Mens Brooks PureConnect 2 Running Shoe

Men's Brooks PureConnect 2

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Men's BROOKS® PURECONNECT 2 :: Connect to your strongest performance in the second generation of the men's Brooks® PureConnect. Get more balanced cushioning with this natural running shoe's updated midsole that's not too soft or too firm. You're free to let your big toe engage your push-off with the new Toe Flex split toe box. Enjoy a comfy natural running experience with the perfectly-placed cushioning of the PureConnect 2. 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:

  • New upper mesh for better breathability and less weight
  • 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: Earth-friendly midsole technology 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
  • For the runner who craves less shoe and more freedom in their run
  • Heel-Toe Offset: 4.0 mm
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Mens Brooks PureConnect 2 Running Shoe
 
4.5

(based on 24 reviews)

92%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Lightweight (23)
  • Breathable (21)
  • Comfortable (20)
  • Fast (17)
  • Cushions impact (16)

Cons

  • Poor traction (5)
  • Narrow / tight (3)

Best Uses

  • Road running (16)
    • Sizing:
    • Feels full size too small

       

      Feels half size too small

       

      Feels true to size

       

      88% 

      (21 reviews)

      Feels half size too big

       

      Feels full size too big

       
    • Width:
    • Feels too narrow

       

      Feels true to width

       

      92% 

      (22 reviews)

      Feels too wide

       
    • Arch Type:
    • Average arch (12), High arch (9)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Enthusiast (18), Casual/ recreational (3), Gym rat (3)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (22)

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5.0

Great Lightweight and Flexible

By Sparky

from WA

About Me Avid Athlete

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Breathable
  • Comfortable
  • Cushions Impact
  • Fast
  • Lightweight

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Walking

    Comments about Mens Brooks PureConnect 2 Running Shoe:

    Will buy again

    • Sizing:
    • Feels true to size
    • Width:
    • Feels true to width
    • Arch Type:
    • Average Arch
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No
     
    2.0

    Doesn't match up

    By Bluegrass runnin'

    from Kentucky

    About Me Avid Athlete

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Breathable
    • Good Traction
    • Lightweight

    Cons

    • Poor Cushioning
    • Uncomfortable
    • Wears Out Quickly

    Best Uses

    • Gym

    Comments about Mens Brooks PureConnect 2 Running Shoe:

    First off, these are great looking shoes. Problem that I have with them is they were un-comfortable at least compared to the Nike Free 5.0. I've been running in Free's since 2010 and have been acclimated to this type of shoe. I went with the Brooks b/c I wanted to try something different, but with no real reason. Both are performance Neutral shoes but the Brooks feels way different. In comparison they feel stiff, the arch support is too high and that combination made it a pretty un-comfortable shoe. Though I will say that I'm more used to a higher heel-toe drop with the Free's compared to these Connects. I run anywhere between 3-10 miles at a time and usually total about 26 miles week. With the first and only week of the Brooks Connect I experienced blisters an toe pain at the joint of my big toe. Going back to the Nike Free 5.0. I give it 2 stars b/c they look good lol.

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

    Neutral low profile trainer

    By Sasquatch

    from Wisconsin

    About Me Avid Athlete

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Breathable
    • Comfortable
    • Cushions Impact
    • Fast
    • Lightweight

    Cons

    • Poor Traction

    Best Uses

    • Road Running

    Comments about Mens Brooks PureConnect 2 Running Shoe:

    Very lightweight and flexible but enough cushion for mid distance. Probably not a great shoe for slower training and favors a neutral, mid-foot striker. Minimalist without feeling minimal. Biggest con is that they are worthless in snow, or on poor slippery conditions.

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

    Excellent running shoes!

