Original Brooks Pure Flow – 50 Mile Review

While I don’t have quite 50 miles on my Brooks Pure Flows – I think 43.18 miles is close enough for my purposes.

Back on February 5, 2012, I put together a list of 5 Shoes (Narrowed the Choices Down to 5 Running Shoes) that I wanted to learn more about, and the Brooks PureFlow were the last pair on the list that I haven’t tried (or a similar model from that manufacturer).

So even though I was extremely happy with my Mizunos, when I saw the PureFlows on clearance at a local shoe store on December 31, 2012 I had to buy them and try them out, just to satisfy my own curiosity.

I used them as my primary running shoes over the past couple of weeks. The type of running that I used them was faster treadmill intervals, tempo and runs up to 10 miles, along with runs outside. So I believe that I have given them a pretty good test ride.


The shoe’s construction was very good, I didn’t find any defects while running in the shoe.


Initially the shoe felt very comfortable when I first put them, just a little narrow in the forefoot. When I started to increase the distance on my runs, my feet started to feel very uncomfortable after the 4.0 mark.

Due to how my foot felt while running in them, I replaced the insole with a thinner one to see if it improved the fit, unfortunately, while it helped a little this change didn’t solve the problem. On my last run in them I said:

I also know that I was not impressed with the PureFlows at all today. My feet were not comfortable in them and as I started to run faster my right foot felt like it was falling asleep. I didn’t know if I would be able to complete the run. I am not sure of why they felt so bad, but I do know, I wasn’t happy with them at all.

While I like the PureFlow and the idea behind the line, this uncomfortable feeling after running in them for a while was disappointing to say the least. I haven’t had my foot fall asleep or both feet being this uncomfortable any other shoe I have run in this year.

I don’t know if it has something to do with the NavBand or not, but for me the shoes are not comfortable to run long distances in.

Sole Wear

The sole didn’t have any unusual wear on the sole and looking at how they are constructed they should last quite well.

The reality is that

Unfortunately, as much I wanted them to, the Brooks PureFlows didn’t work for me as well as other shoes have over the past year. I probably won’t run longer than 3-4 miles in them, if I do at all. Actually I believe that they will turn into my walking shoes, since they don’t seem to bother me while I am walking in them.

I know a lot of local runners who love the Brooks Pure Line and have great success with them, however, they don’t work as well for me. Which is too bad, because I really like Brook’s philosophy towards running as a company and the theory behind the Brook’s Pure Line of a light-weight 4MM drop shoe in my shoe rotation, but it won’t be the original PureFlows.

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