The Brooks Switch 4 is the latest incarnation of the Brooks Switch running shoe line. It is an update to the previous Brooks Switch 3 and designed to provide comfort and stability for moderate overpronation. The biggest change from the previous shoe is the Diagonal Rollbar has been extended. This is a high density post which is placed at the medial arch for greater control and smoother transitions from heel to toe.
This shoe was made for pounding the pavement. Resilience, flexibility, and support are provided by the full-length S-257 Cushsole midsole. Midsole and outer sole components work in harmony to keep the foot centered so your gait remains balanced and effective. The DRB® Accel shank-like device keeps the midfoot stable while allowing the heel and front of the foot to move freely. To keep joints happy, the Forefoot & Rearfoot HydroFlow® units absorb the shock from the impact of your feet against the ground.
The Brooks Switch 4 is made from synthetic and mesh materials which allow for maximum ventilation while the tongue and collar padded lightly for overall foot comfort. While the HPR Plus works to make the outsole durable and long lasting, for the environmentally minded, the Full-length BioS-27 midsole is made from non-toxic material which includes a natural additive that ensures the midsole breaks down faster when they are placed into an active landfill.
Overall, the shoe is good quality for the price. If you are looking for something at a reasonable price that also supports your feet while you run then you should look into the Brooks Switch 4. Heel support is firm but the toe box provides enough room for the toes to be comfortable. Additionally, the mesh allows the toes to breathe during hot days.
The shoes cushioning is more soft than springy but the soles provide good traction which is important when you are on a treadmill. There are some reports that the ankle collar was uncomfortable but the shoe may be an odd fit for some people. This would also account for complaints that the shoe is uncomfortable or that the sole is hard.
One thing to consider when buying running shoes, particularly if you are changing manufacturers, is that the design will be different. The shoe will conform to your foot in different places that you are not used to. Additionally, most running shoe requires a breaking in period of adjustment. However, if you are looking for a performance shoe that offers stability and comfort then it is a good idea to check out the Brooks Switch 4. Available in colors Platinum Silver/Pistol, Platinum Silver/Shadow/Silver, White/Silver/Inferno/Black, and White/Silver/Nightshade.