• Discontinued
  • Terrain


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


    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
    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.

  • Price
  • Weight
    Women: 11.4oz
  • Heel to toe drop
    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
    Heel height
    Women: 28mm
  • Forefoot height
    Forefoot height
    Women: 16mm
  • Width
    Women: normal, wide, wide
  • Release date
    Release date
    Sep 2016
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We spent 9.6 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

11 reasons to buy

  • Most reviewers loved the amazing comfort of the Ariel 16.
  • A good number of runners appreciated the roomy toe box.
  • It is very durable, according to several.
  • The traction is superb on wet surfaces, based on some comments.
  • It cushions well, noted a handful.
  • The 2016 Ariel is offered in extra widths.
  • More than a few mentioned that it is quite responsive.
  • The arch support and stability features are exceptional.
  • Different kinds of orthotics can easily fit inside the shoe.
  • A significant number of runners suffering from foot, knee, or back pains expressed boundless happiness that they can walk or run without any sort of pain or at least feel only minimal discomfort.
  • A good number of people who are on their feet most of the time during work loved the cushioning and support from the 2016 Ariel.

6 reasons not to buy

  • It runs a bit small.
  • Only 1 color available.
  • Fans of this line observed it is a bit stiffer than before.
  • A few took some time to break in their shoes.
  • It is expensive.
  • Early signs of wear and tear showed on the upper, according to a handful of runners.

Bottom line

The Brooks Ariel 16 is an extremely supportive and stable running shoe for the women’s. Besides the exceptional motion control features, this shoe is well-cushioned and offers loads of comfort. This is a versatile shoe that excels as a durable training partner and a supportive everyday footwear.


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Updates to Brooks Ariel 16

  • 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 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 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.

Brooks Ariel 16 size and fit

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 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. 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.