Comments: This was a great shoe for me. I am flat-footed, 165 lbs. I was a mid-foot striker up until march of last year when I was hit by a pickup truck while running. I was planning to use this shoe for the Boston Marathon in 2012. The accident broke both bones in my right lower leg, just above the ankle. I now have a titanium rod running the full lenth of my lower right leg. The result is my left foot still over-pronates but my right foot does not. I do not have full strength back in my right ankle yet, so I have to run with a heel strike now as well. These shoes still worked for me. I trained and ran Boston in these shoes this year, 2013, with no issues what-so-ever. I managed to put 500 miles on them before giving them up.
From: Neil, Mukilteo, WA, USA
Comments: Excellent shoes for 5K through 15K. Not sure how it feels on the Half/full marathon. Stocked up three pairs already.
From: Andy, Tampa, FL, USA
Comments: Changed over to this shoe recently (from Nike Free+) and love the feel. I'm a heavier runner wanting to expand distance. Very happy with this one! (6'0", 215 lbs, normal arch no pronation issue, 20-30 mi/wk, on my way to 50)
From: J, FS, AR, USA
Comments: I made the switch to the Pure Cadence after exclusively using the Nike Zoom Structure Triax. They provide great support without feeling clunky like the majority of so called support shoes. I have very flat feet and moderately overpronate, so i wasn't sure if this would be enough shoe for me. I'm glad I gave them a chance! The fit is comfortable, I had no leg or shin pain after my first couple of test runs in the cadence (4 mile and 6 mile). It feels great to be able to just run and not have to worry about your feet. I'm very satisfied and look forward to racking up the miles with these on my feet!
From: Rueben, Texas
Comments: Here's my firsthand experience of the PureCadence. Keep in mind I run in many shoes varying from 6.9oz to about 10.9oz and varying in drop from 12mm to 4mm. That being said this is definitely one of the faster shoes I run in. The lower heel to toe drop obviously encourages a much more natural midfoot to forefoot stride. I'm 5'6" 147 pounds so that works for me, but I could see this shoe not being for heavier runners who need more support. I love the feel of this shoe for a racer or trainer. My times in this shoe are lower then the lighter Mizuno Wave Musha 4 which I also love for training but wouldn't recommend for racing. That's mostly due to the 4mm drop (Musha has 9mm) that encourages a more natural flat style of running that I like better. This is definitely a great transitional shoe that I highly recommend for anything from 5K to probably half marathon. For anyone that have run in the PureFlow (my favorite shoe now) I've noticed that the PureCadence have a considerably looser toe box. Not an issue for me, but some people like a tighter toe box.
I have not noticed any issues with the strap or the mid-foot post. Different shoes work for different runners and I'm not going to bash a shoe that doesn't work for me. I have a pair of Kinvara 2s that I just can't run in. They cause me to pull a calf muscle almost every time. Great shoe, they just don't work for me.
From: Mike, MD,USA
Comments: I went from a crappy pair of base line addidas to the PureCadence and have found the WORLD of difference in quality and comfort. I run Apx 20-25 miles per week and have found these shoes to have great response, support and cushion. I am flat footed, and wanted a minimalist style shoe and this was by FAR the best choice. Given I'm not catering properly to my pronation issues, these shoes still handles my needs. They are a perfect fit as well.
From: Kevin, Bethel, CT, USA
Comments: I brought the PureCadence into rotation with Brooks Glycerin 9 and New Balance 890. As a mostly midfoot striker (very light rearfoot strike), I really like the feel of the Cadence. Light, snug-fitting without binding, cushioned but not numb. I usually use structured insoles, but I use the Cadence as-is without any issues. I have ~100mi on mine, and they seem like they have many more to give. Solid shoe. [Me: 6'1", 170 lbs, flat feet but no pronation issues, 40-55mi/wk.]
From: Clive, Charlotte, NC, USA
Comments: I was a mid foot striker and minimalist shoe user before I got the Pure Cadence. So had no transition time at all. I have worn and ran in all of the Pure line and this is the best of the lot. I do have some mild pronation issues and this shoe addresses them nicely. I run about 55-60 miles a week and have done 90% of that in the Pure Cadence with no issues. I highly recommend this shoe.
From: George, Manteca, CA, USA
Comments: My experience was similar to Kevin. I also transitioned from the Structure Triax 14 to the Pure Cadence. Although I am a mid-foot striker, I did a slow transition to the shoe. I am a little heavy on my foot strike (6'3 195#). I really like the shoes and now rotate with the Structures and Saucony Mirages depending on how I feel and what run I am doing that day. You will transition to a shorter stride in these. I run anywhere from 20 to 40 mi/wk depending if I have a race coming up.
From: Vence, Lexington, KY USA
Comments: I had a very different experiment than first reviewer Zach. I was already a mid foot striker and started running with three mile runs the day I got them. The strap across the fore foot does have a different feel. I am coming from a full blown stability shoe (Air Structure Triax) and after 100 miles or so I love the Pure Cadence. Very well cushioned, but also very responsive. If you are a heal striker you may need to transition into them. Again, as mid foot striker I did not.
From: Kevin, USA
Comments: Minimalist and naturalist runners beware. Like so many minimalist shoes, the PureCadence offers a much more natural cadence, ground contact, and push-off, but in an attempt to appease pronators, Brooks inserted a noticeably uncomfortable mid-foot post.
The location and size of the post is such that anything short of a complete fore-foot strike will cause immediate plantar fascia pain, or at least discomfort. This shoe takes a great deal of time and acclamation to produce consistent, positive results. Rather than jump into it full-time, runners should begin with occasional substitutions for very short runs and excruciatingly gradually increase frequency and distance. My personal experience says to never use this shoe for a full-time trainer.
From: Zach, Grand Rapids, MI, USA