My Beef with Brooks Running Gear

shoes. obviously!!

It pains me to write this, honest. I have been a loyal Brooks wearer for years. It first started with the shoes, and loving the fact that I am running in my proverbial glass slipper. I still feel this way, don’t get me wrong – it’s not the shoe I have issues with. Seriously, I even took back a pair of Saucony’s onceĀ becauseĀ I just couldn’t bear with splitting from Brooks. Well, that and they weren’t fitting 100%, but those are just details ;)

Not long after falling in love with their shoes, I graduated my brand snobbery to include clothing, and I also was quick to sign up for the Wear I.D. program. I was currently running in Nike tempo shorts, and was having an issue with the extra fabric. The other shorts I had were ‘ok’ but I knew there had to be something out there that I really liked. So, I saved my precious pennies, and dropped darn near $40 on a pair of shorts. Best purchase ever, so I kept buying some. Of course, we all know where this is going – I went on to buy shirts, rain resistant stuff, tights, and socks.

I very recently started buying Brooks’ clothing, I’ll admit it. Only in the past year and a half, have I seeked out only Brooks, on sale or not. But the stuff hasn’t even lasted me that long. The seams on the shirts tend to unravel quickly, colors fade, the pressed logo on the inside of the shirt is crumbling apart beyond recognition, and what’s worse is that the zipper threading on my jacket is frayed beyond belief, and I have to keep taking scissors to it. I even found a logo in my washer drum, totally intact, just not on my gear. :(

I’m not running 100 mile weeks, I’m ‘tumbling on dry low’, I’m not washing it with sandpaper, I’m only wearing this stuff for running – so what gives? I like their style of stuff, the colors, the performance of it; just not the low quality of which it’s made. Sadly, I don’t think I’ll be purchasing much Brooks stuff anymore. I’ve even considered branching out to a different shoe, but we’ll see. I currently have 7 pairs of Brooks floating around my house, and it would take a lot to get me out of a Brooks shoe – with that said, what got me into this mess was being SO close minded about brands. Yes, I will wear the stuff I currently have until I have to throw it out. Will I go out and buy Brooks? Probably not.

Brooks. I’m breaking up with you. Thanks for everything. It’s not you, it’s me. Let’s still be friends.

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10 thoughts on “My Beef with Brooks Running Gear

  1. I’m in love with the tags for this post.

    I’m sorry that you’ve had a crappy experience with the brand clothes! Nothing worse than finding out that a brand you’re proud to wear loves to fall apart on you. But let’s break that cliche…it really isn’t you, it’s Brooks. Lol

    • It is heartbreaking! I didn’t know that I was supposed to be air drying them this whole time. :( I wish they would have put that on the tag, my stuff might be in better shape!!

  2. I used t wear brooks too but now its kswiss. But i know the shoe designer since my hubs is sponsored by them. I got to see how they were made and tested, etc. That won me over for sure!

    • I was *thisclose* to getting some kswiss tanks the other day! Honestly, the only thing that stopped me, was the weather here. I just don’t know if it’ll ever get that warm… ha!

  3. oh noooo! well.. don’t break up with the brand. Just love the sneakers for what they’re worth and hit up some under armor outlet stores for some awesome running tops. :) I love target stuff, too!

    • I do love the shoe, that’s for sure. :) Ironically you mention Under Armor, a brand I absolutely love running in! Ooooh forgot about target stuff…

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