Women's BROOKS® GREEN SILENCE :: Make an eco-statement with the men's Brooks® Green Silence. Each and every part in this groundbreaking running shoe has a sustainable element, including non-toxic dyes and recycled materials. And in this case, green goes hand-in-hand with performance. So you can take responsibility for the environment, and first place. 5.4 ounces.
I'm an average-underpronator and purchased the Green Silence for racing. I tried the LunarRacer 2, the Mana, the Newton, and this won out. It's a super lightweight, super cushy shoe that fits like a glove. It makes uphills so much easier! 15k to half marathon, this shoe is amazing. Unfortunately, I had planned on using it for the marathon, but going from my trainers to this kind of flat proved too ambitious. Long runs in the Silence ended in a lot of quadricep soreness for me. If you're a natural forefoot runner and/or used to flats, this shoe rocks. But if not, plan in a long enough adjustment before even thinking about tackling a marathon in them. The only other drawback is that the lacing feels a bit off and the tongue slips into the shoe. I had to mess with it a bit so that it was tight enough without digging into the top of my foot. I have a feeling the next generation of Silence will be awesome. But still, great shoe.
Jury's still out
As the title suggests, I'm still not sure about this shoe. It's astonishing light, which I love. I have only run in these a few times for sprints and I felt like I didn't have shoes on. The tongue still feels strange to me -- it's part of the outer wall of the shoe and wraps around your foot -- but it doesn't rub or otherwise feel uncomfortable. If you have weak, high arches like me, you may need additional support. I'm going to try these with the Sorbothane Ultra Graphite Arch Insoles to see if they resolve my arch discomfort. The only downside of this is that it'll add additional weight to this featherlight shoe.
Kuwait City, Kuwait
Love these eco-shoes!
Kudos to Brooks for this ecological shoe design. It uses recycled materials for many components, including a biodegradable sock liner, and 50% less materials overall.
It's amazingly comfortable, extremely light, and the women's black/aqua version may appeal to more people than the bright yellow/red men's version. Love this shoe so far.
I bought these mostly out of curiosity, to see if such a light shoe could really work. I normally wear Saucony Hurricane- a really heavy (app 10.4 oz), highly cushioned shoe. I run distances of 5 to 15 miles, exclusively on roads, with a marathon thrown in every so often. So I bought the Green Silence, and they are really amazing. So light, it's like being barefoot. So comfortable, it's like having my Sauconys on. And so far (it's been about 3 months) they seem to be holding up perfectly. There are no signs of wear yet... They do not make my knees hurt, they do not make my bunions hurt, and they make me feel like I can keep going and going. When you throw in the additional benefit of all the environmental perks, this is a hard shoe to top. Please note that I generally am injury-free, and do not have any serious pronation or anything like that- so I can't comment on how these shoes would be in those situations.
great minimal shoe!
LOVE this shoe! I recently switched to a midfoot strike and this shoe allows a firm, precise footstrike and quick take-off. It has just enough cushioning so that you don't feel every tiny little pebble. The upper is flexible and airy but secure even on my narrow heel. It'd be great for races or speedwork, but I suspect it'll become my go-to training shoe too. And environmentally friendly to boot!
I'm making the switch
I immediately noticed that I land on ball/mid foot when running in Green Silence (GS); of course, with this benefit, I suggest (as do most) that you ease into minimalist shoes and start with low miles until your arch and calves strengthen up (my normal-low arch and calves were a bit sore after a 3 mile run). That being said, I love the roomy and super comfy feel of GS; I use "comfy," not because they are cushioned, but because they are roomy (not too wide, or lose, just structured to natural contours of the foot). I immediately noticed the lightness of the shoe. The only negative I have noticed is that the balls of my feet "heat up" when running (obviously, because I now land on that area), but hopefully feet will adjust with time.
I've used them for a month (and am still on low miles as I am recovering from injuries) and have high hopes that I've made the right move. Can't comment on the durability, yet; but, loving the low feel! I will say that I also bought Saucony Kinvara and will be returning them for a second pair of GS; the Kinvara might have low heel-to-toe height differential, but they still feel like I'm high of the ground.
Los Angeles, CA
Green Silence Roars in Popularity
I love the light weight of the Green Silence. I definitely feel like I can run faster in these 'barely there' shoes. I enter road races regularly and I have seen this shoe on many other runners. I was also excited when I saw that Brooks had made a black shoe. Since I wear a size 9 I am often looking for darker shoes to make my clown feet look smaller and these do the trick! They also look great with Jeans. If I had to pick something that could be better about the Green Silence I would have to say arch support. I have high arches and the Green Silence feels like a pretty flat shoe. I recommend this shoe to any road runners and also for those gym rats out there who want to show off a great looking black and green running shoe!
