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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 high or medium high arches. See the best neutral shoes.

Stability / overpronation / normal arch

Shoes for runners who need arch support (Around 45% of runners). Best for runners with a normal 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.

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
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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.

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.

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.

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.

Summary

We spent 5.7 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

7 reasons to buy

  • Additional support is given via the NAV BAND elastic unit in the mid-foot.
  • Durable mesh brings breathable and long-lasting coverage.
  • Synthetic overlays that are fused with the upper fabric make the cover system more secure and customizable.
  • Flex grooves allow the platform to follow the natural movements of the foot.
  • A comfortable, personalized underfoot experience is given by the BioMoGo DNA cushioning system used in the Brooks PureFlow 4.
  • The TOE FLEX design uses a split sole unit in the forefoot area, which enables better toe-offs.
  • It has an affordable price

2 reasons not to buy

  • The durability wasn’t as impressive for some runners because it started to tear apart after a few months.
  • A few thought that it was a bit narrow.

Bottom line

A soft underfoot experience is given by the 4th version of the Brooks PureFlow. It also gives flexible support in the platform, which permits freedom of movement. Neutral runners are the ones who are going to enjoy this running shoe.


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Ratings

4.3 / 5 based on 152 ratings

5 star
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4 star
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3 star
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Expert Reviews

Experts are running shoe geeks, 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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84 / 100 based on 9 expert reviews

  • 89 / 100 by Gear Institute • Donald Buraglio • Level 5 expert

    The Brooks PureFlow 4 is a great choice for runners looking for a lightweight, well-cushioned training shoe that allows natural foot movement.

  • 88 / 100 by Runblogger • Peter Larson • Level 5 expert

    The Brooks PureFlow is one of my top five shoes so far this year, and one that I would consistently grab for longer, slower miles on the road.

  • 85 / 100 by Runner's World • Runner's World • Level 5 expert

    With the 4, Brooks gave the upper a new arch wrap that better conforms to the midfoot and added a traditional tongue, eliminating the "burrito wrap" of previous versions.

  • 70 / 100 by Running Shoes Guru • Jim Coulson • Level 4 expert

    The 4 is also a solid choice for a runner looking for a less than traditional shoe with a lower drop on their way to more minimalistic pursuits.

  • 94 / 100 by Run And Become • Adrian Tarit Stott • Level 3 expert

    Really flexible shoe. The toe-flex also helps the big toe to move independently.

  • 80 / 100 by Front Runner • Front Runner • Level 2 expert

    After putting 400+ miles on the Pureflow 3s I started to notice the cushioning going and forefoot becoming more supple but 400 miles is no doubt a good life. They are a well cushioned shoe and should certainly be good for 350+ miles.

  • 80 / 100 by Sport Seasons • Barry • Level 1 expert

    The moderate heel drop and rounded heel give a more natural feel, and accommodate a midfoot strike if so desired.

  • 79 / 100 by Active Gear Review • Niels Oomkes • Level 1 expert

    It may be classified as a trainer, but I give it strong marks all around to be able to handle shorter speed sessions as well as longer distance races.

  • 72 / 100 by Chip Chick • Ali Heriyanto • Level 1 expert

    Not a lot of shock absorption for your heels. Will only last 250-300 miles… so if you run a lot, be prepared to replace these shoes sooner than later.

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Updates to Brooks PureFlow 4

  • The Brooks PureFlow 4 delivers responsive cushioning, flexibility, and breathable coverage that’s sure to keep the running experiences as comfortable as possible. Featuring form-fitting systems and components, this shoe aims to complement the natural movements of the wearer’s foot.
  • The upper unit of this running shoe features a mesh material that’s soft and comfortable. It allows air to easily enter the foot-chamber in order to maintain a well-ventilated interior in which to rest the foot. The overlays are fused to the fabric to prevent adding more weight or making the cover system feel stiff. The NAV BAND is a mid-foot wrapping unit that keeps the foot in place.
  • The BioMoGo DNA mid-sole material gives full-length cushioning that’s responsive and comfortable. It delivers a customized underfoot feel because it is able to conform itself to the shape of the individual’s foot. The Omega Flex Grooves make the mid-sole more flexible, but it doesn’t sacrifice cushioning.
  • Blown rubber is a durable material that protects the rest of the sole unit from wear and tear. It is also flexible and mildly springy, so it adds a bit more cushioning to the runner as they go through the gait cycle. The big toe area of the platform is split, thus allowing the forefoot to toe-off more efficiently.

Brooks PureFlow 4 size and fit

The Brooks PureFlow 4 has a standard running shoe length. The sizing scheme follows the standard measurements for men and women. The available width is medium, so it accommodates those with medium sized feet. Its semi-curved shape adheres to the natural curvature of the human foot.


Outsole

Blown Rubber is a durable material that’s used to cover the contact points of the exterior sole unit of the Brooks PureFlow 4. It has a responsive nature, which means it adds a bit more cushioning and flexibility with each step and toe-off.

The TOE FLEX design is a split sole unit construction, which enables the big toe to move independently. This design is helpful in achieving a better toe-off as the big toe facilitates more push from the ground.


Midsole

The BioMoGo DNA gives responsive cushioning to the runner. It gives a plush underfoot feel, which keeps the runner comfortable at all times. It is made from biodegradable materials, but it’s durable and long-lasting.

The Omega Flex Grooves make the platform more flexible. They give the wearer’s foot more freedom to move more naturally. They do not sacrifice the quality of the mid-sole’s cushioning.


Upper

Durable mesh brings breathable support to the runner. Air seamlessly enters the shoe in order to maintain a well-ventilated interior environment. It doesn’t tear apart easily, as well.

The NAV BAND is a stretchable band that goes around the medial and lateral sides of this shoe. It wraps around the mid-foot to secure it and provide additional support.

Fused overlays provide structure to the upper. They assist the upper fabrics in giving a snug and secure coverage.