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Now on its 7th version, the Brooks PureCadence has been continuously satisfying runners who are looking for a lightweight yet supportive road running shoe.

Brooks made a significant change in the upper of the PureCadence and continued to utilize the same materials in the outsole and midsole.

After wearing the shoe for several miles for more than a month, here’s my review of the Brooks PureCadence 7.

 

Looks and design of the Brooks PureCadence 7

The PureCadence 7 has a casual look with a performance-driven design, and I absolutely love it! Just like the PureCadence 6, the physical appearance of the PureCadence 7 gives a neutral, casual feel – not too luxurious yet not too cheap looking.

Both the men’s and women’s versions have great-looking colors. It also has a lightweight design which is a very important aspect for me.

 

Comfort and breathability

The upper of the PureCadence 7 uses a woven Air material that is very durable. When it comes to the upper material, durability is not the main issue, but breathability is.

Unfortunately, I dislike the woven upper material because it is less breathable. It provides a warm coverage with no proper ventilation.

My feet were seriously sweating on warm days. I don’t like the feeling because it causes discomfort too. I’m not wearing this shoe again on warm, long-distance runs.

 

Fit

The PureCadence 7 is true to size, and the fit is snug- from the heel to the forefoot. I have a medium-sized foot, and so far, the shoe really gives a nice, comfortable fit. I don’t feel any restrictions nor pain.

The upper material is not as flexible as I wanted it to be, yet it provides an impressive foot wrap and structural support whenever necessary. The toe box is also spacious enough to accommodate my toes comfortably.

Ride quality and overall performance

When compared to the other stability shoes that I have already tried, I consider the performance of the Brooks PureCadence 7 as average.

The shoe is not exceptional, but it gives the necessary stability. The cushioning which is made from a BioMoGo DNA foam is just right – not too firm, not too soft. It is responsive enough based on my preference.

The rounded heel design, which encourages natural foot motion, functions well too. A rounded heel design has been used in several Brooks running shoes, and I think it really performs based on its purpose.

 

 

The outsole of the Brooks PureCadence 7 uses a rubber compound with a light tread design. I have worn the shoe in both dry and wet surfaces, and I have observed that on wet or slippery running conditions, the shoe lacks the grip.

Durability

Durability is a must-mentioned feature of the Brooks PureCadence 7. The materials used in the upper and outsole are tough enough to withstand abrasion. After several miles of running on the road, I see no significant wear on any parts of the shoe.

 

 

I saw some glue remnants on the outsole on the first few days after I purchased the shoe. I thought the outsole would fall apart too quickly, but thankfully it didn’t. I’m relieved to see that the outsole is still functional and surviving!

Summary review of the Brooks PureCadence 7

Good points

  • Lightweight design
  • Great neutral colors
  • True to size and good fit
  • Spacious toe box
  • Good level of stability
  • Durable

Bad points

  • Not breathable
  • Traction is not reliable on wet or slippery surfaces

Verdict

I admire the lightweight design of the Brooks PureCadence 7. I have, however, some issues with its breathability and traction. Though it gives a good level of stability, I think comfort, breathability, and the grip should also be given importance.

In summary, the PureCadence 7 has an acceptable performance as a stability shoe, but it also needs improvements in some aspects.

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Hi, I’m Jones Hamilton! I am an IT guy and a passionate a runner. I have been running since age 13. At first, I only run every weekend and after a year of doing it regularly, I fell in love with running completely. I love running both on the road and on the trail.

Updates to Brooks PureCadence 7

  • The Brooks PureCadence 7 uses the Dual Toe Flex. It utilizes a toe split in the midsole and outsole area. This material aims to allow the big toe to function independently.
  • Along with an internal cleatie, an Anatomical last is integrated into the shoe to mimic the shape of the foot.
  • The Woven Air upper delivers a light and breathable wrap to promote a more snug fit.

Size and fit

The Brooks PureCadence 7 is a road running shoe that is designed for runners who need additional support. It is available in medium widths D for the men and B for the women. The shoe follows the standard running shoe length. It contours to the natural shape of the foot because of the shoe’s Anatomical Last.

Outsole

A durable rubber is utilized in the outsole area of the Brooks PureCadence 7. This purpose of this material is to provide additional traction and durability. It aims to protect the platform against wear and tear.

Integrated into the shoe is the Dual Toe Flex. The outsole and midsole materials use a toe spit to allow the big toe to function more independently. It also aims to encourage the runner's natural balance during the toe-off phase.

Lying in the outsole area is the Omega Flex Grooves. This technology provides added flexibility to the platform without compromising the shoe's cushioning system. As a result, the foot lifts off the ground naturally with each stride.

Midsole

The DNA cushioning technology and BioMoGo midsole are fused to come up with the BioMoGo DNA foam material. This midsole technology is also featured in the Adrenaline GTS 19, a popular Brooks running shoe.  The premier BioMoGo technology delivers a more responsive cushioning that is sure to suit the needs of every runner. This system is essential in following and adapting to the shape and motion of the foot for additional comfort.

Around the shoe lies the lightweight Guide Rails. These sections of the platform support and guide the foot in the heel-to-toe transition. It also prevents the foot from irregular pronation, especially when standing or running.

A natural forefoot and midfoot strike are encouraged by the Rounded Heel. It hugs the foot and accommodates a smoother foot landing.

Upper

The 3D Fit Print Upper is integrated into the Brooks PureCadence 7. Along with the breathable fabrics, these materials provide a fresher, more relaxed and drier foot environment. It is also flexible and seamless. As a result, possible skin irritations are prevented.

Plush comfort around the ankle, the lower portion of the leg and the heel is offered by the Comfort Collar. The purpose of this material is to stabilize and keep the foot in place. It prevents possible shoe removal as well.

Glove-like feel is delivered by the Anatomical last along with an internal cleatie. It mimics the natural shape of the foot, allowing the foot to work as a single unit.

The Brooks PureCadence 7 utilizes the Woven Air upper. This component of the shoe offers a light and breathable wrap as well as an adaptive and snug fit.

The shoe utilizes the No-sew overlays. Brooks added this technology to provide lightweight support and structure around the midfoot area.

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