Brooks PureConnect 4 Review


A unique split in the outsole between the big toe and the remaining four affords a minimalist feel and gives runners more power. Extremely light cushioning and gel add comfort and arch support.

Runners who have posted Brooks PureConnect reviews at Zappos regard this shoe as extremely lightweight, super supportive, and well-cushioned. This assessment is shared by experts at Solereview, who laud the excellent transition from impact to push-off, as well as the light weight, cushion, and responsiveness of the Brooks PureConnect 4 (starting at $100, Amazon). Compared with its highly regarded predecessor, this model offers a more cushioned ride and a plumper, softer upper. The shoe is available in men's and women's styles.

The Brooks PureConnect 4 is something of a cross between a neutral shoe and a minimalist running shoe. It suits people with normal arches and normal pronation who prefer a barely-there feel but still like a well-cushioned ride. A noticeably contoured insole creates a raised profile for arch support. There's a 4-millimeter drop between the heel and the toe.

The design of these budget-priced running shoes features a few novelties. A unique toe-flex outsole puts a 1-inch split between the big toe and the rest, promising more independent and natural movement, although Solereview says it doesn't do much to help generate more power. Brooks' BioMoGo midsole foam and DNA gel provide the right amount of cushioning for a neutral shoe while keeping the weight down between 7 and 9.13 ounces, depending on gender and size. The upper is made of pliable mesh for plenty of breathability.

A minimalist experience wrapped in a neutral package, the Brooks PureConnect 4 claims its share of devotees. Although the price pushes our Cheapism limit, users have few gripes and generally find true comfort when running in these shoes. If you want to try a minimalist-like shoe with neutral cushioning, this is the one to grab.

Raechel Conover

Raechel Conover is a freelance writer whose work has appeared on Yahoo, blogs, and other websites. She's a self-confessed shopaholic and frugal mom, always scouring the sale and clearance racks for deals and taking full advantage of free community activities and events with her husband and young sons.

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