Mens Brooks PureConnect Running Shoe

Men's Brooks PureConnect

Item #BRK1048
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Men's BROOKS® PURECONNECT :: Throw your preconceptions out the window. Get sports-car like, road-hugging performance from this ultra minimal, high-performance runner. Part of the Brooks® pure project, the men's PureConnect™ is the lightest shoe in the line and feels as good as it looks. Super light and flexible with no extra bulk. Feel secure with a wrapping arch band and you'll love the cool breeze that flows through the airy mesh upper. The unique split toe box allows the big toe to function independently to improve balance. If you like to feel the road when you run, without suffering the bumps, this is the shoe for you. 7.2 ounces

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PERFORMANCE NEUTRAL [?]
If you're a runner with high arches and you love to race or train fast, Performance Neutral shoes are right for you. Enjoy a lightweight, low-to-the-ground design that's perfect for picking up speed. When choosing running shoes, find your perfect fit using this chart. Category types are based on factors like arch height, running habits and body frame.

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Features & Benefits:

  • Inverted Heel encourages contact points to shift forward: Aligns the joints and creates optimal energy return
  • Split toe forefoot feature designed to isolate first ray (big toe): Independently empowers the big toe to engage the runner's natural stability, creating a more efficient and aligned toe off
  • Blended version of BioMogo & DNA smart cushioning: Adaptively tunes the cushioning and responsiveness to the specific needs of each and every runner
  • Elastic band ( Nav Band) wraps over the instep: Creates a comfortable, assured arch fit. Enhancing fit and feel. Offering additional support assurance when needed
  • Anatomical last mimics shape of foot: Contours the foot. Minimizes the use of material to provide true support and a glove-like feel.
  • Most minimal shoe of the PureProject line
Product BRK1048 Review

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  • Country of Origin: China

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Mens Brooks PureConnect Running Shoe
 
4.1

(based on 46 reviews)

86%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Lightweight (43)
  • Breathable (37)
  • Comfortable (34)
  • Fast (33)
  • Cushions impact (21)

Cons

  • Wears out quickly (8)
  • Narrow / tight (7)
  • Poor support / stability (3)
  • Uncomfortable (3)

Best Uses

  • Road running (33)
  • Distance / endurance (5)
    • Sizing:
    • Feels full size too small

       

      Feels half size too small

       

      Feels true to size

       

      76% 

      (34 reviews)

      Feels half size too big

       

      Feels full size too big

       
    • Width:
    • Feels too narrow

       

      Feels true to width

       

      80% 

      (37 reviews)

      Feels too wide

       
    • Arch Type:
    • Average arch (28), High arch (16)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Enthusiast (36), Competitive athlete (4), Casual/ recreational (3)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (39), Yes (6)

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(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Awesome!!!!

By RUNFAST

from CT

About Me Avid Athlete

Pros

  • Breathable
  • Comfortable
  • Cushions Impact
  • Fast
  • Good Arch Support
  • Good Traction
  • Great with Jeans
  • Lightweight

Cons

  • Narrow / Tight

Best Uses

  • Road Running

Comments about Mens Brooks PureConnect Running Shoe:

Just picked my pure connects from RRS - excellent shipping time. I have also run in NB's 1400 and Kinvaras and Mirages and so far these are better. They are very good so far, comfortable, light, flexible, but as others mentioned a bit tight/narrow, esp. on the top, so i recommend a half size up, I did and glad i did it. Overall great shoe for the price and glad i got them.

  • Sizing:
  • Feels half size too small
  • Width:
  • Feels too narrow
  • Arch Type:
  • Average Arch
  • Was this a gift?:
  • No

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Wish it wasnt just for narrow feet..

By Via Veritas Vita

from Temecula, CA

About Me Avid Athlete

Pros

  • Breathable
  • Fast
  • Good Arch Support
  • Lightweight

Cons

  • Narrow / Tight

Best Uses

    Comments about Mens Brooks PureConnect Running Shoe:

    This shoe would have been absolutely PERFECT if it wasnt made specifically for people with narrow feet. I have wide feet and although I still use this shoe I had to go up a half size in order to wear it.

    This shoe truly is the perfect combination of minimalism combined with cushioning. I have used many "barefoot" running shoes and wanted something that had the barefoot feel but with enough cushioning that I could use it for half marathons. Most people will tell you that if you have wider feet you should go with the PureFlow by Brooks, which although the PureFlow does have a roomier toebox you are getting an entirely different shoe so its not really comparable.

