• Terrain


    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.

  • 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

    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.

  • Price
  • Weight
    Men: 9.3oz
    Women: 8.2oz
  • 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.

  • Width
    Men: Normal
    Women: Normal
  • Release date
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90 / 100 based on 3 expert reviews

  • 88 / 100 | Runner's World | | Level 4 expert

    When I finally took them on the trail, I kicked up heaps of dirt due to the amount of room in the toe box. Brooks shoes are usually true to size, yet I’d recommend going at least a half size down, or maybe even a full size.

  • 92 / 100 | Believe in the Run | | Level 3 expert

    At times, this shoe felt so refreshing on the trails. It was fun and fast. But the oddly long toe box and the complete lack of support in the heel/collar are frustrating for me. If you’re like Dave and don’t find that to be an issue, then you’ll love the PureGrit 8.

  • 90 / 100 | Believe in the Run | | Level 2 expert

    PureGrit is the Revel of the Brooks Trail scene. Looks good, runs good, but gets overshadowed by the Cascadia. That said, I can assure you this shoe is fun.

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  • With the aim to allow the runner's underfoot to react on a variety of terrains with ease and confidence, the Brooks PureGrit 8 is carefully crafted to let the user perform better. It utilizes the Stretch Woven upper. The primary goal of this feature of the footwear is to provide added durability. It also aims to deliver adaptability when tackling challenging trails. With its sleek new look, users will be able to appreciate a more enjoyable running experience.
  • When compared to the old version, the midsole uses the full-length BioMoGo as well. The main function of this is to provide a lightweight cushioning system that can easily adapt to the stride of the runner. 
  • The ballistic rock plate is still used in this model. This is essential in protecting the foot from hazardous rocks and roots that can be found on the trails.

Following the sizing scheme of other Brooks running shoes, users are recommended by the brand to go a half-size to a full-size higher than their usual size preferences when purchasing the PureGrit 8. However, the best way to get an accurate fit is to try the shoe in-store before buying.

This trail shoe has features intended for its minimalist structure, such as a tongue and collar that contribute to a second-skin fit. Additionally, the upper is made of a thin material, which might not be compatible with runners who are looking for more support or coverage.

Integrated into the outsole of the Reebok PureGrit 8 is the sticky rubber. This component of the shoe aims to deliver a reliable and durable grip on both wet and dry surfaces.

Along with the sticky rubber are the 3D Hex Lugs. These lugs lie on the outsole are to deliver excellent grip on a wide variety of surfaces.

The Ballistic Rock Shield is used in crafting the trail running shoe. This material is described to be a thermoplastic EVA sheath that is layered between the midsole and the outsole. This is essential in protecting the foot against stone-bruising.

Located under the ball of the foot are the Splay Lugs. Brooks added this feature to provide the right amount of traction without compromising the shoe's flexibility.

Like the Brooks Caldera 3, the BioMoGo DNA is utilized in making the footwear. This material fuses with the DNA gel cushioning technology and BioMoGo midsole to offer a more responsive ride. As a result, the specific needs of every runner during the activity are met.

Featured in the Brooks PureGrit 8 are the Omega Flex Grooves. The primary purpose of these grooves is to enhance the flexibility of the midsole flexibility without sacrificing its cushioning system.

Lying in the upper section is the Stretch Woven upper. This component of the shoe aims to adapt to the user's foot during the running session. The material is focused on providing adaptability while delivering lightweight durability.

Securely wrapping the foot is the sole responsibility of the Adiprene tongue. With the utilization of this feature, a more secure fit is offered. The tongue unit is also significant in draining water quickly. It prevents hazardous debris and dirt from getting inside the shoe as well.  

Brooks added the Anatomical Last in crafting the footwear. The primary goal of which is to mimic the natural shape of the foot. As a result, a glove-like feel is experienced by the runner. This is also vital in allowing the foot to work and perform well as a single unit.