I have a confession - I'm a bit of a cheapskate when it comes to running shoes. I'm always on the lookout for deals - the returns bin at REI, coupons on top of coupons at our local Sierra Trading Post Outlet - and I've been lucky enough to win a few pairs of shoes in contests, online and in-store, over the past couple years. That all makes it hard for me to go out and pay full retail for a new pair of running shoes.
A few weeks ago, I took a look at the soles of the two pairs of road shoes I was rotating through, to see what kind of wear pattern I was building up. And, wow - my main shoes, a pair of New Balance 760s that I had won from Fleet Feet at the Davis Stampede back in February - were almost worn through in places. Guess I need to start keeping better track of the miles on my shoes (which I do now through dailymile.com.)
So, I needed a new pair of shoes pretty quickly. I snuck out of a family trip to Target and ran next door to Sierra Trading Post, to see if they had any deals worth checking out. As it happened, they had some percentage off their "last remaining size" rack, so I tried on a couple pairs and grabbed the ones that felt best without researching them too much. That's how I brought home a pair of the Brooks Defyance.
As it turns out, the pair that I got is the first edition of the Defyance, from 2008. I think they're up to the Defyance 3 now, but these are the first, unnumbered model. From what I've gleaned reading reviews around the internet, they are based on the popular Brooks Adrenaline, but less support-oriented - lighter, and more focused on cushioning. That's pretty much what it feels like - a light cushioning shoe, which iw pretty much what I was looking for.
It seems like my feet aren't very picky about shoes - I've only ever had one pair that didn't work out for me, a pair of Asics 2130s that I've since worked back into the lineup and feel fine. I've never really had this kind of shoe before, so I hope that the Brooks hold up - I've got 70 miles on them so far, according to dailymile. So far they've been great - if any problems come up, I'll edit this post, but otherwise these are a solid, light trainer with limited support.