    If Brooks can come up with a shoe that has the same feel, same weight, but wider in the midfoot I would be in heaven.

    • Sizing:
    • Feels half size too small
    • Width:
    • Feels too narrow
    • Arch Type:
    • High Arch
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Great shoe!

    By The Running Man

    from Warsaw, Poland

    About Me Avid Athlete

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Breathable
    • Comfortable
    • Cushions Impact
    • Fast
    • Form fitting
    • Lightweight

    Cons

    • Wears Out Quickly

    Best Uses

    • Road Running

    Comments about Mens Brooks PureConnect Running Shoe:

    I run between 40 miles per week and participate in many races from 5K up to Full Marathons. I have been through many different shoes in the last year and Brooks Pure Connect is by far my favorite. Some of the shoes I've worn are: Asics Kayano 17, Nike Vomero 6, New Balance 1080V2, New Balance 993 and most recently New Balance RC1600 (for fast racing). None of these shoes worked as well for me as my Brooks. They are light, very comfortable and fit my narrow foot perfectly, which is a major plus. Many other reviewers have complained that they are not durable. This is probably true but then again there aren't many minimalist shoes on the market that can push past 300 miles. Due to this it might be wise to buy two pairs. I've also read that some people have had little to no leg fatigue wearing these. And while I believed this couldn't be true, I ran 20 miles in them yesterday and today my legs feel great, no pain at all! A huge difference compared to the 20 I ran a week ago in my RC 1600s. Ok, I have nothing more to say. Just buy these shoes, you won't regret it.

    • Sizing:
    • Feels true to size
    • Width:
    • Feels true to width
    • Arch Type:
    • Average Arch
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Great shoe - BUT

    By Nate_trigeek

    from Birmingham, AL

    About Me Avid Athlete

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Breathable
    • Fast
    • Lightweight

    Cons

    • Wears Out Quickly

    Best Uses

    • Endurance Training

    Comments about Mens Brooks PureConnect Running Shoe:

    I agree overall with all the positive comments about the PureConnect. I fantastic lightweight shoe with just enough cushion. One of my favorite all time shoes - BUT. They wear out quickly. I have just over 100 miles and there is major ware on the soles. Almost enough that I'll have to get another pair soon. Keep this in mind before ordering. You're probably not going to get 300-500 miles out of these.

    • Sizing:
    • Feels true to size
    • Width:
    • Feels true to width
    • Arch Type:
    • Average Arch
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Needs improved

    By Mike B

    from Eleanor, Wv

    About Me Avid Athlete

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Breathable
    • Comfortable
    • Fast
    • Lightweight

    Cons

    • Too much arch support

    Best Uses

    • Road Running

    Comments about Mens Brooks PureConnect Running Shoe:

    I hated these when i first put in on and then I wore then around the house for a couple of evenings before I took them for a run.I absolutely love them except for the high arched support insole.I had to cut it out after 50 miles or so.I normally use purely neutral shoes but i got to where I liked the arch support in these but it causes me to supinate even more than I do naturally which is already bad enough.I have seen numorous reviews of people stating that the toebox is too narrow.I have really wide feet and my pair fits just fine and hasn't caused me any problems.They hug the foot and really do fit like a glove.I have noticed that the heel is worn down dramatically after only 61 miles.But my strike was off from the excessive under pronating and I'm a natural midfoot striker!?I'm used to the Kinvara and this is pretty similar other than the midsole support.I just purchased a pair of the pure flows at a local run shop today for my Lr's and easy days.I tried out all of the pure project line at the Columbus marathon expo and i really liked them all.

    • Sizing:
    • Feels true to size
    • Width:
    • Feels true to width
    • Arch Type:
    • High Arch
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    so far so good

    By Bradley

    from Springfield IL

    About Me Avid Athlete

    Pros

    • Comfortable
    • Cushions Impact
    • Fast
    • Good Arch Support
    • Lightweight

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Road Running

      Comments about Mens Brooks PureConnect Running Shoe:

      Got them today and went for a fast 5. Lightweight yet cushioned and fit like a glove. This is just one run but I have a feeling they're going to be a great shoe.

      • Sizing:
      • Feels true to size
      • Width:
      • Feels too narrow
      • Arch Type:
      • High Arch
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Wow!!!