    By Sicily runner

    from Sicily Italy

    About Me Avid Athlete

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Breathable
    • Comfortable
    • Cushions Impact
    • Fast
    • Good Traction
    • Lightweight

    Cons

    • Not Enough Time To Run

    Best Uses

    • Road Running

    Comments about Mens Brooks PureConnect 2 Running Shoe:

    With over 400 miles on the shoes of great comfortable running, the shoes are still in great shape. One of the best running shoes I have purchased. The mid strike form provide a great running platform with great shoes from a less traditional shoe. A+

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

    These shoes feel custom made

    By EmtKaren

    from Cincinnati, OH

    About Me Casual/ Recreational

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Road Running

      Comments about Mens Brooks PureConnect 2 Running Shoe:

      These are the best running shoes I've ever tried. I can't imagine wearing any other shoe after buying these. I didn't even need to break them in. I would highly recommend these to anyone.

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

      Great Shoe

      By Sean

      from Long Beach, CA

      About Me Gym Rat

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • With Orthotics/Inserts

        Comments about Mens Brooks PureConnect 2 Running Shoe:

        Really great shoe. Coming back for more once they wear out.

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

        Happy with purchase

        By Running 50 year old

        from Oakland, CA

        About Me Avid Athlete

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Comfortable
        • Cushions Impact
        • Lightweight

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Road Running

          Comments about Mens Brooks PureConnect 2 Running Shoe:

          I like this shoe due to it's light weight and forefoot cushioning. I mainly run with it on the treadmill or for 4-5 mile runs. I do not over pronate so it is a good fit for me.

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

          Love these shoes.

          By Thomas

          from Memphis, TN

          About Me Avid Athlete

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Breathable
          • Fast
          • Good Traction
          • Lightweight

          Cons

          • Narrow / Tight

          Best Uses

          • Road Running

          Comments about Mens Brooks PureConnect 2 Running Shoe:

          My favorite shoes so far. Light and minimalist style.The fit is slightly narrow and the break-in took a little bit longer than other shoes I have used.

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

          Best shoe so far

          By Mikeb10595

          from San Diego

          About Me Avid Athlete

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Road Running

            Comments about Mens Brooks PureConnect 2 Running Shoe:

            Switched from kinvara because they changed the shoe :(
            I am training for the Vegas marathon and I love this shoe due to the light weight and comfort. Training includes road and trails, with steep ascents/descents and the shoes have really held up with all the mileage. Highly recommended for someone going to minimals!

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

            This is a fantastic pair of shoes!!!

            By Rob the ex-linebacker

            from San Mateo, CA

            About Me Gym Rat

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

            • Lack Of Different Colors

            Best Uses

            • Pavement

            Comments about Mens Brooks PureConnect 2 Running Shoe:

            The Brooks Pure Connect 2 product has proven to be the best performance shoe I have purchased in years. Its arch support alone has provided a well cushioned ride that has me running farther and longer. My physique is that of a 255lb ex-linebacker, and let me tell you, its darn tough pounding my feet take while I am training. In short, the Pure Connect 2 is the real deal for me and I will purchase another pair when these guys wear out!!!

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

            Great shoe!

            By Freitag

            from Aurora,illinois

            About Me Avid Athlete

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Road Running

              Comments about Mens Brooks PureConnect 2 Running Shoe:

              These shoes are great! I just ran in the Kinvara 3s and these have a similar feel. These are great shoes for everyday training and if u r like me and have collapsing arches these r good for strengthening them.over great shoe and very lightweight and comfortable. I wish they had some better colors but this does not change my opinion of this shoe.

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

              Fantastic shoes

              By jim the runner

              from Enterprise, oregon

              About Me Avid Athlete

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Road Running

                Comments about Mens Brooks PureConnect 2 Running Shoe:

                These shoes were recommended for my half marathon by road runner and I love them.

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

                new running / trainer for me

                By rob_runs

                from PA-USA

                About Me Casual/ Recreational

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Breathable
                • Comfortable
                • Cushions Impact
                • Durable
                • Lightweight

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Road Running

                  Comments about Mens Brooks PureConnect 2 Running Shoe:

                  keeping good form so injury and impact is low is important at 260lb. . Newton's didn't hold up over 130miles (weather and weight probably)so I started looking. I tried the original pure connect on but there was a little roll in the jog inside the store- The fit of the 2 was excellent all around with one heel slightly smaller due to injury there was actually nothing needed with these shoes (no ortho needed with this). Wear is good 70 miles in. I switched to Yankz as laces became twisted. Otherwise the lacing system does a great job.
                  Over all a great shoe - light break in time

