At the time I first reviewed the shoe, I liked the fit and finish, the looks, the competitive price, the low-drop (4mm from heel to toe, nearly a flat shoe), and the undercut heel. I felt like the shoe allowed for a midfoot, natural landing. I felt like it was plenty light and felt good against the foot when you wore it sockless. I had a lot of nice things to say.
Third, the "nav band" promoted throughout the Pure Project line was very uncomfortable. In addition to being too snug across the top of my foot, the area where it was sewn to the upper rubbed my foot raw in two places. Very uncomfortable. Why Brooks included this I have no idea. It is secondary to the laces. In other Brooks Pure shoes I found the nav band to be totally loose, defeating its purpose. Strange.
Overall, I found the shoe to be very similar to the Saucony Kinvara in some ways (lower drop, soft upper, plenty of cushion, notable arch support), but after running in them, I would say that the Pure Connect did not ultimately "kill" the Kinvara for me, as I originally thought. That said, I no longer find myself wanting the kind of cushioning found in either the Brooks Pure Connect OR the Saucony Kinvara, and I would rather spend my miles in a shoe like the Altra Instinct or Merrell Road Glove.
I was ultimately disappointed in the Pure Connect, and the entire Pure Project line. They are very cushioned, and they have some gimmicky elements I just don't like. The fit is off for me, they are constricting. They feel unstable underfoot. The arch support was obtrusive. I no longer even have these shoes, as I have moved them on to someone else to give them a try, even though I bought them retail. I simply couldn't justify keeping them when I knew I would not use them at all. For someone with very narrow, rigid feet who is used to regular, heavily cushioned shoes they may work, but in the long run, I have my doubts.
I paid full retail price for these shoes. In full disclosure, I was a member of the non-exclusive Brooks Fanatics club at the time and am a former member of Brooks ID. While I admire them as a company, given their eco-conscious ethic, I have recently resigned from Brooks Fanatics as I no longer use or recommend their shoes.