Neutral / cushion / high arch
Shoes for runners who do not need any additional arch support (Around 50% of runners). Best for people with normal, high or medium high arches. See the best neutral shoes.
Stability / overpronation / normal arch
Shoes for runners who need mild to moderate arch support (Around 45% of runners). Best for runners with a low 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.
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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.
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If you want just one pair of shoes, buy a shoe for daily running.
WeightMen: 8.4ozWomen: 6.7oz
Heel to toe dropMen: 4mmWomen: 4mm
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.
WidthMen: normalWomen: normal
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76 / 100 based on 6 expert reviews
The lightweight, ever-so-smooth performance provided by Brooks’ sculpted sole was deemed race-ready and perfect for up to half marathons, or even full marathons for testers with low-volume, high-arched feet.
This shoe frustrates me a bit. I love the ride, and could easily see using it as a marathon shoe given it’s cushioning and responsiveness, but the fit is just not quite right for my feet. Fit is such an individual thing though, and if you go to the Brooks page for the PureConnect you’ll find people trashing the shoe because they widened it a bit. Any change will please some and anger others. If you have a narrowish foot and like lightweight, low-drop shoes, the Brooks PureConnect would be an excellent shoe to try.
I encourage any runner looking for a racing shoe for up to the marathon distance or a shoe for speed work to check out the PureConnect.
We chose the Brooks PureConnect as our editor’s choice for best minimalist shoe
Updates to Brooks PureConnect 3
- The 3rd version of the PureConnect from Brooks is a lightweight running shoe that’s made to carry neutral runners responsibly through their running activities. It features high-quality components and technologies that ensure the safety and security of the wearer. The coverage is snug, the platform is responsive, and the outsole is strong.
- The upper unit of this running shoe makes use of a mesh material that employs an open construction. It allows air to seamlessly enter the shoe in order to keep the foot cool and dry. The NAV BAND is an elastic band in the mid-foot that’s made to secure the top section of the foot and provide support the arch. A sock-like fit allows runners to wear this shoe without socks.
- The Brooks PureConnect 3 has a mid-sole that is able to conform to the natural shape of the underfoot, essentially giving full-bodied support to the runner at all times. The plush cushioning is efficient enough and it doesn’t lose effectiveness even after many uses.
- The outsole has gaps in the first two toe areas, which work in order to make each step more balanced. These gaps also make the toe-off more efficient because they allow the toes to push off the ground in a better and more enabled way. Blown rubber covers the sole unit’s contact points, essentially shielding them from wear and tear.
Brooks PureConnect 3 size and fit
The Brooks PureConnect 3 runs a bit small. It is recommended for runners to buy ½ size larger in order to get a more relaxed and non-restrictive fit. The available width is medium, thus enabling it to accommodate those with medium sized feet. Its semi-curved shape follows the natural curve of the human foot.
Blown Rubber is a high-quality material that’s durable and flexible. Placed in areas of the outsole that’s in direct contact with the ground, it effectively shields it from wear and tear. Its responsive nature adds a bit of cushioning to each step. This durable outsole material is also found in one of Brook's popular running shoe, the Brooks Ghost 11.
Flex grooves allow the platform to move in accordance with the natural movements of the wearer’s foot. The functionality of this design is more pronounced during the toe-off phase, which is the time when the foot bends more.
The mid-sole unit of the Brooks PureConnect 3 and its latest iteration, the PureConnect 4, uses the BioMoGo DNA, a high-quality cushioning system that’s made from biodegradable materials. It delivers reliable cushioning to the entire length of the foot. It doesn’t break down easily, so it works well even after many uses.
Gaps in the sole unit allow the first two toes to move more independently. During the toe-off, the big to is enabled to push off more efficiently and naturally, making the movement as efficient as possible.
Breathable mesh covers the foot and protects it from dirt and dust. Its open construction welcomes air into the shoe’s interior and allows it to cool the foot throughout the duration of the runner’s activity.
The NAV BAND is an elastic band in the mid-foot that keeps the foot in place. It wraps around the mid-foot, but it also raises the sole and upper slightly to include the arch in the coverage. Runners get mild arch support through this band.
A mix of stitched and fused overlays makes the upper feel snugger and more secure. Connected to the lacing system, these overlays tighten or loosen in accordance with the adjustments made to the shoelaces.