Brooks PureConnect 4

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Brooks PureConnect 4 Review Facts

Begin with the Brooks name, add in a healthy dose of comfort, flexibility, support with style, throw in a price that won’t give you sticker shock, and you have the PureConnect 4 running shoe.  This is one that has it all —rounded heel, superior cushion, and a durable outsole — along with a lightweight design that will keep you going through your longest runs.  If there’s one group singing the praises of this shoe the loudest, it’s going to be the runners with high arches.

The way the shoe contours to the runner’s foot gives it a near-unanimous thumbs up across the board, perhaps with the exception of runners with wide feet who found the toe box a little too narrow for their liking.  If you’re new to Brooks, the snug fit of the Nav Band might catch you off guard, but most reviewers said once they got used to it, it fits like a glove and they never looked back.  The bright, modern style of the shoe has some non-runners stacking up compliments in the gym, workplace, or while just running errands.  However, the PureConnect is built for the minimalist neutral runner, who isn’t looking for much heel to toe drop, and wants a high energy return.  The features of this shoe are so popular, they’re now in short supply, but the determined consumer can pinpoint a pair with a little ingenuity and persistence.

Editor's Pros & Cons
Pros
  • Lightweight comfort
  • Contoured midsole
  • Cushioned, rounded heel
  • Durability
  • Affordable price tag
  • A plethora of style options
Cons
  • Resigned tongue
  • Availability
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What are buyers saying?

We have spent 4 hours analyzing a total of 750 reviews.

These reviews are then categoried into "Positive" and "Negative" feedback.

Below you will read a summary of them:

