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Brooks PureFlow Review


The Brooks PureFlow is a neutral, lightweight trainer. In common with several of the new generation natural running styles, it has a 4mm heel to forefoot drop which helps to make it easier to land in a flatter, mid-foot position.

Brooks seem to have taken the decision not to compromise on cushioning, so although the shoe weighs in at a mere 247g it still has full-length BioMoGo DNA shock absorption. This gives it quite a conventional feel.

I'm trying to convert myself away from being a heel-striking shoe-wrecker, so I'm trying a number of these lower profile shoes, including the Saucony Kinvara and the Newton Sir Isaac. I have to say that because the PureFlow feels so well cushioned, it doesn't give me quite as much encouragement to land further forward without making quite a conscious effort. This isn't really the shoes fault. Years of running muscle memory and arguably poor technique means that Ive got quite a lot to change in order to run in a barefoot style.

I found the PureFlow a very comfortable trainer to run in. It is quite generous on size with a roomy toe-box but a nice, supportive rearfoot. I would certainly say that if you're interested in moving in the direction of a lighter, more natural shoe, then the PureFlow isn't compromising on protection, so doesn't really represent a risk.

The most common problem with wearing more minimalist shoes is that you tend to put more strain on the Achilles tendon and calf muscles so, if you're not careful in how you transition into them, you can easily get a strain or pull. From this point of view I had no problems at all and just went running in them.


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