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Wearing Brooks' Aurora-BL running shoes: A 'gravity-defying' ride

Not only does the sneaker look like it's from the future, but it sports a nitrogen-injected cushioning that's deigned to make your runs softer — and it works.

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When Brooks revealed its Aurora-BL running sneaker in May, it didn’t take long for its wild design to captivate us. The brand drew inspiration from space exploration, with the result being a silhouette that looks (and feels) like a pair an astronaut would wear.

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The Aurora-BL was born out of Brooks’ BlueLine Lab, a division of the brand that focuses on creating prototypes for the future of running shoes with “out-of-this-world technology, right here on earth.”

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In the case of the Aurora-BL, Brooks’ “out-of-this-world” tech comes in the form of a cushioning system that’s been injected with nitrogen to make your strides softer, lighter, and more responsive with every landing.

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So, does the nitrogen actually work? Absolutely. My runs with the Aurora-BL have been a total pleasure, as the decoupled midsole also allows for better natural movement of your entire foot — since it bends differently than a single piece would.

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Running with the Aurora-BL was so effortless, thanks largely to the solid energy responsiveness that comes from the midsole anytime your feet hit the ground, that I’d put them in the same class as Nike’s record-breaking marathon shoe, the Alphafy Next%.

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Into them? You can buy them right now for $200.

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