We spent 9.1 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

7 reasons to buy

  • The natural shape of the foot is followed by the upper unit, which was created with the Anatomical Last.
  • Most reviewers noted that the glove-like fit of the upper helped to heighten the responsiveness of the materials, as well as the comfort felt by the foot.
  • The 3D Fit Printed Overlays offers security and added overall support.
  • The BioMoGo DNA LT helps the mid-sole unit acclimate to the shape of the wearer’s foot, while the Flex Grooves provide flexibility without sacrificing the level of cushioning.
  • The custom ride follows the weight and gender of the wearer, making it more ideal when getting a customized shoe experience.
  • Blown rubber in the outsole is a durable layer that’s responsive and flexible.
  • The PureFlow 5 has an average weight that anyone can enjoy.

3 reasons not to buy

  • There were runners who felt that it had a narrow heel area, making the ball of the foot uncomfortable.
  • Some testers noted that the outsole was already noticeably getting worn after a few months of use.
  • Others thought that it needed some arch support to cater to those who need it.

Bottom line

The Brooks PureFlow 5 is lightweight neutral shoe for road running. Many users have been given quality performance from the PureFlow 5. It is a responsive running shoe that offers ventilation, flexibility and customized underfoot support for a better running experience all throughout.


Expert Reviews

79 / 100 based on 21 expert reviews

  • 75 / 100 | The Ginger Runner | | Level 5 expert

    I was surprised at how much I ended up liking it. It's because it is so snappy. It's great for fast and picking-up-the-pace. That wonderful middle ground between cushion and responisve, leaning more towards the more responsive side of things.

  • 85 / 100 | Phidippides TV | | Level 4 expert

    The Brooks PureFlow continues to set the standard for what can be achieved in a lightweight package that's closer to the ground, but very protective.

  • 85 / 100 | Running Warehouse | | Level 5 expert

    The midsole/outsole platform is heavily sculpted to produce a super flexible shoe, and a brand new upper uses no-sew overlays and 3D print to deliver a comfortable and supportive fit.

  • 80 / 100 | Running Shoes Guru | | Level 5 expert

    The PureFlow is a 4mm drop, lightweight running shoe designed to enhance the feel with the ground and the natural motion of the foot.

  • 78 / 100 | Believe in the Run | | Level 5 expert

    The Pure Flow is generally regarded as a lightweight trainer though this is by no means an indication that it is better suited for shorter distances.

  • 78 / 100 | Runner's World | Level 5 expert

    Up top, the Flow lost its midfoot “Nav Band” that many found restrictive.

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  • The major update of the Brooks PureFlow 5 was in its upper. It now uses a no-sew 3D printed overlays that deliver a seamless, impeccable fit.
  • Another update for this Brooks running shoe is in the midsole. The 5th version of the PureFlow features the new DNA LT midsole. It is much lighter than the usual BioMoGo midsole yet, it offers reliable cushioning for a responsive ride.

The fit and sizing of the PureFlow 5 is still the same with its predecessor. It has a narrow heel and forefoot. This shoe comfortably accommodates narrow-footed to regular-footer runners. Those with wider foot may experience a tight fit on this shoe. The PureFlow 5 is available in medium shoe width.

The outsole unit of the PureFlow 5 uses the durable blown rubber which is also used in its latest version the PureFlow 7.  This outsole gives impressive traction on dry and wet surfaces. This blown rubber has high-abrasion resistance capacity that prevents the shoe from wearing too quickly.

The shoe features the new DNA LT midsole, which is 10% lighter than the old midsole foam from the previous version. It still delivers the same amount of cushioning that efficiently adapts to every stride.

The Tuned Density Midsole (TDM) material in the shoe delivers a more customized ride. Its responsiveness depends on the runners’ weight and foot movement. The Omega Flex Grooves and the Forefoot Dynamic Flex Grid delivers midsole flexibility and added cushioning. Lastly, the shoe’s rounded heel promotes normal midfoot to forefoot strike. It also offers a smooth heel-to-toe transition.

The upper of the Brooks PureFlow 5 features a breathable upper mesh that keeps foot well-ventilated. It also has seamless, no-ser 3D printed overlays that are highly stretchable, delivering a secure and adaptive fit. Anatomical Last follows the foot’s shape, delivering a glove-like feel.

Jens Jakob Andersen
Jens Jakob Andersen

Jens Jakob is a fan of short distances with a 5K PR at 15:58 minutes. Based on 35 million race results, he's among the fastest 0.2% runners. Jens Jakob previously owned a running store, when he was also a competitive runner. His work is regularly featured in The New York Times, Washington Post, BBC and the likes as well as peer-reviewed journals. Finally, he has been a guest on +30 podcasts on running.