My phone died last night and I made the mistake of forgetting to turn it back on after I plugged it in next to my bed to recharge. I woke up with Derek’s alarm instead of my own and instantly realized I had missed my CrossFit window for the morning. Rookie mistake.
Oh well, I’m sure Maddie didn’t mind. Instead of CrossFit, I snapped a leash on her and we headed out for a four mile run around the neighborhood. Maddie was in running heaven. 🙂 This also gave me a chance to test out the new PureDrifts Brooks had sent me to review.
You may remember the PureDrifts from the giant dark chocolate egg they were delivered in back in October.
Who agrees that all shoes should be delivered in giant dark chocolate eggs?! 😉
The PureDrift is the latest release in Brooks’ PureProject line and is designed to be an extension of the runner’s body. The shoe’s official release date is set for 01.12.13, but you can pre-order it now through BrooksRunning.com.
From the press release:
Experience he next best thing to naked feet with hyper-light PurDrift. Spread those toes with dual toe flex splits that allow your forefoot to flex through its three functional units, creating natural balance and a springy push-off. an anatomical last mimics the shape of your foot for a closer fit and the hardly-there upper provides just 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. no-seam construction keeps it comfortable and a soft platform mellows impact. feet, meet feel.
The PureDrift is a gorgeous shoe, there’s no doubt about that. I love the sleek grey and black look with just a hint of pink in the outlines. The shoe also boosts Brook’s night life technology with strategically placed reflective points on the toe box, heel, and side of the shoe.
However, looks aren’t everything and I was surprised just how different the PureDrift was from the PureConnect from the get-go. My PureConnects fit like a glove, they’re a little on the narrow side and they grip my foot in just the right places. The PureDrift runs big and wide. I usually wear an 8 in Brooks running shoes, but the 8 that arrived in the chocolate egg were huge. The “dual toe box split” makes for a roomier toe box and my feet felt like they were slipping and sliding in the 8s because of that. I ran in them a little bit at CrossFit, but didn’t feel comfortable taking them out any longer than the short sprints we did in class.
Luckily my contact at Brooks was great when I informed her of the sizing issue (she agreed the PureDrift ran a little bigger than usual) and offered to send a 7.5 to see if those worked. The 7.5 arrived last week and were a much better fit. They were still roomy in the toe box, but the shoes were designed to be a little roomier there.
See the weird puckering at the toes in the photo? That’s the “roominess” I was referring too. My big toe went all the way to the tip of the shoe, but the puckering was still there.
Anyway, the puckering didn’t bother me in the run. The shoes were lightweight and pretty comfortable once I had them on. Just with the PureConnect, the springy bottom took a little getting used to at first. The shoe requires you to rely on your feet to balance in them, instead of just letting the shoe do all the work. You can really only feel that unstable feeling when you’re just standing on them, when you’re running there’s none of that and it just feels natural.
If you’re looking for a zero-drop shoe, the PureDrift is the first in Brooks PureProject line that offers one. All you have to do is remove the shoeliner and you’re set. I didn’t try this option yet, but I’m tempted to in the near future.
I’ll have to admit that I wasn’t a huge fan of the PureDrifts when I first tried them on. I LOVE my PureConnects and was expecting a similar shoe, but what I got was something completing different. I can’t stress enough how different this shoe is than the rest of the PureProject line. From the fit to the drop to feel, it’s just different.
The 4 miles I ran in the PureDrift weren’t bad. I was running with Maddie, so we kept at her pace which was a little slower than my normal runs. I didn’t feel any pain or like anything was off. The shoe felt light and springy, and I was comfortable in them. I was afraid my toes would be slipping and sliding in the wider toe box, but they were fine. They did what they were supposed to do with the dual toe flex technology and found their place in every push off.
I’m still on the fence about the PureDrift. They might be just a tad too minimalist for my taste. They’re a great CrossFit shoe (wore them to class yesterday and loved how I could stable myself in them for the thrusters), but I’m not sure I would take them farther than 4 miles on a run.
If you’re looking for a minimalist shoe with a wider toe box and a zero-drop option, the PureDrift might be more suitable for you. If you have narrow feet and like some cushion to your spring, then I would go seek out the other shoes in the PureProject line. Just my opinion. 🙂
Are you a minimalist shoe fan? What do you look for in a new shoe?
After our run, I made a bowl of yogurt, apple, and granola for breakfast.
- Plain Chobani
- golden delicious apple
- almond butter
A sweet way to start off the morning!