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  • 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.

  • Use

    Daily running

    Cushioned shoes for your daily easy running. Great comfort. See best shoes for daily running.


    Lightweight shoes good for races, interval training, tempo runs and fartlek. Here are the best competition running shoes.

    Good to know

    If you want just one pair of shoes, buy a shoe for daily running.

  • Price
  • Weight
    Men: 11.1oz
    Women: 9.3oz
  • Heel to toe drop
    Men: 12mm
    Women: 12mm

    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
    Women: Normal
  • Release date
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  • The Brooks Defyance 8 is an update to a series that saw many runners support its growth in the market and that of its recent version the Defyance 10. It’s a versatile model that has a lot to offer for those who desire a comfortable experience on the asphalt. The technologies featured here are all of high quality, and their functionality isn’t to be dismissed, as well.
  • The upper unit of this running shoe uses a mesh material that is able to stave off moisture. It is still able to allow air to enter the shoe in order to keep the interior well-ventilated. Even the inner lining has the capability to wick off moisture. A support saddle located in the shoe makes the coverage feel even snugger and more secure.
  • The mid-sole unit uses technology that enables it to follow the shape, size and speed of the foot. Essentially, it makes the underfoot experience feel as customized as it can be. Contoured support is given through the mid-sole and insole. It’s also flexible, so runners won’t feel as if the platform is limiting them in any way.
  • High-wear areas of the outsole are covered by the HPR Plus, a rubber material that is very durable and long-lasting. The forefoot area has blown rubber, which also adds a bit of cushioning on top of its protective purpose. Smoother transitions are afforded by a segmented crash pad that runs from the heel to the mid-foot area.

The Brooks Defyance 8 has a standard running shoe length. It comes in sizes that adhere to the regular measurements for men and women. The available width is medium, which allows those with medium sized feet to acclimate well to it when wearing it. The semi-curved shape of this shoe welcomes the natural shape of the human foot.

The HPR Plus is a durable material that ensures the safety of the areas in the outsole that are susceptible to damage and wear. It is a long-lasting outsolematerial that is also featured in the Brooks Glycerin 16 model.

The forefoot area benefits from a blown rubber material, which, through its mildly springy nature, adds a bit of lift to every toe-off. It also gives reliable traction.

An extended segmented crash pad runs from the heel to the mid-foot area. It makes sure to keep the transitions smoother and more comfortable. It’s the one that receives most of the striking force, so naturally, it’s durable.

The BioMoGo offers a plush underfoot feeling that’s helpful in preventing discomfort or fatigue. It’s made from biodegradable materials, thus making it a great component for environmentalists.

The Brooks DNA is a foam technology that adapts to the shape and size of the wearer’s foot. It’s like an anatomical mold that conforms itself to the exact needs of the actual wearer.

The DRB® Accel is a shank-like material that’s located in the mid-foot section. It promotes torsional rigidity while also allowing the heel and toe to act separately and smoothly through the gait cycle. It also supports the arch, mildly reducing over pronated foot motion.

The S-257 Cushsole offers high-quality cushioning and flexibility. It runs the entire length of the Brooks Defyance 8.

A molded insole adds contoured support immediately to the underfoot. It can be replaced with a new one or removed entirely to serve the cushioning preference of the runner.

The Element Mesh is a soft fabric that’s breathable and comfortable. It allows air to seamlessly enter the shoe in order to keep the foot cool and dry. It is also capable of staving off moisture.

Element Lining also keeps the interior wall of the Brooks Defyance 8 dry by staving off moisture. It’s unhealthy to have water retained in the fabric of the shoe as it can cause odor and the buildup of bacteria.