Brooks PureCadence 5

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Brooks PureCadence 5 Review Facts

The Brooks PureCadence 5 has a unique look that is bound to get you noticed on a run. The PureCadence 5 has various updates in comparison to its predecessor and offers the wearer a high-quality running experience. From the unique color combinations to the responsive experience, you will get your money’s worth with this shoe.

Editor's Pros & Cons
Pros
  • Very comfortable shoe
  • The toe box has a lot of room.
  • Good responsiveness
  • Efficient toe-off
  • Feels lightweight
  • Good overall support
Cons
  • Lacks flexibility
  • Expensive
  • Traction can be improved.
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Positive
  • I really like that these fit a bit narrow. I have had both knees replaced and need an absurd amount of support and cushion. These do just that, support and cushion. I do crossfit and lift and these are exactly what I need. They hold my stane and work great with lateral movement. I went up a shoe size on these.
  • Other than the tongue being a bit weird and me having to really adjust and straighten it, the shoe itself is magic. Fits great and the comfort is unbelievable. They are great with my workouts. I am really happy with this shoe.
  • The shoe is comfortable but not what I need. It is a bit slippery and is not good for the machines at the gym.
  • The quality on these is lacking compared to other Brooks. They are great for just walking. I would say these are Brooks everyday shoe, not enough support for my style running. But, they are a great shoe.
  • I am able to use these on trail runs and pavement. I like that about a shoe. These give great arch support and they really look nice on, that is a plus. They seem to keep their shape after a lot of use too.
  • I was weary about buying these because of all the negativity. However, minus the burrito tongue, these are great. I use these for all my marathon training and have since the first model and they hold up great for me. The weight is a bit more than the older models, but still a great shoe.
  • I liked that these were so comfortable and very light. Good shoe.
  • I really am happy with these shoes. The tongue dd bleed into my socks though. They are a bit narrow but I like narrow.
  • These are a definite upgrade from the 4’s. They are light and have really held up with my pronation.
  • These really work with a wide toe box and they fit to size for me. They have a great color and style as well. Great shoe all together.
  • The width is a bit tight but the length is great. They are really comfy and help my joints not ache after a run. I feel like I am barefoot with these.
  • These really stretched out after a few wears, which is nice because they were a bit narrow at first. They are really comfortable shoes.
  • I usually get knee pain and after using these for a run, none. They have really good cushioning and are really comfortable.
  • I am really happy with my 5’s. They have great support and are really comfortable.
Negative
  • These have a good arch support but they fit really badly. The the box squished my feet. I ran a 5k and could not feel my toes after ward and they pinched really bad.
  • I tried these on in the store before my online purchase, completely different fit. They are so small and crush my toes. I swapped for a larger size and they are still uncomfortable.
  • I have been using these shoes for years and this model is making me question my existence. I gave them a go and it was a complete no-go. They had no support and the fit was just off. All over bad design, I took them back to a store and they informed me that Brooks was allowing all refunds due to the fact they made a crappy shoe.
  • I have only worn these a few times and they are falling apart. I mean, seriously. I like Brooks but the 5’s are terrible.
  • I bought these because I am a Cadence fan and they have destroyed my feet. I had no option but to wear these because I was on vacation. I had cramping in my feet and it sucked.
  • Horrible shoe. The other Cadences were great. The toe box is way smaller and cramps. I was going numb within 5 minutes of wear. I was getting a cramp in the middle to the top of my foot. They gave me some nasty blisters and rubbed my pinky toenail off. They really tore up my foot. Will not be buying again at all.
  • I am going to have to go back to Asics after this malfunction. These shoes are really bad. They are really narrow and the tongue is horrible.
  • These rub my toes right were the tongue is attached. I have used Cadence before and they were great. These shoes are like a whole other brand. Not liking them at all.
  • The top of these is rough on the feet. I have bought all the Cadences and loved them. They rub the top of my feet and created blisters. They made my feet cramp when I tried to break them in more at work. They are just a real horrible design and I would not recommend anyone to purchase them.
  • After one use, I could barely even walk. I am not sure what they did to the Cadence but this shoe sucks. It is the worst Brooks I have ever bought.
  • These rubbed blisters on the toe joints from the tongue. It cuts right in everytime the shoe bends. I have used every Cadence and these just really missed the mark. There is less cushion in the heel. Not sure what is up with these, they are bad.
  • DOWNGRADE! These shoes are blister machines. My toes are ate up and my heel has some real nasty blisters too. I tried to bandage them up but the shoes rubbed them off. I wanted to see if maybe it was a break in thing. Nope, they just suck.
  • I feel these were made with a really cheap plastic and it bothers my feet. They are a pure downgrade from the 3’s that I loved. I would steer clear of purchasing these for sure.
  • These felt weird as soon as I put them on. These shoes are way flatter than the other model numbers and really screwed up my striking pattern. The tongue is a weird foamy material and digs into your toes. I was rubbed raw on my toes and ankles. It is a lot wider than the other ones and created an unstable feel. I am only going to be wearing these for driving and running errands, they are definitely not runners.
  • I was told upon returning these that Brooks was taking back all refunds because they had so many complaints on this shoe. The tongue rubbed me completely raw. I actually had to go to a doctor and get my toes worked on after a small work out in these. I am filing a complaint with Brooks, this is unacceptable.
  • I have been running marathons in the Cadence for 10+ years so I obviously bought these. I am so upset. They gave me so much pain in my hips and quads I had to take a month off. I actually had to go to the doctor to make sure I wasn’t really damaged. Stay away from this shoe, they are really dangerous.
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Of the 850 reviews we found in total, 41% were negative, and 59% were positive.
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Outsole
Outsole

