Brooks PureFlow 6

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Brooks PureFlow 6 Review Facts

The sixth version of the PureFlow Brooks Running series follows the same path their predecessors took. This means their focus is still on natural running. The Brooks PureFlow line comes from the years in which minimalism marked the trends in every brand. Brooks decided to make a collection of shoes inspired by that very need. That is, to run closer to the ground and with a more natural mechanic. But the clear difference of the PureFlow line regarding the other so-called ‘minimalists’, is that you get to feel enough cushioning under your feet. This is a model for runners with a neutral stride, and a light/medium bodyweight. PureGrit (trail), PureCadence (with extra support), PureFlow (cushioned), PureConnect (natural running) and PureDrift (the closest to minimalism), make up the Pure Project.

Editor's Pros & Cons
Pros
  • They wear out way less than expected
  • Good grip on asphalt
  • Light weight of 0,5 pounds
  • Flexible sole for a greater return of energy.
Cons
  • Problems on surfaces other than asphalt, especially on wet ground.
  • Feet could get wet due to the holed midsole
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Positive
  • These shoes fit perfect and are so comfortable and do not make my feet numb. It makes running bearable from my foot pain. I did have to order a half size up.
  • These shoes fit perfect and are so comfortable and do not make my feet numb. It makes running bearable from my foot pain. I did have to order a half size up.
  • I am a personal trainer and go through shoes fairly faster than normal. I love these shoes. They are so comfortable and right out of the box. The toe splay is so good and roomy without giving any pressure points. They are nice and flexible, working well with my Zumba classes. They look great and are light as well.
  • Most minimalist pair of Brooks I have purchased and the lightest. These help my stride correction due to my pronation. I will be getting these again because they just work so well with my style and are good with weight training too.
  • I like that these are slightly casual looking while offering all the perks of a good running shoe. It is light for a good travel shoe and yet still has great cushioning and support. The toe is roomy and the heel is real cushy and extra supportive.
  • I stand all day at work, that is why I bought these. They also have nice neutral colors that I can wear with my uniform for work. I have other Brooks for exercising. They are a really good stable and durable brand and I highly recommend for any sort of activity. They are so damn comfortable.
  • These are way better than my Nike frees and they are way more supportive and cushioned while still being light. They also have a great style to them that I can wear with just about anything. I am able to run and stand for long periods without fatigue and foot pain. YAY!
  • I love Brooks and was looking for an upgrade for my Pure Connects. These are a great shoe, just not for my narrow, awkward foot. They are really wide in the front and the heel does not secure my heel enough to keep it from swimming. I have narrow and high feet. I can use these for training and they are comfortable. But, I cannot run in them.
  • These shoes completely blew my mind. They are so comfortable and stable. They actually completely rid me of of my plantars. They do lack in durability though. They tend to fall apart in the arches where the shoe meets the sole.
  • The whole foot box is real solid and it forms to my foot. They are light weight while still providing tons of cushion and stability. They breath really well and have good grip when on slick surfaces. They fit great to size and I have a narrow foot. They also look really nice and sleek.
  • One of my feet go one way and the other goes the other way in pronation. It is such a hassle to find accommodating shoes, until I found these. I strike in the front of my foot and these have really absorbed and straightened out all of my issues. They are light and very nice to run in too.
  • They do have a bit higher heel than my other Brooks. They fit perfect, no sizing issues. They are very light and accomodate my feet very well. I am in love with this shoe.
  • This series has been my go to for perfection. They are great from the box with no break in time. They formed to my feet as soon as I slipped them on. They have given me no blisters or any discomfort for that matter. The 5 was horrible so I am glad they fixed the shoe. I love the Pure flows.
  • These shoes really give some support for high arches. They have proven to work for my cross country training and carry me through all my races at the top of my game. I could not ask for a better distance shoe.
  • These have really minimized my toe blistering and have so much toe space it is incredible. I did not even have to size up. These cause n o rubbing on the sides of my toes like every other shoe I have ever tried on. I am so happy, no more toe pain.
  • I am a huge fan of the low drop design. They are full of cushion and are very stable. The arch support n these is really high and slightly digs into my arches; this is a bit uncomfortable in longer runs.
  • These are a great low drop, neutral runner. They support really well and are a great swap around show for recovery. They have helped me get back in order due to a sprain in my foot previously.
  • These are a lot lighter compared to my last runners. They are also really comfortable and keep me bouncing when I go for my jogs without any pressure or pain. Great shoe!
  • I really appreciate this shoe. It has great drop zone and stability. The toe box is extra wide and feels like there is nothing on your feet they are so light I am definitely keeping these in my rotation, I am going to buy more.
  • These have some of the best support, flexibility and cushioning in any shoe I have used. They have a good mesh material that is durable and breathes really well. The heel really keeps a good feel and supports while keeping the toes able to spread out. Super secure all over.
  • These are not bulky at all and have great cushioning all over, especially he heels. I am able to take these for a run then go out and do my errands without looking too flashy. Some runners are so danged gaudy. Beautiful design and all over comfort. I am very pleased.
Negative
  • I run marathons in only Brooks. However, I feel that after the 4 model, they just destroyed a great shoe. They are way to lose compared. They will not tighten properly. The lateral foam is way more stiff and digs into the arches. And all of the support is n the heels where I need some extra in the front due to my strike. I am also getting blisters and the drop is a 2 mm difference, which really adds some pain to the shoe. I am disappointed to say the least.
  • The soles on these did not fit my feet like the last 4 air of Brooks I bought. The tongue is falling apart after just a couple runs. So many wrongs about these and I am a huge Brooks Fan!
  • These have a lot less stability compared to my old Brooks. The base made me feel like I was going to fall forward. It pushed me up. Low drop and feels weird and the cushioning is lacking as well.
  • The soles are starting to crack and separate after a few runs. This is a no go. All I can say, I am fairly disappointed.
  • They are really high in the heel and it feels like I am wearing a tennis heel. These do not allow me to feel the ground when I run they are so thick. The 4s were so good and the 5s were so bad. These fit a bit better but they are still way subpar.
  • These are falling apart after 2 runs. The tongue is shredded and now they wont stay secure.
  • These are so much more longer and narrower than the originals. I hate they changed and pretty much destroyed a great shoe. They are also less supportive and cushioned. Horrible design flaws.
  • My feet are dead! They hurt so bad. No support and were on the shoe. The arches were slipping. The top was causing blisters and digging into my feet.
  • My original PF were amazing! They lasted for over 2 years. These are Pure Garbage. They are lightweight and slightly comfortable but they do not last they are separating and falling apart in the tongue and sole after only a couple months.
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Outsole
Outsole

