The perfect ride for Melissa’s stride

Posted September 14, 2012 by brooksmalaysia
Categories: Testimonials

We have spread the joy of running to yet another person! Read on to hear Melissa’s story.

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I met a Brooks consultant during a foot/shoe consultation session in Starbucks Great Eastern Mall, Jalan Ampang one morning, some months ago.

Although I bought the shoe (Ravenna) some where in March, I only started using them end of May/early June. I did not sign up for the Standard Chartered Run, like the Brooks consultant suggested and did nothing for the first few months after I got my shoe. It was just lying in the box in the car boot.

Then I signed up for Kenny Roger’s Chicken Run (I dunno why) but I am glad I did cos then I started practicing for it, which meant I took out my “brand new” 2 months old shoe from the box and used it.

For someone as heavy as I am, I love my Ravenna from day one I put it to use. My feet never felt tired (only I did and was always out of breath) Hahah… It was light but my feet felt protected. It was cushion-y without weighing like a brick. I like it that it’s NOT THE THING on my mind to worry about when I am already worrying about reaching the end of my run (so out of breath maa). I guess I could say, my only worry is that I won’t find another shoe as perfect for me as this pair.

Thank you Brooks Malaysia for helping me find the perfect shoe for me. I have been running more regularly nowadays (after the Chicken Run), although I am not very good at it, but my shoe helps me do better. When I am on my run and feel that I cannot go on, I remember your story about running 1 min on your first run and doing 2 minutes the next day, which means a 100% improvement, I laugh to myself and say, I am doing the same too, cos every run seems to be easier than the prev one.

My next run is a 5K next month at the BSN Putrajaya Night Run and the one which is scaring the hell out of me is the 10K Penang Bridge. I dunno what I was thinking when I signed up, must be feeling gung-ho after the Chicken Run.. lol..

So, thank you again Brooks Malaysia!

Top notch customer service.. suitable for a top notch brand like Brooks!

Much appreciated..

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Brooks Malaysia is always thrilled when someone runs happy. We wish Melissa many happy miles ahead!

Poignant message from Running Network

Posted August 21, 2012 by brooksmalaysia
Categories: Expert advice

Check out what Running Network’s Footwear Reviewer has to say for 2012 Fall Shoe Review.

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A look across the landscape of running shoes for Fall 2012 reveals more product diversity than in any season of the past decade. The potential for confusion points to the need for education, and we cannot stress this message enough: Runners need to know what their feet are like and get the shoes that meet those needs.

Further, this knowledge is not static. Rather, it’s a constantly changing equation where changes in fitness, injuries, aging, and weight gain/loss among other things, reposition where you are on the running continuum. You must monitor the role your shoes play in that equation.

- Cregg Weinmann, Running Network Footwear Reviewer

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We at Brooks Malaysia couldn’t agree more. There is a strong need for education among Malaysian runners. As the  running landscape evolves in our local scene, runners will need to be more information and tech savvy, when it comes to their shoes. Brooks Malaysia propagates that awareness with a passion.

The average Malaysian does not know his or her foot type, pronation or running gait. Physical factors and other needs vary from individual to individual. And it is not everyday that we can walk into a shoe shop and find competent consultants that can guide customers in the right direction.

Do feel free to contact our Brooks Consultant to tap into our expertise. Delivery, as well as all our value added services are free! A special discount also applies in the event of a purchase. Find out more about our Consultation Services here.

Stay tuned to find out which shoe won Running Network’s Best Neutral Shoe Award for 2012.

You’ll be pleasantly surprised.

Walking never felt better, with the Addiction Walker

Posted August 20, 2012 by brooksmalaysia
Categories: Brooks shoes

When you are looking for a pair of walking shoes, a few factors come into mind: Style, comfort, durability, budget.

Style - The Addiction Walker is now available in brown. If you already have too many black shoes for work, this brown one will add variety to your  shoe closet. Matches easily with jeans, it looks good for walking anywhere.

Comfort – Not many walking shoes come highly recommended by podiatrists. The Addiction Walker certainly fits the bill, especially among the elderly. For those who uses custom-made insoles, you can slip it in easily. The midsoles are made with superior cushioning. With or without custom-made insoles, you will feel different walking in Addiction Walkers.

Durability – We are yet to hear of a story when the Addiction Walker expires before its time. The stitching is impeccably done, to ensure many happy miles. Perhaps too impeccable, as a pair of Addiction Walker lasts way too long!

Budget – For a high end quality shoe, it retails at RM379. Ask for an online discount today! You will be pleasantly surprised at how much you will save.

Delivery is free within Peninsular Malaysia. Just add RM15 for deliveries to Sabah and Sarawak.

