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.

Facts

Rankings

A top rated Road running shoe
Better rated than the previous version Brooks PureFlow 5

Expert Reviews

84 / 100 based on 10 expert reviews

  • 92 / 100 | Runblogger | | Level 5 expert

    The Brooks PureFlow 4 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. It’s not a fast shoe, but it isn’t intended to be that. Rather, I’d call this a lightweight training shoe or a half/full marathon racer. I’d put it up there with the Skechers GoRun 4, Saucony Kinvara (just got v6 – stay tuned!), and New Balance Fresh Foam Zante in that category – not bad considering how awful my experience with the previous version was. If you’re looking for a softish lightweight trainer that can work for marathons, the Brooks PureFlow 4 is definitely worth a try.

  • 88 / 100 | Runblogger | | 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 | 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 | Running Shoes Guru | | Level 5 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.

  • 89 / 100 | Gear Institute | | Level 4 expert

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

  • 94 / 100 | Run And Become | | Level 3 expert

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

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  • 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 neutral running shoe aims to complement the natural movements of the wearer’s foot.
  • The upper unit of this Brooks 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.

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.


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.


The BioMoGo DNA which can also be found in the latest PureFlow 7, 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.


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.

Author
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.

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