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  • Terrain
    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
    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
    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
    Price
    $110
  • Weight
    Weight
    Men: 9.2oz
    Women: 7.8oz
  • Heel to toe drop
    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
    Heel height
    Men: 24mm
    Women: 24mm
  • Forefoot height
    Forefoot height
    Men: 20mm
    Women: 20mm
  • Width
    Width
    Men: normal
    Women: normal
  • Release date
    Release date
    Jan 2016
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Summary

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.

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Expert Reviews

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79 / 100 based on 20 expert reviews

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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 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.

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 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.


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.