This is all good and cool, but if the shoe doesn’t fit right, it will just be an aesthetic oddity, rather than a useful option. I tried on and sampled almost a dozen pair running shoes in the last few weeks. I’ll admit that I was hoping that the Green Silence would work well for me, because they were the shoe that I wanted to buy. But I also don’t plan on buying a replacement pair for quite some time, so they needed to really work. As it turns out, things went exactly how I had hoped. The shoe is lightweight, comfortable, and feels very durable. I’ve logged about 20 miles in my Green Silence, and the more I run in them, the more they begin to feel like a normal extension of my feet.
Brooks has thrown down the gauntlet. Eco-friendly running shoes are not just a cocktail party discussion matter. They are functional. They can last. And they can lead to a minimized impact.
For now, I’ll keep running in my Green Silence shoes with a big smile on my face. My hope is that 4 years from now, when I’m finally in need of another pair of shoes, the rest of the shoe companies have caught on.