About two months before my due date I received a pair of Brooks Pure Flows to try out.
There are a few models in the new Brooks PureProject line, this is one of them. According to Brooks’ website:
The PureProject collection is a tribute to runners with a sense of adventure and a craving to grab their run by the horns. Radically lightweight, flexible materials merge with smart design to naturally align your stride and empower every push-off. Unleash your feet; experience the PureProject by Brooks with four unique shoes in vibrant colors.
When I ran in these shoes at 8 months pregnant, I felt clumsy and awkward; but I was unsure if that was purely due to my preggo condition, the shoes or a combination of both. And while I’m not cleared to run yet, I did take them out for a couple walks in recent week and I’ve come to the conclusion that I don’t care for these shoes.
They’re just too cushiony and squishy. I get sloppy in my form when wearing them, not picking my feet up appropriately and I kind of shuffle in them. It’s a strange phenomenon, but it happens each time I put them on.
It’s frustrating to decide to retire a pair of shoes with only 25 miles on them, but they’re just not living up to my ideals. If I keep walking/running in these I’m going to end up tripping and falling! I guess I’m accustomed to much more minimal shoes now.
But they’re cute, so they’ve got that in their favor!
I’ve been a Brooks girl for most if my running career. I spent 9 years in Brooks Adrenaline until plantar fasciitis and fraying posterior tibial tendons threatened to sideline me with surgery. I self healed thru Crossfit and minimalist shoes and have been on a quest to find the right shoes ever since. Many shoes worked but I suffered another 2 years of giant recurring blisters. I finally made my way back to Brooks through the Pure line. The Cadence WORK for me. They hug my feet and arches in just the right spot! 2 marathons and an Ultra blister free! I just bought the Cascadia for a mountain race and success again! Now if only they would make a Brooks fit with a Hoka bottom, I would be well on my way to an Ultra career! (Everybody’s feet are different – my other friends swear by Saucony Kinveras!)
You’re right, everyone’s feet are different. In hindsight, I’m thinking the PureConnect might have been a better choice for me to try. I do have and love the Kinvara, which is another more cushioned shoe with a 4mm heel-to-toe drop like the PureFlow, but something in the construction of it seems more streamlined and works better for my feet.
Sorry these didn’t work out for you. If you’re considering retiring them, I’d be happy to take them off your hands. 😀 lol. Seriously, though. Size 8? hahah!
They are a size 8! I’ll totally give them to you! 🙂
I have low arches and wide feet. for me these are the best pair of tennis shoes I have ever worn. I feel more balanced and the cushioning is just right for me. they have been discontinued and I am trolling the internet trying to pick up the last pairs in my size.
Have you tried the next generation of the Pure Flow? I believe they’re on the Pure Flow 2 right now.