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
Innovative, cool and flashy, light, intriguing, functional, ... minimalist, here are some words I associate with the brand new PureConnect! I ran more than 80 miles in them in the first 10 days I got them, both on pavement and trails, with the same sense of lightness and freedom. Highly recommend this model for neutral runners, and looking forward to now trying the PureGrit for trail running this Fall. For more details, see the online review on my blog ([@]), 9/5/11 entry.
Wish it wasnt just for narrow feet..
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.
Via Veritas Vita
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.
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.
The Running Man
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.
Great shoe, low heel,
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.
Brooks Broke My Heart
This shoe is advertised as a minimalist shoe. I got them, tried a short, very easy run, and promptly put them back in the box and returned them. The cushioning feels off-balance and I feel as though I am out of control with my footfalls. They actually caused me to over-pronate and I don't usually have any problems with my form. The arch support band made me feel as though I was running on a cylinder in the middle of my foot. The worst part was that my big toe was just off the insole rubbing up against the toe box. I bought it a half size up as per the recommendation, but I could tell this was not my shoe.
I have been trying to replace my Saucony Kirvana 2 shoes and have been minimalist running for about a year now. Brooks broke my heart with this shoe because I respect the company and have been looking forward to the Pure line.
Tower City, PA
great balanced 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.
my go-to 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.
really wanted to like this 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.
So far so good!
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.
Oklahoma City, OK
Encourages Pronation- Avoid
Midsole/sole has wear resistant rubber lugs on lateral forefoot area that is thicker and more dense than medial area. In addition, the sole is convex medial to lateral. This encourages weight shift to the medial side of the foot- just like running with a lateral wedge. Got lots of soreness in subtalar joint (STJ) from the excessive pronation with this shoe. Went back to using New Balance 101's, Adidas Adios adiZero's and most recently New Balance 730's for training and my STJ problems went away. I did like the comfort of this shoe and the arch contour. Felt good when standing and walking around in, but did not work for fast high intensity training.
Great Shoe-Too bad it is endangered
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.
Palos Verdes, CA
All time favorite 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.
The felt good, at first...
I tried these shoes on in the store, hopped on the treadmill to analyze my foot strike in them. I was running at 8.5mph and they felt GREAT, so I went ahead and bought them. I took them home and started wearing them around the house to try and break them in a bit before I hit the streets. I have narrow foot so the fit felt great, but after about 15mins I had some slight discomfort in the arch of both feet. It felt as though arch was placed to far back and to high for my feet, there was no way I was going to take these out for run. I took them back and exchanged them for the PureFlow, which I also returned. I guess the flow line just doesn't work for my feet.
The Next Mile
Currently in the UK
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:)
Lightweight but VERY tight
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.
Solves All of Brooks' Problems
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.
Eric, an XC Coach
Overall, this is an awesome shoe. I like the cushion, the drop and the breathability. However, on my longer runs (8 plus miles) the lug pattern under the forefoot becomes uncomfortable. My solution: I shaved the hard rubber sections down with a knife. Problem solved. I know this will dramatically reduce the life of the shoe, but the increased comfort is worth it. And I've noticed that the wear on the outsole has decreased since switching over to a quicker and lighter turnover (180 spm).
Orange County, CA
Shows alot of promise
I really like the shoe. It has the perfect amount of cushioning for long distance runs on pavement. Other mimimalist shoes leave my feet and legs beat up after about 15 miles.
These help keep my legs feeling fresh longer. The only negative is the number of blisters I am getting is higher than normal. There is normally a break in period where I get blisters. I have worn these about 6-7 times for 7-10 mile runs and one run of about 16 miles.
Very good, but not perfect (for me)
They are comfortable if you buy them a 1/2 size up and if you don't need stability control. However, though my runs are always on the road, I sometime encounter sections where there are rocks and stones and, due to the softness of the sole and the size of the little openings, I nearly always seems to get one or two little rocks stuck in them which made the run uncomfortable or forced me to stop.
Great shoe - BUT
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.
Great Shoe. Highly Recommended
I use these shoes for my triathlon training. I will most likely use them in my first couple of races to see how they do. As I build up volume they are handling it great and keeping my feet feeling good. I have an extremely high arch so I am always nervous about how they will fit. So far, I have no complaints in this compartment.
Great workout shoe!!
My replacement for Tempo's and workouts!!
I used to wear the T-6's for Tempo and Strength work, but now the Pure Connect is my shoe of choice.
What I LOVE about this shoe, is it is light enough for workouts, but doesn't beat up your legs the next day! There is still a good amount of shoe and cushion to protect your muscles for a faster recovery!!
Trash after 4 months
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.
Heavy Ironman like this 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
Design Problem Causes Injuries
I want to love this shoe because of its weight, flexibility, and arch support, but it is casusing injury due to its midsole design. The lateral midsole under the fifth metatarsal distal half and head is 4mm thicker than the midsole under the first metatarsal head. This increased thickness laterally, induces more pronation.
Marin County, CA
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.
Feet Rolled In!
I really wanted to like the shoes... but would not even run in them.. just walking around the store my feet were rolling in where the round traction lugs are... Did not have the issue in the Pureflow...Advice it to try them out for yourself perhaps they work for your feet better than mine.
WOW What a great shoe!
Great shoe. It is a low profile shoe so if anyone has not already been running in a more minimal shoe go slow. Maybe use on short runs for a few weeks to adapt to the lower profile. I can now run up to 18 miles at once no problem.
Mens Brooks PureConnect Running Shoe
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