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  1. Katie @ Peace Love & Oats
    December 5, 2012

    I have an especially narrow foot, so I know those wouldn’t be good for me! Plus I’m just switching from a stability shoe to a neutral right now, so I’ve avoided minimalist. I like it though for strength training, but definitely not running.
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  2. Cait
    December 5, 2012

    did u eat any of the egg?

    • Meghann
      December 5, 2012

      A couple of bites. Derek brought it to the office next day to share with his co-workers. πŸ™‚

  3. Kristy @ Kristy’s Health Revolution
    December 5, 2012

    They kind of look like clown shoes with how big and round the toe box is! Weird! I have Brooks Pure Flows, and I don’t love them. I know Brooks are great shoes, but I bought these on a whim (and a discount), and I kind of blame them for my knee injury in my recent half marathon. But who knows, that could be all in my head. I’d love to try Brooks again. As soon as I have extra money for running shoes, I’ll try again!
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    • Meghann
      December 5, 2012

      Minimalist shoes are tricky to train in. You have to be very careful with them, especially longer distances. After hurting my foot in a half marathon, I won’t take my PureConnects for longer runs than 5 miles. I have the Glycerin 10s, which are Brooks ultra cushiony shoe that feels like I’m running on pillows when I run with them. Those are my longer distance shoes. If you’re looking for one shoe in your collection to run with all the time, then I would suggest staying away from minimalist shoes, I see them as “fun run” shoes. πŸ™‚

      • Margaret
        December 5, 2012

        I wouldn’t say they’re “tricky” to train in but just that you do have to actually train to run long distances in them, even if you’re already used to long distances in other shoes.

        I ran in minimalist shoes (Vivo Barefoot) off and on for shorter runs for a year, but switched to conventional shoes for my first half marathon because I knew I didn’t have time to work up to the mileage (although my knees hurt after the race – my alignment was not the same as in my Vivos). Then I switched to only running my Vivos, and signed up for my second half sort of on a whim, with my longest minimalist training run only 6 miles – bad idea! My feet hurt for about three weeks. However, I’m now training for my third half, using only my Vivos, and have gotten up to 9 miles with no issues like my feet hurting.

        You absolutely can run long distances in barefoot and minimalist shoes (in fact, in seems the majority of the ultra runner bloggers I read use minimalist shoes), you just have to gradually increase your mileage – from my experience and reading’d recommend increasing your long run in them no more than 0.5 – 1 mile per week – and emphasis on that’s gradually increasing your long run miles, not your weekly mileage like you would for normal running increases. E.g., if you ran three 5-milers in a week, don’t go out and run a 5-miler and a 10-miler in minimalist shoes, only go up to 6-miles for each run the next week.
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      • Erin
        December 5, 2012

        I think the big thing is finding the right shoe for you. I don’t think it’s fair to say that minimalist shoes should be saved for ‘fun runs’ or that one needs to wear more cushioned shoes for long distances. Your run gait, foot compostion, and body-type might support that, but that is probably not the case for everyone. I have run in the PureConnects since they came out, and before that I ran in the Brooks Green Silence. I have never had any issues with the minimalist construction of these shoes, in fact, my legs and feet always feel better in a minimalist shoe. I run between 80-90 miles/week in my PureConnects and have run both marathons and ultramarathons in those and the Green Silence with no issues. This clearly is a match for me, but not for everyone. When training long distances, it’s important to find the right shoe for you, but you really cannot base it on what’s right or not right for someone else. I think talking with your local running store and with real experienced runners similar to you is an invaluable tool, especially if you are just getting started and you are training for a half or full. Try a bunch of shoes on too – one place I know (roadrunnersports.com) will actually let you return the shoes within 30 days if you aren’t satisfied (with a $1.99 ‘VIP’ membership).

      • Meghann
        December 5, 2012

        I agree 100%. This is all based off of MY experience with the shoes and my personal opinion after running/ training with them. Thank you for sharing your experience with minimalist shoes and giving another side to it. πŸ™‚

      • Matthew
        January 14, 2013

        Running in a “barefoot” or minimal shoe HAS to be a gradual process, and the training should be in a similar-type shoe. There are several shoes out there that have dropped the heal-to-toe drop to 4-6mm, but are still very cushioned. Just because you can do your long runs in a cushioned 4mm shoe, doesn’t mean you should go out and do long runs in a firm 4mm shoe. Aside from midsole width, the PureConnect and PureDrift (with insole) is a perfect example of this. Aside from feeling unstable, PureConnect feels very cushioned and has a much softer midsole feel. However, the PureDrift is a firm and responsive shoe with minimal cushion. So, if you are a Connect person, I would still work into the Drift. When I first started wearing/running in the Vibram FiveFingers back in 2007, I spent several months gradually increasing my time just wearing the shoe. Having working in running specility stores for many years, this was the most common cause of injury in new minimal runners that I saw. One last note…if you are going from a conventional 12mm cushion shoe to a 4mm cushion shoe, work into that slowly.

        I was not a fan of the Connect and switched between the Vibram Bikila and the New Balance MR00. I just picked up the Drift on Thursday, and I am happy to say that this is the shoe I have been waiting for Brooks to make. 20 miles on the shoes (without insole for a zero drop) and love it.

