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Brooks Defyance 5 Reviews

25 reviews
total

Overall Rating:

95%Rated 5 stars

0%Rated 4 stars

5%Rated 3 stars

0%Rated 2 stars

0%Rated 1 stars

Customer Fit Survey:

84% "Felt true to size"

92% "Felt true to width"

48% "Moderate arch support"

Additional 5 Defyance 5 Brooks Reviews

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December 23, 2012

Carla N

from Florida

These are the most comfortable shoes I have ever worn, bar none. I bought my first pair years ago when our podiatrist recommended Brooks. I now have the new version and had all the prior versions. I have not been bothered by the differences among the versions, as some others have been. Maybe because I am not a runner -- I just walk and go about normal activities. Honestly, I have to force myself to wear other shoes. One improvement between 4 and 5 that I have noticed. The tongue of the shoes on version 4 tended to slip to the side. The new version has a little loop close to the top of the tongue that seems to prevent the slippage. While I would like a choice of color (pink, for example), I just buy whatever the current color is.

Brands I'd also recommend: Teva

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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Fit Rating

Felt a half size smaller than marked

 

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Moderate arch support

 

Poor Support

Great Support

Felt true to width

 

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December 12, 2012

Shannon V

from Keller, TX

I had been looking for a new pair of wide width sneakers that I could wear all day and finally found them! I love these shoes. I bought them a few days before going to an 4-day event with a lot of walking and my feet never hurt. Highly recommend!

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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Fit Rating

Felt true to size

 

Runs Small

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Excellent arch support

 

Poor Support

Great Support

Felt true to width

 

Runs Narrow

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December 9, 2012

Anonymous

from South Carolina

For people with mild pronation as I have, this is the perfect shoe; mild medial support but not too much. Runs a bit narrow, and I wear orthotics, so did have to order a wider size than normal. But, that taken into consideration, it fits wonderfully well and hugs the foot, including narrow heels.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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Fit Rating

Moderate arch support

 

Poor Support

Great Support

Felt narrower than marked

 

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November 23, 2012

Anonymous

from Washington State

I was a die hard Adrenaline fan for several years until they changed the shoe to a support shoe awhile back. My go to shoe now is the Defyance and the Ghost. I like the Defyance b/c it is built on the same last as the Adrenaline but the Defyance is a neutral shoe and the Adrenaline is now a support shoe. The Ghost is very similar to the Defyance (also a neutral trainer) but it seems to have a wider toe box. I have a wide fore foot anyway. I run long (ultras) on roads, trails etc. and this shoe (and the Ghost) both are able to cover the miles.

Brands I'd also recommend: Brooks Ghost

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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Felt a half size smaller than marked

 

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Moderate arch support

 

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Felt true to width

 

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October 15, 2012

Anonymous

 

Post-surgery I was advised to buy Brooks to help with support and provide extra width due to swelling. I had never owned Brooks before and these shoes are heavenly in regards to comfort. The shoe does look a little bulky but I will sacrifice looks for comfort anytime when I am in sneakers.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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Felt true to size

 

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Moderate arch support

 

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October 11, 2012

Kim

from nyc

I usually get Brooks Adrenaline but thought I'd try these. They didn't work out so well. Not enough cushion for me and caused pain in my two outer toes on my smaller foot. They worked better with insert but I can't wear them all day. (I walk for a living). I'd say these are probably fine running shoes for someone else.

Brands I'd also recommend: patagonia, merrell, columbia, dansko

Overall Rated:3 stars!

Comfort Rated:3 stars!

Style Rated:3 stars!

 

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Felt true to size

 

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Moderate arch support

 

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Felt true to width

 

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October 5, 2012

Deborah L

from United States

Loved these shoes right from the start. No issues breaking them in and very comfortable on long runs training for my 1/2 marathon.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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Felt true to size

 

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Excellent arch support

 

Poor Support

Great Support

Felt true to width

 

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September 8, 2012

Gloie

from The Beautiful Pacific Northwest

Love these shoes! I have a super high arch and they fit perfectly with my orthotics. I appreciate the higher toe box too. Bought two pair as I hear they are changing the Defyance soon and I can't beat the fit for my feet!

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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Felt true to size

 

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Moderate arch support

 

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August 25, 2012

Anonymous

from Minnesota

The Defyance has been my running shoe of choice--this was my third pair. After visiting my running store, I ended up buying Brooks instead, because they don't sell enough of the Defyance to keep it in stock. After wearing the Brooks a few times, I had some rubbing and decided that it was time to just switch back to my standard. I have a wide toe box and narrow heel, and these fit me very well. I wear orthodics, so I can't comment much on support in that way. I esp. like Zappos' exchange policy!

