Brooks Men's PureDrift

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Brooks PureDrift
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NightLife / Black / Euro Blue / Silver
NightLife / Black / Euro Blue / Silver
NightLife / Black / Euro Blue / Silver
NightLife / Black / Euro Blue / Silver
NightLife / Black / Euro Blue / Silver
NightLife / Black / Euro Blue / Silver
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The Brooks Pure Drift is ready to run, right out of the box. This men's running shoe delivers a minimalist-inspired feel and light-as-a-feather freedom. The Toe Flex splits allow your forefoot to flex through its three functional units, creating natural balance and push-off. The anatomical last mimics the shape of the foot for a closer fit; no-seam construction keeps it comfortable. And for extra freedom, remove the insole for a zero drop experience in the Brooks PureDrift barefoot running shoe.


  • Plush tongue and collar for exceptional comfort.

Support and Cushioning:

  • Synthetic leather overlays provide lightweight support
  • Molded foam insole supplies light underfoot cushioning.
  • Full-length BioMoGo DNA is a blend of earth-friendly BioMoGo and responsive Brooks DNA, and has a gender-friendly cushioning design, making for a dynamic ride.


  • The heel is slimmed down and rounded to encourage contact points to shift forward, aligning the joints and creating optimal energy return.


  • Remove the removable sockliners to provide a zero offset experience; seamless design ensures comfort


  • Wide Elastic Nav Band across the instep to ensure a secure, glove-like fit.
  • Built on an anatomical last, the shoe's shape contours to your foot, promoting support and a glove-like fit.
  • Designed on an anatomical last, Brooks PureDrift minimalist running shoes contour to the feet, providing a glovelike fit

Lining and Layers:

  • The lightest and most flexible in the PureProject line. Built for the neutral runner seeking the next best thing to running barefoot.
  • Soft lining offers a great in-shoe feel.


  • Midsoles feature BioMoGo polymer alloy foam, which provides cushioning, energy return and reduced foot fatigue; nontoxic additive helps midsoles break down in landfill
  • Omega flex grooves enhance midsole flexibility while offering great cushioning


  • All-synthetic construction makes these vegan-friendly
  • Lightweight uppers feature highly breathable polyester and nylon mesh with a rubber instep band to provide a comfortable, secure fit regardless of foot shape

Traction and Grip:

  • Low-profile rubber outsoles grip well on the road, sidewalk and gentle trails


  • Part of the PureProject Collection from Brooks.
  • Brooks developed five unique features called the Ideal Technologies (Nav Band, Toe Flex, BioMOGO DNA, rounded heel, and anatomical last) that are featured in every PureProject shoe. Combined, these technologies are designed to promote an efficient, natural stride by encouraging a more forward foot strike, which places the runner over their center of gravity, helps align the body and reduces harmful stress.
  • Dual Toe Flex splits in the toe box allow your forefoot to flex through its 3 functional units, encouraging natural balance and a springy push-off
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The Brooks PureDrift minimalist running shoe is designed to be like an extension of your body. Sleek, anatomical upper with ultra-breathable mesh and a featherweight feel. Tuned Density midsole better corresponds with gender and weight categories, delivering a custom balance of cushioning that’s not too soft or stiff. Dual toe box split allows the forefoot to flex through its three functional units, engaging the runner's natural balance. Nav Band wraps over the instep to comfortably secure the foot in place. Dynamic stretch provides just the right amount of reinforcement and conforms to individual foot shape and size. Ideal Heel promotes a natural foot strike by landing in a more forward position on the foot. This aligns the runner’s center of gravity and encourages optimal energy return. BioMoGo earth-friendly midsole technology, is blended with Brooks® DNA smart cushioning to create a springy return and custom comfort. Anatomical Last is designed from an anatomical form. The shoe’s shape contours the foot for a glove-like feel and provides support for every part of the foot. Wt. 5.6 oz.
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Experience the next best thing to naked feet with the hyper-light PureDrift. Spread those toes with two split grooves that allow your forefoot to flex through its three functional units. A hardly-there upper has a close fit and provides a little more coverage than a birthday suit. When you really want to feel free as a bird, remove the sockliner for a zero drop experience. Feet, meet feel. Just like Brooks core line, they hold PureProject to the industry’s highest weartest and durability standards. Because of their lightweight construction and fewer materials, runners should generally expect shoes from the PureProject line to last approximately 250-300 miles.
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The men's ultralight Brooks PureDrift Road-Running Shoes boast a stripped down, minimalist platform for a barely-there feel and enhanced connection with the ground.