Positive
  • I wanna say this is a hybrid of an older style runner and a minimalist shoe. The color options could be a little better but the shoe is great otherwise. The price is well within budget for me too. They have great cushioning and I do not feel rubbish under my feet when I am running. It is durable and great on and off the track.
  • These are my training shoes for my marathon running. I love these shoes. They are very light and take a lot of use. I can easily put over 300 miles on these babies with no issues. They are super duper comfortable and the only wear they usually show are the actual knobs of the sole after a while. I highly recommend for any style of runner.
  • I was suggested these from my mom. I usually wear Asics but gave them a try, I am hooked. They are so much lighter and they fit really snug and comfy to my foot while still having toe room. They are in no way waterproof so keep that in mind when you buy. I do not run in the rain.
  • These wrent as airy as other Brooks and they were a bit narrow so I ended getting a half size bigger. They are just as great in comfort and durability though. Brooks makes a great shoe and these are no exception. I rocked 10 miles first go with no issues at all. Great shoe.
  • These are big boy shoes. I am over 200 lbs, pretty tall and these never go flat from the extra pressure. They have epic support and the comfort is stellar. I do laterals in crossfit and run and HIIT training and they take it all with great stride. There are no other shoes comparable to Brooks.
  • These are really light and have a lot of cushion. They were perfect right out of the box and required no breaking in. They got a bit slippery in the rain but nothing terrible. They are super comfortable and I would recommend them to anyone.
  • These have a bit more grip than the last model. It is still just as light and has a bit softer cushioning in there. These were made for real runners.
  • These don’t have too many bulky seams on the inside, which is great, no hot spots. Compared to the older PureConnect, these are right there is comfort and design. They are light and have a good neutral support. I mid-strike and these handle and support well. They are a comfortable runner, just aren't made for wet weather.
  • These fit me true to my size. They have a lot of comfort and are very, very stable. I was glad they did not have any serious pressure point issues and they had a good air flow oo them. I would purchase them again.
  • I was recommended these by my podiatrist. I am so happy I found them. They are super comfy and really hold and support my problem feet well. They have a great style to them and the colors are nice. They are a good light comfortable shoe.
  • The support is great and the bottom really hugs my feet. They are light and cozy and you cannot beat the price for the quality.
  • These have eliminated my knee pain and they hold my high arches with lots of comfort. I have to say these are as near to perfect a running shoe as I have ever had. They are affordable too. Great great shoe.
  • I bought two of these to rotate so they would last a bit longer. I really like them and sometimes shoes get discontinued. They are so cloud like but at the same time, they really support and have lots of cushioning. They are magical. I like to road run and also, they are good on mild trails. I did go a half size up and they are perfect.
  • I have an extra narrow heel and sometimes shoes are a pain to fit. After I found Brooks, I was hooked. This is my ump-teenth pair and they are always spot on in sizing and fit, hugging the heel but not squeezing my toes. They are super comfy and are actually really cheap compared to the others. Great shoe, great price.
  • I always get sharp pains due to my high arches, these have helped me through that. They offer great and cozy arch support. I spend a lot of time on my feet at work and these have been a dream. I sometimes feel that I am barefoot, I do not even feel them on my feet.
  • I am very happy with these shoes. They are very light and they cradle my feet with lots of cushion and comfort. They fit perfect too, no need to swap them out.
  • I like the style and design, which want compromised for comfort- I never understood that. They are very supportive and light. No break in time needed. They really work with my high arches.
  • I have bought multiple pairs of these. They are my everything shoe. They are lightweight and comfortable and have great support for quick movement; I use them for my boxing training. Didn't have any issues with lifting either. They also look great on. I really love these shoes.
  • I was shocked at how light these were because they are so darn cushioned and supportive. They give me no fatigue after my distance running. I am not sure they are as durable as I would like. I might have to get another pair for my running. They do feel great though.
  • These support my high arches great. They have taken away my knee pain that I suffer from ALL THE TIME. I really am in love with this shoe and will be buying Brooks from now on. They are so comfortable and light. Best running shoe I have ever had.
  • I run from 5k to ultras and these are my go to shoe. They are lighter than the Pue Flows and have a great amount of cushioning. I get about 250 miles in these before the insides start wearing out, which happens way before the sole. Brooks is the way to go for runners.
  • It is like my feet grew pillows when I wear these. It is almost as if I am barefoot. They have so much cushioning and at the same time, are really light. I wear other bBrooks for walking and these for running. Really happy with these.
  • I was sad to see these were discontinued but I found them. These shoes are some of the best ever ade. They are comfortable and have a good drop zone, low. They are light and have phenomnal arch support too.
Negative
  • These shoes caved in in the toes and destroyed my feet. The tongue was really high and blistered my ankle as well. I returned these, I knew right away they were not going to work for me.
  • These shoes are not like any of the other Connects. They are so cheap and flimsy. They were much more narrow than the other ones and the tongue is just really uncomfortable. The toe has started to pinch my feet and is really uncomfortable. The price reflects the product in this case, cheap.
  • I got really bad cramps in my feet after wearing these. They totally redesigned this shoe and it is a pure downgrade. I always buy Brooks but now, I am not sure.
  • I bought an older model and wore them a lot and they were so great. These, not so much. The toe box collapsed after a week of wear. They didn't have the support I am used to in my other Brooks. These are a real disappointment to the Brooks line.
  • No support whatsoever. They are nothing like the other models. They feel really flimsy and have no stability on even the flattest of surfaces. The toes have zero protection and have bent. They seem really cheaply made, the fabric is awful. The tongue moves around and is not attached like the other shoes. I am returning these ASAP.
  • I wore these once and the toe box completely caved in and pinched my toes. I did not want to keep wearing them. I didn’t want blisters. They were great other than that. They fit my orthotics and had a lot of comfort.
  • These shoes were magic at first. However, the toe box! It completely gave in. This is really disappointing for such a good shoe otherwise.
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Of the 750 reviews we found in total, 12% were negative, and 88% were positive.
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Outsole
Outsole

Outsole

Flip your PureConnect 4 over and you’ll see that its outsole is covered with pods. The design allows for a nice grip on roads and dirt. It’s also designed to increase flexibility, as all the pieces are able to bend and stretch independently. The only complaint found about the pods in reviews was the suggestion that Brooks should extend them all the way through the medial side of the heel. However, it was not a frequent mention and did not seem to deter runners from their purchase.
Midsole
Midsole