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

                  Perfect fit

                  By Flash Gordon

                  from Terre Haute, IN

                  About Me Avid Athlete

                  Verified Reviewer

                  Pros

                  • Breathable
                  • Comfortable
                  • Cushions Impact
                  • Lightweight

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Road Running

                    Comments about Mens Brooks PureConnect 2 Running Shoe:

                    Did three training runs in these and then ran a half-marathon last week in them. Comfortable through the whole race. They fit so nicely that I think that they were custom made for my foot. Cushioning is just about right. Great minimalist feel. This is the best-fitting pair of Brooks I've ever had.

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

                    Excellent Shoe

                    By The Missing Link

                    from Woodbridge, VA

                    About Me Avid Athlete

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Breathable
                    • Fast
                    • Good Traction
                    • Lightweight

                    Cons

                    • Narrow / Tight

                    Best Uses

                    • Road Running

                    Comments about Mens Brooks PureConnect 2 Running Shoe:

                    I recently changed from stability shoes to a neutral shoe to match my preference for minimalist style. These shoes served that purpose admirably. The only complaint I have is that the arches feel very high in these shoes. The toe box is wide enough for my toes to spread on the strike and weight is excellent.

                    • Sizing:
                    • Feels half size too small
                    • Width:
                    • Feels true to width
                    • Arch Type:
                    • High Arch
                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • No
                     
                    4.0

                    I'm planning to buy another pair

                    By Jay Turpin

                    from Gilbert, AZ

                    About Me Gym Rat

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Breathable
                    • Comfortable
                    • Cushions Impact
                    • Lightweight

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Trail Running

                      Comments about Mens Brooks PureConnect 2 Running Shoe:

                      Very comfortable. I switched to minimalist running about a 18 months ago. I was using New Balance Minimus trail running shoes, but the sole were so thin, my feet, especially the arches and achilles tendon were aching every day. Switching to the Brooks has made a big difference - most of my aches and pains have gone away

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

                      Love to run in these!

                      By JoetotheV

                      from Denver, CO

                      About Me Avid Athlete

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

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

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Road Running

                        Comments about Mens Brooks PureConnect 2 Running Shoe:

                        I'm new to Brooks, and have worn only one other manufacturer since beginning distance running (3 years). These are light, comfortable, and very breathable. No blisters (using the R Gear no show socks). Can be worn with or without socks and I have less knee/joint pain after long runs 12-15 miles. I do not over-pronate or heel strike, so the fit and function for my style is wonderful.

                        • Sizing:
                        • Feels true to size
                        • Width:
                        • Feels true to width
                        • Arch Type:
                        • Average Arch
                        • Was this a gift?:
                        • Yes
                         
                        4.0

                        not a bad experience so far

                        By rob_runs

                        from PA

                        About Me Casual/ Recreational

                        Pros

                        • Breathable
                        • Comfortable
                        • Fast
                        • Lightweight

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Endurance Training

                          Comments about Mens Brooks PureConnect 2 Running Shoe:

                          20 miles in Went from Newtons motion to these not a lot of adjustment needed. Slightly narrower in toe box (between a nike and newton shoe in same size). didn't matter plenty of room for me. Better fit actually with higher arch support and feel in heel as it is slightly tighter seems to snug up with this lacing, unlike trying to lace various ways. 250lbs and decreasing - 5'11" - 51 - average 15 miles a week till it warms up.

                          • Sizing:
                          • Feels true to size
                          • Width:
                          • Feels true to width
                          • Arch Type:
                          • Average Arch
                          • Was this a gift?:
                          • Yes
                           
                          5.0

                          Awesome

                          By Gj roader

                          from Ft worth

                          About Me Avid Athlete

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

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

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Gym

                            Comments about Mens Brooks PureConnect 2 Running Shoe:

                            They feel great with my long distance runs and sprints

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

                            Great foot hugging shoe

                            By runnerisme

                            from San Diego, CA

                            About Me Avid Athlete

                            Pros

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

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Road Running

                              Comments about Mens Brooks PureConnect 2 Running Shoe:

                              I had the Ghost 4 and 5s for about 6 months, ran a few races in them (few halfs and a full with several PRs), and started developing a shin splint in my right leg that wouldn't go away. I liked the shoe but the arch support was bad for my foot. I'm about 6'1'', 168 lbs, and size 13 with higher arches. I run between 40 and 60 miles per week when in training and I like to run faster.

