Brooks Transcend 4 $160

Brooks Transcend 4 $160

The Transcend is Brooks’ top-of-the-line Motion Stabilizing shoe. Round 4 is a catch-your- breath round: some material improvements, but nothing earth-shattering. The majority of improvements are in the upper, beginning with the 3D-printed overlay supports that run along the surface in a linear pattern.

At the toe, the upper is secured by a traditionally stitched toecap; at the heel, the foam-and-molded-thermoplastic counter adds some pizzazz. The lace throat is molded as well, securing the laces and the midfoot together. The midsole is Super DNA, just as before, with a long-lasting, springy ride, and the Guiderails still flare up from the midsole to discourage side-to-side motion. The outersole is heavily grooved to add flexibility, with directional grooves in the outersole to guide the foot forward. The Transcend is the epitome of Brooks’ combination of stable cushioning so if that’s your holy grail, give it a look.

Testers: “Plush feel. Stable, protective, and durable.”

Updates the Transcend 3

Sizes: Men 7–13,14,15 (D,2E); Women 5–12 (B,D)
Weight: Men 11.9 oz. (size 11); Women 9.6 oz. (size 8)
Shape: semi-curved
Construction: Strobel slip-lasted, EVA Strobel board
Recommended for: medium- to high-arched feet with mild to moderate pronation