Update: Dyad 9
Arch support
Daily running
M: 357g | W: 298g
Heel to toe drop
M: 10mm | W: 10mm
Heel height
M: 30mm | W: 30mm
Forefoot height
M: 20mm | W: 20mm
Widths available
M: Normal - D, Wide - 2E, Extra wide - 4E | W: Normal - B, Wide - D, Extra wide - 2E
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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 6 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

5 reasons to buy

  • The mesh upper of the Brooks Dyad 8 has moisture control attributes that keep foot cool and dry.

  • It has adjustable saddle construction for a custom fit.

  • It has Omega Flex Grooves for flexibility in every stride.

  • Some runners found this shoe comfortable.

  • It features the Heel Segmented Crash Pad for powerful take-off and soft landing.

3 reasons not to buy

  • This shoe is slightly expensive.

  • This is a bit heavy for some runners.

  • The sole wears out quickly than expected, based on some reviews.

Bottom line

The Brooks Dyad 8 is a road running shoe that is ideal for runners with flat arches. It has a soft and stable platform and well-cushioned underfoot. This shoe is best for short runs and everyday training.

World wide, Dyad 8 is in the bottom 50% most popular running shoes. The brand, Brooks, is the 5th most popular.

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Expert reviews

Experts are running shoe geeks, who post reviews at youtube, directly at RunRepeat or at their own websites. Each expert is categorized from level 1 to level 5 based on expertise. See stats on expert reviews and how we calculate scores here.

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85 / 100 based on 8 expert reviews

  • 91
    GregoryLevel 4 expert
    by Phidippides TV
    It works exceptionally well for someone with a wider foot or a flatter arch.
  • 90
    Eric DayLevel 1 expert
    by LO Motion Shoes
    It has a wide base of support for outward stability and a cushioned mid-sole that accommodates both runners and walkers alike.
  • 80
    Ruggero LodaLevel 5 expert
    by Running Shoes Guru
    It is soft and well cushioned, with a flat footbed that easily accommodates custom orthotics.
  • 84
    Comfort Footwear GuideLevel 2 expert
    by Comfort Footwear Guide
    All of their cushioning and support may add a little to the weight of the shoe, but any serious runner will agree that it is a worthy trade.
  • 80
    Rackets and RunnersLevel 2 expert
    by Rackets and Runners
    A deep fit and stiff rocker sole make this shoe a great choice to use with orthotics.
  • 90
    Amanda ShoemakerLevel 1 expert
    by Joyful Feet Site
    More than anything else, the Dyad 8 is best suited for people with flat, feet. So, if you're in the market looking for a pair that will help to support your flat feet, this is the product you need to buy.
  • 89
    Podiatry First Sports - Adelaide CBDLevel 1 expert
    by Podiatry First Sports - Adelaide CBD
    It's quite a good shoe for people who have a flat foot and get irritation from a shoe that has support. It's quite a good shoe for people who have reasonably wide feet. It's a good shoe for someone who is new to running.
  • 81
    Amanda ShoemakerLevel 1 expert
    by The Health of Your Feet
    More than anything else, the Dyad 8 is best suited for people with flat, feet. 
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  • Richard Shop Zappos
    These shoes are built for the neutral to underpronator who requires enhanced cushioning.
  • April Shop Zappos
    You do have a wonderful Element Mesh upper that not only allows air to penetrate, but is also moisture-managing, too, to help keep your feet nice and dry when you're out there on your run.

Updates to Dyad 8

The Dyad 8 from Brooks is a daily running shoe that’s optimized for runners who have flat arches. It features technologies that support the entire underfoot, even the mid-foot section. Its upper is breathable and supportive; it’s mid-sole is reliable and robust; and its outsole is protective and responsive. It’s an all-around shoe that delivers high quality service.

The upper unit makes use of materials that are breathable and comfortable. The fabrics are soft and non-irritating. They’re even capable of managing moisture, so the foot remains dry and free from wetness.

The cushioning system of the Brooks Dyad 8 has a mechanic that allows the platform to conform itself to the shape of the runner’s underfoot. It makes the mid-sole more responsive and adaptive to the needs of the wearer. Mid-sole flexibility is also enhanced by flex grooves.

At the bottom of the mid-foot area lies a stability system, which carries the arch to assume a neutral and stable stance. It’s particularly helpful for those flat-footed runners who are at risk of discomfort or injury because of their imbalanced foot shape/positioning.

The heel area of the outsole has a durable material that protects the sole unit from impact and abrasion. The forefoot section has a more responsive material, which is capable of giving additional cushioning to the runner during toe-off.

Dyad 8 size and fit

The Brooks Dyad 8 has a standard running shoe length. It follows the regular measurements to which runners are most accustomed. It is available in medium, wide and extra wide widths, which means that runners of all foot-types can choose this shoe and wear it without worrying about feeling too tight.


The heel section of this running shoe uses the HPR Plus, an abrasion-resistant rubber that’s reliable when it comes to protecting the sole unit from wear and tearing. It even withstands impact from heel striking.
The forefoot area benefits from Blown Rubber. It offers additional cushioning, as well as flexibility. It’s not a stiff material, so the sole unit can maintain its pliable nature and let the foot move naturally through the gait cycle.

The Dual Stability Arch Pod at the bottom of the mid-foot stabilizes the arch. It keeps the arch raised to make the stance neutral. It’s an efficient way to prevent injuries because of an uneven foot shape.

The Cush Pod Configuration focuses on high levels of cushioning and flexibility. It’s an outsole/mid-sole design that encourages a smoother and more effective transition from the heel to the forefoot area.


The BioMoGo DNA is a fusion of two mid-sole technologies that give a responsive ride. This unit adapts to the cushioning needs of the runner by shaping itself to the actual curvature of the runner’s foot. It makes the platform more attuned to the comfort and preference of the wearer.

Omega Flex Grooves allow the mid-sole to follow the natural movements of the foot. Though the Brooks Dyad 8 has a thick mid-sole, it doesn’t limit the flexibility of the foot.


The Element Mesh is the main upper fabric of the Brooks Dyad 8. It’s a breathable material that encourages air to enter the shoe to keep the foot cool and dry. It is also capable of managing moisture, so the material stays clean and dry.

Synthetic Overlays are placed in the upper to secure the foot and keep it in place. They’re not stitched onto the upper, so the foot remains flexible and free from irritation.

Underneath the main upper mesh lies the Element Lining. This soft inner sleeve allows the runner to wear the shoe without socks. It also has a moisture-wicking nature, thus making it a solid inner sleeve that’s comfortable.

The Ultimate Sock Liner adds a layer of cushioning above the mid-sole. It has a non-absorbing nature, making the platform dry and slip-free.


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