The Brooks Pure Cadence 5 is noticeably different from earlier versions of this popular model. Some runners will be disappointed to find that the fit has changed, the elastic band around the mid-foot section has been removed, and the overall look of the shoe is a bit more mainstream. But, if you are new to the PureCadence lineup, you’ll appreciate the PureCadence 5 for what it is- a flexible, lightweight shoe with decent cushioning and just enough support to encourage proper alignment.
The PureCadence 5 has a rounded heel that both discourages heavy heel striking and protects joints by shifting impact forward and promoting a smooth heel-to-toe transition. The heel fits snugly into the shoe and there’s plenty of padding around the edges to provide a comfortable fit. As you can see from the picture above, the branding and the graphics are stylish and Brooks utilizes 3D Fit Printing that offers ‘strategic stretch and structure’ where it’s needed.
Working our way down the shoe we next come to the tongue and laces. The tongue is a thin leathery piece without much padding and there’s no anchor for the shoe laces. It’s not uncomfortable, but the tongue slid sideways during my test runs.
The toebox is very rigid and will cause blisters if your toes make contact. I would suggest buying 1/2 size up. The shoes I tested fit me well and I didn’t develop any blisters on my runs. But, it is something to consider before making a purchase.
The BioMoGo DNA midsole cushioning provides a comfortable ride, and Omega Flex Grooves allow for added flexibility. With a 4mm drop, this is a nice comfortable shoe that provides good contact with the road. The outsole doesn’t have a lot of thick rubber to weigh it down. The result is a lightweight shoe that feels fast while offering comfort and support. However, the working lifespan of this shoe is probably about 300 miles.
I found the Brooks PureCadence 5 to be exceptionally smooth. It’s a quick, flexible shoe with a minimal upper but provides enough cushioning to keep my feet happy. At $120, the Brooks Pure Cadence 5 is affordable for most runners and looks good enough to wear as a casual sneaker when the tread wears out.
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These shoes were sent to me for review.