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  • Terrain

    Road

    Shoes best for road, track and light gravel. See the best road shoes.

    Trail

    Shoes best for trail, off road, mountains and other unstable surfaces. See the best trail shoes.

    Good to know

    As long as you stick to the road or path, and if you want just one running shoe, buy a road running shoe.

  • Arch support

    Neutral / cushion / high arch

    Shoes for runners who do not need any additional arch support (Around 50% of runners). Best for people with normal, high or medium high arches. See the best neutral shoes.

    Stability / overpronation / normal arch

    Shoes for runners who need mild to moderate arch support (Around 45% of runners). Best for runners with a low arch. See the best stability shoes.

    Motion control / severe overpronation / flat feet

    Shoes for runners who needs a lot of arch support. Best for runners with flat feet. See the best motion control shoes.

    Good to know

    - Rule of thumb: If in doubt, buy neutral shoes to avoid injuries.
    - More about arch support in this video.
    - Find your arch type by following steps from this video.

  • Use

    Daily running

    Cushioned shoes for your daily easy running. Great comfort. See best shoes for daily running.

    Competition

    Lightweight shoes good for races, interval training, tempo runs and fartlek. Here are the best competition running shoes.

    Good to know

    If you want just one pair of shoes, buy a shoe for daily running.

  • Price
    $160
  • Weight
    Women: 11.4oz
  • Heel to toe drop
    Women: 12mm

    The height difference from the heel to the forefoot, also known as heel drop, toe spring, heel to toe spring or simply drop.

    There are many opinions about what a good heel drop is. We do not recommend any in particular. Lean more in this video.

  • Heel height
    Women: 28mm
  • Forefoot height
    Women: 16mm
  • Width
    Men: Normal
    Women: Normal, Wide, X-Wide
  • Release date
    Sep 2016
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86 / 100 based on 3 expert reviews

  • 90 / 100 | Runabees | Level 3 expert

    This particular model has more cushioning than any of the preceding models from Brooks, and it allows them to fit like gloves.

  • 83 / 100 | Comfort Hacks | Level 2 expert

     This allows for some added comfort and stability for women while training or running.

  • 82 / 100 | Very Well | | Level 1 expert

    Like the Beast, it is built for motion control, especially for heavy walkers and severe overpronators. 

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  • The upper and the outsole get the bulk of the changes in the Ariel 16. This no-sew construction gives a better wraparound feel and delivers foot-hugging support. There should be less chance for irritation or hot spots while saving weight at the same time.
  • The security in the heel is improved with the introduction of a new heel counter. With this added feature, the heel is securely locked from extraneous movements.
  • Brooks ramps up the luxurious ride of the Ariel 16 from its older version by using a slightly more padded ankle collar. As it is lined with plush and moisture-wicking lining, comfort should be better in this latest version of the Ariel.
  • The outsole gets a serious makeover in this road running shoe. From small and triangular rubber pods in the forefoot, the outsole now uses square pods that fill almost the entire underfoot. Better ground contact and stability go up a notch with this development.
  • From that huge heel to midfoot cut, there is now a substantially small and thinner cut. It gives the shoe a firmer, more responsive ride.

Right off the bat, Brooks informs fans of the line that the 2016 Ariel is a bit smaller than before, so going up in size is a sensible thing to do. The roomy toe box should be a balm for those who need more than enough room in this area. Both the heel and the midfoot are securely locked down because of the external heel counter and external saddle.


Carpeting the entire outsole of the Ariel 16 are square pods of moderate size. These add to the shoe’s grip on a variety of surfaces. The outsole is very well articulated, particularly in the forefoot where the deep Omega Flex Grooves are found. They add flexibility to a very well-cushioned and stable shoe. Brooks uses what it calls the HPR Green in the forefoot for its enhanced traction on wet surfaces. A more durable type of this rubber is located in the heel and other critical areas for a long-lasting performance.


Three types of midsole technology cover the entire length of the Brook Ariel 16’s engine room. These are the Super DNA foam, the S-257 Cushsole, and the Segmented Crash Pad. They combine to give the midsole a well-cushioned, responsive, and highly-durable performance. There is also excellent shock-absorbing capability in this area as well. The stability of the shoe and other Brooks motion control shoe like the Addiction 13, is delivered by the shank in the midfoot called the Diagonal Rollbar or DRB. Enhancing the arch support and overpronation control measure is the dual-density post beneath the arch called the PRB or Progressive Diagonal Rollbar.


More than just having a very plush feel, the upper thrives on moisture-wicking features to make the ride as comfortable as possible in the Ariel 16 and that comfort feature is carried all the way to the latest Ariel 18. The Elemental Mesh and the fabric lining the interior both have these features. There are synthetic overlays and an external saddle that secure and support the foot really well. Add these to the external heel counter, and runners get maximum support every step of the way. A removable sockliner enhances cushioning, support, and luxurious feel in the shoe.

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