Comments: Bought my first pair of PureDrifts here back in January. Almost 150 miles, which includes two half marathons, later I'm glad to say I'm really enjoying the zero-drop experience in these shoes. I was a little concerned intially because the design reminded me much of the PureConnect, which I could not comfortably run in because of the high arch support. At size 10.5 they feel very comfortable - almost slipper-like and give my toes plenty of wiggle room to spread and support.
From: Ray, LaVale, MD, USA
Comments: My stats: 48, soon to be 49...about 165lb, foot measurement: 10 1/4" long, 4 1/8" wide, 3 1/8" high (where meet front of ankle).
As for the sizing: To begin, I bought a size 9, which I normally wore in a Kinvara. Wearing a normal thickness Injinji sock, the toe box felt a bit too roomy, as I slid around in them a little bit. I kept the 9 to wear with a thicker sock, but then order an 8 1/2. The 8 1/2 was a much better fit, about as good as it gets for my foot. The smaller shoe also had a little less room in the toe box and I did not notice sliding around as much or not at all (we will see how it feels when I run in wet conditions).
As for the feel: For me, this shoe has felt better then the majority of shoes I have worn. For some reason, most shoes have given me trouble with the arch support causing pain in my left foot arch, as if the support is too far forward and did not line up with the shape and position of my foot's arch. I've had to stay with a low to medium arch (like with Asics racing flats, the Kinvera irritated me a bit) Anyway, this does not seem to be the case with this shoe. As for the height of the shoe above my arch, I tend to have problems with the height of my foot above the arch and shoes not being able to accommodate this anatomical difference. This shoe is just about at it's limit to allow me to draw the lacing across in a comfortable manner and still be able to tuck in the tongue on the one side (the tongue is permanently attached on the other side).
As for the lacing system: The tongue of the shoe is attached on one side and this gives a little more of a glove-like fit to the shoe. There are fewer holes for the lacing and this is kind of strange, but functional. There is still a loop lace at the top, but I have not had to use it to make the shoe feel secured to my foot.
As for performance on my foot: I like the shoe. I've been better able to run in it then many of the shoes I've tried, based on my strange foot. I have a bone spur at the back of my left foot, behind the Achilles tendon that causes discomfort when I run and it still bothers me when I first begin my runs, until warmed up. This shoe does not seem to contribute to or irritate that problem. I've been working to lower the heel-to-toe height of my shoes and change my form for about three years. This shoe is helping to continue my progress.
As for durability: After about 30 miles, I have not noticed any problems with this shoe coming apart or wearing prematurely. 5 mile runs at this point in training (it's still winter here) have been painless during and after the runs. I look forward to the longer runs in this shoe and hope for the same end results.
Conclusion: If you like a shoe with a roomy toe box and a glove-like fit that seems to be durable and much less of a structured shoe, allowing your foot to be more "free", then you might like the feel of the Brooks Puredrift.
From: Timothy, Westerville, Ohio, USA
Comments: These shoes are very nice. I have now run about 40 miles in them. I was never really happy with the Pure Connect, these are much lower to the ground and by far roomier in the toes. Almost to the point of too much room. I don't have wide feet, so these may be perfect for others. My foot does slide around inside of them though. Sizing is good for length. I wear a 13 in NB minimus, most Nike Frees, and Merrells. Thus, a 13 was right on for these. I like the one piece tongue and the interior feel of the shoe is good. The lacing system is odd. I kept pulling the toe area lacing too tight and thus would cause the material to bunch up, but once again a wider foot probably would not have this problem. This is a great departure from the Connect, much flatter and flexible. The one issue that is hard to ignore is the way the footbed feels. There are pods on the bottom of the shoe that have harder rubber on the high wear spots, and you can feel these spots when you run. It almost makes the shoe feel lumpy or off-balance. This is with the insole still on, I can't imagine what the feeling would be with it removed. Brooks almost nailed a winner with this shoe, but just a few minor issus keep it from being perfect.
From: Brett, Olive Branch, MS, USA