Comments: Great trainer and racer! Cutting to the nuts and bolts: I typically train in a cushioned trainer (easy on the legs) and save the flats exclusively for racing. These shoes, however, I have used for my fast tempo and speedwork runs and also racing. They work great (nice cushioned midsole, super lightweight) and they are also very durable in terms of the mileage they can handle and still maintain cushion (my current pair is 200+ miles and still in good shape). I am 5'10", 155 lbs., size 10.5 (fit true to size)
From: Matt, Denver, CO, USA
Comments: Bought two pairs. Agree that this shoe can be difficult to get snug without having to really crank down the upper laces. I do like the burrito tounge. I wear these for several purposes: to give my calves and Achilles a break from running in several Saucony 4mm H-T drop, speed work, and also long runs. Raced a half marathon in these and felt great. Doing another one in them in a month. Cushioning is good. Outsold durability seems very good. Overall a pretty good shoe and for $50, tough to beat.
From: Steve, Texas
Comments: I know lots of people like this shoe, I came here to read reviews a couple days ago, and then bought a pair to try. If your feet are familiar with Asics, don't buy it. If your feet are familiar with wide shoes, don't buy it. If your feet are familiar with no high heel, don't buy it. This is good shoe; light and nice. But I feel the cushion is too much for me, and the heel a little bit high. Especially the width is not enough for my feet, a little narrow for me.
From: Ken, San Diego, CA, USA
Comments: Get' em while you can, folks! I found this shoe to be very versatile. I train in racing flats and minimalist shoes (from Adidas Hagio and Brooks Pure series to Merrells, VFFs, and totally bare feet), so I originally got this as a long run trainer for 15- 22 mile runs. I was so impressed by the fit and function that I got a couple of pairs and made the Green Silence my new marathon racer. It is the only shoe in which I have qualified for Boston (so far), so I have a special place in my heart for it. Coming from a truly minimalist shoe enthusiast, the cushion feels a bit squishy at first, but they firm up and break in nicely after a couple of runs--something I find the Kinvara never did. I found myself appreciating the combination if light weight and underfoot cushion in mile 25 of a pounding, largely downhill marathon. I love the upper, and I have never had a problem with the laces, but I did replace them with YANKZ--more for piece of mind than anything. Unlike some of my other shoes, these do not get contorted by the elastic laces. I may have to binge and get a few more pairs before they are gone forever. If you like them, write to Brooks and tell them so! That's how the Launch got saved!
From: Chas, Cornelius, NC
Comments: These are by far the best flats I have ever owned in was accustomed towearing Nike Luna Racers. I saw these my sophomore year of xc statethey looked so cool and I promised myself one day I will get them I'm19 now and when I retired my lunaracers I decided to look for adifferent racing flat. So I did my research and couldn't be happier these shoes are absolutely amazing and I am for sure going to orderanother pair for wearing around in. 5/5 great shoe definitely recommend trying them out I've got the blue jewel and have so manycompliments on them I also have the new ghost 5 which are excellent. Happy Running everybody.
From: Dale, Tokeland,WA,USA
Comments: Not a "minimal" shoe as it has a 10mm heel to toe drop. However, these are a great shoe! I bought 2 pairs. One to wear now and another to save! Am considering buying another pair before they stop selling them! Very flexible. Minimal upper. Seamless. Lightweight. Can use for daily trainer, racer, or interval work. Rubber on sole seems it will wear well and last. 5'11. 165lbs. 11.5 shoe. Fits true to size.
From: Steve, Texas, USA
Comments: One of my all time favorite shoes. They fit great and feel fantastic no matter what I'm running on. I get a lot of miles out of these and will continue to buy them as long as Brooks makes them. The lacing system concerned me but outside of tying them on they never give me any problems. I supinate slightly and do wera the outside of the soles down more quickly due to no outer rubber there, but a little shoe goo goes a long way
From: T-bone, Seattle, WA
Comments: Got a pair on sale here and that price is about right - would not pay full price considering the very basic construction. Not sure I get minimal shoe, maximum price paradigm. These are light and fast but I have a few issues with them: contrary to other reviews, the toebox feels narrow to me so much less comfortable than my usual Pure Cadences, I can't run in them without socks as a few of the exposed seams would be problematic (at least for me), the lacing and one-sided tongue seem gimmmicky but are adequate. My Pure Cadences (slightly heavier but less heel stack) are the best fitting shoes I've ever owned (I have narrow feet with a low arch) so will be going back to them when the Silences wear out. Cheers.
From: Randy, San Clemente, CA USA
Comments: I rotate between these and Launches for training. I bought some Glycerin 8's for my long slow runs, but I just don't do well with the big cushioned shoes so they've been relegated to the closet. The Green Silence feels like a slipper. The cushioning feels similar to the Launch but the main differences are 1)the heel to toe drop where the Green Silence feels practically flat and 2)the upper where the Launch feels more supportive. The Green Silence does feel a little faster to me as they are much lighter. I would place these right between the Launch and the T6/T7. I raced my last 1/2 in them and they were fine but I will use my T6's for my future races.
From: Jeff, Tustin, CA USA
Comments: I used to wear Mizuno Inspire 6 after having done my gait analysis etc. After educating myself about a proper running form and mid-foot strike magic, I've totally discarded "support" shoes marketing industry. I wanted something that is light, fast, responsive for giving me the feedback from the road and yet have some cushioning. Brooks GS is the best thing that has happened to me, I just set my new PR for a Half Marathon in Mumbai. I now own 8 pairs of them, first 2 of them are currently in rotation. Would advise any normal trainer shoe user to transition into them slowly. Expect your calf and arch to ache and then adapt to it. After that, fasten your seat belts as you are probably going to fly in these.
