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Brooks PureConnect® Reviews

63 reviews
total

Overall Rating:

76%Rated 5 stars

16%Rated 4 stars

8%Rated 3 stars

0%Rated 2 stars

0%Rated 1 stars

Customer Fit Survey:

75% "Felt true to size"

66% "Felt true to width"

53% "Excellent arch support"

59 are "Favorable"

Most Helpful Favorable Review

Posted 3/4/12
Overall Rated:4 stars!
Comfort Rated:5 stars!
Style Rated:3 stars!

Okay, let's get this out of the way: This is not a minimalist shoe. The purpose of a minimalist shoe is to be as close to barefoot as possible, so your foot muscles strengthen, allowing you to avoid the injuries common to feet accustomed to cushioned running shoes. These shoes will not give your muscles that opportunity to strengthen. However, one thing they have in common with minimalist shoes is that the heel height is much lower than a traditional running shoe. Thus, if you are a person who regularly strikes their heel first when running (which causes all sorts of joint and muscle problems) this shoe encourages you to strike mid-foot instead. That's a big difference, and a big improvement, for the heel striking runner. If you are not a heel striker, this shoe might not do anything special for you. If you are, it will change and improve your entire running experience. I haven't had them long, so I can't attest to durability, but they are very comfortable. They are technically for "neutral" runners, which means you don't supinate or pronate much. Keep in mind that none of that supinate or pronate stuff matters at all with a minimalist shoe, because you are supposed to just walk how you walk without any misguided "correction" - and also keep in mind that the supinate/pronate stuff is way overblown. I pronate a bit, but had no problem with these shoes. As for style - the colors are bizarre. There is a white accented with hospital green that looks like it would be perfect wearing to run around an ER. The magenta (which is more like purple) is likely the winner here, though the orange/black is also serviceable. Why they can't make normal colors for women is beyond me. If you want a true minimalist shoe, check out the Vibram Five Fingers or the New Balance WT20's (soon to come out the WT30's). But if you are a heel striker looking for a traditional running shoe that will virtually eliminate annoying running problems like shin splints, buy this.

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4 are "Critical"

Most Helpful Critical Review

Posted 6/29/12
Overall Rated:2 stars!
Comfort Rated:4 stars!
Style Rated:3 stars!

The odd sole design makes it very difficult to gauge exactly how you are striking the ground. I think it's probably a good shoe for a heel striking runner that wants some immediate relief from that form of running without having to endure a lengthy transition to lower-drop shoes. However, if you have already made the transition and strike midfoot/forefoot, you may not like how this shoe interfaces with the ground. The end result is that I find myself unable to control how much effort is being deployed by my calves during a run, and invariably I end up stressing them unduly when wearing these shoes.

Additional 43 PureConnect® Brooks Reviews

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2 people found this review helpful  

March 23, 2012

Anonymous

 

A surprisingly comfortable shoe for its lightweight construction. Also provides a decent amount of support. I'm a semi-heavy runner, but this shoe has plenty of comfort for me. I haven't run anything longer than a 4 miler in them yet, so I'm not sure if they'd work for a larger runner over a longer race. They do run a full size small.

Brands I'd also recommend: Mizuno Wave Precision

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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March 22, 2012

Anonymous

from Portland, OR

I ordered these shoes as a birthday present for my boyfriend, and he was thrilled! Here are a few things I tend to hear when he is wearing them. "Aaah.... like walking on marshmallows. These are the best shoes ever. Can you buy me another pair soon? I really liked the other colors too... Super cute shoes!" (Oh wait, that last one was me!) He loves these shoes so much, and is constantly trying to get me to buy the girls' version. He might talk me into it sooner than later! :)

Brands I'd also recommend: Merrell, New Balance

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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2 people found this review helpful  

March 14, 2012

Jake

 

Excellent shoes for running on hard surfaces. Terrible traction in the dirt, but this shoe is not meant for that.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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2 people found this review helpful  

March 14, 2012

Anonymous

from Louisiana

Love my new running shoes. I ordered them 2nd day and couldn't help but to go running in them 30 minutes after they got here! I love when I don't have to break shoes in!