                              Well, I figured the shin splint was due to the arch support. I tried the Pure Connect 2 and immediately felt a difference. The shoe hugs my foot as if it was custom made and the low heal drop gives me more control over my landing. The sales person said they are relatively low arch, but the narrowness around the arch and the band around that area give them a more supportive feel. So, I bought them and ran a couple times so far and where's the pain? I know my shin isn't healed yet, but I'm stepping down each time and I'm not in pain anymore (with the Ghosts, I felt pain on the first step). These were great for my feet, which is a relief because I've already started my next marathon training. The foot will not slide around in these shoes.

                              The only possible issue I saw was the toe area is not as roomy as other shoes. I would recommend going 1/2 size up, but for me they don't make size 13.5 so I was fine with 13s. Also, I don't have wide feet (but not narrow either), so a person with wide feet may find these a little too much of a narrow fit.

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

                              Dream Shoe!

                              By Vegan Joe

                              from Long Island, NY.

                              About Me Avid Athlete

                              Pros

                              • Breathable
                              • Comfortable
                              • Cushions Impact
                              • Fast
                              • Lightweight

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Road Running

                                Comments about Mens Brooks PureConnect 2 Running Shoe:

                                Bought Pure Connect to replace discontinued Green Silence and am so impressed. Soft, suple, light and breathable. Totally promotes mid foot strike and most comfortable. Ran marathon after just 2 short runs in them and was incredible. Fast and comfortable the whole way with no hotspots or soreness day after. Conforms to arch and foot shape like a dream. Usually wear 10.5 but hat to go up to an 11 to get correct fit. Try them out!

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

                                these are the best shoe on the market

                                By murray

                                from new york

                                About Me Avid Athlete

                                Verified Reviewer

                                Pros

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

                                Cons

                                • Poor Traction

                                Best Uses

                                • Road Running

                                Comments about Mens Brooks PureConnect 2 Running Shoe:

                                I cannot believe these shoes recieved a negative review! they are good looking, ultra comfortable,very light weight and perform great in race scenariose. only problem is they are a little slick in wet weather.

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

                                Great Shoe

                                By Matty

                                from Fresno, CA

                                About Me Avid Athlete

                                Verified Reviewer

                                Pros

                                • Comfortable
                                • Fast
                                • Good Arch Support

                                Cons

                                • Poor Traction

                                Best Uses

                                • Road Running

                                Comments about Mens Brooks PureConnect 2 Running Shoe:

                                I am 6'3'' 200 lbs and I love this shoe. I normally have a hard time running long distances in a show this light. I have not had any problems running 10 mi plus. This shoe is fast but still cushions you foot enough to run longer distances. I have a wide toe box and I bought the medium width and it fits very comfortably. I would buy another pair when these wear out.

                                • Sizing:
                                • Feels true to size
                                • Width:
                                • Feels true to width
                                • Arch Type:
                                • High Arch
                                • Was this a gift?:
                                • No
                                 
                                2.0

                                Disappointing

                                By Hellsgate Clydesdale

                                from Asotin, WA

                                About Me Avid Athlete

                                Verified Reviewer

                                Pros

                                • Breathable
                                • Fast
                                • Lightweight

                                Cons

                                • Narrow / Tight
                                • No traction
                                • Poor Traction

                                Best Uses

                                  Comments about Mens Brooks PureConnect 2 Running Shoe:

                                  Decided to try a pair of these after the mediocre experience of the Pure Flow. They are bedroom slipper comfy, but feel very narrow soled and have absolutely no traction. Only wear these on dry surfaces! The sole is a bit stiff and you don't get quite the close feel of the ground. I sent these back and am returning to the Skechers Go-Run. Sorry, Brooks! I am 6'2", 200#, size 13 and run 25-30 miles a week.

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

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