Monday, January 31, 2011

Chrissie Wellington Brooks T7 Racer

One of my favorite sayings is Even a blind squirrel finds a nut once in a while".  Fortunately, I was at the right place (BrooksRunning.com) at the right time (a few weeks ago when the new Chrissie Wellington Brooks T7 Racer went on pre-order).  A few days ago, I was one of the lucky 200 people to grab a pair of the limited edition shoes at the surprisingly low price of $85.  SCORE!

Now, I’m honestly not one of these guys that ohs and ahs over shoes. I don’t watch much Bravo TV, I don’t wear skinny jeans, and I don’t even know what the color mauve is (Green? Purple? Orange?).  However, I have to say that these shoes IMMIDIATELY caught my eye when I saw them showcased at Ironman Arizona.

Oh, you didn’t hear about Ironman Arizona?  That is the race that Chrissie Wellington broke the world’s record for Ironman…..Wearing the Brooks T7.  So, I can only anticipate that when I wear these shoes, world records will fall.  Anything less than that will be considered failure.

What it will look like in my head (click to see my sweet head the sweet shoes)
I finally have man boobs "pecs"!
Photo courtesy of RunnerMark - Surprisingly, his had a girls head on it.  Strange



Here is what Brooks has to say about the shoe.  I've heard everything from they were "testing the market out" for a custom shoe like this to "there are only 200 of them, so you better not run in them because they'll be worth $800 bucks some day".

In late October, 200 pairs of the Wellington limited edition will go on sale for $85 on www.brooksrunning.com, more than three months before the standard T7 Racer’s launch on February 1, 2011. For each Wellington edition T7 Racer sold, Brooks will donate $25 to the Blazeman Foundation for ALS, a charity close to Chrissie’s heart.

They fit really snug - like a condom like a racing shoe should, and are SUPER light at 6.4 oz.  For comparison, my Brooks Adrenalines are 12oz.  They are a neutral shoe with no "support", so I'll probably only use them for races shorter than 10K, with the possibility of a half marathon in the future.

The shoes have a few cool features that none of my other shoes have.  The upper seems to be one large piece and it says BROOKS along the front.  The latter I'm sure only readable by people cheering as I'll be too busy breaking world records - with everyone else behind me.

Laces curve to the outside just like me for a better fit


Since Chrissie is a Triathlete, the shoes have loops on the tongue and back post to pull 'em on quickly.  I probably won't use that, but I thought it was cool how the tabs said stuff on them.  If I were designing the shoe, I would have put something good on the loops like "go faster, loser" or "why are you reading this? shouldn't you be running?".  But I'm sure what they put on there is cool too.


"Swim Bike Run" on the Tongue Loop
Sparkles on the shoe laces


"Wellington" on the back loop. British flag and "Fight for ALS" on the back


Overall, I really like these shoes.  I toyed around with not running in these shoes and instead keeping them for memento sake. You know, they might be worth some money some day.  But, I realized that since I didn’t have Chrissie’s signature on them they are probably just worth what I paid for them.  So, unless any of my blog readers have connections, I’ll probably just use them as a sweet looking race shoe.

Has anyone else bought something full intending on NOT using it??  I’ll admit that I was 50/50 when I bought these. 

My son wasn't nearly as excited as me during my photo shoot
Don't worry Child Protective Services, he only sleeps on his stomach when we are watching him

36 comments:

C2Iowa said...

Awesome SCORE!! Run with them - and dont look back.

I could not help but notice that your calve muscles just dont look the same in the race pic.????? Missing hair and all. Strange

Great pic of your son.

2 Slow 4 Boston said...

Sweet looking shoe! Perhaps they are mauve, and you'd never know. lol

Matt said...

They're running shoes, not paperweights--run with them!

RunningLaur said...

Thank you for not posting a photo of your body in the spandex suit to model them.

Chad said...

I think they are designed for optional sockless running. You should try that out.

Jamoosh said...

Are you sure our son is not passed out? It's only supposed to be a thimble full of wine...