  4. Mary Schaperow
    December 5, 2012

    I have been reading your blog for some time now. I have never commented before. Today though, I just have to let you know how much I’ve enjoyed reading about your journey~ And what I most enjoy is your awesome, positive attitude that shines through every time that you post something. You never complain, you never say anything mean….you are always positive, positive, positive! And…..I thank you for that!

    • Meghann
      December 5, 2012

      Thank you, Mary. That was really sweet. I try to stay positive πŸ™‚

  5. Michelle
    December 5, 2012

    Interesting that the PureDrifts are so different from the PureConnects. I LOOOOOOVE the PureConnects for short distances and strength training — like you said they huge your foot in the right places, without hurting them or being too tight. To be honest, it amazes me that I can wear them without issues with my bunion (ahhh, runner problems). Guess I will be steering clear of these and just sticking with the PureConnects!
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  6. Jean
    December 5, 2012

    Ahaha, “next best thing to naked?” Those shoes don’t look minimalist at all! Not that I have a problem with them, I just think it’s dumb when a company says “it’s like running barefoot!!!” when it’s not even close. I run in Merrell Pace Gloves, which are awesome and more minimalist than these, but still not even close to barefoot.
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  7. Katie @ Balanced RD
    December 5, 2012

    I just bought my first pair of Brooks a couple months ago! I bought the Ghost 5 shoes…I definitely need more support on my feet when I run because I have a higher arch. A couple of my friends work for Brooks in Seattle, and it seems like such a great company to work for!

  8. Annette @FitnessPerks
    December 5, 2012

    I have pretty wide feet, so it’s good to know!

    I don’t do minimalist shoes right now–I enjoy the semi-minimalist ones πŸ™‚
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  9. TorontoRunner
    December 5, 2012

    Thanks for reviewing that! I’m in need of new shoes pretty soon. Those look sooo gorgeous too btw!
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  10. Lindsay@A Healthy State of Mind
    December 5, 2012

    I adore my Vibram Five Fingers, but they smell so bad due to not wearing socks with them that my boyfriend makes me leave them in the basement πŸ™ I’m on the lookout for a minimalist shoe like the Five Fingers that I can wear socks with and avoid the Vibram Stench. Maybe I’ll give these a try without the shoeliner! πŸ™‚

    And any other suggestions are welcome!
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    • Margaret
      December 5, 2012

      I’ve put my Vibrams in the washing machine, no problem. Also, I think they make toe socks that you can wear with them, but I’ve read you might have to size up to fit the socks in.

      The minimalist shoes I run in are Vivo Barefoot – I don’t usually wear socks with them (I’ve also put these in the washing machine – definitely had some stink!), but you could wear normal socks, they’re non-toe shoes, shaped like normal shoes, but zero drop, and 3 – 8 mm thick, depending on whether you leave in the insole. They don’t feel quite the same – I definitely feel more “barefoot” in the Vibrams than Vivos, but still good near-barefoot feeling.
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  11. Katie
    December 5, 2012

    Thanks for the review! I’m a big Brooks fan—I’ve been running in the Adrenaline’s for years now. But I started CrossFit a couple months ago and have been thinking about getting some minimalist shoes for class. I’ll definitely look into these.

  12. Courtney @ Journey of a Dreamer
    December 5, 2012

    I am interested in trying those. I love the idea of zero drop and the roomy toe box (I’ve had problems with bunions). Not to mention they are cute. Thanks for sharing!!
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  13. Ashley
    December 5, 2012

    Just Curious. I am assuming that Derek works 9-5 which would have him up earlier in the morning. Why do you wake up so early for crossfit? Just a better class?
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  14. RunInBoise
    December 5, 2012

    These sound like a cross between Altras and Nike Frees, which I love almost as much as my PureCadences, all for various reasons. I would be interested in giving them a go.
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  15. Sara@RunningInPinkProject
    December 5, 2012

    Those would def not work for me but they are pretty. πŸ™‚
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  16. Brittany
    December 6, 2012

    Just brought the Cadence shoe in black and green. So excited to try them out!

  17. Jules
    December 6, 2012

    I use Nike Free 3.0 v3 and v4. Love them! Have used them on 2 of 2 marathons so far. Really like the look of these shoes though…wonder when they’ll be available in UK!
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  18. Kevin
    December 21, 2012

    Hi there, can you please tell me, compared to the Connects, how wide are the Puredrifts at the midfoot?
    Thx!

    • MealsAndMiles
      December 21, 2012

      I don’t have exact measurements but it’s quite a difference. I had to go down half a shoe size because of the difference.

  19. Wendy Nichols
    May 8, 2014

    These are my second pair of Brooks. I still use my Brooks Cascadia’s for trail running and such and these little babies Pure Drift are feeling good on my feet. I’ve got a bunion on my right foot so these feel nice and roomy for me. Size 9 no sizing issues for me. I like the light, barefoot kind of feel. ps) also love the second pair of laces, instead of white, bright pink πŸ™‚

  20. Jackie
    June 26, 2016

    Nice CrossFit shoes! Mine is a pair of Reebok shoes and it is so comfortable running, walking and working out with it!
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