Outsole

The Brooks PureFlow 6 outsoles are a mix of protection, comfort, and flexibility. You´ll be amazed regarding how flexible they are. The sole of the Brooks Pureflow 6 is curious, we say curious because it seems to be too thick for natural running shoes, but it is not. There are pressure grooves both in the heel and in the forefoot. There are also holes distributed throughout the sole that help improve the flexion of the Brooks Pureflow 6, and which provide greater grip and traction. Although there have been reports of some problems of adhesion in tracks and in surfaces that are wet, and that are not asphalt. However, in asphalt, its adherence is incredible, whether or not it is wet.
Midsole
Midsole

Midsole

Its midsole measures 24 millimeters in the heel and 20 millimeters in the front. This is not exactly tiny but it does have less than the Ghost (30 millimeters) one of Brooks' classic cushioning shoes. Its flexible midsole provides a feeling underfoot that has been described as enjoyable. You will even have the sensation of running barefoot, yet will still be protected from impact with every stride. It has deep grooves on its base in order for the bending movement in the foot to be freer. It also has enough material to cushion over a variety of distances. It features the new BioMoGo DNA LT technology, which fuses its BioMoGo midsole and cushioning technology while reducing weight by 10%. This is a lighter compound than the standard DNA, which translates into a more dynamic damping capacity, and which is able to adapt better in each stride.
Upper
Upper

