Verdict from +100 user reviews

7 reasons to buy

  • A consumer commented that walking on the Brooks Anthem 2 feels smooth.
  • The shoe is true to size.
  • According to a buyer, the Anthem 2 was not only suited for walking and running but also best for jogging.
  • It is lightweight, according to several reviewers.
  • A lot of testers said that the shoe is comfortable.
  • One user commented that she no longer had pain on her hip flexors and knees when she started using the shoe.
  • Several testers agreed that the Brooks Anthem 2 is durable.

1 reasons not to buy

  • One of the purchasers noted that the Anthem 2 is less cushioned when compared to other Brooks models.

Bottom line

The majority of the users claimed that the Brooks Anthem 2 is one of the most comfortable shoes they have ever worn. A lot of them admired the size and lightweight structure of the shoe. Although one of the buyers had issues with the cushioning, most of the testers still recommend the Brooks Anthem 2 when looking for a running shoe. In general, the Brooks Anthem 2 was accepted by many and is considered as a successful release from Brooks.

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Good to know

  • The Brooks Anthem 2 is specifically designed for those who have neutral foot mechanisms. When compared to the first installment of the Anthem, it has a more stylish and fresher look.
  • The Anthem 2 now uses the full-blown rubber outsole which aims to provide traction on various surfaces, allowing runners are able to tackle the roads with ease and confidence. It also gives durability to the shoe for long-term use.
  • The BioMoGo DNA cushioning is integrated into the Brooks Anthem 2. This system dynamically adapts to the stride of the runner. This is vital in dispersing the impact away from the body.
  • The utilization of the new circular knit upper offers a snugger fit while promoting a more breathable environment. It also has a moisture-wicking capacity to keep the foot cool and dry at all times.
  • The Segmented Crash Pad is utilized in the shoe. It aims to provide runners a smoother heel-to-toe transition.

The full-blown rubber outsole is integrated into the Brooks Anthem 2. The material is described as a thick rubber that aims to provide excellent traction on different paved surfaces. It is also designed to ensure durability in high-abrasion areas.

Along with the rubber outsole are the flex grooves. It offers flexibility to the foot while running.

Featured in the midsole of the shoe is the BioMoGo DNA, which is also used in the Brooks Ghost. It is meant to provide cushioning that will adapt to the stride of the foot. The DNA technology plays an important role when the runner stands. It is vital in allowing the foot to sink in the shoe but changes when the user already starts the running activity.

When compared to the previous model, the Anthem 2 utilizes the soft knit upper. This material comes with one-piece construction which is essential in improving the fit and aerodynamics of the shoe. Same as the old model, the upper is stretchable but provides a snugger fit. The shoe is sure to keep the midfoot and the heel in place while giving the forefoot a room for the toes to spread.

The padded tongue and heel collar aim to deliver an enhanced fit and added comfort.


How Brooks Anthem 2 ranks compared to all other shoes
Bottom 40% road running shoes
All road running shoes
Bottom 17% Brooks running shoes
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Bottom 43% neutral running shoes
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