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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
$100
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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 7.8 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

7 reasons to buy

  • The PureConnect 4 stands out for its quick and effortless heel to toe movement as observed by several testers and runners.
  • Its average weight makes it adequate for those who do not want to be dragged down by heavy shoes.
  • The shoe’s comfort is appreciated by a large number of runners.
  • Its outsole unit provides excellent grip, even on wet ground.
  • It has an affordable price.
  • The low-cut design gives more freedom of movement.
  • The 6 color options make this shoe more visually appealing.

3 reasons not to buy

  • Some runners were disappointed that the PureConnect 4 showed visible signs of wear and tear after a few months of use.
  • A few found the fit as just a tad narrow, particularly in the toe box area.
  • Others felt that the tongue didn’t have enough padding, thus making it irritating to the skin.

Bottom line

The Pure Collections 4 is the lightest one yet, and it continues to impress with great features and an appealing design. For such a lightweight shoe, it has phenomenal arch support. It is a perfect shoe that ranks high as among versatile athletes.


Rankings

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Ratings

4.3 / 5 based on 291 ratings

5 star
63%
4 star
23%
3 star
2%
2 star
1%
1 star
11%

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Expert Reviews

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87 / 100 based on 5 expert reviews

  • 92 / 100 by Gear Institute • Donald Buraglio • Level 5 expert

    One drawback for pronators is that the rubber pods donÕt extend to the medial side of the heel area.

  • 88 / 100 by Solereview • Solereview • Level 5 expert

    No deal breaking negatives on the PureConnect to speak of – as a complete package, the shoe makes a good case for itself.

  • 83 / 100 by Cheapism • Raechel Conover • Level 2 expert

    A minimalist experience wrapped in a neutral package, the Brooks PureConnect 4 claims its share of devotees. Although the price pushes our Cheapism limit, users have few gripes and generally find true comfort when running in these shoes.

  • 84 / 100 by Meals and Miles • Meghann • Level 1 expert

    I think they’re a big improvement from the 3 and I look forward to continue to run in them this season.

  • 73 / 100 by Complex • Calvy Click • Level 1 expert

    After a few runs in the shoe, it's easy to grow accustomed to the 4.0mm heel drop and the upper that fits on the snugger side.

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Updates to Brooks PureConnect 4

  • The 4th version of the Brooks PureConnect features the minor updates on its upper. It now uses a traditional tongue and has new laces which are lighter and flexible than the previous version. The new laces are easier to tie and more like to stay tied all throughout the run.
  • The PureConnect 4 comes with an enhanced midsole cushioning without adding too much weight. It absorbs shock efficiently and has great energy-rebound capacity for a more responsive ride.

Brooks PureConnect 4 size and fit

The PureConnect 4 retained much the fit of the original version. It is comfortably snug from the heel to the forefoot. As long as the right size is availed, runners with medium to narrow feet will find the fit very comfortable. This shoe is available in medium shoe widths.


Outsole

The outsole unit features the toe-flex pods that moves autonomously for a more flexible and supportive ride. It engages to the runner’s natural balance during toe-off.


Midsole

The BioMoGo DNA midsole in the PureConnect 4 deliver a custom comfort. The durable cushioning offers a more improved and responsive ride. This works well with the Omega Flex Grooves that enhances flexibility without affecting the cushioning. The rounded heel encourages a natural foot strike for better alignment and for a smoother heel-to-toe transition.


Upper

The Brooks PureConnect 4 has a breathable upper. It features the traditional tongue and flexible laces that secures the foot perfectly. This works well with the Nav Band that is also flexible and wraps the foot securely while running. The anatomical last imitate the foot’s natural shape for a glove-like feel and for the foot to move naturally and comfortably.