This Spring there have been a lot of updated shoes I’ve wanted to try. Since I took a big portion off, I have a lot of catching up to do! I haven’t necessarily found a shoe I’m “married” too, but I have found most of the shoes I’ve tried are good updates. I work at a local running store, but I’m not paid by any company. All thoughts are my own.
One shoe I’ve wanted to try for a long time has been the Brooks Pureflow. Unfortunately, I have a wide foot, and it never felt comfortable. I also don’t train every day in flat, minimalist shoes. For me, it’s more of a speedwork shoe.
The Pureflow was one of the last shoes I tried before taking a running break. I was using it as a speedwork shoe. During my running break, I rotated it into a casual shoe, and it was just as comfortable. The shoe has almost reached the end of its life, and I’ve probably logged equally speedwork and walking miles.
As mentioned, the Brooks Pureflow has run narrow. The updated version has become wider and accommodating. Like many Brooks shoes, the upper is now seamless, so even if you have a bunion or wider forefront, your foot will probably still fit into the shoe. I usually wear a size 10 in running shoes, and size 10 fits well.
The Brooks Pureflow is part of the Brooks “Pure” series which includes the stable Pure Cadence as well as trail Puregrit. The focus of the Pure line is low profile and minimal design. For some runners, this is their everyday trainer. For others, like myself, it’s more of a speedwork shoe.
To me, it feels like a typical speed work shoe. It has a little more cushion than the Saucony Type A and a little less than the Brooks Ghost. In my opinion, it would be an ideal half marathon to marathon racing shoe for someone looking for a little less shoe but not a racing flat.
- Less than most trainers ($100)
- Wider than previous models and can accommodate more foot types
- Less shoe means less durability.
In my rotation, the shoe is replacing the Launch 4. I didn’t hate the Launch and would buy it again, but I wanted to try something different.
Questions for you:
Do you prefer more cushion or less?
What is your current favorite pair of running shoes?