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Terrain

Road

Shoes best for road, track and light gravel. See the best road shoes.

Trail

Shoes best for trail, off road, mountains and other unstable surfaces. See the best trail shoes.

Good to know

As long as you stick to the road or path, and if you want just one running shoe, buy a road running shoe.

Arch support

Neutral / cushion / high arch

Shoes for runners who do not need any additional arch support (Around 50% of runners). Best for people with high or medium high arches. See the best neutral shoes.

Stability / overpronation / normal arch

Shoes for runners who need arch support (Around 45% of runners). Best for runners with a normal arch. See the best stability shoes.

Motion control / severe overpronation / flat feet

Shoes for runners who needs a lot of arch support. Best for runners with flat feet. See the best motion control shoes.

Good to know

- Rule of thumb: If in doubt, buy neutral shoes to avoid injuries.
- More about arch support in this video.
- Find your arch type by following steps from this video.

Daily running

Cushioned shoes for your daily easy running. Great comfort. See best shoes for daily running.

Competition

Lightweight shoes good for races, interval training, tempo runs and fartlek. Here are the best competition running shoes.

Good to know

If you want just one pair of shoes, buy a shoe for daily running.

Price
$120
Weight
Men: 9.7oz
Women: 7.9oz
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Road

Shoes best for road, track and light gravel. See the best road shoes.

Trail

Shoes best for trail, off road, mountains and other unstable surfaces. See the best trail shoes.

Good to know

As long as you stick to the road or path, and if you want just one running shoe, buy a road running shoe.

Neutral / cushion / high arch

Shoes for runners who does not need any additional arch support (Around 50% of runners). Best for people with high or medium high arches. See the best neutral shoes.

Stability / overpronation / normal arch

Shoes for runners who needs arch support (Around 45% of runners). Best for runners with a normal arch. See the best stability shoes.

Motion control / severe overproanation / flat feet

Shoes for runners who needs a lot of arch support. Best for runners with flat feet. See the best motion control shoes.

Good to know

- Rule of thumb: If in doubt, buy neutral shoes to avoid injuries.
- More about arch support in this video.
- Find your arch type by following steps from this video.

Daily running

Cushioned shoes for your daily easy running. Great comfort. See best shoes for daily running.

Competition

Lightweight shoes good for races, interval training, tempo runs and fartlek. Here are the best competition running shoes.

Good to know

If you want just one pair of shoes, buy a shoe for daily running.

The height difference from the heel to the forefoot, also known as heel drop, toe spring, heel to toe spring or simply drop.

There are many opinions about what a good heel drop is. We do not recommend any in particular. Lean more in this video.

Summary

We spent 8.9 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

7 reasons to buy

  • Exceptional 5 color combinations make the PureCadence 5 more aesthetically appealing.
  • Cushioning gets the highest praise in this shoe based on the remarks of a majority of runners.
  • Loads of comfort come a close second as far as assets are ranked.
  • It is quite light for an excellent stability shoe.
  • Some runners noted how well the new rounded heel works in helping runners get a more efficient run.
  • A generous toe box accommodates a wide variety of runners.
  • A few testers liked the noticeable responsiveness from the Brooks PureCadence 5.

3 reasons not to buy

  • It is slightly expensive.
  • The 5th version of the PureCadence was stiffer than the previous version, according to a handful of runners.
  • The traction should have been better in wet conditions as observed a few testers.

Bottom line

The PureCadence 5 is Brooks’ initial attempt to get a firm hold of the lightweight stability category. It does as expected where cushioning and support are concerned, but the grip in wet conditions may not suit the needs of most runners. The comfort and luxurious feel, though, is something that will impress even the most jaded tester or expert.


Rankings


Ratings

4.3 / 5 based on 271 ratings

5 star
72%
4 star
7%
3 star
6%
2 star
9%
1 star
6%

My Rating

Expert Reviews

Experts are running shoe geeks, who post reviews at youtube, directly at RunRepeat or at their own websites. Each expert is categorized from level 1 to level 5 based on expertise. See stats on expert reviews and how we calculate scores here.

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83 / 100 based on 7 expert reviews

  • 92 / 100 by Runblogger • Peter Larson • Level 5 expert

    The PureCadence 5 feels very similar to previous iterations of the shoe – reasonably well cushioned, smooth transition, comfortable over longer distances.

  • 80 / 100 by Running Shoes Guru • Ruggero Loda • Level 5 expert

    The PureCadence adds a touch of stability for mild overpronators to a shoe with 4mm drop.

  • 90 / 100 by The Active Guy • The Active Guy • Level 4 expert

    The latest model of this shoe originally did not disappoint, but the more I wore it, the more narrow the shoe felt.

  • 80 / 100 by Salt Marsh Running • Jason Saltmarsh • Level 4 expert

    It’s a quick, flexible shoe with a minimal upper but provides enough cushioning to keep my feet happy.

  • 70 / 100 by Running Shoes Guru • Lionello Bardina • Level 3 expert

    The one piece uppers, while normally a welcome sight, were poorly executed and caused a multitude of blisters.

  • 83 / 100 by runladylike • Jessica • Level 1 expert

    All-in-all, if you like the PureCadence, you will be happy with the PureCadence 5, and, if you’re running in something like the Brooks Ravenna now or another stability shoe but are looking for something different, you should definitely give the PureCadence a chance.

  • 70 / 100 by Running Shoes Guru • Lionello Bardena • Level 1 expert

    These shoes have a distinctly firm ride, while that’s not my preference, it is nonetheless the classic way of making running shoes, so for those not into the newer, squishier foams, these shoes’ midsoles seem well sorted.

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Updates to Brooks PureCadence 5

  • The Brooks PureCadence 5 features an updated upper. It has a new 3D fit print that offers a much stretchable and seamless fit. It also comfortably secures the foot.
  • Other minor updates in the upper are padded tongue and the laces which are longer than the previous version.
  • The Guide Rail system of the shoe is also lighter that wraps the foot and connects the big toes for a more natural running movement.

Brooks PureCadence 5 size and fit

The updates of the PureCadence 5 did not include the fit and sizing. They remain to be identical as the last version. It has a snug heel and midfoot with ample of room in the toe box for natural splay. This kind of fit will be great for those with medium measurements and who love plenty of wiggle room for their toes. The widths are the standard D for men’s and B women’s version.


Outsole

The outsole unit features the dual toe-flex that permits the big toe to function independently for a more balance toe-off. The shoe has a durable outsole that gives adequate traction while running on the road.


Midsole

The PureCadence 5 uses the Brooks’ BioMoGo DNA that delivers environment friendly and durable cushioning. It offers efficient energy-return and shock absorption for a more responsive toe-off. This works well with the lightweight guide rails that provide enough support during heel-to-toe transition. The Omega Flex Grooves in the midsole offers flexibility and the rounded heel promotes a smoother landing by allowing a more natural midfoot to forefoot strike.


Upper

The upper of the Brooks PureCadence 5 features the new 3D fit print that is flexible and flawlessly constructed to deliver a comfortable and more secure fit. It works perfectly with the heel counter for a more stabilizing and secure fit.