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Women's Defyance 7

Brooks Defyance 7 Women's Neutral Running Shoes

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$110.00 $72.00

Style #120148

Get a good dose of adrenaline in a neutral shoe. That same amazing balance of the GTS is smoothly infused in the Neutral construction of this hybrid ride. From the reliable transition of the segmented crash pad to the adaptability of anatomical Brooks DNA and the adjustable eye row, this versatile shoe wins the all-around award every run.


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Specifications

  • Shoe Category: Neutral
  • Arch: Medium, High
  • Body Build: Small, Medium, Large
  • Platform: Universal Platform
  • DNA Layout: Anatomical DNA Layout
  • Construction Type: Stroebel
  • Water-Resistant: No
  • Waterproof: No
  • Launch Date: December 1, 2013
  • Weight: 9.2 oz
  • Midsole Drop: 12 mm

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Reviews

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Defyance 7
 
3.6

(based on 16 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

73%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Comfortable (11)
  • Lightweight (9)
  • Cushions impact (6)
  • Durable (6)
  • Good traction (5)

Cons

  • Poor arch support (5)
  • Poor support / stability (3)
  • Uncomfortable (3)

Best Uses

  • Distance / endurance (6)
  • Gym (6)
  • Dry conditions (5)
  • Trail running (4)
  • Wet weather (4)
    • Sizing:
    • Feels full size too small

       

      Feels half size too small

       

      Feels true to size

       

      75% 

      (12 reviews)

      Feels half size too big

       

      Feels full size too big

       
    • Width:
    • Feels too narrow

       

      Feels true to width

       

      69% 

      (11 reviews)

      Feels too wide

       
    • Arch Type:
    • Average arch (13), Low arch (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Enthusiast (9), Casual/ recreational (3)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (14)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Only Shoes I Buy

Since getting these shoes fitted to my gait and running style, these have been the only brand/model I buy.

Great overall shoes, I wear them for treadmill/city running,...Read complete review

Since getting these shoes fitted to my gait and running style, these have been the only brand/model I buy.

Great overall shoes, I wear them for treadmill/city running, spin class, and at the gym. They're lightweight and provide good shock absorption. I did not find the stock inserts supportive enough; I use custom insoles given to me by my chiropractor.

And yes, I am so in love with these shoes that I have them shipped from my hometown Seattle to my current residence, Seoul.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Not what I'd expected from the defyance

Just disappointed. That arch "feel" that my defyances always had is gone with this design. Glad I didn't buy these closer to marathon time. The search is on to...Read complete review

Just disappointed. That arch "feel" that my defyances always had is gone with this design. Glad I didn't buy these closer to marathon time. The search is on to get "my shoe" back.

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5.0

perfect running shoes for me

By 

from Connecticut

About Me Avid Athlete

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Comfortable
  • Cushions Impact
  • Durable
  • Pronation Control

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about Defyance 7:

      I have been running in these shoes for the last years. It is great that they are consistent in the fit. It is very frustrating when a company changes the toe box, or another feature, that totally changes the shoe

      • Sizing:
      • Feels true to size
      • Width:
      • Feels true to width
      • Arch Type:
      • Average Arch
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

      Comment on this review

       
      5.0

      I love these shoes.

      By 

      from Westchester County, NY

      About Me Casual/ Recreational

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Anklesknees Feel Great
      • Comfortable
      • Durable
      • Good Traction
      • Lightweight

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Trail Running

        Comments about Defyance 7:

        I love these shoes. The fit is perfect, the cushioning is perfect. It's still lightweight, so it's comfortable on long runs (8-10 miles). It's like running on a very supportive cloud. I hope they never change the model of this shoe. I loved the 5s, but hated the 6s. I switched shoes and hated it. Then I came back to the 7s. PLEASE DON'T CHANGE THE MODEL AGAIN. I never want to run with a different shoe again!

        • Sizing:
        • Feels true to size
        • Width:
        • Feels true to width
        • Arch Type:
        • Average Arch
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

        Comment on this review

         
        2.0

        2nd attempt at a review... I prefer the 8's

        By 

        from Seattle, WA

        About Me Avid Athlete

        Verified Buyer
        Staff Reviewer

        Pros

          Cons

          • Narrow / Tight
          • Too Stiff
          • Uncomfortable

          Best Uses

            Comments about Defyance 7:

            I had finished my last review and it was erased before publishing! EEK!

            I have tried many versions of various Brooks shoes over the years: GTS, Ghost, Ravenna and finally the Defyance. I love the 8s. I have a wider foot and struggle with overpronation and overstriding. I run approximately 60 miles a week so I go through shoes quickly. I was recently fitted for the Defyance 8 - this was just as they were released. I loved them! The consultant wanted to give me the Glycerin as they make them in wide but my size was sold out. So he suggested the Defyance and I'm glad he did. Since I love them so much I went online to buy more as a back up, again, given the number of miles I run I like to have other pairs ready to go. I bought the Defyance 7s since they were on sale thinking they would be as great as the 8s. They were not. They were tight, stiff and rubbed my big toes so much I have black toe nails now - after just one run. I gave them to a friend who donates shoes to girls who can't afford to buy new running shoes so it worked out fine but I won't be buying the 7s again. In fact, I'll be stock piling the 8s in case they change up the formula again. Please don't change the Defyance - the 8 version is definitely a positive upgrade from the 7s.

            • Sizing:
            • Feels half size too small
            • Width:
            • Feels too narrow
            • Arch Type:
            • Average Arch
            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

            Comment on this review

             
            5.0

            New Shoes!!