Brands I'd also recommend: Saucony

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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Felt true to size

 

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Moderate arch support

 

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August 23, 2012

Anonymous

from Rockville, MD

I was nervous about trading up from Defyance 4 - which served me well through 3 half marathons and many months of training. The Defyance 5 is a step up. Even more comfortable and stable.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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Felt true to size

 

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Excellent arch support

 

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Felt true to width

 

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August 8, 2012

Bethany S

from columbus oh

Very comfortable shoes. I have large and wide feet and it is hard to find shoes that fit. These are my first pair of Brooks and I will be buying more.

Brands I'd also recommend: keen

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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Felt true to size

 

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Excellent arch support

 

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July 27, 2012

Anonymous

from Chicago

I'm not a runner--cycling, yoga, water aerobics and strength training are more my speed. After a stress fracture in my 2nd metatarsal, my podiatrist recommended a good running shoe for support. These shoes immediately provided the support I needed to minimize the pain. They are so comfortable, that when I am healed I may go back to running!

Brands I'd also recommend: Munro American, Wolky

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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Felt true to size

 

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Excellent arch support

 

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July 21, 2012

Anonymous

from Greensboro, NC

These shoes fit great and feel great. This is the second pair I have purchased. They are durable and I recommend them to anyone who is on his/her feet for hours at a time.

Brands I'd also recommend: New Balance

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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Felt true to size

 

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Excellent arch support

 

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Felt true to width

 

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June 28, 2012

Anonymous

 

This is a great shoe for walking. This particular shoe fits differently from earlier models, so I needed to order narrow width. This is my 3rd pair of Defdyance shoes, I find it a good walking shoe.

Brands I'd also recommend: No recommendation.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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Felt true to size

 

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No arch support

 

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June 25, 2012

Anonymous

from Boston

I just bought these from a local running shop that helps you determine what type of shoe best works with your gate (neutral / pronation) and these feel like a pillow they are amazing! plenty of room in the toe box. Absolutely awesome! I have a neutral gate, I demand an excellent sneaker that won't give me blisters or irritate the tendinitis in my foot. I run about 20 miles a week and will be running up to 40 -

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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Felt a half size smaller than marked

 

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Excellent arch support

 

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1 person found this review helpful  

June 3, 2012

Anonymous

from Tennessee

My second pair of this great shoe. One of my ankles pronates. Brooks has turned out to be the only shoe that keeps my step stable. (I use an off-the-rack orthotic with it.) The wide size accommodates my bunion. The Brooks Addiction Walker opens up a little more at the toes, but the Defyance is lighter and overall fits very well.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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Felt true to size

 

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Moderate arch support

 

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May 25, 2012

Taijay7

from Lake Tahoe, Nevada

The shoes are beautiful and fit like a second foot skin. The lightness helps me run for days and the internal shape is comfortable and works muscles in my foot that need some support, now that I've gone Brooks I'm never going back!

Brands I'd also recommend: Brooks, asics

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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Excellent arch support

 

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April 26, 2012

Cindy R

from United States

I have to be in a Defyance shoe for 4 years (since the 3) because I am a 10 narrow and have orthotics. That being said, the 5 is better than the 4 as it has more toe room and I get a slightly different and better strike pattern. I seem to drag my one heel with the 4's. Also the colors are much prettier in person. I think with time I will love them just as much as my original Defyance 3's.

Brands I'd also recommend: Puma, Birkenstock, Think!

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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Moderate arch support

 

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4 people found this review helpful  

April 11, 2012

Annie

from Maine

I have narrow heels, high arches and bunions. I average 25 miles a week but run up to 45 miles a week when training for a road race. I liked the original Defyance and #2 and 3. I hated the Defyance 4. I love the Defyance 5. It fits supportively around my arches, has plenty of toe and bunion room. It feels light and when I first ran in them I felt like it was easier to run faster - a great feeling! Good cushioning. I really like these running shoes. I wear a size 10 in non-running shoes, a size 11 in these.

Brands I'd also recommend: merrill

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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Felt true to size

 

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Excellent arch support

 

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March 22, 2012

Hilary

from Brooklyn, NY

These were selected for me by a run specialist in a local running shop here in Brooklyn. After watching me run on the treadmill, she suggested that I could use a shoe with light support. I purchased these and proceeded to do a runner's no-no by running a half marathon just two weeks later -- but they felt great! I would definitely recommend these to someone who tends to pronate slightly and could use subtle correction. I got a size 9, usually wear an 8.5, and was looking for some more room in the toe for those longer distances. Interestingly, these are almost the exact same fit as my Adidas 8.5 -- so I think they may run a little small...but not sure. Either way, they were quite comfortable during my half!

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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Fit Rating

Felt a half size smaller than marked

 

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Moderate arch support

 

Poor Support

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Felt true to width

 

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