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Brooks Pureflow 6 Review

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.

Fit:

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.

Feel:

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.

Pros:

  • Less than most trainers ($100)
  • Wider than previous models and can accommodate more foot types

Cons:

  • 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.

My Current Running Shoe Rotation:
Saucony Freedom ISO (long runs, daily runs)
Brooks Glycerin 15 (daily runs)
Hoka Bondi 5 (recovery runs)
Saucony Type A (races)
Asics Nimbus 19 (cross training)

Questions for you:
Do you prefer more cushion or less?
What is your current favorite pair of running shoes?

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7 responses

    • I think (?) the shoe is released to the public in July or August. I believe we are getting them in at work. We do have the fly right now which I’ve been debated trying.

  1. I actually just ran in the Pureflow 6 this morning! I typically like a little more cushion, but a lower heel-to-toe drop is nice too. I have also been liking the Kinvara 8 and am interested in the new Zealot 3’s that will be coming soon…thanks for your reviews!

    • I’m curious to see the Zealot 3! It’s one of the most inconsistent shoes in the industry right now, so I’m curious to see what the update will bring!

  2. I have the PureFlow 5 and have raced a half marathon wearing them as well as several 5K-10Ks. I agree with you that it’s probably not a shoe for me for long runs or recovery days, but it is a good faster shoe. I also feel like it is firmer than the Launch (and it has a lower drop). Along with that, I’ve worn these shoes for lifting because it seems like my heels sink into them more, probably with the lower drop… so they make a good shoe for BodyPump too.

    I wore my 5’s a LOT when we were in Seattle walking around and they were pretty comfy. I do like the Launch better but PureFlow is pretty great too.

  3. Pure Flows used to be my favorite running shoes. I moved to them after having used Ghosts and stayed with them for several marathons. Ultimately, all of my minimalist shoes (Pure Flows and Newton Gravity) starting giving me heel problems and I reluctantly moved on. Hope I can get back in them in the future.

  4. Totally agree with this review! I wore the PureFlow 1 or 2’s and loved them. I took a break and got these 6’s (in gold, so cool). I really like them.

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