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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 high or medium high arches. See the best neutral shoes.

Stability / overpronation / normal arch

Shoes for runners who need arch support (Around 45% of runners). Best for runners with a normal 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.

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
$150
Weight
Men: 13.8oz
Women: 12.2oz
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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.

Neutral / cushion / high arch

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

Stability / overpronation / normal arch

Shoes for runners who needs arch support (Around 45% of runners). Best for runners with a normal arch. See the best stability shoes.

Motion control / severe overproanation / 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.

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.

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.

Summary

We spent 8.7 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

7 reasons to buy

  • The Element Mesh and Element Lining make sure that the foot gets coverage that’s water-repellent, keeping the shoe dry and cool at the same time.
  • The mid foot area offers a snugger fit to keep the foot in place, according to some reviews.
  • The mid-sole of the Beast 14 utilizes the DNA Cushioning Gel and the BioMoGo environmentally friendly mid-sole component to adapt to the wearer’s needs, ensuring a customized underfoot platform.
  • A few number of runners took note of the shoe's stability.
  • The Tuned Density Midsole gives a custom ride that’s tailored to the gender and weight of the wearer.
  • Traction over dry and wet surfaces is afforded by a robust and feature-filled outsole unit based on the comments of some runners.
  • Some noted that flexibility is provided for the wearer, allowing more natural movement in the forefoot area.

4 reasons not to buy

  • There were testers who noted that the mid-sole unit started to break down after a few months of use.
  • It has a narrow fit, which isn’t very ideal for those with wide feet.
  • It is slightly heavy.
  • The shoe is expensive.

Bottom line

The Beast 14 from Brooks is an expensive but high quality running shoe that gives stability and control to those who have severe over-pronation of the foot. The individual components are efficient and they work together well to make this shoe a great choice for daily running.


Rankings


Ratings

4.3 / 5 based on 44 ratings

5 star
66%
4 star
20%
3 star
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2 star
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Expert Reviews

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85 / 100 based on 13 expert reviews

  • 100 / 100 by Eddie Steady 73 • Eddie Steady 73 • Level 1 expert

    But for the $150, you get a peace of mind and actual decent, comfortable sneakers, that you don't have to worry about injuring yourself.

  • 89 / 100 by Solereview • Solereview • Level 5 expert

    The ride is a bit off the beaten track, as there’s a curious meld of stiff and cushioned. The foam sections are unyielding and firm; the DNA gel insert makes foot strikes relatively cushioned.

  • 83 / 100 by Motion Control Running Shoes • Motion Control Running Shoes • Level 5 expert

    In addition, the pronation control in the Brooks Beast 14 should be more gradual due to the different densities of foam that are implemented at the back of the midsole.

  • 80 / 100 by Motion Control Running Shoes • Motion Control Running Shoes • Level 5 expert

    However, the Brooks Beast 14 has a slightly wider heel and midfoot as a good indication that it is suitable for people who have broad or flat feet.

  • 80 / 100 by Running Shoes Guru • Ruggero Loda • Level 5 expert

    It has a very flat footbed therefore recommended for those flat footed runners who seriously over-pronate.

  • 90 / 100 by Fix My Walk • Fix My Walk • Level 3 expert

    The price is a little on the expensive end and the shoes were a little too stiff, which put them slightly under the Asics. 

  • 89 / 100 by Complex • Complex • Level 3 expert

    They’re so good, you’ll forget you even have flat feet once you’re out there pounding the pavement.

  • 89 / 100 by Comfort Footwear Guide • Comfort Footwear Guide • Level 2 expert

    The intense soft cushioning fitted in these shoes curve in to take any foot size without scalding them. 

  • 86 / 100 by Runner Connect • Runner Connect • Level 2 expert

    Moreover, the thermoplasti (in forefoot) improve balance of the shoe, leading to secure runners' foot on hard surface.

  • 93 / 100 by Runner Connect • Reynolds • Level 1 expert

    As the meaning name of this product-Brooks Beast 14, this is the monster of stability, cushion, and support.

  • 90 / 100 by Running Activist • Harold Gerber • Level 1 expert

    Though much heavier than most cheap, and some expensive brands, this does not make a good runner runaway from a completely dependable, durable and reliable brand.

  • 80 / 100 by Very Well • Very Well • Level 1 expert

    It is built to take a pounding, and is known to be a more durable model. 

  • 76 / 100 by Running Warehouse • Jeff • Level 1 expert

    The weight of the shoes was about the only thing I didn't like.

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Updates to Brooks Beast 14

  • The Brooks Beast 14 comes with added overlays in the little toe area and over the bunions, delivering a glove-like fit. This also means that the forefoot area will deliver a tighter fit. The overlays from the midsole to the back of the heel were also removed to give a loose fit in the heel area.
  • Another notable update of the shoe is the use of the new moisture-managing upper mesh and the moisture-wicking sockliner. These elements keep the foot well ventilated, cool and free from moisture.

Brooks Beast 14 size and fit

The 14th version of the Brooks Beast has a standard running shoe length. The fit of the shoe is totally different from its predecessors. The forefoot is a little tighter compared to the older version because of the added cushioning in the forefoot and the heel has a little more room. This shoe gives comfortable fit to those with regular foot measurements.

Outsole

The outsole unit uses the HPR Green rubber in the forefoot that delivers an impressive traction on both wet and dry surfaces. It works well with HPR Plus rubber that is strategically places in the heel to give added durability. It also uses the Flextra rubber that provides enough amount of flexibility depending on the runner’s requirements. It delivers flexibility according to runners’ weight and running movement.

Midsole

The midsole unit of the shoe generally uses environment-friendly material such as the BioMoGo full-length midsole that offers impressively resilient cushioning. Added to this biodegradable material is the Progressive Diagonal Rollbar that serves as the tri-density foam to aid overpronation and for an enhanced running experience. The shoe uses the Brooks’ full-length DNA cushioning gel that gives specific reaction to runners depending on its weight, movement, pace and running conditions. It generally delivers the right amount of cushioning needed by a specific runner, depending on what is needed. The brand’s Segmented Crash Pad is also present in this shoe. It delivers right amount of cushioning that efficiently absorbs shocks and promotes a smoother heel-to-toe transition.

Upper

The upper of the Brooks Beast 14 uses a light weight breathable mesh that is durable. It has moisture-managing capacity that keeps the foot cool and dry. This mesh compliments well to the ultimate sockliner that has also a moisture resistance capacity. An internal support saddle is also used to deliver a more secure fit.