The first time I put the Brooks Cascadia 11 on it felt like a natural extension to my foot. I wanted to love this shoe, and I almost did, however, I found it a little too restricting, especially around the top of my foot. When I was running, I didn’t notice how tight the shoes were, but when I’d get home I’d want to rip my shoes off and let me feet breathe immediately.
I have relatively high arches and because the shoe offers neutral support, I did find myself switching out insoles for little more arch support. The outsole on this shoe was impressive. In rain, snow, and mud it performed great. I tend to run trails that I can reach from my house or work, so part of it is usually on the pavement, and even though these are made specifically for the trail, the tread on the outsole did great on pavement too. The upper isn’t waterproof—it has a mesh upper, which does a nice job of helping the shoe stay breathable, but won’t prevent your feet from getting a little wet on a sloppy spring snow or rainy day.
The restrictive fit did not stop me from putting many miles on this shoe and the upper held up great. Although the tongue isn’t fully gusseted, the shoe was so tight around the upper of my foot that I didn’t have issues with dirt or pebbles getting in.
Sizing felt true to size. Overall, I’d say if you’re looking for a firm, responsive shoe and your foot is average to narrow in width, the Cascadia 11 is worth trying on. If you’re seeking something a little more roomy and supportive this shoe may not be the answer.
Weight: 10.1 oz
Best used for: trail running