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Arch support
Daily running
M: 261g | W: 221g
Heel to toe drop
M: 4mm | W: 4mm
Heel height
M: 24mm | W: 24mm
Forefoot height
M: 20mm | W: 20mm
Widths available
M: Normal - D | W: Normal - B
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Shoes best for road, track and light gravel. See the best road shoes.


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.


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.


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

Many a runner has been given quality service by the PureFlow 5 from Brooks. It’s a responsive running shoe that offers ventilation, flexibility and customized underfoot support for a better running experience all throughout.

World wide, PureFlow 5 is in the top 20% most popular running shoes. The brand, Brooks, is the 5th most popular.

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Expert reviews

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79 / 100 based on 24 expert reviews

  • 85
    GregoryLevel 4 expert
    by 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.
  • 88
    Gear DiaryLevel 2 expert
    by Gear Diary
    It's simple, it's not overly engineered, it's very well-made, it's very comfortable. It's a great cushy ride in my opinion, but not overly cushy.
  • 80
    Ruggero LodaLevel 5 expert
    by 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.
  • 78
    Runner's WorldLevel 5 expert
    by Runner's World
    Up top, the Flow lost its midfoot “Nav Band” that many found restrictive.
  • 75
    Ethan NewberryLevel 5 expert
    by TheGingerRunner
    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
    JonathanLevel 4 expert
    by Running Warehouse
    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
    David HenryLevel 4 expert
    by 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.
  • 86
    Running Shoes AdviceLevel 3 expert
    by Running Shoes Advice
    Overall, the Brooks Pureflow 5 is a great buy at $110 and is designed for neutral runners who want a little cushioning but still want a lightweight and responsive shoe.
  • 85
    BrandonLevel 3 expert
    by GEARIST
    This is a good daily driver shoe, but moreover, definitely going to be a solid tempo shoe.
  • 85
    Brian GoldmanLevel 3 expert
    by Running Without Injuries
    The wraparound heel comfort collar provides a great fit and feels fantastic.
  • 80
    Ferdinand BatatanLevel 3 expert
    by Finish Line Fever
    I think the 10% reduction gave away some of that cushiness, however, I think it is better suited for tempo or speed interval run where you need to feel the ground but not so much for long run.  
  • 78
    Austin BondsLevel 3 expert
    by Believe in the Run
    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.
  • 73
    flyersfan1088Level 3 expert
    by Gear Institute
    Upgrading the midsole material and upper design has provided a well-rounded performer in the lightweight trainer category.
  • 71
    Shoe RangerLevel 3 expert
    by Shoe Ranger
    As you’ll see in the review this shoe is not what it once was. Most of that is due to the low tight fit in the forefoot.
  • 50
    Jim CoulsonLevel 3 expert
    by Running Shoes Guru
    Long time wearers might be disappointed as the shoe fails to deliver the adaptive cushioning, and natural feel of previous versions.
  • 84
    Gear DiaryLevel 2 expert
    by Gear Diary
    If you’re a fan of lightweight, neutral shoes, and prefer a shoe that runs to the narrow side, be sure to check out the Brooks Pureflow 5. 
  • 82
    Sinead MulhernLevel 2 expert
    by Running Magazine
    The Brooks PureFlow 5 are lightweight shoes perfect for those runners who are fond of the minimal trend and like the feel of a lighter shoe but are looking for just a bit more structure and support. 
  • 80
    SvenLevel 2 expert
    by Get Out There Gear
    I really like the responsiveness of this shoe, as well as the quick feel. It's a really flexible, fun ride for my shorter runs. But I did experience some discomfort when they were on too long, particularly on runs longer than 15 kilometers.
  • 88
    Andy RobertsonLevel 1 expert
    by Forbes
    Hitting the sweet spot between a forefoot bias and running long distances is no easy task, but the Brooks shoe is as close to perfection as I’ve found.
  • 86
    Sussanah MazerLevel 1 expert
    by Marathon Sports
    There is no doubt that it has a drastically different feel from previous versions of the shoe, butversion 5 remains firmly in position as a plush but light neutral trainer in the Brooks Pure Series. 
  • 83
    Steve UlianaLevel 1 expert
    by Gearist
    Consequently, if you’re a looking for an all around shoe to serve you in distance runs coupled with active speed work, I think the Pure Flow 5s could be that common ground for you.
  • 82
    Real Runner ReviewsLevel 1 expert
    by Real Runner Reviews
    I really like that thePureFlow 5is a lighter weight shoe with a 4 mm heel drop.
  • 70
    Runs Hill RunsLevel 1 expert
    by Runs Hill Runs
    The heel was either too tight or too loose. I even tried getting a size larger, but this did no good.
  • 65
    RangerLevel 1 expert
    by Shoe Ranger
    I just don't think as many people are gonna be able to put this on and go, 'Yeah! That's it!'. I just think it's gonna disappoint a lot of runners.
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  • Nelly Shop Zappos
    The full-length midsole delivers adaptive cushioning at a lighter weight.
  • Connor Running Warehouse
    Utilizing a new hyper-flexible DNA LT midsole, the PureFlow 5 provides adaptive cushioning for a more natural fit, while also reducing weight.
  • Connor Running Warehouse
    With a 4-mm heel-to-toe offset, the PureFlow 5 is a natural daily trainer and performance uptempo running shoe for the neutral runner.
  • Richard Shop Zappos
    With a seamless 3D FitPrint upper with synthetic overlays here that look like stars, which is a really cool design. You can see transitions from the heel to the toe, giving you that really cool look.

Updates to 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 was 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.

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.


The outsole unit of the PureFlow 5 uses the durable blown rubber that 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.


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