Brooks Malaysia wishes everyone a Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri. Drive safe, walk far and run happy!

How to decide between Brooks core shoes and Brooks Pure Project?

Posted June 9, 2012 by brooksmalaysia
Categories: Brooks shoes, Brooks videos

Here’s an answer, or non answer… it depends!

It’s like you wake up one morning, and you decide, “Western breakfast today, or chinese noodles?” Your choice of breakfast depends on what you’d like to experience that morning – western or eastern.

Running presents a variety of experiences. You can choose to run hard, or take it easy. You can run long, or you can do just do one lap around the park. You can choose to run on the road, or take on the trails. It depends on what experience you’d like for your run.

Brooks is extending your range of running experiences, by bringing on the Pure Project series. Besides choosing your intensity, mileage or terrain, we are opening a fourth dimension for you.

What do you feel like today – float or feel?

Basically, core shoes give you a “float” feeling. Its cushioning helps you “glide” along every foot strike. Do you want to feel protected, soft, and easy? Put on your core shoes today.

On the other hand, Pure Project shoes give you a “feel” experience. Built as a minimalist shoe, you’ll get to feel the ground more with every foot strike. It works well for those who like to experience barefoot running, without going completely foot-naked. Want to bring out the caveman in you? Go pure. Try Pure Project.

Here is a video that explain it very well.

So the next time you are deciding between Brooks core shoes or Brooks Pure Project shoes, just remember… It’s like  breakfast.

Brooks Cadence – product & service review

Posted May 19, 2012 by brooksmalaysia
Categories: Testimonials

There is good reason why Pure Cadence is leaving our shelves very quickly. People are grabbing them! Read on for a review by Rachel Khiew.

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I have been having my pair of Brooks Cadence for a while, since early of the year when it landed in Malaysia. And the truth is, I have been wearing it for all my runs too. The only problem is, I always tell myself that I will write the review tomorrow, but it never happens with all my work and travelling around me.

But today, during my run, I told myself that this is going to be the day I shall write an honest review of the shoe, simply because I have so much fun and enjoy wearing the Cadence for all my runs.

Like all general consumers, I have had my fair share of trying all major brands of shoes, but those were the days in the gym that I could hardly tell the good from the great, but well, I can tell the bad from the good of course. Then a year ago, I met a bunch of runners who encourage me to run outdoor with them. That was how I started, from a mere 5km to 10km, and now slowly concurring the 15km, at least 2-3 times a week.

That is when I realized; my pretty looking gym shoe is not going to cut it for me if I’m going to run outdoor so often. Of course I tried a few times before I confirmed the theory, because as a teenage athlete who did a range of sport from rhythmic gymnastic to Volleyball, I had my fair share of injuries, though they were not serious. The only one that I need to be careful is on my left ankle, which I twisted during my Volleyball days. Hence when I started to run seriously I find that my feet complains after each run.

Then the runners recommended Brooks. I wasn’t sure but I gave it a try. My first pair was a good experience, and that is why I keep track of the new release of Brooks shoe. The ASR7 got me through various conditions from tar road to muddy field, and it is light enough for my liking, yet it never feels empty under my feet. When I first started I was still trying to discover my running style, therefore I was not ready to go for any minimalist style. The ASR7 gave me a solid ground to start.

Slowly, I find that I would like to get another pair to alternate with, and it was the time of the release for Brooks Pure Project.

I must say, Brooks Malaysia’s Consultant gave me a full mark customer service, and I really appreciate it. Coming from a retail background too, I find that it is truly difficult to recruit staffs like him. We spoke about running and he offered plenty of tips. This is passion about your work, and the Consultant is definitely passionate about running and providing good service.

Initially through reviews I read, I wanted to get a pair of Connect. After I exchanged several emails with Brooks Malaysia’s Consultant, he mentioned he would bring a range for me to try.

Came with a compact trolley with 8 boxes in it, the Consultant surprised me with the choices he brought for me to try. Ended up we both agreed for me to try the Cadence, due to the slight inward pronation of my right feet. And I picked the black-purple combination.

I brought it to run the first time, but I had a pair of socks that is too thick for the shape of the Cadence. I was not familiar, and I yet to have a pair of running shoe that was in this fitting form.

The next round I did better, and thereafter almost all the time I bring the Cadence with me. My ASR7 is now reserved for a specific muddy area that I go for run (I run on this area quite often too, and I love the grip the ASR7 gives on all those slippery areas!). The rest of the time I do with the Cadence.

