Brooks Pure Connect 4 running shoes review

Plenty of positives, though its ‘natural running’ origins are beginning to blur

Our rating 
4.0 out of 5 star rating 4.0

Brooks Pure Connect 4 running shoes review


Despite the ‘natural running’ movement slowing down, Brooks’s Pure range remains – but the jury’s out on whether this is a good thing with the Connect 4.

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This has a more rounded heel than previous incarnations, designed to ‘align force through the ankle joint’ on landing.

That realignment isn’t particularly noticeable, but this focus on the heel surely conflicts with the minimalist aim of mid- to forefoot landing?

It certainly doesn’t add to the flow of the shoe, the heavier rear leading to a slightly staggered transition from landing to toe-off.

Mind you, the upper’s mightily comfortable and no-sew overlays keep the weight down to 270g. Your foot’s also kept nicely in check thanks to the nav-band. So plenty of positives, but where’s the Pure range heading?

Verdict: A solid shoe but one possibly undergoing an identity crisis? 80%


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