Upper

The Brooks PureFlow 6 upper features a seamless mesh that provides more comfort and aesthetic appeal. This upper has been completely renovated with a completely new technology, 3D fit Print, which at first glance gives us elasticity. This, however, does not lose the hold on your feet. This mesh is made of soft, high-quality materials. The upper also contributes to reinforce more natural movements, wrapping the foot with a smoother feel and an attractive look. In this version the fit of the shoes are more elastic, resembling a sock, so comfort has definitely improved.
Weight
Weight

Weight

Because of its design and little material, this shoe is very light and you can see how low the heel is, which forces you to run with the forefoot mostly and also reduces weight. They weigh 0.5 pounds and a more natural contact with the ground is ensured. With the Brooks PureFlow 6, you can train daily because this type of product has been made for a higher cadence that helps to run faster, due in great part to its light weight.
Breathability
Breathability

Breathability

These shoes have a fairly good breathability, nevertheless, there have been reports from some users that state that the upper wasn´t as breathable as they expected. The exterior material is synthetic, which could be the reason why the breathability these shoes have is fair.
Comfort
Comfort

Comfort

The Brooks Pureflow 6 fit in beautifully because the shoes are not too narrow and they allow the foot to breathe, without the feeling of going loose. This model has been completely renovated by obtaining a mesh, meaning all the fabric that covers the foot, which is much more comfortable and pleasant. Brooks Pureflow 6 continues to use the 3D Fit Print technology for a flawless fit. They feel a lot like a second skin since the first time you try them on because they fit in like a glove. Set the correct size of your Brooks Pureflow 6, and avoid a larger size if possible. There is no problem if we replace the insoles with some that we use. In fact, since the Brooks Pureflow 6 shoes are neutral, they are a suitable model for using personalized insoles.
Style
Style

Style

The new Brooks PureFlow 6 is a different type of shoe; both because of its appearance (it doesn´t seem like a running shoe until you turn it around) and the sensations it transmits. Now it is less 'minimalist' than at the beginning, but Brooks keeps trying to keep it as clean as possible, keeping the 4mm drop. Regarding the colors, there are some neutral ones and others, like fluorescent green and blue, that are a little edgier.
Durability
Durability

Durability

The material from which some of the main parts of this shoe such as the outsole is put in places where the intention is to increase the duration of the midsole by protecting it from continuous use. Nevertheless, these shoes were made to run in asphalt, so don´t use them for purposes other than that such as rock climbing or running in harsh surfaces for they will wear out much more rapidly. If you are a rookie, that hits the ground with your heels often and want to improve your technique, surely the shoe will be quite worn around 300 miles. This is a model in which you can hit with your heels occasionally. Durability sharply decreases the more you use your heels as the primary zone of impact.
Protection
Protection

Protection

It can be seen that the sole of the Pure Flow 2 is totally different than usual. It has more than a dozen relatively independent components and is surrounded by flexible grooves that grant that independence to the components. The truth is that if you are a racer that is susceptible to the sensations of the shoe, it will take a while (3 or 4 races) to get used to this type of sole. Regarding the collar, it´s safe to say that it has been very well designed. The collar is asymmetrical, with the outer face being shorter than the inner one, avoiding the risk of chafing against the bones of the ankle. Of course, it is necessary to speak of the element or "pod" placed in the arch. This pod is of crucial importance and Brooks has been using it for years in their shoes. It has multiple utilities, especially related to extra support in an area as important as the arch of the foot.
Responsiveness
Responsiveness