I even wear my Cadence daily when I went oversea for work trip, knowing that I need to walk an insane amount of steps everyday. In the morning, I went running with it, and after that I went to work with it too! The Cadence works perfectly for me and I love it. I was surprised that I did not feel any fatigue on my left ankle after an 11am-9pm walk! That is when I realized that I have found the right shoe for my ankle!

I like how the Cadence hugged my feet nicely; not cutting in anywhere that it should not, and never comes into my way when I run. It feels light, but it has the balance comfort for the feet, and to me, the beautiful part of it, is that it gives me a light shockproof feeling when I run. The Cadence absorbs the hit when I landed. I feel less fatigue on my ankle and feet after I started wearing the Cadence, even when I try for a new longer distance. It is softly cushion for my ankle, and the well-balance comfort is definitely to my liking.

I also like the support it gives me for my pronation issue, which the ASR7 did gives me too. But because the Cadence is so much more compact compared to the former, it feels even better, as if it is part of my feet and I no longer landed inward.  I think I come to the important part: I feel no excess baggage when I run, I feel the Cadence is part of my feet, though it is not exactly a minimalist running shoe. It gives me the protection I needed; yet it never feels any extra.

Additionally, both ASR7 and Cadence gives me good room width from side to side, as my feet is slightly wider than the normal standard, though with the small size (as compared to my height and built) feet I have. The ASR7 was the first time I feel my feet has room to breath, even when I choose a fitting size. The Cadence continue to provide the flexibility and comfort, even it hugged my feet tightly. That is just amazing.

This morning when I ran with my Cadence, I consciously feel the response of my feet and my muscle during the journey, and as I leap forward every step, I was genuinely in love and happy to put another step forward. I feel hassle-free and therefore can concentrate better on other areas that I need to improve, instead of worrying about my feet and the poor ankle. I feel I can go further, challenge myself as I’m slowly improving on my running distance.

The great thing is my left ankle complains a lot lesser (though not completely gone, I must be honest, as other conditions applied) than it used to, even when I am running a lot further than I used to, and I am very happy with it.

Initially I was not sure if my ankle could take a half marathon, but now with the progress I am doing, plus the Cadence is proving that it could gives me enough support, I am ready to go for my preparation for 21km training on a weekly basis. You can imagine my happiness!

Running to me, is never about anyone else, it is always about challenging my inner self.  And I am glad it is progressing well!

I am looking forward to the new summer color choices of the Brooks Pure Project, and I will definitely grab a new pair soon!

Thank you Brooks, and thank you to Brooks Malaysia’s Consultant for such an amazing introduction to Brooks Pure Project. I could only look forward now!

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Brooks Malaysia shares Rachel’s delight, in bringing our products and services to any place and time of your convenience. We wish her many happy miles ahead.

Run happy!

Brooks Pure Cadence

Posted May 1, 2012 by brooksmalaysia
Categories: Brooks shoes

Here are 5 reasons why you should get your hands (or rather, your feet) on a pair of Pure Cadence!

1.  BioMogo DNA midsole.

Remember the DNA, gel-like substance that incorporates non-newtonian fluid principles, that absorbs impact like a sponge? In the Pure Cadence, DNA technology is fused together into the BioMogo midsole. Therefore, it reduces the weight that comes with the DNA gel, while strengthening the BioMogo, environment-friendly midsole. Best of both worlds!

2.  IDEAL Heel.

Some shoes come with a heel area that is overcompensated. But with IDEAL Heel technology, it aligns your foot strike by removing material that “gets in the way”, and allows a smoother landing.

3.  Toe Flex

There is a special slit between the first toe and the rest of the toes, to allow your foot to flex well. It activates the first toe, and aligns the foot at toe off. This unique feature lets you “feel more with less”.

4.  Nav Band

Remember the DRB rollbar – the stiffer material that helps compensate for the overpronating foot? We have taken that away, and replaced it with a Nav Band. It is a dynamic stretch material that wraps the  foot. The Pure Cadence has the widest Nav Band of all Pure Project shoes. It extends around the entire shoe to reduce overpronation.

5.  Anatomical Last

The Anatomical Last gives a glove-like fit, to make the shoe work more naturally with the rest of the foot. Its lightweight, plush material that gives a soft feel, combined with air mesh for optimal breathability, gives the comfort factor a thumbs up!

Watch this video to learn more about it:

The Pure Cadence is now available in this new colour:

Ask for a special online discount today.

Run happy!

Brooks Half Marathon 2012 e-cert

Posted April 19, 2012 by brooksmalaysia
Categories: Brooks Half Marathon 2012

As promised, the Brooks Half Marathon 2012 e-cert is ready!

Just click on the icon below.

Enter your bib number in caps. For example, J6758 and not j6758.

Run happy!


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