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This shoe had the potential to be everything an avid trail runner would need to fly through the hills. When I read about all of the features about the shoe on the Brooks website, I thought this shoe (more specifically, PureProject) was going to change the way running shoes would be made for years to come. The split toe design does isolate the power from your big toe (and makes you look somewhat like Ninja Turtle) and the heel to toe drop is very nice for the minimalists. I also enjoy the shoelace design (I've never had one of these shoes come untied while on a run), and the strap that holds the shoe to the foot. All of these features are very innovative, especially one just one shoe.
The PureProject shoe line, on the whole, seems to be designed for the very narrow footed runner. I feel like I have average feet (standard arch and width) and my feet are VERY snug inside the toe box. Additionally, I like to have a shoe that completely surrounds the top of my foot. These shoes are tight enough on my feet that you can see my socks at certain areas where the tongue of the shoe and sides of the shoe are supposed to connect.
Finally, these shoes are not safe in the rain or winter. I thought the tread design was going to be incredible to run on, and to be fair, it is when the trails are nice and dry. When mother nature places a small layer of frost or dew on the trail, or worse yet, on any obstacles (like a fallen trunk), you need to prepare yourself for a ride. I've slipped in these shoes several times while running, and once while giving my dog a bath after a trail run.
If Brooks produces these shoes to accommodate all different types of feet, and rethinks the tread design, they are a must have shoe for any avid runner. I'd suggest looking into these shoes to any avid runner, but would also suggest they look into additional shoes for wet weather and winter.