Triathlete’s Summer 2012 Running Shoe Review

  • By Brian Metzler
  • Published Jul 5, 2012
  • Updated Oct 31, 2014 at 4:38 PM UTC

Brooks PureFlow | 9.0 oz | $90

Fit | Cozy and comfortable, the PureFlow is most secure at the arch area, and it’s generally quite snug in the heel, too. A few testers, however, thought there was a little bit of a swimmy feeling in what was perceived to be a slightly wider and deeper heel cup. The forefoot is roomy yet comfortably secure, thanks to a stretchy upper and unrestrictive support bands.

Feel | While this shoe isn’t overly squishy, the interior certainly is comfortable. “It’s like one of those slippers you get at the spa,” one tester said. The stretchy, padded heel counter, wide tongue and seamless toe box are just some of the reasons this shoe scored high marks for comfort. “It’s just downright comfortable throughout, but it’s still a performance-oriented shoe,” observed another.

Ride | It’s not a minimalist masochist, but the PureFlow takes plenty of design cues from the natural running movement. Its lightweight composition and low 5mm heel-toe drop encourages good running form, but it also offers some stability from the slightly wider footprint. It feels soft and comfortable, but also produces an energetic and responsive ride.  “It quickly became my go-to recovery shoe,” said a member of our test team.

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