Outsole

The rubber outsole is one of the most durable parts of the shoe. The outsole doesn’t have a mass amount of rubber on it, meaning it won’t drag the runner down. The outsole also features the dual toe-flex, which prompts a solid toe-off. There are unique grooves on outsole which provide decent traction and flexibility. The grooves are separated into three separate sections: the forefoot area where there are longer grooves with a diamond-like pattern on the inside, the midfoot with long grooves going in at an angle, and the heel area where there circular style grooves.
Midsole
Midsole

Midsole

The midsole has some of this sneaker’s best features. For the PureCadence 5, Brooks uses their BioMoGo DNA. This unique technology enhances durability, comfort, and offers a superior ride. Thanks to the BioMoGo DNA, there is a reasonable amount of responsiveness. It also enhances toe-off of the sneaker and protects the underfoot from any impact that typically occurs on hard surfaces. The midsole also contains the Omega Flex grooves, which are used to enhance the flexibility. The effectiveness of the flex grooves is to be judged by the runner, as there have been some claims stating that the midsole feels stiff, which makes the running cycle slightly more difficult.
Upper
Upper

Upper

The upper for the Brooks PureCadence 5 has a seamless design that will prevent any potential irritation. It is equipped with a lightweight, breathable mesh material that consistently brings in airflow. Brooks’ new 3D fit print contributes flexibility and delivers a comfortable fit. One thing wearers have noticed right away is that while the upper is mildly breathable, it doesn’t stretch easily. The PureCadence 5 strays from the sock look that other running sneakers have gone with, in the recent past. While it offers a snug fit and a lightweight experience, it is thick enough to have its own shape and protect the feet from anything that could cause damage.
Weight
Weight

Weight

The average weight of the Brooks PureCadence 5 is roughly 9.7 ounces in men’s, and 7.9 ounces for women. This measurement is slightly heavier in comparison to other running shoes in today’s market. Reviewers stated that the PureCadence 5 felt lightweight when running. One of the primary contributors to the heavier weight of the Brooks PureCadence 5 would be the upper. A lighter shoe would have a thin, sock-like upper, whereas the PureCadence 5 has a thicker material that adds more weight in the result.
Breathability
Breathability

