Verdict from 6 experts and +100 user reviews

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 running shoe 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.

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Good to know

  • The Brooks PureCadence 5 is a road running shoe that 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.

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 which is also used in on of the popular road stability shoe, the Adrenaline GTS 19.  This midsole technology 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.  This same upper material is also featured in the recent PureCadence 7.  This upper works perfectly with the heel counter for a more stabilizing and secure fit.


How Brooks PureCadence 5 ranks compared to all other shoes
Bottom 37% road running shoes
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Bottom 17% Brooks running shoes
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Bottom 22% stability running shoes
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