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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 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.

    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.

  • Use

    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
    $110
  • Weight
    Men: 9.2oz
    Women: 7.8oz
  • Heel to toe drop
    Men: 4mm
    Women: 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.

  • Heel height
    Men: 24mm
    Women: 24mm
  • Forefoot height
    Men: 20mm
    Women: 20mm
  • Width
    Men: Standard
    Women: Standard
  • Release date
    Jan 2016
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Rankings

Expert Reviews

Experts are runners, who post reviews at youtube, directly at RunRepeat or at their own websites. Each expert is categorized from level 1 to level 5 based on expertise. See stats on expert reviews and how we calculate scores here.

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79 / 100 based on 20 expert reviews

  • 75 / 100 | The Ginger Runner

    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

    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.

  • 80 / 100 | Runblogger

    The PureFlow 5 has a great looking upper and a new, very flexible looking midsole and outsole while not giving up the cushion it has been known for.

  • 80 / 100 | Running Shoes Guru

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

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Updates to Brooks PureFlow 5

  • 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.

Brooks PureFlow 5 size and fit

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.


Outsole

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.


Midsole

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.


Upper

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.


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