My First Run Happy Experience!

This post is sponsored in collaboration with Zappos.

If you have been following or reading here for a bit you probably know that when I find something that works for me, I tend to stick with it – whether it’s food, training, my running gear. I typically do not even try other alternatives – why fix what’s not broke, right?

So when I was approached and asked if I wanted to test out some Brooks shoes and gear, I hesitated. But I decided to give it a try as Brooks is one of the only running brands I’ve literally never tried! I’ve heard great things from friends and other runners about the brand and its gear so wanted to see for myself.

All of the Brooks items were ordered through – which ended up being one of the easiest, fastest and hassle free online experiences to date. Zappos promises fast, free shipping and has a 365 day return policy (<- this is amazing for someone like me who tends to procrastinate mailing things back!). It’s also a great place to order if you are someone who likes to mix brands or are someone who is looking for running gear without being focused on a brand – there is a full range of styles and brands available!

I was able to test a few different pieces from the Brooks line.


I typically choose blues and greens over pink, but both the hoodie and the tank’s pink options were amazing!


The Brooks Pureflow 6 is a lightweight, flexible shoe made for the neutral runner. The shoe, weighing 7.5 oz (8.9 oz for the men’s version), is light enough to feel responsive but has enough support to be worn as an everyday trainer. (Note: I think that I would wear this shoe more for long tempos and longer workouts; I think my feet need a shoe that is a bit more cushioned for an everyday shoe.)



One of my favorite things about the Brooks Pureflow 6 are the colors and patterns available. I’m finding that I am loving grey and neutral shades lately. You can find all of the options here.


These colors/patterns make it easy to go from a run to the store or to my sons’ soccer without making it obvious that I am still wearing my running shoes. They look fashionable and fun – while still having that athletic feel to them.


Some of the Brooks gear that I am wearing:




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    3 thoughts on “My First Run Happy Experience!

    1. I actually have those heather grey Brooks as well and I will agree that they are really cute (and believe that shoe never used to be). I think it’s a comfortable shoe to walk around in and I have done strength work in it too. In fact, I think I have a shoe review coming soon.

      Glad you had a positive experience trying a new brand.

    2. Yes! A blog post!
      Nice that they’ve moved away from the bright, bright hues from a few years back.
      Ordering serious running shoes from Zappos? Hmm. Would not have considered it before, last time I bought running shoes online (not Zappos) it cost me a toenail. This could work out well. Thanks, Michelle!