            By 

            from Colorado

            About Me Avid Athlete

            Pros

            • Comfortable
            • Cushions Impact
            • Durable
            • Good Arch Support
            • Lightweight
            • Responsive

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Dry Weather
              • Endurance Training
              • Wet Weather

              Comments about Defyance 7:

              Shoe came recommended to compliment my use of Ravennas. Loved them from the first use. Happy to be running them.

              • Sizing:
              • Feels true to size
              • Width:
              • Feels true to width
              • Arch Type:
              • Average Arch
              • Was this a gift?:
              • No

              Comment on this review

               
              4.0

              Great Running Shoe!

              By 

              from Columbia, SC

              About Me Gym Rat

              Pros

              • Comfortable
              • Durable

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Gym
                • Trail Running

                Comments about Defyance 7:

                Bought these shoes to replace my worn out Defyance 6. They fit just as good as the 6's did and I've had some great runs in my new shoes!

                • Sizing:
                • Feels true to size
                • Width:
                • Feels true to width
                • Arch Type:
                • Average Arch
                • Was this a gift?:
                • No

                Comment on this review

                 
                5.0

                Brooks are the greatest!

                By 

                from Honolulu, Hawaii

                About Me Avid Athlete

                Pros

                • Comfortable
                • Cushions Impact
                • Dependable
                • Durable
                • Good Arch Support
                • Good Traction
                • Lightweight
                • Responsive

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Endurance Training
                  • Gym
                  • Marathon training
                  • Wet Weather
                  • With Orthotics/Inserts

                  Comments about Defyance 7:

                  Marathon training and gym workouts.

                  • Sizing:
                  • Feels true to size
                  • Width:
                  • Feels true to width
                  • Arch Type:
                  • Average Arch
                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • No

                  Comment on this review

                  (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  4.0

                  I need a plain color for Academy!

                  By 

                  from Diamond Bar, CA

                  About Me Avid Athlete

                  Pros

                  • Comfortable
                  • Lightweight

                  Cons

                  • Wears Quickly

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Defyance 7:

                    I took the Defyance 6 with me to Marine Corps Officer Candidate School. They were the best shoes I've ever had. The color was perfect, too; plain. Now I am going to the Sheriff's Academy and need top-performing running shoes again. I bought a pair of the Defyance 7. Like other commentors, I agree, they are not as good as the 6. Also, I went to Physical Training tonight and the deputies told me these aren't plain-colored enough. I don't know what I'm going to do now... Manufacturers make shoes in too many flashy colors, and don't offer plain colors anymore...

                    • Sizing:
                    • Feels true to size
                    • Width:
                    • Feels true to width
                    • Arch Type:
                    • Average Arch
                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • No

                    Comment on this review

                     
                    2.0

                    Changed and not for the better

                    By 

                    from Spring TX

                    Pros

                      Cons

                      • Poor Arch Support
                      • Poor Stability

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about Defyance 7:

                        I have been wearing the Defyance for about 2 years after they were recommended for exceptional arch support in a neutral shoe. I loved them and went back to get a new pair (my 4th), but was disappointed in the overall quality of the 7 and the feel. They are now too wide and collapse at the arch. I have switched to the Glycerin and they feel much more supportive and solid but I am sorry to have lost the support I felt in the Defyance 6.

                        • Sizing:
                        • Feels half size too big
                        • Width:
                        • Feels too wide
                        • Arch Type:
                        • Average Arch

                        Comment on this review

                        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        Defyance impresses again!

                        By 

                        from Iowa

                        About Me Casual/ Recreational

                        Pros

                        • Comfortable
                        • Cushions Impact
                        • Good Traction
                        • Lightweight
                        • Responsive

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Dry Weather
                          • Gym
                          • Trail Running
                          • Wet Weather

                          Comments about Defyance 7:

                          The Defyance has been my go-to shoe for several years. I was reluctant to upgrade to the new model, but glad I did. I like many of the changes made in the 7 from the 6. I found the 7 to be lighter on the feet than the 6 without sacrificing cushioning or support. I would recommend these shoes.

                          • Sizing:
                          • Feels true to size
                          • Width:
                          • Feels true to width
                          • Arch Type:
                          • Average Arch
                          • Was this a gift?:
                          • No

                          Comment on this review

                          (3 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          1.0

                          My feet hurt!

                          By 

                          from Bloomington, IN

                          About Me Casual/ Recreational

                          Verified Reviewer

                          Pros

                          • Lightweight

                          Cons

                          • Poor Arch Support
                          • Poor Stability
                          • Uncomfortable

                          Best Uses

                            Comments about Defyance 7:

                            Like some who've commented, I had the Defyance 6. Actually those were my FIRST real running shoes and I LOVED them! When I went for my next pair, no brainer I bought the Defyance 7, assuming they were essentially the same but different colors. Boy was I WRONG!! I have had nothing but problems with these shoes. I feel like my foot is slipping to the outside (suppination) my entire workout. And they feel too wide...even after I've been running and my feet swell. (And let me tell you, I have wide feet!). I have tried thicker socks, lacing them different ways, inserts... I actually came on this site looking for recommendations and found that I'm not the only one with these problems. :( And it makes me sad because I feel like I've wasted my money and all the time I've spent trying to figure out why these make my feet hurt and my runs uncomfortable. I think it's time to give up and find a different shoes. That is money down the drain. :(

                            • Sizing:
                            • Feels true to size
                            • Width:
                            • Feels too wide
                            • Arch Type:
                            • Average Arch
                            • Was this a gift?:
                            • No

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