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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Felt true to size

 

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2 people found this review helpful  

March 9, 2012

Shaun G

from Phoenix, Arizona

They fit great. I got my normal size of 10.5 and had no problems. I've only put a little over ten miles on them so far, but they feel great! Overall they are a great shoe. I was solely a Nike+ running fan before I bought these and now I cant stand my Nike shoes they don't feel right on the road.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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2 people found this review helpful  

February 16, 2012

Anonymous

from Boston

Great shoes! Low-profile, sleek design but still good deal of arch support. These sneakers are super comfortable and light. I will certainly buy another pair when these wear out!

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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2 people found this review helpful  

February 14, 2012

Joshua W

from RAF Mildenhall, United Kingdom

I just got these in today. I tried them on and they fit great. I normally wear a 11.5 shoe but I saw the other reviews suggesting to order a full size up so I did just that. I'm glad I did. These things fit perfect. Lightweight and feels like your running on clouds. They have great support and it feels like I spring forward when I run. I'm not a long distance runner at all. I normally do 1.5 - 3 miles every 3 days. Great product and well deserving of 5 stars. Hope this helps.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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2 people found this review helpful  

April 9, 2012

Anonymous

from Waldorf, MD

I didn't really feel that these shoes were anything special beyond comfortable running shoes. I like the flexibility and lightness that these shoes provide. I feel that these shoes are a step above the run of the mill workout cross training shoes that are the norm, but you could probably get the same workout and benefits of whatever "barefoot" running these provide with something cheaper.

Brands I'd also recommend: Vibram Fivefingers

Overall Rated:4 stars!

Comfort Rated:4 stars!

Style Rated:4 stars!

 

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2 people found this review helpful  

February 12, 2012

John, M

from Florida

I am an avid Brooks fan (been in Ghost model forever), and while the PureConnect is not a bad shoe, I was hoping for more. Very lightweight, but my legs/knee hurt somewhat after a few miles. This is my short-mileage trainer, and track workout shoe. Also, don't expect more than 200 miles out of this shoe. Looks good though (I get a lot of compliments).

Overall Rated:4 stars!

Comfort Rated:4 stars!

Style Rated:4 stars!

 

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Felt a half size smaller than marked

 

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Moderate arch support

 

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2 people found this review helpful  

January 20, 2012

Anonymous

from HMB, CA

The shoes are comfortable, but after prolonged wear, my right foot started to feel the "pressure" from the tight fit that these shoes have. They fit tight like barefoot shoes should, but my problem with the rt foot is not common, so I have to return them.

Brands I'd also recommend: Brooks is a good company

Overall Rated:4 stars!

Comfort Rated:4 stars!

Style Rated:4 stars!

 

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Felt a half size smaller than marked

 

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Moderate arch support

 

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2 people found this review helpful  

March 16, 2012

Anonymous

from United States

This running shoe is very narrow and high on the upperfoot. Does not seem to be for a neutral runner either. uncomfortable and causes supination.

Overall Rated:3 stars!

Comfort Rated:3 stars!

Style Rated:3 stars!

 

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Felt a half size smaller than marked

 

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Excellent arch support

 

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2 people found this review helpful  

February 27, 2012

Richie f

from Rio Rancho, NM

I have been running in the Saucony Kinvara 2 and thought I would give these a try. They are EXtremely narrow. I like everything about the shoe, just wished they were wider.

Brands I'd also recommend: Saucony Kinvara

Overall Rated:3 stars!

Comfort Rated:3 stars!

Style Rated:3 stars!

 

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1 person found this review helpful  

June 25, 2012

Anonymous

 

Although I ordered and got very quickly - I also returned. Impressed by the shoe and the service, just seems to run a tad small. Can't say how they will hold up, but I feel good as I really don't punish my shoes much and they appear very well constructed.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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Felt a half size smaller than marked

 

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No arch support

 

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1 person found this review helpful  

June 21, 2012

Brad

from Virginia

These shoes are great. They are very light, but have a lot of cushion. These do run a bit narrow and are a bit short. I had to order a half-size up. I have narrow feet, so a half-size was perfect. If your feet are a normal width, I would order a half to a full size up. As these are minimalist, you may want to consider not wearing socks. My only complaint is that the out-sole is separated between the big and second toe. I think Brooks did this to give you more power. I didn't think I would notice, but I have noticed my gait is a different. Overall I love them! Now if I can just get the darn clay I got caked in them off.

