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Terrain

Road

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

Trail

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 high or medium high arches. See the best neutral shoes.

Stability / overpronation / normal arch

Shoes for runners who need arch support (Around 45% of runners). Best for runners with a normal 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.

Daily running

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

Competition

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
$120
Weight
Men: 11.1oz
Women: 9.3oz
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Road

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

Trail

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.

Neutral / cushion / high arch

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

Stability / overpronation / normal arch

Shoes for runners who needs arch support (Around 45% of runners). Best for runners with a normal arch. See the best stability shoes.

Motion control / severe overproanation / 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.

Daily running

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

Competition

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.

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.

Summary

We spent 7 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

6 reasons to buy

  • Durable mesh with an open construction makes the upper unit feel cool and dry.
  • Synthetic overlays add structure to the upper while also making the coverage feel snug and secure.
  • Runners felt that the internal support saddle was able to better hug their feet.
  • Plush cushioning is given via two mid-sole units that help each other in giving a responsive ride.
  • Support in the mid-foot area is given for those with mild over pronated foot motion.
  • The outsole unit offers durable protection, traction and flexibility, which is helpful in attaining a more natural and well-supported running experience.

1 reasons not to buy

  • Some runners noted that it was a bit narrow, which made their feet feel tight.

Bottom line

Though great for neutral runners, the Brooks Defyance 8 is a running shoe that has support to offer to those with mild over pronated foot motion. It is comfortable and it makes the foot feel secure while wearing it. It’s a perfect blend of support, traction and comfortable cushioning.


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Ratings

4.2 / 5 based on 19 ratings

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Updates to Brooks Defyance 8

  • The Brooks Defyance 8 is an update to a series that saw many runners support its growth in the market. 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.

Brooks Defyance 8 size and fit

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.


Outsole

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 long-lasting, too.

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.


Midsole

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.


Upper

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.