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About two months before my due date I received a pair of Brooks Pure Flows to try out.
There are a few models in the new Brooks PureProject line, this is one of them. According to Brooks’ website:
The PureProject collection is a tribute to runners with a sense of adventure and a craving to grab their run by the horns. Radically lightweight, flexible materials merge with smart design to naturally align your stride and empower every push-off. Unleash your feet; experience the PureProject by Brooks with four unique shoes in vibrant colors.
When I ran in these shoes at 8 months pregnant, I felt clumsy and awkward; but I was unsure if that was purely due to my preggo condition, the shoes or a combination of both. And while I’m not cleared to run yet, I did take them out for a couple walks in recent week and I’ve come to the conclusion that I don’t care for these shoes.
They’re just too cushiony and squishy. I get sloppy in my form when wearing them, not picking my feet up appropriately and I kind of shuffle in them. It’s a strange phenomenon, but it happens each time I put them on.
It’s frustrating to decide to retire a pair of shoes with only 25 miles on them, but they’re just not living up to my ideals. If I keep walking/running in these I’m going to end up tripping and falling! I guess I’m accustomed to much more minimal shoes now.
But they’re cute, so they’ve got that in their favor!