Breathability

Despite some complaints of the upper construction, the PureCadence 5 has average breathability. Since the upper isn’t particularly stretchy, airflow isn't as great as it could be. This doesn’t mean that airflow ceases to exist, it’s just that there isn’t enough circulating through the shoe in order to notice a difference. Some testers have reported that their feet were usually soaked after a run. A more breathable shoe would be able to decrease the level of moisture. With that being said, it is evident that the breathability of this shoe could be improved.
Comfort
Comfort

Comfort

These sneakers are fairly comfortable and are great for long runs. There are a thin tongue and padded collar that wraps around the ankle and offers a light, comfortable feel. While the upper initially feels comfortable, reviewers have stated that the upper has consistently caused blisters or irritations, especially in the midfoot section, even after a break in period. The tongue seemed to be the issue for much of the irritation. Besides that vexing tongue issue, most runners have been content with the underfoot cushioning.

If you have wide feet, you may want to order a size up. While the PureCadence line has been known for its large toe box, reviewers stated that the toe box was too narrow in the PureCadence 5. This change in fit is bound to disappoint loyal PureCadence wearers that expect a wider toe box.
Style
Style

Style

The aggressive neon colors used for the PureCadence 5 will catch plenty of eyes as you are running down the street. There are three primary color combinations available. They include a black/blue combo, neon green/blue, and neon green/asphalt. No matter what colors you are wearing, the Brooks logo is branded right at the outside forefoot in a large font, as well as the “3D fit print” in small text on the midfoot.
Durability
Durability

Durability

The PureCadence 5 has had great feedback when it comes to durability. The rubber on the outsole is strong enough where there is virtually no sign of wear after running a high amount of miles. Based off of feedback, one of the most noted features of this shoe was the durability, not only in the outsole but also throughout the upper. Since the upper isn’t made with a thin material, it is less likely to get punctured or damaged. Made with a basic rubber, it was somewhat surprising that testers can run for over 500 miles without any signs of severe wear.
Protection
Protection

Protection

Runners who are looking for efficient protection will turn to the PureCadence 5. The rounded heel is used to align the joint so that it encourages quality energy return, and subsequently, it reduces the stress applied to the joints. Since there is plenty of cushioning within this shoe, the underfoot will always be protected. The BioMoGo DNA in the midsole does a great job at protecting the underfoot by taking on any impact from the ground and using it for ongoing energy. The upper also has callous characteristics that protect the rest of the foot from any injury or discomfort. The 3D fit print is flexible, yet thick, so it would be fairly difficult for something sharp to puncture the material and reach the foot itself. One part that could be improved is the forefoot. Applying a toe guard to the front of the sneaker would definitely protect the toes from being stubbed by the curb or a tree stump.
Responsiveness
Responsiveness

Responsiveness

Responsiveness is one of the bigger highlights of the PureCadence 5. There is a superior amount of energy-return from the PureCadence 5. Reviewers stated that the shoe supports natural foot movement. The BioMoGo DNA in the midsole will help the runner absorb energy when hitting the ground and apply it to their next step, offering excellent energy return. The Dual toe-flex in the outsole also plays a part in the responsiveness of the PureCadence 5. It allows the runner’s big toe to work on its own and have an overall balanced toe-off. Subsequently, the runner will experience a more balanced run, regardless of the terrain. The durable rubber used in the outsole also contributes to the responsiveness of the Brooks PureCadence 5. Being the first point of contact with the ground, how the outsole hits the ground is important for the rest of the impact absorption process.
Support
Support