The newest addition to the PureProject family, the Brooks PureDrift road-running shoes boast a stripped down, minimalist platform to connect you with the ground.

WARNING: May cause delusions of being barefoot!
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Also available for: Women
Average footwear weight (pair):11.2 ounces
Footwear closure:Lace-up
Footwear height:Ankle
Heel Height:3 4 in
Heel-to-toe drop:4mm drop
Midsole:High-viscosity polymer alloy foam
Midsole Offset:4mm (with sockliner) . Remove sockliner for a zero-drop experience.
Running shoe type:Minimalist
Upper:Polyester/nylon mesh/synthetic leather overlays/rubber instep band
Weight:8 oz

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Brooks PureDrift Reviews:

Positive Reviews:

Great Shoe - worries about the sole

I have put 25-30 miles on these every week for the last few months. Overall, these are excellent shoes, and highly recommended. They are extremely lightweight and breathable, have a roomy toebox so, there's just the right amount of cushioning to minimize impact but still provide flexibility and road feel. They're great for packing in my bag when I take on business trips. Those looking to transition to a more minimalist type of shoe will want to seriously consider as these provide more support and cushioning than shoes with no cushioning at all.

My only complaint is the soles. The cushioning and support is great, but I'm already seeing notable wear on the parts of the sole that are exposed foam (the white parts). Black parts of the sole are wearing just fine. See the attached photo in this review. The sole is a concern as I have doubts these will last more than 6 months, which would be a first for me. In addition, the gaps in the sole tend to grab small rocks and debris. I mostly run on the road's shoulder and paved trails, so I have learned to avoid larger stones and sticks. Failing to do so has been mildly painful though.

If you are mostly running on treadmills or sidewalks with little/no debris, then these are highly recommended and would get five stars from me. I'm a big fan of Brooks, and these are the best shoes I've ever run in. Only the durability of the sole drops it to four stars.
znerga at REI on 10/10/2013

Lightweight and comfortable

The previous reviewer mentioned blisters. I expect blisters with a new shoe, especially since I buy minimal shoes and don't wear socks. I got a couple blisters over the first week of running 3-6 mile runs in this shoe. None were serious. They went away.

I recommend this shoe whole-heartedly to fellow runners who want a VERY light, minimal road-running shoe, but want a change from the Vibram 5-finger/Merrill style. It has enough cush that miles on blacktop won't make your feet sore, without making you feel like you're swaddling your feet in foam.

Very breathable and runs great with or without the removable insoles (which give it a 4mm drop). Only downside is I suspect that a shoe this light will wear out sooner than other models with gnarlier rubber and built-up soles.
Jaimoe at REI on 10/10/2013

Fits narrow heel and wide toes

I just bought a second pair so I have one for the treadmill and one for the nearby track. This is the best fitting and lightest running shoe I've ever had. I'm transitioning toward barefoot running and the other shoes just did not feel right either for fit or cushioning. REI sales guy was great, gave me a key running tip, and patiently let me try on over 6 shoes before these. I also like the soles being able to flex alot from side to side.
two1der at REI on 12/12/2013

Great shoe for wide foot/ narrow heel

Best shoe for wide forefoot. Room for toes to spread naturally but not slid about. Shoe has two groves that run from toe back that probably facilitate this. Assemetrical lacing allows for adaptable snug fit. Best for mid to forefoot strikers. Light weight. Really enjoy running in these.
Foot soldier at REI on 10/10/2013

Negative Reviews:

Blister Machine

I read an online article before purchasing these shoes that warned they create significant blisters. I ignored the advice as I consider myself an experienced runner - including barefoot style shoes. That was a mistake; these shoes create unusual blisters on the outside of your foot as well as the typical area around your big toe. They're extremely uncomfortable on a run longer than 6 miles. I can't pinpoint why, I suspect it's due to the curvature of the laces. I'd go with a different pair.
GuAddict at REI on 04/04/2013