      By bud

      from cleveland, oh

      About Me Avid Athlete

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Breathable
      • Comfortable
      • Fast
      • Good Arch Support

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Road Running

        Comments about Mens Brooks PureConnect Running Shoe:

        Tried many miles to get comfortable in the Newton shoe without success. After numerous leg issues I went back to my old Brooks Ghost 2 and felt much better. I decided to order the Pureconnect, and WOW!!! This is the shoe I have been waiting for. If you are looking for a minimal shoe, look no further.

        • Sizing:
        • Feels true to size
        • Width:
        • Feels true to width
        • Arch Type:
        • Average Arch
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Great shoe, low heel,

        By Reep

        from Southern California

        About Me Avid Athlete

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Comfortable
        • Fast
        • Good Arch Support
        • Lightweight

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Road Running

          Comments about Mens Brooks PureConnect Running Shoe:

          This is now my primary shoe for half marathon training and racing. I'm 6'1" 175 lbs with high arch and neutral feet.

          I was training and racing in Nike Lunaracers (still a great shoe), but was having issues with the uppers rubbing and being generally uncomfortable. I tried these shoes and really took to them. They do adjust your impact point if you are a mid-foot striker, probably for the good. I have logged runs of 12 and 15 miles in them with no real issues. The probably have the most comfortable uppers I have ever worn in a fast shoe. I don't think they breath all that well as they seem a bit steamy when I take them off. Also, they don't work as well with slick socks as the sock liner is also a bit slick. They fit firm across the mid foot, but have just enough room for the toes to be comfortable.

          Con: the only reason for 4 stars is I had to return my first pair because there was a bump in the back of the heal that actually caused a painful bruise. I returned them and the next pair was fine.

          • Sizing:
          • Feels true to size
          • Width:
          • Feels true to width
          • Arch Type:
          • High Arch
          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          3.0

          really wanted to like this shoe

          By Ken

          from Kansas City MO

          About Me Avid Athlete

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • Breathable
          • Comfortable
          • Cushions Impact
          • Lightweight

          Cons

          • High arch support
          • Pods caused foot pain
          • Too much cushion

          Best Uses

          • Road Running

          Comments about Mens Brooks PureConnect Running Shoe:

          really enjoyed the Connect for shorter runs but after several miles (beyond 6 miles) the sole pods began causing foot pain. ran several runs up to 22 miles and there was a definite causation of discomfort. NB is close to a great minimalist shoe but might want to drop some of the cushion, reduce the high arch support and provide a smooth sole surface to induce those looking for a more minimalist running shoe.

          also purchased the Grit but the sizing is not as recommended as i found the shoe to be true to size and NOT 1/2 size small. needed to return for size replacement. hopeful that the Grit will be more comfortable on longer runs.

          • Sizing:
          • Feels half size too small
          • Width:
          • Feels true to width
          • Arch Type:
          • High Arch
          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Solves All of Brooks' Problems

          By Eric, an XC Coach

          from Atlanta, GA

          About Me Avid Athlete

          Pros

          • Breathable
          • Comfortable
          • Fast
          • Good Traction
          • Great with Jeans
          • Lightweight

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Road Running

            Comments about Mens Brooks PureConnect Running Shoe:

            My biggest criticism of all Brooks shoes has been the significant drop from the heel to forefoot (even on their racing flats!). The pure connect solves this problem. I love how I feel connected to the ground at all times without the "high heel effect." I haven't had them long enough to comment on durability, but they seem to be put together very well. Very breathable, light, and responsive.

            On top of this, they look great too and could be an excellent replacement for those who wear another retailer's Free's casually.

            • Sizing:
            • Feels true to size
            • Width:
            • Feels true to width
            • Arch Type:
            • Average Arch
            • Was this a gift?:
            • Yes
             
            1.0

            Trash after 4 months

            By lmorning

            from Keller, Texas

            About Me Casual/ Recreational

            Verified Reviewer

            Pros

            • Breathable
            • Comfortable

            Cons

            • Fall apart
            • Wears Out Quickly

            Best Uses

            • Gym

            Comments about Mens Brooks PureConnect Running Shoe:

            I gave these stylish shoes to my 11 year old son as a holiday gift and today I had to toss them in the trash. Within the first month the tread began to wear, and then the orange mesh began to fall apart. By the third month the tread was gone and mesh broken in various places. Love Brooks...just not these. Biggest waste of money on shoes.

            • Sizing:
            • Feels half size too small
            • Width:
            • Feels true to width
            • Arch Type:
            • Low Arch
            • Was this a gift?:
            • Yes
             
            4.0

            So far so good!

