About Brooks Company
Brooks Brothers Incorporated began in 1913 making bathing suits, now it is one of the leading makers of running and walking shoes on the market. They make many different types of running and walking shoes that focus on the wearers specific needs. For over a century now Brooks has been making top of the line shoes that have been endorsed by many athletes. In 1979 the Pittsburg Pirated endorsed their brand for the World Championships, 1984 the Dolphins quarterback, Dan Marino endorsed them, and now currently Scott Jurek an American ultra-marathoner and bestselling author of Eat and Run endorses the Brooks brand.
Design and Structure
Since they have transitioned from making bathing suits and ice skates to creating running and walking shoes, they have been able to perfect their designs. The only thing that Brooks thinks about is how to make their shoes better for the wearer. With that being said, Brooks has made many patented designs and technologies for their running and walking shoes.
When it comes to the shoe as a whole there is a 3D Fit technology that helps maintain the fit of the shoe structure, but it also keeps it lightweight and flexible.
To provide the best traction on any type of terrain Brooks has created a 3D hex lug pattern on the sole of their shoes that provide maximum grip on many different surfaces.
The rounded heel was created with a slight curve that helps align and keep your circle at the center to reduce internal stress on your body.
The segmented crash pad featured in all their shoes is made of fully integrated shock absorbers that provide cushion and helps with a more natural heel to toe transition. Not only does these pads provide comfort, but there are pressure zones throughout the shoes that help distribute the pressure and weight of your steps evenly.
Things to Consider
While some will say that running shoes are not good for walking shoes and vice versa, some of Brooks’s products are designed for running, but are actually also great shoes for walking. Depending on your foot type would determine what style of shoe best fits your needs. Whether you suffer from flat feet or over pronation or if you have a higher arch than others. The best thing to do when purchasing shoes is to purchase them in the store where you can try them on. Or just go to the store to try them on if you have found a better deal online somewhere else.
When looking through Brooks Brothers’ shoes to determine what style would be the best for you specifications you need to be aware of where you plan on doing the majority of your walking. If you are planning on walking through the mall in the morning after getting your cup of coffee then the Brooks Addiction Walker is the best style for you. But if you think you might take your walks outside through many different terrains and surfaces you might want to choose a more versatile shoe like the Brooks Trance 13.
Luckily, all of Brooks products they sell in both female and male, so if you like how one product sounds, most likely you will be able to purchase it in the correctly style and size for your foot.
Top 5 Brooks Men’s Walking Shoe
1. Brooks Men's Addiction Walker Walking Shoes
This shoe designed specifically for walking features the Hydroflow cushioning technology that provides the best comfort for extensive amounts of walking. It is created with full grain leather on that top that makes it soft, but has a snug fit so you don’t have to worry about injuries. It also has extra support to help prevent over pronation during the heel to toe motion of walking. Another small perk of these shoes is that they are slip resistant, so if you are walking in rainy or snowy conditions or even good for people in a restaurant or medical atmosphere.
2. Brooks Men's Adrenaline Gts 16 Running Shoe
With the DRB Accel TPU shank this shoe is able to resist hard over-pronation steps from the wearer. It is also has a great transition during the heel to toe motion, creating a more natural feeling for the wearer. The GTS has deep groves to help absorb shock and to create a better flexibility. This versatile shoe has great support and traction from the outer sole that will provide stability on any surface.
3. Brooks Men's Ravenna 7 Running Shoe
The Ravenna 7 is a light weight shoe that offers a smooth heel to toe transition. The Omega Flex grooves provide flexibility and allows there to be a more forefront movement and fluidity while walking. This shoe features an upper mesh design that is moisture wicking and provides a breathable protection. The Ravenna has a narrow profile so it is not best for people with wide feet, but the adjustable saddle provides a secure fit.
4. Brooks Men's Ghost 8 Running Shoe
The cushioned soles in the Brooks Ghost are comfortable and creates comfort and helps absorb shock while walking. The Full-Length Segmented Crash Pad of this hoe creates a smooth heel to toe transition with every step you take. The Ghost also features the Omega Flex Grooves that provide ideal flexibility for walking. When designing this shoe, Brooks created it to have a light weight and breathable mesh material that can help prevent any odors from being trapped within the shoe.
5. Brooks Men's Dyad Walker
Like many other Brooks walking shoes, the Dyad Walker 8 shoes feature the Omega Flex Grooves and the Heel Segmented Crash Pad. These features create flexibility in every stride and help with a running start and a soft landing. There is also a saddled construction that helps create a tight fit to prevent any slips or injuries.
Top 5 Brooks Women’s Walking Shoes
1. Brooks Women's Addiction Walker V-Strap Walking Shoe
Similar to the Brooks Men’s Addiction Walker shoes, these have a MoGo midsole that have a lot of cushioning and a strong support. With adjustable Velcro straps on the upper portion of these shoes they fit snugly. They also feature low arches which is idea for long walks and better comfort, than shoes with higher arches.
2. Brooks Women's Regent Shoes Aqua Splash/Nimbus Cloud
The Regent shoes are a lifestyle shoe that provides great support and padded comfort ideal for walking. The rubber outsole adds extra comfort and protection for the walker, ensuring that there is enough support for taking long walks. The Regent also comes in various colors to appease your specific style and taste.
3. Women's Brooks Ghost 8 Running Shoe
Although this shoe is created with running in mind, it also makes a great walking shoe for any wearer. The upper mesh material keeps the wearers foot cool and dry during their wear. It also allows for greater flexibility and cushioning on the top of your foot. The laces and outer sole create a snug fit that provides stability. This is another Brooks product that features the Full length segmented crash pad to help with a smooth transition.
4. Brooks Women's Transcend 2 Running Shoe
The Transcend running shoe is a great shoe for walking. With the element mesh this shoe has a breathable and moisture wicking material that keeps your foot dry and cool. The microfiber material creates a snug fit that provides enough flexibility to make it comfortable while wearing. Like many Brooks products, this shoe has a smooth heel to toe transition that is great for people with over pronation.
5. Brooks Women's Vapor 10 Running Shoe
The Vapor is features a customer midsole that you cannot find in many other shoes. The pads in the shoe can conform to the wearers’ foot to provide the best comfort and fit while wearing them. Of course, upon first wear this shoe will not magically fit your foot. The adjustable eyelets and laces provide a tight fitting shoe that will stay on your foot and avoid any possible injuries or accidents. This shoe also features a progressive diagonal roll ball, which helps put your foot in a more neutral position while wearing. The flexibility and support in this shoe is ideal for walking and running alike.