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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.

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

7 reasons to buy

  • Overall comfort is an asset that has impressed more than a few runners.
  • Most of the runners raved about how the shoe delivers some great service while doing some off-road running.
  • The responsive mid-sole unit has the flexibility and springiness that’s quite appreciable.
  • Many of the testers were amazed by the PureGrit 4’s durability.
  • It is comparably lighter than some trail shoes that have more than sufficient cushioning.
  • The underfoot cushioning in this model is plush without being too soft or unwieldy.
  • The outsole unit has high quality components, which offer protection from debris, abrasion and wear.

3 reasons not to buy

  • A good portion of the reviews remarked how the shoe runs narrower than the standard fit.
  • A few runners also noted that the PureGrit 4 was a bit stiff.
  • Several trail enthusiasts wished for a few more anti-debris features in the upper unit.

Bottom line

The PureGrit 4 does its best to accommodate many types of runners for a more universal trail running experience. While it has a fairly high-profile feature, the shoe compensates for it by utilizing a near-flat offset. It creates a cushioned run with just enough stability on uneven surfaces. Running in marathons or ultra-long races are some of the best activities for this shoe.


Rankings


Ratings

4.3 / 5 based on 396 ratings

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4 star
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2 star
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Expert Reviews

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81 / 100 based on 18 expert reviews

  • 85 / 100 by Outdoor Gear TV • Andrew • Level 1 expert

    All-in-all, I really like these shoes. There's no denying that my feet feel really great even after I get done with the run. So, if you have a narrow foot and a medium-to-high arch, you should definitely check these out.

  • 90 / 100 by Runner's World • Runner's World • Level 5 expert

    Balanced trail dancer.

  • 83 / 100 by Heavy • Kate Halse • Level 4 expert

    If you’re looking for a trail running shoe that offers aggressive traction and stability without the added bulk, the PureGrit 4 is an excellent choice.

  • 80 / 100 by Running Shoes Guru • Jim Coulson • Level 4 expert

    The PureGrit 4 is a super all-purpose trail shoe in that it can handle a wide variety of terrain and at just about any speed.

  • 60 / 100 by Running Competitor • Lisa Jhung • Level 4 expert

    Can feel a tad sloshy on technical trails.

  • 94 / 100 by 220 Triathlon • Matt Baird • Level 3 expert

    For those with high arches yet our flat feet experienced no troubles, but always try before you buy.

  • 89 / 100 by Gear Institute • Jacob Waltz • Level 3 expert

    The Brooks PureGrit 4 is an outstanding all-purpose trail shoe that, because of its excellent balance between cushioning and responsiveness, performs equally well at a range of speeds on a variety of terrain.

  • 80 / 100 by Austin Fit Magazine • Cregg Weinmann • Level 3 expert

    The Pure Grit 4 is a solid performer that fits well, performs well, and carries the Brooks trail tradition well.

  • 78 / 100 by SGB Today • SGB Today • Level 3 expert

    However, these shoes may feel a bit squirrely on paved or very hardpacked surfaces.

  • 85 / 100 by The Hungry Runner Girl • Janae • Level 2 expert

    The PureGrits—lightweight running shoes with all of the qualities that come with a pair of awesome trail shoes.

  • 80 / 100 by Impact Magazine • Blaine Penny • Level 2 expert

    Overall, this is an excellent all-around trail running shoe for both training and racing that I’d recommend for any trail runner that is looking for one shoe that does it all.

  • 75 / 100 by Gear Junkie • Sean McCoy • Level 2 expert

    I got two small blisters the whole time.

  • 68 / 100 by Runultra • Fiona Russell • Level 2 expert

    While I love the fit and feel of Brooks PureGrit 4 shoes for off-road running in hills and on trails I worry about the durability.

  • 90 / 100 by Team Running Free • Cathy Putman • Level 1 expert

    To my feet’s delight, the shoe did not have any detectable differences from the previous generation – especially since the first time I choose to wear these new shoes was pacing a friend for 50k of her 100Miler race in sloppy, muddy, wet technical conditions through the mountains of Vermont!

  • 87 / 100 by Trail Runner • Emil Banks and Paul Cuno-Booth • Level 1 expert

    The PureGrit 4 is more refinement than overhaul—happily, to fans of the well-liked PureGrit 3—but a few tweaks address some of the concerns testers had about that shoe.

  • 86 / 100 by Muddy Race • Olivia Kuit • Level 1 expert

    They were much more lightweight and minimalist than the others on offer whilst still offering some cushioning and a lot more comfort over the miles than other shoes would give me. 

  • 75 / 100 by Elective Mountain Refugees • Corie Townsend • Level 1 expert

    The mesh, for example, that protects the elastic band is ripped completely to shreds.

  • 68 / 100 by Obstacle Racing Media • Keith Allen • Level 1 expert

    If you want a comfortable shoe that is versatile enough for all terrains then this is a solid shoe.

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Updates to Brooks PureGrit 4

  • The upper was totally updated in the Brooks PureGrit 4 to address several issues from its predecessor. One of the update is the wider tongue that is also padded, giving additional comfort and keeps the tongue in place.
  • The 4th version of the PureGrit features a narrow forefoot that comfortable hugs the foot well while the heel area is slightly wider.

Brooks PureGrit 4 size and fit

The Brooks PureGrit 4 is a unisex running shoe but comes in men’s sizes. You can purchase it in a regular running shoe size. For women, they can purchase 1.5 size smaller from the available sizes. The forefoot is a bit narrow and the heel area is wider than its predecessor. The shoe gives great fit to those with narrow and regular foot shape.


Outsole

The PureGrit 4 features the 3D Lug Pattern in its outsole that delivers impressive traction on different surfaces. This works well with the blown rubber that delivers added traction, durability and flexibility. Lastly, the outsole unit utilizes the ballistic rock shield that keeps foot well-protected from stone-bruising.


Midsole

The midsole unit of the PureGrit 4 uses the brand’s BioMoGo DNA, an environmental-friendly soft cushioning that delivers high energy rebound for a more responsive ride. It also has Tuned Density Midsole element that offers a custom ride, depending on the runner’s weight and running movement.


Upper

The upper construction of the shoe uses an air mesh material for breathability and comfortable running experience. It also has the flexible Nav Band that wraps the midfoot for a more secure fit. The anatomical last follows the foot’s natural shape for a glove-like feel and comfort.