Brands I'd also recommend: Simple, Nike, Reef

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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Felt a half size larger than marked

 

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Moderate arch support

 

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Felt narrower than marked

 

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1 person found this review helpful  

June 4, 2012

Marissa G

from Lubbock, TX

The best shoe I've bought! No socks needed, great airflow, feels like I'm bouncing forward to run faster, very comfy! I would not recommend for wide feet.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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Felt true to size

 

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Excellent arch support

 

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1 person found this review helpful  

May 20, 2012

Brien 2

from Texas

First off let me say that I am Brooks fan and the Brooks pure collection is about a year behind some of their competition, nevertheless they're in it to win it. I like the pureConnect; however, the shoe was entirely to narrow for my feet so taking the insole out made a huge difference for my feet. I also own a pair of the pureFlow and I absolutely love them I do all my longer runs in the pureFlow and shorter speed work and interval training in the pureConnect. Good shoe made well, but for my feet just a tad bit to narrow with the insole left in.

Brands I'd also recommend: vivbarefoot

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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Felt a half size larger than marked

 

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Excellent arch support

 

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Felt narrower than marked

 

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1 person found this review helpful  

May 17, 2012

Leiv B

from United States

These shoes are absolutely amazing! So light and flawlessly comfortable! I was a runner in track and have tried every brand of shoes and these are the best most comfortable and ergonomic for running I have ever felt

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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Felt true to size

 

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Moderate arch support

 

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1 person found this review helpful  

May 11, 2012

Anonymous

from I hail from the Eastern side of the Cheddar Curtain

These shoes, by far, exceed my expectations. I only run a couple of miles three or four times a week. These shoes have increased my distance and decreased my time. Transition to them slowly though. My calves hurt for two days after my first run. Still a little sore, but much better than the knee pain my Nike Lunar Fly's caused. I had no knee pain after my first run in the Brooks. They did feel a little tight at first, but they feel like they've stretched out. I did order a half size up.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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No arch support

 

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1 person found this review helpful  

May 9, 2012

Christopher W

from Waterville, Maine

These are awesome, great for running in any direction! They are extremely light-weight. Very comfortable and move with my foot. The impact is very smooth with every step! Money well spent!

Brands I'd also recommend: saucany

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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Felt true to size

 

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Moderate arch support

 

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1 person found this review helpful  

May 9, 2012

Mercedes

from santa rosa, california

These shoes completely rock! I have been training in Vibram KSO for about 2.5 years and have had trouble finding a good marathon shoe -- my twin brother and my nephew suggested this shoe and I could not be happier. Just ran Avenue of the Giants and finished without so much as a sore spot or tiny blister. Get these shoes while you can!

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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Felt true to size

 

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Excellent arch support

 

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1 person found this review helpful  

May 7, 2012

Anonymous

from Rock Hill SC

Excellent shoe! I'm a fore foot striker and this shoe is simply perfect. Minimal doesn't have to mean minimal features. Barefoot is highly over rated. You need protection from asphalt and rocks and this shoe delivers. Cushioning and weight is fantastic. No gimmicky features. Would not recommend to heel strikers...I'd recommend for you heel strikers to convert to proper fore foot striking, lol.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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Felt true to size

 

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Excellent arch support

 

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1 person found this review helpful  

April 25, 2012

Anonymous

from New Jersey

This is my first pair of Brooks, last few pairs were Nike. So far I like the fit and feel. Compared to the Nike's they are a little narrow but I like the additional support. Only complaint would be the choice of styles. I wish they would have made a less flashy model.

Brands I'd also recommend: Nike Free

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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Felt true to size

 

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Excellent arch support

 

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1 person found this review helpful  

April 25, 2012

Anonymous

from Kailua Kona, HI

Great shoe, definitely promotes a mid-foot strike. Very light and comfortable. I have a narrow foot and medium arch.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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Felt true to size

 

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Excellent arch support

 

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1 person found this review helpful  

April 20, 2012

Robert B

from Niles, Michigan

Excellent shoes. Very comfortable. I bought half size larger and it fit perfectly. I would purchase from Zappos again. I am enjoying this shoes since I picked up running this spring and hope to complete half marathon with this shoes.

Brands I'd also recommend: skechers

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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Felt true to size

 

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Excellent arch support

 

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1 person found this review helpful  

June 22, 2012

Anonymous

from Cleveland

Good shoe for anyone looking for good support in a lightweight package. Shoe looks great too. It's a bit tight in the width, but feels good without socks.

Overall Rated:4 stars!

Comfort Rated:4 stars!

Style Rated:4 stars!

 

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Felt true to size

 

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Moderate arch support

 

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Felt narrower than marked

 

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