Brooks Pureflow Review: A Product Line that Suits All Types of Runners

Brooks Pureflow 7

As a brand, Brooks prioritizes its runners’ needs first. Its many successful launches over the years stand testament to that fact.

The PureFlow line is known for its minimalist but durable shoes and the latest release in the series, Brooks PureFlow 7, adheres to the motto.

Product Overview

Brooks PureFlow 7 is the newest member of the popular PureFlow shoe line. It balances minimalism with comfort, support and durability. Brooks PureFlow 7 also keeps natural running at its core.

Released in February 2018, the shoe uses Brooks’ proprietary technologies, like BioMoGo DNA, to adapts to your movement. Flexible and lightweight, it has received many updates to its upper, midsole and outsole.

Product Specifications

  • Weight
  • Size and Fit
  • Upper
  • Midsole
  • Outsole
  • Heel Drop

Brooks PureFlow 7 has a low heel-to-toe drop of 4mm. The heel height is 24mm and the forefoot is kept at 20mm high for both men’s and women’s versions. This assists neutral and natural running, and offers a closer-t0-the-ground experience.

Pricing and Availability

This power-packed shoe uses multiple technologies to make your running experience smoother and faster. 

Brooks PureFlow 7 is available on Amazon, Zappos, Running Warehouse, Road Runner Sports and Brooks website.

How It Compares

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  • Ease of Use
  • Build Quality

The shoe delivers on its promise of creating a comfortable and smooth running experience. The stretch-woven upper ensures that the shoe is breathable and the extra cushioning in the tongue and collar keep the fit secure. The midsole is responsive with good traction in the outsole. Overall, the shoe gives the runner a great in-shoe feel.

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Mizuno Wave Rider is a prominent series by the Japanese brand and it recently launched its 20th member, the Mizuno Wave Rider 20.


Mizuno Wave Rider 20 is a running shoe that focuses on neutral runners and is extremely lightweight to enhance flexibility and comfort.

  • Ease of Use
  • Build Quality

The shoe fits extremely well and gives the wearer a sock-like feel. Wave Rider 20 is also responsive to the natural foot movements and provides extra support. The mesh upper enhances breathability and the dual-density midsole offers greater flexibility.

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Nike has always excelled at launching stylish, high-quality shoes and Nike Air Zoom Elite 8 conforms to the tradition.


Nike Air Zoom Elite 8 is one of highest-rated shoes for neutral running, suitable for those seeking great traction.

  • Ease of Use
  • Build Quality

Nike’s native FlyWire technology, coupled with a mesh upper, provide extreme comfort and breathability. The Phylon midsole ensures smooth running due to higher comfort cushioning. The shoe also offers extended support and ensures a secure fit to increase responsiveness.

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Pros and Cons

Brooks PureFlow 7 has a lot to offer to runners seeking a rich experience. Are there any flipsides to the shoe? Let’s find out.

Compared to its alternatives, Brooks PureFlow 7 is a highly affordable bet. The shoe caters to natural running, so its weight has been kept on the lighter side at 252g. This enhances the flexibility of the shoe. The Omega Flex Grooves in the midsole follow the movement of the foot without compromising on underfoot padding. The upper also has a malleable and snug fit with internal bootie construction.

Brooks PureFlow 7 has taken care to provide runners with a seamless and comfortable experience. The padded tongue and collar, along with the simple lacing system, give the upper a comfortable and adaptive fit. The breathability ensures that the foot is not sweaty. The shoe offers a great grip for running on the road and even in certain wet conditions. The rounded heel also ensures maximum protection against impact and adds to the grip for enhanced natural movement.

The outsole is too thin to bear prolonged and frequent sessions, and starts to wear out after a short time. The outsole has inbuilt holes due to its Dynamic Flex Grid structure, causing it to catch pebbles. This can be uncomfortable as well as damaging to the sole.

Pros

  • Affordable Pricing
  • Lightweight and Flexible
  • Extremely Comfortable
  • Better Traction

Cons

  • Low on Sturdiness
  • Inability to Prevent Stones from Clogging

The Verdict

Brooks PureFlow 7 does what it’s meant to: provide a seamless experience to neutral runners. It strikes a balance between cushioning, support, flexibility and breathability to help you go the distance.

The durability is definitely on the lower end, but not if you’re seeking trainers for smooth surfaces or asphalt roads. The BioMoGo technology, coupled with high-quality materials, provide good traction and impact resistance.

It’s tough to find an alternative that matches the price of the Brooks PureFlow 7 while providing the same features. We give this a 4.5 rating.

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