Verdict from 10 experts and 100+ user reviews

5 reasons to buy

  • Many appreciated the lightweight construction of the Brooks Neuro.
  • This shoe is breathable and comfortable even on long-distant runs.
  • The cushioning of the shoe delivers a responsive ride as highlighted in some reviews.
  • Many applauded the impressive design of the Neuro.
  • The shoe delivers enough amount of forefoot flexibility.

4 reasons not to buy

  • It is an expensive shoe.
  • Some observed that the shoe wears out quickly than expected.
  • It has poor traction as mentioned in some reviews.
  • It has a bulky appearance.

Bottom line

The Brooks Neuro is designed for road running. It is equipped with the necessary technologies engineered to deliver comfort, durability, and performance. The shoe gathered mixed reviews from users and in general, there are still a few aspects that need to be improved. This neutral road running shoe is best for those with medium to high arches.

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Good to know

  • The Brooks Neuro features the Dynamic Hammock System that wraps the foot securely and tightened through the eyelets. It provides a next-to-foot comfort and fit. It is also designed to enhance foot alignment and improved energy return.
  • It also features the gearing mechanism that helps the forefoot and heel to move independently. It is designed to deliver a powerful toe-off.

Like most Brooks road running shoes, the Neuro provides minimal amount of cushioning. Runners with standard measurements and those who have slightly wider foot would find a great and comfortable fit on this shoe. The forefoot is spacious and the heel, as well as the midfoot, provides a snug fit. This shoe is available in standard running shoe width.

The outer sole features of the Neuro also resembles that of the Brooks Neuro 3.  This outsole is the HPR Plus element, a high abrasion –resistant rubber that delivers reliable traction and added durability on high wear areas. The Forefoot Propulsion Pods and the BioMogo DNA delivers added cushioning for a more resilient ride. Lastly, the Dual Toe Flex allows the big to move freely to achieve a more balanced toe-off.

The midsole features the brand's BioMoGO DNA cushioning which can also be found in one of Brooks' popular road running shoe, the Launch 6. It is specifically designed for a more responsive ride. The S-257 cushsole that acts as an insole delivers added cushioning and flexibility. The Dynamic Flex strategically placed in the forefoot gives maximum flexibility while the rounded heel encourages a more natural running movement for a smoother landing. Lastly, the gearing mechanism, which is one of the shoe’s impressive features, allows the forefoot and the heel to move naturally for a powerful toe-off.

A mesh upper comprises the Brooks Neuro. It delivers a lightweight and durable coverage. It is highly adaptive and stretchable, giving the foot a comfortable fit. The Dynamic Hammock System wraps the foot securely and delivers second-feet like fit. It also improved the foot’s alignment.


How Brooks Neuro ranks compared to all other shoes
Bottom 15% road running shoes
All road running shoes
Bottom 4% Brooks running shoes
All Brooks running shoes
Bottom 17% neutral running shoes
All neutral running shoes


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