Facts

Discontinued
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
$85
Weight
Men: 6.4oz
Women: 5.4oz
Show more facts

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

7 reasons to buy

  • Breathable coverage is handled by the Air Mesh upper.
  • Most reviewers appreciated the synthetic overlays, which offer security and snug upper support.
  • The Ortholite Sock Liner has anti-microbial properties, which present a healthy inner environment for the foot.
  • Runners noted that the Hyper Pod Configuration of the mid-sole makes it flexible and responsive.
  • Abrasion resistant rubber is added to allow more protection for the sole unit, as well as traction.
  • The T7 Racer has an affordable price.
  • This running shoe has a lightweight nature

4 reasons not to buy

  • There were runners who were disappointed by the laces since they slip away easily from the knot.
  • The stitching of the upper made some runners’ feet irritable and uncomfortable.
  • A few noted that it was 1 and ½ sizes smaller than what they were used to.
  • Others felt that the mid-sole needed more cushioning to provide a better underfoot platform, even if it’s a minimalist shoe.

Bottom line

The T7 Racer from Brooks garnered many respectable reviews because of its low-profile design, the flexibility and the responsiveness. It’s a solid option for mid-tempo running and regular exercise activities.


Rankings


Ratings

4.4 / 5 based on 171 ratings

5 star
65%
4 star
22%
3 star
6%
2 star
4%
1 star
3%

My Rating

Expert Reviews

Experts are running shoe geeks, who post reviews at youtube, directly at RunRepeat or at their own websites. Each expert is categorized from level 1 to level 5 based on expertise. See stats on expert reviews and how we calculate scores here.

Are you an expert? Apply to contribute here.

88 / 100 based on 9 expert reviews

  • 93 / 100 by Run Pals • Run Pals • Level 4 expert

    This lightweight minimalist running shoe is ideal for road racing, rather than as a wear anywhere athletic shoe.

  • 86 / 100 by 220 Triathlon • James Witts • Level 3 expert

    In intervals and race-distance efforts, they performed superbly, perfectly balancing speed/responsiveness. We also found them comfortable at half-marathon distance, despite being the lightest on test at 204g. 

  • 95 / 100 by Run And Become • Goska Duzyk • Level 2 expert

    And of course, for everyone who wants to be faster – be careful! It’s really hard to stop with those shoes!

  • 93 / 100 by The Middle Miles • Becki Pierotti • Level 2 expert

    As this shoe is a very lightweight, minimal support racing flat, the vast majority of runners will not find it "enough shoe" for a full marathon

  • 90 / 100 by Klein Runs • Matt • Level 2 expert

    So overall a really good shoe.  I have enjoyed racing in them and not having my calves as beat up as when I was racing in the Mizuno Wave Universe.  I haven't had any problems with the shoe and there's only a few things I'd like to see changed.

  • 79 / 100 by Sneaker Report • Chris Randise • Level 2 expert

    This is NOT an everyday runner and I also wouldn’t recommend these shoes for a beginner, or to someone early on in training. These are a competition racing flat designed to go fast.

  • 85 / 100 by Running Haven • Michael Lucas • Level 1 expert

    Simply put, it’s my weapon of choice when I want to run fast.

  • 85 / 100 by The Athlete's Foot Blog • Jamie Huggett • Level 1 expert

    A very light and fast competition shoe.

  • 72 / 100 by DeZeiner Fitness • Karl Zeiner • Level 1 expert

    The one bit of criticism I would give is that the sole of the shoe provides less grip than any of my previous trainers did and I can’t really see myself using them on light trails.

Show moreless reviews
Apply to become an expert

Updates to Brooks T7 Racer

  • Brooks adds more cushioning through a higher heel offset in the T7 Racer. While this may surprise minimalist runners who have come to love the closer to the ground feel, the added cushioning will mean longer runs with more underfoot protection.
  • There are also enhancements that minimalists will really welcome. It has a new and lighter mesh that delivers excellent breathability. A new midfoot cage that is quite flexible holds the foot really well without being constrictive. The heel is not as structured as before with only a single overlay strapped across it to connect to the midfoot.
  • The versatility of the shoe is also enhanced as it now offers drainage ports. Instead of being limited to runners, triathletes can also get to enjoy a fast shoe with superb water-draining features.

Brooks T7 Racer size and fit

Brooks changed the last of the T7 racer, giving it a narrower fit than before. It has a more curved last that fits perfectly in the heel, the midfoot, and the forefoot. The new fit is designed to provide a “speedy” environment for runners and triathletes. Runners or athletes with narrow to medium measurements will likely be comfortable in this shoe. Available widths are D for the men’s and B for the women’s. Sizing is a little off as well. It is half a size smaller than standard shoe length. Options are from 7 to 14 for the men’s and 5 to 11 for the women’s.


Outsole

The thin outsole is mostly covered in Asics’ own HPR Plus rubber, which is known for its ability to resist abrasion with just enough traction, even in wet conditions. Asics uses a network of pods in the outsole that are connected to the pods in the midsole. These pods offer a little cushioning and help with the efficient transition from landing to takeoff.


Midsole

The midsole has a really thin EVA for cushioning and durability. Again, the midsole has the Hyper Pod Configuration for flexibility and better gait cycle.


Upper

The barely there upper consists of extremely breathable and lightweight AirMesh. There are a couple of synthetic overlays that are strategically placed to maximize support and structure. For anti-microbial and moisture-wicking properties, as the T7 Racer is often worn without socks, an Ortholite Sockliner is fitted in the interior of the upper.