            By JGRO

            from Oklahoma City, OK

            About Me Avid Athlete

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Breathable
            • Comfortable
            • Fast
            • Good Arch Support
            • Lightweight

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Trail Running

              Comments about Mens Brooks PureConnect Running Shoe:

              A couple years ago I tried on the Minimus from New Balance and as soon as I started walking they hurt. I had avoided minimal shoes since then, until purchasing these. I run about 30-40 miles per week regularly and push 60 when training for a marathon, which I do 3 a year. So far I've put in a few 30 mile weeks in these and they feel much better than I expected. I'm about to ramp up the mileage as my next marathon is approaching, so I'll be able to tell if they are good enough for that distance and mileage soon. As for right now, the bottom line from me is if other minimal shoes haven't worked for you, try this line - they seem to work for me.

              • Sizing:
              • Feels half size too small
              • Width:
              • Feels true to width
              • Arch Type:
              • Average Arch
              • Was this a gift?:
              • No
               
              5.0

              All time favorite running shoe

              By Bow

              from Ohio

              About Me Casual/ Recreational

              Verified Reviewer

              Pros

              • Breathable
              • Comfortable
              • Cushions Impact
              • Fast
              • Good Arch Support
              • Lightweight

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Road Running

                Comments about Mens Brooks PureConnect Running Shoe:

                From the first time I dawned a pair of these and ran I have been in love with these shoes. They fit like a glove. I have to remind myself that these are only for running or I would do everything in them. I use these for street and track running. I have been running in them for three months. I run 12-18 miles a week right now and recently started training for my first half marathon. My longest run in these so far is 7 miles. Just down right comfortable, lightweight, nimble, and fun to run in. I just bought a second pair on clearance and have a pair of Pure Connect 2's on order.

                • Sizing:
                • Feels true to size
                • Width:
                • Feels true to width
                • Arch Type:
                • High Arch
                • Was this a gift?:
                • No
                 
                5.0

                my go-to shoe

                By rivertownrun

                from alabama

                About Me Avid Athlete

                Verified Reviewer

                Pros

                • Breathable
                • Comfortable
                • Cushions Impact
                • Fast
                • Lightweight

                Cons

                • Wears Out Quickly

                Best Uses

                • Endurance Training

                Comments about Mens Brooks PureConnect Running Shoe:

                these shoes, for me are the perfect marriage between minimalism and a shoe that can go the long haul. done several runs over 20 including a pr marathon. i run on average 40 to 45 miles a week and rotate the pureconnects, pureflows and puregrits for trails. connects are by far my favorite! pureflows are a little too much shoe for me but work well for recovery runs. i wish there was a little more life in the outsole. it seems to wear out before the rest of the shoe. i'm not too picky though (had the same problem on my first pair of pureflows and learned to just tear off the parts of the outsole that were dangling!) really these shoes are great. will definitely buy again.

                • Sizing:
                • Feels true to size
                • Width:
                • Feels true to width
                • Arch Type:
                • Average Arch
                • Was this a gift?:
                • No
                 
                5.0

                Heavy Ironman like this shoe

                By Old Ironman

                from Columbia, SC

                About Me Avid Athlete

                Pros

                • Breathable
                • Comfortable
                • Cushions Impact
                • Durable
                • Fast
                • Good Arch Support
                • Good Traction
                • Lightweight

                Cons

                • Narrow / Tight

                Best Uses

                • Road Running

                Comments about Mens Brooks PureConnect Running Shoe:

                This is my first minimalistic shoe... that I purchased for Sprint Triathlons. Like it so well that I hesitantly used them in my 2012 full Ironman... results were great and I am 58 yrs. and 220 lbs. No foot or joint problems the entire race.

                I am back to purchase more for 2013

                Thanks Brooks

                • Sizing:
                • Feels true to size
                • Width:
                • Feels true to width
                • Arch Type:
                • High Arch
                • Was this a gift?:
                • No
                 
                5.0

                Great Shoe-Too bad it is endangered

                By Ironmanray

                from Palos Verdes, CA

                About Me Avid Athlete

                Verified Reviewer

                Pros

                • Breathable
                • Comfortable
                • Fast
                • Lightweight

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Road Running

                  Comments about Mens Brooks PureConnect Running Shoe:

                  This was my first natural running shoe. It is the best shoe I ever had. It is so light it is like running in slippers. After about 15 years I don't need orthotics any more. I am on my third pair. I ran two Ironman marathons with them this year and my feet were in the best shape afterwards of any of the previous 41 marathons and ironmans over the past 22 years. I am running the best I have in many years. I am sorry that they are endangered. I hope Brooks replaces them with something equivalent. The only thing is I wish they had fewer laces or a quick race system and a rear pull tab for fast transitions in triathlons.

