Brooks Aurora-BL review

The Brooks Aurora-BL is one of those future lookin’ space shoes that you’re almost sure is a gimmick. Whether it be the platform foam underneath, the decoupled heel, or the literally see-through upper - it looks like a novelty shoe.

 

Well, think again, because this daily trainer is legit. It’s a remarkably comfortable and surprisingly quick shoe that you can ride short-term or long-term. With its versatility and its durability, the Brooks Aurora-BL could very well be the only shoe in your arsenal and you’d be just fine. It truly is a shoe that is worth its steep price.

Who should buy it

The Brooks Aurora-BL is perfect for those who want an EXTRA comfy ride, with surprisingly little weight added as a result. Also, if you’re looking for a shoe that can do it all, then this is one for you.

Who should NOT buy it

Look away if you need a:

Order true to size

In terms of size, the Brooks Aurora-BL is exactly how a shoe should fit, with enough wiggle room for the toes. However, if you like your shoes pressed up against the front of your toes, then I would actually order a ½ size lower.

The Brooks Aurora-BL locks your foot down

While the upper doesn’t do much to lock your foot down, there is an elastic saddle across the forefoot that actually felt really nice and held the shoe in place very well. 

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Surprisingly great for tempo runs

So, while the Brooks Aurora-BL is advertised as a daily trainer, I find it to be remarkably quick. That isn’t necessarily because the underfoot is springy or responsive though. Honestly, the quickness comes from the impact reduction the shoe provides during your strides. The shoe is simply so comfortable, you find yourself moving quicker on your runs.

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Short or long runs, the Aurora-BL is crazy versatile

This shoe can do it all. You can take it out for a 3-mile run, or get a little adventurous and decide to run the length of the town you live in! Depending on your mood and what you’re prepared to give, the shoe accommodates. 

Literal see-through and breathable upper 

So, a lot of people describe thin uppers as “paper-thin” or “see-through.” Well in the Brooks Aurora-BL that is not hyperbole. You can literally see details in the socks you are wearing through the upper. Now, I don’t mind that, and actually think it looks rather cool. But some may be turned off. 

Also, the upper material is a little abrasive. I didn’t have any problems with it but depending on how wide your foot is, you may experience some unwanted friction. 

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However, on the plus side again, the shoe is super breathable. You will not be having any problems with overheating as you log the miles. 

Remarkable durability

So far so good with the Brooks Aurora-BL. Two weeks in and it still looks like it just came out of the box. Furthermore, with most shoes, due to the impact of a run and over the course of multiple uses, the foam starts to compress. I can happily say that the Brooks Aurora-BL foam is resilient and it hasn’t lost any of its cushions. 

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The Aurora-BL is sooooo comfy! 

Do I need to say it again? The Brooks Aurora-BL has tons of cushion and a wide stable platform.  Hats off to the nitrogen-infused DNA Loft v3 midsole. It is remarkably lightweight and super comfy. No matter how much running I did in these things, my joints never hurt. 

The shoes look like they're from space 

Sure, the shoes look sleek and modern. They look so novel, in fact, you’d think they were a gimmick. But I happen to dig new and interesting designs. I even like the see-through upper. It effectively switches up the look of the shoe depending on the color of the sock you wear. 

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The Brooks Aurora-BL is very expensive

Finally, the price. This bad boy is gonna cost you a solid $200, which is quite expensive for a daily trainer (average price of $126). Brooks certainly has shoes that fit the bill that the Aurora-BL does at a more accommodating price. The Brooks Ghost, for example, is sitting at around $130 retail.

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However, I happen to think that it is worth every penny. That’s a pretty bold statement considering its price tag, and believe me, I am not made of money. I just think that the shoe is so versatile that it just might be worth the hike in price.

Conclusion

At the end of the day, if you aren’t scared away by the price tag or the spacy design, then I suggest giving the Brooks Aurora-BL a shot.

Facts / Specs

Terrain: Road
Weight: Men 8.5oz / Women 7.6oz
Drop: 6mm
Arch support: Neutral
Forefoot height: 31mm
Heel height: 37mm
Pronation: Neutral Pronation / Supination / Underpronation

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Author
Steve Hakim
Steve Hakim

Hey guys, this is Steve and I've been running for 14 years now, ranging from 7-14 miles on average training days, culminating in 60+ mile weeks. I've run the Magic City half-marathon four times, the Mercedes-Benz marathon twice, and recently finished the California leg of the Pacific Crest Trail. Currently training to get my mile time down in hopes of qualifying for the Boston. Now, let’s get out there and log some miles!