Midsole

In the PureConnect 4 midsole, Brooks employs its BioMoGo DNA once again, to glowing reviews. The company claims the scientific design allows for the shoe to support the runner better with time, as the runner’s weight and gait are worn directly into its midsole, personalizing it with every mile. The reasoning may sound far-fetched upon the first read, but many reviewers noted how the shoe seems to grow more comfortable with time and distance. Whether they understand the science or not, reviewers credit this technology for allowing them a more natural stride.
Upper
Upper

Upper

The upper sole is where Brooks made changes from the PureConnect 2 to the third evolution of the series, and here again is where we find tweaks in the fourth. Runners were not able to hold their tongues when it came to the redesign of this one. Brooks ditched the thicker style tongue it used in previous versions for the flatter, more traditional one seen in the PureConnect 4. Reviewers took note, and some felt it seemed oddly flat and long. Others complained it was a hassle during longer runs because it slipped to the side and they had to stop and adjust it often. There were also a couple of complaints about the snug fit of the Nav Band, and if you haven’t experienced this piece of Brooks ingenuity, the grip may seem a bit overdone. Give it a few miles. Most reviewers who balked at the band were loving it in no time. (Of course, there are always exceptions. One reviewer reported he just cut the band out entirely and found the shoe to be much more comfortable.)
Weight
Weight

Weight

Many reviewers were surprised at the amount of comfort and support this lightweight shoe offers. The men’s PureConnect 4 weighs in at 8.3 ounces and the women’s at only 6.6. Reviewers of both genders highlighted the lightweight as a reason to purchase. One described the shoes as being “like feathers beneath my feet” and another said it was like “running on pillows”. This makes it ideal for speed work, and of course, it is a popular choice for athletes on race day.
Breathability
Breathability

Breathability

The PureConnect 4 is breathable, but perhaps not quite as much as some other shoes in the minimalist category. It will bend and allow the flow of air, but reviewers caution the fourth shoe in this series doesn’t dry like the earlier versions. Be aware if you are partial to rainy-day runs, you’ll want to wipe off your shoes with a towel and give them plenty of time to air dry before you lace them up again.
Comfort
Comfort

Comfort

With just a few exceptions, reviewers raved about the comfort of this shoe. One sentiment echoed over and over in reviews was how well this shoe fit runners with high arches. One reviewer went so far as to say she “felt like singing” when she put them on. (Humming along is one way to pass the time on long runs, but maybe not if your running buddy is along for the ride.) The midsole got high marks for its soft feel and few seams, although not everyone was in agreement on the new tongue. Some reviewers said the shoe was true to size, but most reported purchasing a half size, or even full size, up from what they normally wear.

If you're not sure about sizing, it's best to stop in at your local running store and try a few different options on in person. A few people mentioned the PureConnect 4 is a bit narrow for their liking, so keep that in mind if you’re a runner with a wide foot. You can always check here, for a more comfortable, wider option.
Style
Style

Style

The good news is this shoe comes in a variety of colors. The bad news is, they can be hard to find. Brooks has discontinued production of this model, but you can still find it for sale on other sites, including Amazon. The bright blue and purple combination for women is trendy and bright, without giving anyone a headache, and the black, red and silver option is a good fit for men who prefer a little more traditional hues. Speaking of style, if you like to match your eyewear with your footgear, check out these stylish options for your next run in the sun.
Durability
Durability

Durability

For a minimalist shoe, reviewers found the PureConnect 4 to be extremely durable. There were no complaints about tearing or early breakdowns of the materials. Brooks builds even their minimalist shoes to last, advising that runners looking into replacing them somewhere between miles 250 and 300. Still, some runners reported putting hundreds of miles on their shoes and reported they love them as much as they did on day one. Finding a shoe that you love is one of the keys to keeping your training consistent.
Protection
Protection

Protection

The pods on the outsole do their best to protect the foot, and reviewers did find they grip well even on wet surfaces. Some reviewers did comment that the pods don’t extend all the way to the medial side of the heel, so pronators might see that as a flaw. This isn’t a trail-running shoe, so there is no rock shield, but users say the cushion is surprisingly deep for such a light shoe, protecting their joints with each foot strike.
Responsiveness
Responsiveness

