Facts

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 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.

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
$100
Weight
Men: 10.3oz
Women: 9oz
Heel to toe drop
Men: 11mm
Women: 11mm

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.

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

8 reasons to buy

  • Some users commented that the Brooks Revel’s cushioning was soft and bouncy.
  • A lot of users appreciated the minimalist design and agreeable feel of the shoe.
  • One user said that even though he has flat feet, he did not feel any pain when using this shoe.
  • Another tester appreciated the extra padding that she felt in the heel area.
  • A few runners said that the toe box had enough room for toe-splay.
  • The shoe felt lightweight, based on a couple of reviews.
  • Many users said that they were satisfied when they used the shoe for longer runs.
  • The majority of reviews were glad to mention the shoe fitting true to size.

5 reasons not to buy

  • One tester was disappointed to see that some parts of the shoe showed wear after only using it a few times.
  • Another tester said that the back of the shoe felt tighter than other Brooks shoe models.
  • Some runners did not recommend the shoe for speed training. One user, in particular, said that it lacked the forward propelling sensation he needed.
  • One user narrated that he saw an exposed bent wire on the left heel of the shoe only after two weeks of usage.
  • A tester said that the arch of the shoe did not feel like it was in the right place.

Bottom line

The Brooks Revel is a neutral running road shoe that blends performance and style seamlessly. It is ideal for light workouts, short hikes, and everyday use. On top of that, those interested in a pair will be able to sport the shoe as a lifestyle sneaker because of its modern and subdued design.


Rankings


Ratings

4.5 / 5 based on 284 ratings

5 star
73%
4 star
14%
3 star
6%
2 star
4%
1 star
4%

My Rating

Expert Reviews

Experts are runners, 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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87 / 100 based on 5 expert reviews

  • 94 / 100 by RunRepeat • Joseph Arellano • Level 4 expert

    Brooks Revel is a shoe that’s ready for just about anything. This is a high-quality daily trainer that will make a fine shoe for races from 3.1 to 26.2 miles.

  • 92 / 100 by RunRepeat • Frank DuCett • Level 4 expert

    These shoes are a little bit more flexible than the Ghost, and more flexible than most other shoes I have owned. Attention to detail can be seen with the added post under the arch.

  • 89 / 100 by RunRepeat • Ilsuk Han • Level 3 expert

    The Revel would be ideal travel shoes, where you'd only need the one pair for sightseeing and the occasional run

  • 68 / 100 by Jamison Michael • Jamison Michael • Level 5 expert

    Im sure some people will really like this shoe. As for me, I'm going to have to pass on this one.

  • 100 / 100 by Running Shoes Guru • Andrew Leibowitz • Level 3 expert

    The Brooks Revel, a new addition to the Brooks neutral cushioning lineup is a daily trainer intended to offer, at a lower price, quality performance while maintaining “street-style” for daily wear.

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Updates to Brooks Revel

  • The Brooks Revel’s design mirrors the sleekness of the running shoes and lifestyle sneakers of today. With its engineered flat knit upper, the silhouette of the shoe looks smooth and seamless. The two-tone design of the material makes it possible for wearers to sport the Revel as a shoe for every occasion, and not just a shoe for running.
  • Comfort was not neglected when this shoe was designed. It features an internal bootie that provides a more secure yet adaptable fit. The profile sock liner made with a special BioMoGo foam unit creates an enhanced in-shoe feel, while the plush collar extends the lush feel of the shoe to the runner’s ankle.

Brooks Revel size and fit

The Revel comes in standard shoe sizes. Runners will be able to purchase a pair in their usual size measurements. It is similar to the shoe’s width – it comes in standard width measurements, B - Medium and D – Medium for women and men, respectively.

Outsole

The Brooks Revel has an HPR Plus outsole. This rubber material was developed to be highly resistant to abrasion, thereby protecting the underfoot area of the shoe optimally. Aside from durability, this rubber material also improves the traction of the shoe, improving its grip on various surfaces.

Midsole

The midsole is composed of Brook’s BioMoGo DNA. The Brooks DNA commonly uses a gel material for cushioning, but in the case of the BioMoGo DNA technology, the is DNA fused with the BioMoGo biodegradable midsole compound to deliver an adaptive cushioning all throughout the platform of the shoe.

Upper

An engineered flat knit upper is used on the Brooks Revel. This type of knit material is very breathable, allowing air to pass through as it keeps the foot cool at all times during runs. The knit upper also has a stretchable characteristic that moves in all directions, providing a customized fit no matter the foot dimensions.

Runners will be able to reap the benefits of a sock-like fit because of an internal bootie construction. This bootie wraps the foot snugly, providing a good amount of security, as well as a comfortable in-shoe feel without being too constrictive.

A profile sock liner is placed to add a layer of cushioning. Made using BioMoGo foam, it essentially heightens the already comfortable in-shoe feel of the Revel, focusing more on the lightweight support and complimentary underfoot comfort.

On the mid-foot is a stretch saddle that helps retain the shape of the shoe. This add-on blends well with the seamlessness of the upper, and it is connected to the shoe’s lacing system. Tightening the laces also tightens the saddle, thus providing a more secure fit on the mid-foot.

To extend the comfort to the runner’s ankles, the collar was made plush. This additional padding adds minimal protection to the ankles, and it also tops off the comfort the shoe aims to provide.