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Arch support
Daily running
M: 275g | W: 225g
Heel to toe drop
M: 4mm | W: 4mm
Heel height
M: 22mm | W: 22mm
Forefoot height
M: 18mm | W: 18mm
Widths available
M: Normal - D | W: Normal - B
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Shoes best for road, track and light gravel. See the best road shoes.


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.


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.


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.

World wide, PureCadence 5 is in the top 20% most popular running shoes. The brand, Brooks, is the 5th most popular.

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Expert reviews

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83 / 100 based on 7 expert reviews

  • 92
    Peter LarsonLevel 5 expert
    by Runblogger
    The PureCadence 5 feels very similar to previous iterations of the shoe – reasonably well cushioned, smooth transition, comfortable over longer distances.
  • 80
    Ruggero LodaLevel 5 expert
    by Running Shoes Guru
    The PureCadence adds a touch of stability for mild overpronators to a shoe with 4mm drop.
  • 90
    The Active GuyLevel 4 expert
    by The Active Guy
    The latest model of this shoe originally did not disappoint, but the more I wore it, the more narrow the shoe felt.
  • 80
    Jason SaltmarshLevel 4 expert
    by Salt Marsh Running
    It’s a quick, flexible shoe with a minimal upper but provides enough cushioning to keep my feet happy.
  • 70
    Lionello BardinaLevel 2 expert
    by Running Shoes Guru
    The one piece uppers, while normally a welcome sight, were poorly executed and caused a multitude of blisters.
  • 83
    JessicaLevel 1 expert
    by runladylike
    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
    Lionello BardenaLevel 1 expert
    by Running Shoes Guru
    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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  • Connor Running Warehouse
    Along with an updated 3D FitPrint upper and a plush wraparound collar, this trainer provides ultimate comfort in a sleek package.
  • Richard Shop Zappos
    These guys have a breathable mesh upper with lightweight no-sew 3D FitPrint synthetic overlays on top of that. What that means is that it is extremely breathable, so it'll keep the foot cool on the inside.
  • Nelly Shop Zappos
    These shoes are built for the mild to moderate overpronator [who is] interested in stepping into the minimalist category without sacrificing stability.
  • Connor Running Warehouse
    With a 4-mm heel-to-toe offset, the PureCadence 5 is a natural daily trainer and performance uptempo running shoe designed for mild overpronators.

Updates to 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.

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.


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.


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.


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.


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