Excellent minimalist shoe
I have been running in aqua socks for a year because they offer more cushioning than barefoot and the toe shoes feel too weird. But I have come to accept that I need more cushioning for runs over 8 miles. I went shopping for the lightest shoe I could find and this is what I came out with. I love them! Just enough cushioning and they are lighter than my aqua socks. I ran a half marathon in them after just one training run and set a new PR.
The only negative is they are wearing quickly. But that's the nature of light rubber, not this particular shoe. You can't have everything, I suppose.
Nice minimal support shoe
I am transitioning into minimal support shoes. This shoe works very well, and Brooks is a superior shoe company.
San Marcos, CA
Cute as a Button!
I bought these to ease into forefoot/midfoot running to spice up my pretty monotonous routine. Quite a jump for me, considering I run almost exclusively in Brooks Cascadias. But it seems like these are the right shoe for this sort of transition- nice and light, and I was able to work right into them without much calf pain. They are comfy and light and make me excited to get my next run underway. On another note... these are the cutest shoes. Go ahead and *gag* all you professional running beasts out there! But they really are snazzy- and I just saw the next iteration. *melt my shoe-loving heart*
Great minimal shoe so far!
Bought these to try something other than my Newton Motion shoes. The Green Silence shoes were comfortable from the start and very lightweight. My first run in them was a 10k with no problems. As a minimal shoe though they don't offer a lot of cushioning which is fine for me since I am a mid foot runner and want a minimal shoe so I didn't expect it. Haven't had them for long but seem to be holding up great. Only complaint like several others mentioned is the shoe laces which could be longer and not made of such a smooth material.
Huntington Beach, CA
Great Minimal Shoe!
This is a great minimalist shoe. I first was drawn to it because of the environmental approach, but when I received these in the mail and put them on, I was impressed! They are lightweight, I don't need to wear socks, and they feel great on my feet. The off-center tongue of the shoe took a little getting used to, but it was hardly a hinderance. I can see that these shoes, like racing flats, will not last long through my training. But I will just get another pair!
San Diego, CA
LOVE LOVE LOVE! never had to break in!
I use these shoes for running, plyometric workouts, so its a lot of toe actions. It has great cushioning and i never had to break them in. I used to get only wide shoes and with Stablilty control, since my ankles sometimes need it, but with these shoes its fine! I absolutely LOVE LOVE LOVE THEM! ive gone on steep hikes, etc. I have an SI joint issues (Back pains, to knee pains) and these shoes have helped. Loved them so much my finance bought me a second pair.
Santa Clara, CA
I've only worn these twice so far, but I love them! My first run in them was 6 miles outside and my second run in them was speedwork on the treadmill. They felt great and made me more aware of my feet (which is what I was looking for in a minimalist shoe).
They are lightweight and comfortable.
My arches are slightly sore after wearing them, but I think it's just going to take time to get used to running in a shoe with less arch support.
These may be the best running shoes ever
These may be the most comfortable running shoes I have ever worn. I have had them for several weeks and have been gradually adding mileage. I am up to about an hour and 15 mins so far.
They have more cushion that Nike Free run +, which I alternate with.
Roomy toe box, cushy feel, and I feel like I am flying when I run in them.
I hope to run a marathon in them , but have not built up enough distance in minimal shoes yet.
It's me not you...
I loved these shoes when they came! Got the purple/yellow and very cool looking. Very light. Ran a few miles... Mile 1 good, mile 2 my knee felt "sore", mile 3 plus slightly limping. Not the shoe for me...I have had 2 new surgeries many moons ago...and I just don't always do well in all shoes! Love brooks...currently in launch and gonna exchange these for pure flow!
I love my Brooks!
These shoes are my most prized possession. I'm a casual trail runner living in the mountains of Colorado and although I love barefoot running there are times that I need some protection. These are the perfect shoes. I find that I wear them all the time, running or not.
I've gotten them pretty wet in the slush and they dry out just fine.
I run a lot and like to try different shoes. I love these for shorter distances (up to 5 miles). After 5 miles my feet felt tired. But they are very comfortable. They have good cushioning for such a light weight shoe. I would like to get another pair but it looks like they are not making this one any longer??
I would buy these shoes again
I bought these shoes looking for something light and comfortable to run 5k's and triathlons in. They did not disappoint! No breaking in required. My feet don't seem to like the barefoot shoes but this minimalist shoe is great for those looking for something lighter for fast races.
Light and Full of Cushion
This is a great race shoe for half marathons or less. Super light and great cushion!! I will order a 2nd pair for sure.
Love this shoe!
Love how light this shoe is, very comfortable, and fast! Nice to know it won't pollute the environment, too.
marathons are for training
Best shoe so far
Love this shoe! I recommend this shoe to anyone who wants to get into barefoot running.
Great walking shoe
Love this shoe
Judy, the Race walker
Womens Brooks Green Silence Running Shoe
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