Responsiveness

In addition, the components in the sole that were mentioned bring a lot of things to the shoe: responsiveness to the terrain, flexibility, better distribution of forces at the base of the shoe, a much better grip and they improve stability with a broader base. It was designed for runners with a neutral foot and a medium or high arch. It offers a good response whether you are looking for speed or comfort in your daily training sessions.
Support
Support

Support

The Ideal Heel is a very simple technology that Brooks has implemented in all its PureFlow´s. It is a heel padded and very beveled, rounded and with a central longitudinal section. After testing these shoes it is true that it contributes to a better landing. Obviously, it is the runner who does all the work by trying to land with his or her heel as little as possible, but this geometry helps, making it easier for the runner. This is not something that changes the technique, but it is something that does not hinder, which helps to achieve the biomechanical goals that most runners want when acquiring a low drop model.
Terrain
Terrain

Terrain

The outsole is made up of Blown Rubber which offers great protection for your feet and for you not to fall. This rubber also has a good grip on other kinds of surfaces, but they work optimally in asphalt. If you necessarily must go through surfaces other than asphalt, the Brooks PurFlow 6´s will protect your feet, but you have to be extra careful and stones or nails could get stuck in the midsole. Definitely, do not use Brooks Pureflow 6 much in these areas.
Price
Price

Price

You can enjoy all the technological features these shoes have included for your comfort for just $100.
Traction
Traction

Traction

The sole of these Brooks PureFlow 6 is, play with the traditional forms of the American brand, with its rounded heel and a rubber compound that promises to give what is expected, grip and durability.
Flexibility
Flexibility

Flexibility

The 3D Fit Print coating strategically provides flexibility and structure for a flawless fit. This was already included in the PureFlow 5. The idea was to give the model a better support and an impeccable fit, thanks to the strategic combination of structure and flexibility. The lightness and flexibility of this minimalist model are achieved, in part, thanks to the new top-cut upgrade.
Stability
Stability

Stability

These shoes also have a very important feature, which is the rounded heel. This characteristic improves body alignment; it disperses impact and reduces the load placed on joints, offering more protection against plausible injuries. The comfortable neck of the heel also provides great comfort without giving the sensation that this is a weak shoe. One of the best-designed parts is the platform of the midsole, which is generous in width, which multiplies stability. This is especially noticeable in the landing of your feet because it is incredibly effective and it contributes to the cushioning and better stability.
Drop
Drop

Drop

The Brooks PureFlow 6 keeps a characteristic low profile with the 4mm drop. In this delivery, Brooks has sought to maximize those feelings of touching the ground while using a running shoe that´s lighter and flexible. 24 millimeters in the heel and 20 in the front, make the Brooks Pureflow 6 respond formidably for the purpose that they were designed. The latter means to feel the ground and to get constant feedback from the earth´s feel. This combination allows a more natural stride in which we hit the ground without forefoot and not our heel.
Key features
Key features

Key features

• BioMoGo DNA LT technology
• Omega Groves
• Rounded heel
• 4mm drop
Bottom line
Bottom line

Bottom line

All in all, the Brooks PureFlow 6 has improved the flexibility and lightness of previous versions to make a more comfortable, natural and efficient race in every covered mile. This sixth version of the PureFlow is designed to run short or medium distances and at medium speeds. These are shoes completely oriented to natural running so they are most recommended if you already have some experience in this world.

The Brooks Pureflow 6 are your perfect training shoes, although they adapt perfectly to any distance. Brooks is a sports company that produces footwear and high performance garments. It was founded in 1914 by Morris Goldenberg and his philosophy is based on the idea that running should be fun, and to make it fun, comfort is absolutely necessary. Without comfort the performance is difficult, and the fun is practically impossible. The Brooks PureFlow 6 a is suitable for becoming your regular shoes, as long as your body mass is not too high. You also should avoid using your heels when contacting the floor. Severe pronators should also refrain unless it is to modify racing mechanics.