Jess said...

You're not supposed to clobber your kid with the shoes!

Barefoot Neil Z said...

Wow, look at your arms... have you been working out?

Jen said...

What a sweet shoe! I like how the laces are offset. I had a pair of trainers once that had that and they were comfy. Your son is pretty cute!

Kovas said...

The sparkles make them your own, so glad you changed the laces out.

Tricia said...

What? Yours aren't autographed? Guess I have better connections.

Adrienne said...

Those shoes are sweet and for $85 that is a good deal. SUCKER! Baby is so cute.

Morgan said...

Those shoes are outta control! LOL! :)

Love the baby pic... he's too cute!

funderson said...

squuuuuuuuueeeeeeeeeee! Seriously though, sparkle laces? I think you'd better learn what mauve is...just sayin'

kilax said...

Aww, Hayden. I want to sleep on the floor like that.

Those are schweet. I cannot wait to hear what you think of them after wearing them!

And come on, rock those skinny jeans ;)

Chanda M. DeFoor said...

Nice flag, traitor!

Jim ... 50after40 said...

Those are PHATTTT!

Detroit Runner said...

They will see you coming a mile away. Nice shoes!

Jeff - DangleTheCarrot said...

Run in the damn things dude - you know you really want to so just do it!!

Chris K said...

What was the brand again, Brooks? Hard to tell.

The Green Girl said...

When you break the world record, I'm going to go around bragging that I did your virtual 5k.

Jen said...

I want my money back. The "Boring Runner" my ass. All I do is enjoy this damn blog. I'm always looking for something boring here and I'm always foiled. I call foul.

You lost me once I saw your smiling face on top of the woman's body… Everything just became blah, blah, blah - fast sneaker, blah, Wellington, blah, child protective services…

Funny pictures have to come later in the post or my ADD just won't allow me to focus on anything else…

Another good one, Adam - Enjoy those sneaks and yeah, I'd be torn between saving and wearing too. But I say be a rock star and run in them!!

Laura said...

...I had to go back and actually try to read the post as I couldn't get over the pic of Adam Wellington.
Love those shoes....

JojaJogger said...

Girl shoes?

Nicole said...

Sweet shoes! I just saw a blurb on them in Runner's World.

Laura said...

Is it sad that I read the cool features but in my mind the whole time, keeping me from wanting them, was, "but they're ugly"?

Allison said...

Love the shoes! I am sad that I didn't get a pair, since I am sure that my current shoes are the only thing preventing me from setting world records.

RunnuRMark said...

Funny, you look way more ripped in that pic than I remember you being in person. I guess I was tired though.

And I don't care what they say about the "dangers", babies sleep better on their damn stomachs!

Ulyana said...

Your son is sooooo cute!!!!

Ace said...

I'm waiting for the Chuck Norris themed shoes. That way I can Round House kick anyone who tries to pass me.

Spike said...

You child looks lazy. Sorry, it had to be said. Also, I understand the desire not to run in the new shoes, but you have it...records are made to be broken.

Matty B. said...

There are so many weird things that I want to say: 1) Awesome collectors/runners/limited edition item. You were super sharp to snatch those up
2) Photoshopping your head in full scream formation onto a female tri-athlete's body; kinda weird/interesting
3) Describing their fit in an oddly familiar way...


Keep rocking Adam. These are always good reads!

Kate said...

I just saw those in Runner's World and they caught my eye. Cool looking shoes. Unfortunately, my kids need to eat more than I need an extra pair of running shoes, so I won't be there on the podium near you (because, clearly, the only thing I'm lacking is the shoes). I'll just live vicariously through your shoes.

Dr. TriRunner said...

If you want an intermediate, and want to stay with Brooks, I'd consider the Green Silence. I LOOOVE mine!

Glenn Jones said...

They look snazzy! What's the idea with the lacing running down the side of the foot?

Andrew Opala said...

Awesome looking shoes, and I like the fact that you shaved your arm pits for that finish line pic - classy!