Responsiveness

The PureConnect 4 is built with a unique toe-flex design. Brooks says it allows the big toe to engage a bit more than in a traditional shoe, helping the runner gather his or her balance on toe-off. Some reviewers thought that overstated its value slightly, but they did notice more energy in their pushes off the toe. Overall, runners say this shoe absorbs the shock of the running surface well and rebounds nicely for a solid, responsive ride.
Support
Support

Support

Reviews might have been mixed on the tongue, but the laces on the PureConnect 4 get a big thumbs up for keeping their tension, even during long runs. There were no complaints of having to stop down on runs to tighten them. The rounded heel is also credited for supporting the foot, and enhancing the runner’s overall body alignment. As mentioned, a few pronating runners noted they’d feel more supported if the pods on the outsole extended all the way to the medial side of the heel.
Terrain
Terrain

Terrain

In short, this is a minimalist running shoe. It’s not meant for off-roading. In fact, one reviewer noted that his shoes latest for a year, until he decided to take them on a muddy obstacle course, and then he was forced to retire them. Keep these shoes on the pavement or dry dirt, where they do their best work.
Price
Price

Price

Brooks has discontinued the PureConnect 4, but persistent runners can still track them down on other sites. Because the company has moved on, reviewers who found them elsewhere reported a decent discount from their original pricing. You might have to spend some time searching to find your specific size, but reviewers say if you can find it, it’s worth the effort and the savings.
Traction
Traction

Traction

The pods on the outsole can move independently, giving the runner a solid grip, and helping them maintain a natural balance. Some reviewers say it took them a few runs to get used to that feeling of those "bumpy things", but they came to appreciate it quickly.
Flexibility
Flexibility

Flexibility

This a great shoe for the neutral runner who wants their footwear to mimic the natural movement of the foot. The PureConnect 4 does just that, and the Toe Flex feature takes that flexibility to a new level. Some runners thought the “camel toe” look odd, but got over the cosmetics when they saw how well it functions. Reviewers gave this shoe top marks for bend and stretch.
Stability
Stability

Stability

Brooks uses its Nav Band to help secure the runner’s foot in these shoes, and most reviewers say that and the rounded heel provided the right amount of stability for them. A few said the fit was just a little too snug, but those with a narrow foot especially appreciated the security.
Drop
Drop

Drop

The 4mm drop on the PureConnect 4 makes it a solid choice for runners who are transitioning toward a more minimalist shoe, without being classified as a barefoot option. If you’re new to running and don’t know what kind of drop you need, take a look at any of your daily shoes and see what kind of rise and fall they have. You’ll want to select something close to that before you force your foot into a lower drop option. Planning for some transition time is key to avoiding injuries and or extreme soreness that could put you on the sidelines for weeks or even months. No shoe is worth that compromise!
Key Features of the PureConnect 4
Key Features of the PureConnect 4

Key Features of the PureConnect 4

• Dual toe flex design
• BioMoGo DNA midsole
• Rounded Heel
• Nav Band
• Outsole Pods
Bottom Line
Bottom Line

Bottom Line

Runners are in love with this shoe from Brooks, and after taking in the feedback it’s easy to see why. The PureConnect offers a surprising amount of support and cushioning for such a lightweight shoe. Its pod-covered outsole will grip well on traditional running surfaces, and the split-toe design lets the runner get a big push off the big toe. The color options are fun without being gaudy, and this shoe scores high on overall style, especially with female runners. Some reviewers said they enjoyed the PureConnect 4 for group exercise classes, work, or even just daily wear. Many noted they’d purchased this shoe, again and again, convinced it had no equal and were disappointed to see it discontinued by Brooks. However, just because new ones aren’t being made doesn’t mean options don’t exist. There are some sizes still available online, and runners who have been waiting to try this neutral minimalist shoe can still snatch a pair up at a modest price.