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

8 reasons to buy

  • Several reviewers remarked that the Brooks Chariot Heritage shoes are lightweight and best for everyday walking.
  • Many wearers love the retro fashion and stylish colors of the suede upper.
  • Many commenters use these shoes for work because of its comfort and durability.
  • A few consumers complimented that the color ways are stylish and fashionable for casual walks in the park or in the mall.
  • Shoe owners praised them because they are comfortable for everyday use.
  • A blog review liked the fusion of past and present design with the mixing of modern details with the iconic suede logo and the original colorways.
  • A reviewer liked the variety of available colors as it provides plenty of choices to match a person’s personality and for every casual outing.
  • A lot of buyers agreed that the shoe has a budget friendly pricing.

4 reasons not to buy

  • Some wearers complained it has minimal to poor arch support for a retro running shoe.
  • A few buyers claimed Brooks Chariot Heritage is narrow that running on these shoes for a few hours is uncomfortable.
  • Users who have also brought the shoes in the late 1980s say the shoe is narrower and shorter than the original.
  • The shoe is half-size small with some consumers, advising that buyers should buy bigger sizes to get their best fit.

Bottom line

The Brooks Chariot Heritage received praises for its comfort that is ideal for everyday walking. The sneakers are well liked for its fusion of retro style and modern detailing without setting aside the vintage appeal of the running shoe popular during the late 1980s. However, most users agree that despite the classically cool look, the Brooks Chariot Heritage is no longer suited for heavy duty performance running. What it lacks in performance is perfect for casual wear and daily outings with its variety of colorways to mix and match with a wide variety of styles.


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Brooks Chariot Heritage History

Taking inspiration from the Brooks Chariot released in 1982, the Brooks Chariot Heritage is an homage to the biggest selling trainer shoes of the brand and probably the most worn running shoes by runners in the 1980s.

The Brooks Chariot has been praised in running magazines that include Running Times, Runner’s World and Triathlon for its overall stability and support. In the July 1985 issue, Runner’s World survey of their subscribers showed that more men and women run in the Brooks Chariot than any other running shoe.

In time for their 100-year anniversary, the Brooks Heritage line has been introduced in 2015. As soon as Brooks announced this to the public, they began unarchiving two of its popular shoes in the 1970s that include award winning performance runners the Vanguard and the Vantage. Soon other archived shoes of Brooks were released including the Brooks Chariot and basketball shoe Unique.

The Brooks Chariot Heritage line pays tribute to the original design of the Chariot but veers away from being a performance shoe and instead focused on being a retro fashion sneaker for daily wear.

Shane Downey, Creative Director and Business Manager for the Brooks Heritage Collection said that during their research they came across the most famous shoe in their archives which he calls as the “Crown Jewel” of their Heritage line collection: The Brooks Chariot.

Brooks Chariot Heritage Style

When it comes to style, the Brooks Chariot Heritage retained its original looks in the 1980s giving the shoe a classic retro vibe including the use of the same features as its origins. The majority of its users are those who love its vintage look but does not compromise the comfort.

Most sneaker fans wear them for everyday casual walks in the park, in the mall and even at work. The suede material for the upper also give it a feel good look and the leather chevron logo in colorways inspired by leading US schools and teams in the 1980s are still fashionable and in tune with the current trends.

Fit & Sizing

As in its classic origins, the Brooks Chariot Heritage is available in both Men’s and Women’s sizes. Men’s sizes range from US size 7 to 14 while Women’s sizes range from US size 6 to 11. Available width for the Men’s and Women’s shoes are D and B - medium.

Notable Features

The Brooks Chariot Heritage has a retro style of suede upper with a notable chevron leather logo. Among its notable features include the molded tri-layer insole for cushioning and solid rubber outsole for shock absorption. Retaining its 1980s technology with modern details the retro running shoe features a Diagonal Rollbar for motion control and a media wedge for pronation control. The shoe designers also retained reflective hits for visibility even during night runs.

Additional Info

  • The Brooks Chariot Heritage is made of breathable mesh, suede and soft leather upper with a lace-up closure and smooth fabric lining.
  • The shoes had thin comfort tongue and lightly padded collar and average 15 oz. in weight.
  • The medial wedge foam midsole provides stability and control pronation and limitless cushioned comfort.
  • The sneakers have a solid rubber outsole for shock absorption.