If you’re getting fed up with heavy running shoes that don’t allow you to connect with the ground you’re running on but need some stability in your running shoes too then you may want to try the Brooks PureCadence 3. It isn’t easy finding a minimalist running shoe that offers sufficient support, stability, and cushioning but that is exactly what the PureCadence 3 will give you.

Part of the Pure Project Collection by Brooks, the PureCadence 3 follows the much-loved PureCadence 2, which received amazing reviews. Those reviews pointed out the significant support offered by the shoe and the fact that they fit like a glove most often. And those same factors are what are already getting the newer version great reviews too.

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The Brooks PureCadence 3 is designed with the minimalist in mind but also the mild to moderate overpronator as well. It is a rare instance when you can get the best of both worlds, especially if you are a competitive runner that likes to train with a more natural feeling shoe. And if it isn’t enough that the PureCadence 3 is ideal for overpronators looking for a minimalist shoe, it is super stylish for a running shoe too.

It comes in two modern color combinations, the Caribbean and midnight is my favorite, but I would definitely wear the fuchsia and anthracite too, so you can go from the road to wearing them casually and still look good.

Although style is certainly a factor to consider when selecting your next pair or athletic shoes, it’s what makes them function that is really important. And what makes the PureCadence 3 function like the superior minimalist shoe for overpronators is the amazing Brooks technology within the shoe. That technology will provide you with invaluable benefits, which include:

  • Comfort for the top of the foot provided by a tongue and collar made from soft, plush materials.
  • In-shoe comfort on a whole new level with the soft fabric lining.
  • Underfoot cushioning provided by a lightweight insole made from molded foam.
  • Breathability that keeps feet dry and cool with light mesh synthetic overlays on the upper shoe.
  • Superior energy return and joint alignment provided by a slimmed down and more rounded heel that supports a forward shift of contact points when the foot hits the ground.
  • Amazing shock absorption based on your individual needs and a cushioned full-length midsole that offers the ultimate dynamic ride with the combination of BioMoGo and DNA technologies.
  • Forefoot flexibility like you’ve never experienced before with a split toe design that supports more natural stability and power when you push off from the ground.
  • A supremely secure, glove-like fit provided by an instep area Wide Elastic Nav Band.




The last four features mentioned, along with an Anatomical Last feature that helps the shoe contour to the shape of your foot, combine to make up the Brooks “Ideal Technologies.” These are innovative technologies that make this a superior running shoe.

Even though the PureCadence 3 offers more support than most other minimalist running shoes, it might not offer enough support if you have any type of issues with the arches in your feet. These are designed for women who are mild overpronators, but if you have a more severe issue these probably aren’t the shoes you will want to choose. There are a couple of options from Brooks for more severe overpronators, including:

  • Brooks Ravenna 5 – Very popular and relatively lightweight trainer best for women with mild to moderate overpronation.
  • Brooks Ariel – With an MC Pod design that supports stability that is best for women with severe overpronation issues.

Neither of these are designed with the barefoot running enthusiast in mind, but are still great athletic shoes, it just depends on your specific workout needs. If minimalist with a bit of inner-foot support is what you’re looking for then definitely go with the Brooks PureCadence 3 and you won’t be disappointed.

RunPals Rated: Brooks PureCadence 3
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