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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.

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.


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.


We spent 9.9 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what sneaker fanatics think:

9 reasons to buy

  • Majority of the reviewers claimed that the Brooks Beast 1 provides great support for the foot.
  • A good number of the reviewers expressed that the shoe offers a rather comfortable feeling for the foot.
  • Some reviewers said that the shoe provide good ventilation for the foot.
  • Most of the reviewers gushed about the stability provided by the shoe.
  • One reviewer claimed that the shoe is a life saver as it helped ease the pain when walking due to having peripheral neuropathy.
  • Some of the reviewers said that the shoe was recommended by their doctors for them to aid their foot problems.
  • A good number of buyers said that they would definitely recommend the shoe.
  • The shoe is offered in multiple color variations to choose from.
  • The pricing of the shoe is reasonable for some reviewers.

3 reasons not to buy

  • Some of the reviewers didn’t like some of the colorways of the Brooks Beast 1.
  • A few of the reviewers claimed that the shoe can run at least a half size smaller.
  • A reviewer pointed out that the toe area of the shoe easily comes apart.

Bottom line

The Brooks Beast 1 is a shoe that not just provides great comfort for the foot but also good support and stability. The shoe also offers the foot good ventilation. These pair of kicks is mostly recommended by some podiatrists for those who suffer from some foot problems. With a variety of colorway choices and a rather reasonable price, no one can go wrong with this shoe.



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Brooks Beast 1 History

It was in the year 1993 that the Brooks Beast 1 was originally released. The brand then reintroduced the shoe into their heritage collection. The silhouette has also witnessed some collaborative releases.

In October 2015, the Brooks brand teamed up with Concepts in a collaboration using the Beast 1 silhouette a released the Concepts x Brooks Beast 1 “Voodoo” as an honor for the late Jimi Hendrix. The shoe features a salmon-esque rear along with a pastel blue on the toe box and hints of beige by the mid section of the shoe.

Another collaborative release using the silhouette is the mita sneakers x Brooks Heritage Beast 1 “Enchantment”. The creation took inspiration from fairytale monsters, thus the name “Enchantment”. The shoe features a brown pigskin suede upper and hints of blue and yellow on the white midsole.

The brand continues to release new colorways to allow the people to have more choices when getting a pair of the Brooks Beast 1.

Brooks Beast 1 Style

A combination of style and comfort is what the Brooks Beast 1 is all about. The stylish look of the shoe is great as a complement for a casual everyday look. The shoe is great as a finish for a street style get up when going for a stroll around town or when running some errands as it provides great style without ruining comfort. These pair of kicks perfectly goes well with a pair of jeans, joggers, jean joggers, and even sweatpants.

Fit & Sizing

The fit of the Brooks Beast 1 fits basically the same as its first released pair. Offered in medium widths, the available sizes for this shoe ranges from size 7 to size 13. Half sizes are also offered for the shoe.

Notable Features

One thing about the Brooks Beast 1 that made most buyers praise the shoe is that it provides a really comfortable feeling for the foot. They loved how good the shoe feels when wearing them and how it keeps their foot from hurting. Most people also loved the support and stability they get from the shoe, especially those who have some foot problems.

Additional Info

  • The Brooks Beast 1 is the first modern shoe to be a part of the brand’s Heritage Collection.
  • A traditional lace-up closure is observed.
  • “Beast” branding is observed on the sides of the shoe.