                  • Sizing:
                  • Feels true to size
                  • Width:
                  • Feels true to width
                  • Arch Type:
                  • Average Arch
                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • No
                   
                  4.0

                  great balanced shoe

                  By Leeroy

                  from So Cal

                  About Me Avid Athlete

                  Pros

                  • Breathable
                  • Comfortable
                  • Cushions Impact
                  • Fast
                  • Good Arch Support
                  • Lightweight

                  Cons

                  • Poor Traction
                  • Wears Out Quickly

                  Best Uses

                  • Endurance Training

                  Comments about Mens Brooks PureConnect Running Shoe:

                  I've done at least eight 13+ mile runs in them I feel like these shoes have a good balance of padding some might find them a little too padded for a minimalist shoe. I put over 400 miles on them took about 10 miles to fall in love with them. I run 30 miles a week I'm 5'5 130lb so I'm a light runner. Don't expect to get more then about 300 miles out of these shoes this is my 3ed set of running shoes first was brooks glycerin 9 then new balance 1400 another great shoe great. When transitioning in to these shoes my heals would hurt then I learned how to run in them. I've only had some mild blisters from these shoes I might add I run with no sox. I've done at least eight 13+ mile runs in them.

                  • Sizing:
                  • Feels true to size
                  • Width:
                  • Feels true to width
                  • Arch Type:
                  • Average Arch
                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • No

                  (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  2.0

                  Lightweight but VERY tight

                  By Miami Runner

                  from Miami, FL

                  About Me Avid Athlete

                  Pros

                  • Breathable
                  • Cushions Impact
                  • Lightweight

                  Cons

                  • Uncomfortable

                  Best Uses

                  • Road Running

                  Comments about Mens Brooks PureConnect Running Shoe:

                  I had been running with the NB Minimus, but they changed the model to a zero drop shoe. I decided to try these as a replacement. I really wanted to like them because they look good, are lightweight and have much cushion (something I no longer like). The shoes are so cushioned that the ground is difficult to sense. My biggest complaint is the band across the top of the foot. I don't have wide feet but these are simply too tight. I wore these for about three weeks of running, during this time I developed planter fasciatis. I think that they are very close, but need to adjust the fit on this shoe.

                  • Sizing:
                  • Feels half size too small
                  • Width:
                  • Feels too narrow
                  • Arch Type:
                  • Average Arch
                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • No
                   
                  5.0

                  Excellent!!

                  By Ride/Run

                  from San Carlos

                  About Me Avid Athlete

                  Pros

                  • Breathable
                  • Comfortable
                  • Fast
                  • Lightweight

                  Cons

                  • Wears Out Quickly

                  Best Uses

                  • Road Running

                  Comments about Mens Brooks PureConnect Running Shoe:

                  Swithched to the minimalist movement about a year ago with the Brooks PureFlow and love it. I decided to try the PureConnect and was very impressed. This is the most comfortable shoe I have ever run in. They fit like a glove and are very fast/light. Leg fatigue, sore knees and tight calves have all been diminished since running the PURE line. I highly recommend giving this shoe a try. Shoes had gone so far in the wrong direction with massive cushioning and "4 inch heels" that promote heel strike and unnatural strides. I havent looked back...Also, orange is the fastest color:)

                  • Sizing:
                  • Feels true to size
                  • Width:
                  • Feels true to width
                  • Arch Type:
                  • Average Arch
                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • No
                   
                  4.0

                  Nice shoe with a short lifespan

                  By Elvispresley

                  from columbus ohio

                  About Me Avid Athlete

                  Pros

                  • Breathable
                  • Comfortable
                  • Fast
                  • Good Traction
                  • Lightweight

                  Cons

                  • Wears Out Quickly

                  Best Uses

                  • Pavement

                  Comments about Mens Brooks PureConnect Running Shoe:

                  Great fitting, super comfortable right out of the box. They run narrow, which is nice for someone with narrow feet (me).

                  The only knock is tread life. Between 100-200 miles you're gonna need a new pair.

                  • Sizing:
                  • Feels true to size
                  • Width:
                  • Feels too narrow
                  • Arch Type:
                  • Average Arch
                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • No

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