From: Anand, Pune, MH, India
Comments: Love these. Just added a second pair into my shoe rotation. Original pair has 300+ miles on them and are still very usable. Wear them for all length of runs, and have run a marathon in them. Nice, wide toe box and lightweight for that minimal feel. Favorite shoe I've worn to date.
From: Justin, Bismarck, ND, USA
Comments: A disappointment. Heavier than the Nike Lunaracer, but with much less cushioning up front. Reasonably comfortable with a (relatively) wide toebox and an unstructured upper. But the forefoot cushioning is, for me, totally inadequate. Feels "hard" up front just like the Saucony Kinvara. I will stick to the Launch for day-to-day training and the Lunaracer for tempo work and marathons.
From: Carl, Oakland, CA USA
Comments: I don't ever write reviews but I had to with these shoes. I had just bought a pair of Asics gel nimbus 12 and loved how soft and comfortable they were but they didn't help me with my problems when running uphill (achilles tendon/calves) so I decided to buy these. I had always went around everywhere barefooted when I was a kid so I figured
why not start running like that. I loved how they looked when they came and when I put them on WOW! I couldn't believe how light and yet comfortable they were. I haven't had any problems running uphill anymore and they are so light I feel like I can fly! Only problem was when I went for my first run in them I didn't wear any socks and they rubbed against my achilles tendon on my left leg and got up in there pretty good so I'll be wearing socks when I run with them from now on. I love them so much I have been wearing them to school and everywhere else lol. Really recommend these for minimalist running!
From: Leroy, Greenville, NC, USA
Comments: I'm used to running in Mizuno Wave Mushas and Saucony Kinvaras. It was time for a new pair and for a change I wanted to try these, based on the recommendation of a friend who works at a runner's store (that doesn't carry these for some reason) so I ordered a pair and they're now my favorite trainer. Light but they have a really plush ride, and they facilitate midfoot landings, which is what I strive for. They have more of a drop between the heel and midfoot than the Musha or the Kinvara but I've gotten used to it. I don't know how durable they'll be but they're very comfortable on runs between 6 - 10 miles, and I'm a Clydesdale, not a pencil-necked track star.
From: Lou, New York, NY, USA
Comments: Great road racing flats! I raced with these flats for my 1st marathon.
From: J., Syracuse, NY, USA
Comments: These shoes rock. I have raced a half marathon in them and they worked perfectly. Lightweight, neutral, and fast. I use them for track workouts and races only. They have 120 miles on them already and they are holding up great!! However, if you heel strike, or if you're a slower runner, look at another shoes.
From: Dan, Colorado Springs, CO, USA
Comments: This was my first experience with a more minimal shoe after running in a variety of typical 11-13 ounce trainers for years. Simply put, I LOVE THIS SHOE!! It has become my go-to shoe for virtually all of my races up to the half-marathon. I have established a 10 Miler PR (by four minutes!)wearing these shoes, and have come extremely close to PRs in the 5K, 5 Miler, and Half Marathon. Did I mention that I have only been running in these shoes for less than one year?! My longest run in them has been 17 miles and while I experience no problems taking them to that distance I am not convinced yet that I would try wearing them in a marathon. While I really like the black/kelly green color scheme, I am not impressed with the other color options, unless you like looking like a clown from the circus!
From: Kevin, Goode, VA, USA
Comments: Usually run in VFF's, but going to be hitting up a marathon soon and these have allowed me to increase my mileage faster. The no tongue design is awesome because for once a shoe isn't digging into the dorsum of my foot.
From: Steven, Steel City, PA, USA
Comments: I bought a pair of these for racing after using the Launch for the past year. I wanted something lighter and with a faster feel. I am not crazy about the color scheme but the shoe really fit the bill. Nice road feel and forces you off your heel a bit. Did a few miles in them before running a 5 minute half marathon PR in the Green Silence.
From: Nathan, Greenville, NC, USA
Comments: This is a great shoe period-I do pretty much all my training in these except when I race and do workouts where I'll move to a lighter more minimal flat. I've found this to be a great all around shoe for me!!
From: Henry, Monson, ME, USA
Comments: Love love love these shoes.. fit great for someone with a wider forefoot! Super light yet still comfy on the road. Best light weight minimal shoe I've ever had. That's comin from someone who use to run in asic gt 2140 lol.
From: Erick, Olive Branch, MS, USA
Comments: Okay shoe for walking or running in place. Light weight and cool looking. I had a hard time running fast in these shoes. I've put about 50 miles on them and just can't enjoy running in them. The feel slow. Running 10+ min miles was okay for under 5 miles. Compared to the Launch, these shoes just do not seem to favor running forward. I'm accustomed to running in Brooks Launch. These are now my everyday kick around / walking shoes. I've ordered another pair of Brooks Launch.
From: Bill, Evanston, IL, USA
Comments: Love these shoes. There's a friendliness to them that translates to my running (if that makes sense). Just bought a second pair to keep in my suitcase for when I travel!
From: Glenn, Ibiza, Spain
Comments: I like that these shoes are lightweight, have minimal heel-to-toe drop and have no "motion control" junk to change your natural stride. I even like how its simpler in that it has less components than the average running shoe or flat. However, I truly hate the inflexibility of the midfoot/forefoot section. Also, I like to lacelock and the funky lacing system makes that nearly impossible. These shoes will be my trainers until they are worn out but I would not buy another pair in the future unless they address these issues in an updated model. Overall this shoe is a gimmick, there are better Brooks flats out there such as the T6 or even the Racer ST4.
From: Raphaei, Toronto, Canada