit by having an anatomical design that mimics the shape of the foot.
  • With BioMoGo DNA, the midsole is designed to adapt to every step. It is supported by flex grooves to promote a natural movement, and by a rounded heel to minimize joint stress.

Brooks Anthem size and fit

The Brooks Anthem has a standard running shoe length, and wearers are encouraged to get a shoe that is in their regular size. The forefoot construction is a little broader than other shoes. Thus, runners with a wide toe splay will still find a comfortable fit. The width profiles for both men’s and women’s versions are medium.


The outsole of the Brooks Anthem is made from HPR Plus, which is a rubber compound that is both durable and abrasion-resistant. With this material, the shoe has adequate traction on various surfaces.


Featuring BioMoGo DNA, the midsole provides cushioning that is adaptive to the foot’s stride. This technology also boasts an environment-friendly approach as the midsole consists of materials that have been recycled.


The engineered mesh upper has an anatomical design that adapts to the shape of the foot for a more personalized fit. There is also an internal fabric lining that gives a smooth sensation to the foot.

The Brooks Anthem running shoe makes use of a traditional lace-up closure to ensure security and adjustability.

The heel area has a rounded design, called the Natural Fit, which aims to keep the heel steady. A soft collar acts as a support unit as it wraps around the heel and ankle to keep them relaxed and cushioned.