Brooks PureDrift Shoe

May 20, 2013
Outside Magazine
Newton Gravity Merrell Mix Master Move Brooks PureDrift summer buyers guide best road shoes of 2013

Newton Gravity, Merrell Mix Master Move, Brooks PureDrift    Photo: Inga Hendrickson

BEST FOR: Ultraminimalist midfooters.

THE TEST: Frankly, most of the slipperlike shoes out there are pretty darn similar. What made the PureDrift stand out is that it’s convertible: with the removable insole in, it’s a four-millimeter-drop shoe; take it out and you’ve got a zero-drop shoe. Testers liked the PureDrift best in four-millimeter mode, as removing the sole only increases the shoe’s already high-volume fit. (The upper has a tendency to fold and buckle on narrow feet.) We did appreciate the eight-millimeter midsole, which helps to slightly soften the slap
of concrete.

THE VERDICT: A smooth take on a barefoot slipper, with an innovative twist. 5.6 oz; zero or 4 mm drop.


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