Brooks PureFlow 2 Review


Monday- 5 miles, 9:35 pace, 1% incline treadmill + arm/ab workout

I tried to keep yesterday’s run at a nice easy pace. My hamstrings were pretty tight after Monday’s race. I took extra time after my workout to really stretch.

It was raining, thundering, and lightning yesterday. I actually really loved it. I took the day to clean the house, do laundry, and organize the rest of my week. Days when I need to tend to my home, I love when the Sun isn’t tempting me;) I even open up the windows just a crack to listen to the rain, it reminds me of Seattle, home.


Brooks PureFlow 2 Review

Alright, I feel like I’ve put enough miles and even a race on the Pure Flows so I can talk about them a bit. I’m going to make it easy and just make 2 lists. The likes, and dislikes, here we go!



  • extremely light weight
  • comfortable, first thing I noticed when I tried them on at the store
  • wide ankle, it doesn’t squeeze my ankle or rub on it
  • wide enough toe space
  • Great race shoe because they are light, comfortable, and I didn’t feel any discomfort in my feet.
at the finish

at the finish



  • In the beginning the back of the shoe would rub on the back of my ankle. I have to consciously pull my sock up above it so it doesn’t rub.
  • You have to ease into these shoes. If you aren’t used to a neutral shoe, they can really hurt your feet if you just start running a lot of miles on them. Janae gave me good advice when she said to just run 1-3 miles on them for awhile, then slowly build it up. If I wanted to run 6 miles that day, I would run the first couple of miles in my Brooks, then the rest in my Nikes.
  • The price. I paid $100 for these, and I’m used to paying $50-80 for running shoes.

Nike vs Brooks

I would definitely recommend the Brooks PureFlow 2’s to anyone that runs neutral(meaning you don’t over pronate or supinate). *Just remember to ease into them if you’ve never ran in a shoe that only has a 4mm heel.

*PS I’m still keeping my Nike Lunarglide 4’s. I love using them for easy, slower runs. Would anyone be interested in a review on those too??

Let me know if you have any other specific questions about my experience:)

What are your favorite running shoes?

What did you have for breakfast?Β  I had pb&j toast that warmed me up!



About Sugar Plum Runner

Welcome to the Sugar Plum Runner! I grew up in WA state, but currently reside in UT with my husband Josh, son Jackson, and 2 daughters Lily and Claire. I love running, but I have never been so inspired to run, race, and blog about it since 4 years ago after I had Jackson. I grew up playing soccer and cheered in high school. My favorite part of both sports(and yes I consider cheer leading a sport) was the conditioning. I found myself running after practice was over on my own. That's when I realized that running may be the sport I really loved.
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32 Responses to Brooks PureFlow 2 Review

  1. I’d love to hear a review about your Nikes! I’m always looking to learn about new shoes for when it comes time to buy a new pair!

    I had cookie dough oatmeal for breakfast πŸ˜€ It’s raining so I’m thankful to only have to go to work for 2 hours and then I can go to bed πŸ˜‰

  2. It was rainy and thundering here yesterday, too! I like the rain when I’m looking for an excuse to stay inside. I’ve still not put many miles on my PureFlows, but they’re the previous version anyway. What I like most about them is that they feel like they are hugging my feet. They’re so comfortable!

    I had left over blueberry pancakes for breakfast!

  3. Glad to hear you’re enjoying them!

    I run in Mizunos because my feet are SUPER flat, no arch at all. I love them πŸ™‚

  4. megbek says:

    Rainy days are the best. I’m going back to visit Seattle toward the end of this year (when it’s cheap cheap to travel and stay there) and I can’t wait! πŸ™‚ I miss that dang spot so much. The South is a disaster in comparison (but I’m not hating, really!). Anyway, thanks for the review. I’m very interested in these shoes, and another similar Brooks shoe and it’s good advice to transition into them. I remember I went right from cushioned shoes into Vibrams and I couldn’t walk I was so messed up after a direct switch like that. I’m glad you like them and are keeping them! πŸ™‚ I am ready to get mine (but my account is not quite on the same page), and I can’t wait!!! πŸ™‚ Right now, I use Adidas Boost, which saved me when I completed my marathon (I saw completed, not ran, because it was a total sh*t show and I hardly ran). Ok, long enough rant. Maybe I should post so that I can rant there instead of your comments. Have a wonderful day! Thanks for the review!

  5. Runner Girl Eats says:

    I run in the lunarglides and really like them. I’m looking for another shoe to alternate with but might just buy another pair of lunarglides bc I’m so happy with them!

  6. Erin says:

    I had a smoothie for breakfast (strawberries,oats,vanilla protein) and it was pretty good! I run in Nike free runs and I love them- but I honestly don’t run enough to say much lol

  7. I love my Mizunos but everyone seems to love these Pureflows. I am jealous you can pay $50 for running shoes! I always pay around $100 even with discounts. Sigh. I guess it is all worth it though πŸ™‚

    • Mizunos are great shoes too! I def think I’ll be trying those out at some point. I know, I got a steel of a deal at the outlets last weekend and got those Nike’s for $50!! I wish all running shoes were that cheap since you go through them pretty fast.

  8. Thank you so much for your review…Still looking for some new running kicks, but I have this tiny little thing of a heel and I like a lot of toe room so I’m so hard to please! Great job on the run!

  9. jumpeatrun says:

    I ran in Adidas Bostons for years and I am totally a Newton Distance shoe lover now!

  10. Those Brooks are adorable! I would probably only wear them because they are so cute!! πŸ™‚ Glad you are recovering from your awesome race!

  11. I love storms too! β™₯ ..breakfast this morning: rice krispies, almond milk + spoonful of natural PB πŸ™‚

  12. I stayed inside most of last weekend because it was so rainy and cold. it was fun for a day while my boyfriend and i watched the new season of arrested development on netflix but now im itching for the weather to clear up. i just started running in sauconys minimalist shoes and im loving them.

  13. Christine says:

    I love rainy days! The price for new running shoes always kills me. Nike has the cutest ones but they all cost around $100 as well. The first thing I’m going to do when I win the lottery is buy a never ending supply of them πŸ˜‰

    • I think that would be one my first things to do too! Haha that and buy a house in the carribean=) I got my Nikes on a huge sale a couple weeks ago for only $50! I like that Nike’s offer discounts, I’m not sure Brooks ever does…

  14. I had honey shreddies for bfast.
    Fav running shoes are Saucony Kinvara’s…sooo super comfy – and pretty awesome colours too!!!

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