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Brooks Brand

Brooks Sports, Inc.

The Brooks brand also known as Brooks Running, is an American company. They design and market high-performance men’s and women’s running shoes, clothing, and accessories. Headquartered in Seattle, Washington, Brooks products are available in 60 countries worldwide.

The Brooks brand, founded in 1914, originally manufactured shoes for a broad range of sports. “White hot” in the mid-70s, the company faltered in the latter part of the decade. Filing for bankruptcy protection in 1981.  In 2001, the product line was cut by more than 50%. Allowing them to focus the brand solely on running. Subsequently its concentration on performance technology was increased.  Brooks Running became the top selling brand in the specialty running shoe market in 2011. Remaining so through 2017 with a 25% market share.

Brooks shoes have been named “Best Running Shoe” by publications including Runner’s World and Sports Illustrated.  The company has been recognized for environmental sustainability programs and technical innovation.

Brooks Brand

Sustainability and Social Responsibility

The Brooks Running Responsibly Program measures sustainability based on five criteria: community, fair labor, product design and materials, manufacturing, and footprint.   In 2014, the Brooks brand partnered with Bluesign Technologies to evaluate, manage, and eliminate priority chemicals used in the process of manufacturing apparel.  Consequently manufacturers that become Bluesign system partners are required to establish management systems for improving resource productivity, consumer safety, water emissions, air emissions, and occupational health and safety.

The Brooks brand is also a member of the Sustainable Apparel Coalition, a global trade organization that works to reduce the environmental and social impact of apparel and footwear products.  Hence wherever possible, Brooks uses recycled materials, including in its shoeboxes, laces fabrics, hangtags and packaging.  With the exception of the Brooks Heritage collection, its products are vegan.

Brooks Headquarters

Built in 2014, the Brooks brand headquarters meet the environmental standards of Seattle’s “Deep Green” pilot program.  The building captures and reuses at least 50 percent of storm water on the site and uses 75 percent less energy than a typical commercial building in the city.  As a result as of 2016, it was “one of the greenest buildings in the world.”

Brooks provides paid time annually to employees to volunteer for community organizations.  Among other causes, Brooks employees have supported Conservation NEXT’s Seattle Backyard Collective, Habitat for Humanity, Northwest Harvest, the Seattle Ronald McDonald House and the 2018 Special Olympic Games.  “Run B’Cause” product donation grants are given annually to organizations that support a “healthier, Run Happier world.”

It was announced in June 2017 that Brooks Running would partner with the 2018 Special Olympics USA Games to create limited-edition co-branded running shoes and apparel, with a portion of the proceeds benefiting the games, and provide free running shoes to athletes participating in the Special Olympics Healthy Athletes Fit Feet program, which offers athletes free podiatry screenings.

Check out our Brand in Focus: Brooks Moving Comfort blog.

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1. Underbust Size

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Measuring Your Underbust

Stand straight with your arms hanging casually by your side; if you can get a friend to measure you around your chest, directly under your bust.

Ideally, measure yourself while you are not wearing a bra, or if you are wearing one, be careful not to sit the tape over any part of your bra.  The tape should sit directly under your breasts (where your bra band would normally sit), should be horizontal all the way around and be as tight as possible without being uncomfortable (exactly like your bra’s underband).  This measurement is your Underbust.

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Measuring Your Overbust

Still standing straight measure horizontally around the fullest part of your bust (usually over the nipples).  This is best done while you’re wearing a good fitting bra.  The tape should not be to tight resting lightly on your body. Make sure the tape is straight across your back and is parallel to the floor.  This measurement is your Overbust.

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Finding your correct Australian Bra Size is as easy as 1, 2, 3. One; follow the instructions below to find your underbust and overbust size. Two; slide the bars to your correct size position to discover your recommended size. Three; start shopping!

  1. Underbust Size; measure around your chest, directly below your bust. Read more below.
  2. Overbust size; measure around the fullest part of your breasts. Read more below.

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Crop tops can fit differently to cupped bras.  Generally speaking they are more similar to women’s clothing sizes.

XS = 8    S = 10   M = 12   L = 14   XL = 16    XXL = 18

Sports Bras Direct recommends crop tops for cup sizes A-D only. You must also check the specific style of crop top suits the level of impact you require.  Breasts that are bigger than a D cup require more specific support from a cup size sports bra.

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