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Brooks Pure Connect

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Brooks lightest and most flexible shoe in the line, the PureConnect puts as little as necessary between the runner and road.


While the new line of Brooks footwear called the Pures deliberately avoids using the minimalist tag, these shoes still have a lot of minimalist features: lightweight; flexible soles, very little heel-to-toe drop. Citing extensive market research, Brooks claims that runners aren't looking for "less" in a shoe; they want more! But where that "more" ends up is not a thick, non-flexing tread or monster crash-heel-pad. The "more" seems to be linked to a consumer's preference for snazzy styling and high-tech design and cushiony features.

What's unique to this shoe?

  • Most minimal Nav Band for light support
  • Toe Flex grooves extend through forefoot
  • Most flexible underfoot
  • Open mesh upper for maximum airflow
  • Open foam upper
  • Extended toe split
  • Ideal for Neutral runners

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