So the Brooks PureDrift ( has been out for some time now, but I’ve wanted to get my feet into it since it’s release. FINALLY, I have the chance to review them and while they’re a fun, fast shoe that really caters to light, efficient and fast runners, they have some issues that bug me.

While the upper is soft, light and comfortable, it bunches in the toe box. While the toe box is wide and awesome for toe-splay, it has this horrible ridge around the circumference that is both uncomfortable and could potentially cause issues. While the outsole has nice rubber placement, it retains the pod-formation I disliked in the PureConnect.

This shoe is not a win, especially with other “minimal” race flats already on the market. Let’s see what Brooks has planned in their second iteration (if there is one)!


  • Light (5.6oz)
  • Upper Fit
  • Toe Box
  • Flexible
  • Ground Feel
  • Fast/Efficient
  • Outsole Rubber
  • Variable Drop


  • Toe Box Ridge
  • Pod-Outsole
  • Upper Can Bunch
  • Nav Band
  • Zero Drop Blows

PRICE: 4/5
LOOKS: 4/5

TOTAL: 14/20

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