Last month or so, i got my hands on the newest range of shoes by Brooks – The Green Silence 2011. From my understanding, it has not been sold here in Singapore as of yet thus, getting my hands, or should i say my feet on this shoe is a really awesome feeling! 🙂 Supposedly to be the world’s first environmentally friendly shoe with 75% of the components are from recycled materials, this is one shoe which you can say, leaves minimizes carbon footprint (pun intended). 😛
The first thing that you will notice when you pick up the shoe is how light it is. To be honest, i’ve NOT tried on New Balance’s NB890 (but my partners have). The GreenSilence, is by far the most lightest running shoe that i have ever worn. The comfort isnt compromised though. Its not as if they placed plastic bottles as the inner soles of the shoe, haha. With a minimalist design and material used, Brooks have created a shoe that is not only light but also comfortable to my liking although i would have preferred it to have a little more fit around the heel portion.
Somehow, the funny alignment of the shoelaces and its tongue (which isnt centralised like most shoes) doesnt seem to come loose as compared to the normal times i wore for gym or everyday use. The position of the tongue of the shoe and its eyelets were in such a way that when you tighten the laces, the upper of the shoe seems to “wrap” itself around your feet. Giving it a tight yet comfy fit (because the upper portion of the shoe is made out of, how do i put it in layman’s terms…hmm… mesh-like material?). As you can see from the photo, the upper has many breathable “holes” making the shoe light AND also snugs your feet like a sock as you tighten the laces around your feet. Because it doesnt have a rigid structure, the shoe will “follow” the width of your feet. And allows your feet to be in its original shape as you run.
You might feel that it doesnt have those padded cushions on the upper blah blah blah, but surprisingly, it gives a nice wrap around your mid foot. Safe and secure feel as you run in them. The only downside i would feel is that the heel tab could have been better designed to give a better fit.
It does provide a firm and solid traction while i used it to run 12km in the 2XU’s run on the 10th of April 2011. The sole of the shoes were designed in such a way to minimize wastage of material on unnecessary areas of the sole. From the picture above, you can see that a lil bit of more traction and paddings were placed at strategic locations on the soles. Smart move i must say. Although running with the GS2011 made me run striking heel first on the ground, sufficient cushioning was provided which was pretty surprising considering the fact that the soles were not fairly thick. Made for runners with neutral feet like me, it was a comfortable run less the part where it started to rain a bit and water seems to effortlessly trickle into the front portion of the shoe making my feet wet faster. On a side note, as i ride a bike, i could feel the wind blowing onto my feet as i travel with them. Thats how airy they are! Hahaha. 🙂
Lastly, like i mentioned earlier, this shoe is all about run fast, run happy and save the earth while at it. Pretty impressed with the fact that a racing shoe could be created with recycled items and such. Kuddos to the people over at the Brooks lab.
Key Green Features:
- BioMoGo, the world’s first-ever biodegradable midsole for running shoes
- 75% of the shoe’s materials are post-consumer recycled
- Biodegradable insole and collar foams
- Laces, gillies, and reinforced webbing are 100% post-consumer recycled
- Water-based adhesives are used throughout
- All dyes and colorants are non-toxic
- Packaging is 100% post-consumer recycled
Constructed with roughly half as many parts as comparable shoes, the Green Silence requires less petroleum and energy to make. Of course, the shoe manages all of this while delivering the premium performance expected from Brooks.
All in all, the shoe has served me well in a couple of training runs and races. Like i said before, i like shoes which are light and not too bulky in shape. If you gotta run, you gotta run in style. And the Green Silence 2011 has done well to meet those criteria of mine. 😛 If you’re looking for a shoe to do your tempo run or interval training, its a good shoe. However, this shoe might have been used by Scott Jurek to run a 24 Hour Run and broke the American record while at it (for good reads check out: Scott Jurek’s Blog) , i would recommend users of this shoe to take it easy and run easy with it first. Don’t go for marathons yet but prolly it will be good for 21km races. 🙂
Reduce your carbon footprint. Move forward. Run Happy. 🙂