Support

The Brooks PureCadence 5 is considered a stability shoe. Brooks applied the support saddle to the upper, which secures the midfoot area and ultimately provides a stable ride. Based off of the low drop measurement, the PureCadence 5 could be considered a minimalist sneaker. These sneakers are also known to provide some fair arch support for those who need it, but won’t necessarily compensate the individual with flat feet. In addition to the upper, the midsole offers support for the foot. The midsole is equipped with lightweight guide rails that have the most support during a heel-to-toe transition. When it comes to the support, you can notice it easily, but it isn’t extraordinary.
Terrain
Terrain

Terrain

There is some solid grip on the PureCadence 5 that could help a runner go out into a rough terrain, but overall these sneakers are for the road. You will get the most of these sneakers if you run on flat, smooth surfaces, such as the sidewalk, track, or other types of pavement. Surprisingly, some runners have utilized the Brooks PureCadence 5 for both road and trail terrain, although the latter isn’t recommended. Those runners have yet to report negative experiences on the trail terrain. The rubber on the outsole isn’t built to deal with tougher terrain, so be aware of your sneaker’s longevity prior to making the decision to head off the road.
Price
Price

Price

The average price for the PureCadence 5 is slightly under $100, which is a deal for a high end running shoe. Based off of the great features, including the outstanding durability, this shoe is worth the price. One can disagree that the Brooks PureCadence 5 isn’t worth any more than $100, mostly due to the lack of breathability, uncomfortable tongue stitching, and narrow toe box.
Traction
Traction

Traction

The PureCadence’s traction is good but could be better. The grooves on the outsole are slightly raised but do not provide good traction on slippery surfaces such as ice or snow. The PureCadence 5 wasn’t built for trail conditions, so it comes to no surprise that there isn’t a significant amount of tread on the outsole. When used on the recommended terrain (road), the grooves in the outsole will provide enough traction to grip onto the surface and keep going efficiently.
Flexibility
Flexibility

Flexibility

A majority of the flexibility in this shoe derives from the Omega Flex Grooves in the midsole. These grooves enhance the midsole’s overall flexibility without sacrificing comfort or durability. Reviewers stated that they initially felt the shoe was stiff. One part of the PureCadence 5 that has lacked flexibility is the foam. While the lightweight midsole had great cushioning to protect the runner, it doesn’t exactly bend in the natural motion needed for the average runner. This stiffness could potentially deter the runner from this shoe because they won’t be able to run in their natural motion, something that becomes uncomfortable after an extended period of time.
Stability
Stability

Stability

The Brooks PureCadence 5 was thoroughly engineered for the overpronator. One new feature that directly enhances the stability of this sneaker is the external heel counter. The Heel counter stabilizes the foot and locks it into place so that the runner’s feet aren’t moving within the shoes during a run. The 3D Fit Print in the upper also snugly secures the foot within the shoe. This flexible material offers comfort while securing the runner’s feet for an efficient run.
Drop
Drop

Drop

The PureCadence 5 has a low drop of 4 millimeters. Based off of the heel-to-toe drop measurement, this shoe is a minimalist shoe. Having a low heel-to-toe drop discourages frequent heel striking, which decreases the likelihood of knee injuries. Having a low drop will also increase the flexibility of the Achilles over time.
Key Features of the Brooks Purecadence 5
Key Features of the Brooks Purecadence 5

Key Features of the Brooks Purecadence 5

• Unique color combinations available
• Excellent cushioning in the midsole
• Responsive
• Lightweight
• Very Durable
• Omega Flex Grooves encourage flexibility

Bottom Line
Bottom Line

Bottom Line

If you’re looking for something comfortable, with great stability and a lightweight feel, the Brooks PureCadence 5 is worth your time. These sneakers will work best for your daily run on the sidewalk or at your local track. Whether you are looking for a long distance runner or something to keep you comfortable at the gym, the PureCadence 5 has everything you need. The Brooks PureCadence 5 is a solid training shoe that will cater to the runner who is looking for a durable, reasonably light shoe that will last them a long time, and with its affordable price tag, it could definitely be of great value.