2013 Triathlete Buyer’s Guide: Running Shoes

Brooks PureFlow 2

$100, Brooksrunning.com

The draw: Your first minimalist shoe

A transitional shoe for those who want to shift from an ultra plush trainer to a lighter shoe, the PureFlow 2 features a unique off-centered lacing system that hugs the mid-foot, providing a sock-like fit. The shoes might require a break-in period for heel strikers, as the outsole pods and low heel-toe drop encourage mid-foot striking. More robust than a racing flat, the PureFlow 2 is ideal for longer races and workouts, particularly for heavier athletes that need a little more cushioning in their running shoes.