Update: Transcend 4
Arch support
Daily running
M: 309g | W: 269g
Heel to toe drop
M: 8mm | W: 8mm
Heel height
M: 31mm | W: 31mm
Forefoot height
M: 23mm | W: 23mm
Widths available
M: Normal - D | W: Normal - B
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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 8.2 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

7 reasons to buy

  • The Element Mesh ensures breathable support and moisture management.

  • Synthetic and Microfiber overlays secures the foot in a snug and efficient manner.

  • The Element Lining and Super DNA Sock Liner ensure a comfortable inner environment feel.

  • The Transcend 3 has mechanisms and features that mold themselves to the natural shape of the foot, thus making the wearer feel more in tune with the fit and the overall cushioning.

  • A smoother and controlled transition from the heel to the toe is handled by segmented components that work together.

  • The outsole is durable and it offers a reliable amount of traction over the ground.

  • The 3rd version of the Transcend is a great shoe for those who need additional support for the pronation of their feet.

4 reasons not to buy

  • The Transcend 3 has an expensive price.

  • There were runners who felt that it was a bit bulky and stiff.

  • Others noted that it had a narrow toe box.

  • Some noticed that it had a difficult break in period, which meant that their feet took longer to acclimate into the shoe and vice versa.

Bottom line

The Transcend 3 is a supportive shoe that many have enjoyed. It has some of the most robust set of technologies and components for those who need underfoot cradling during daily athletic activities.

World wide, Transcend 3 is in the top 20% most popular running shoes. The brand, Brooks, is the 5th most popular.

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Expert reviews

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84 / 100 based on 13 expert reviews

  • 87
    Sam WinebaumLevel 5 expert
    by Road Trail Run
    The Brooks Transcend 3 is the most flexible overall, smoothest running from heel to toe of the three tested and runs the most like a conventional neutral shoe relying on its Guide Rails and substantial heel counter for stability.
  • 87
    Runner's WorldLevel 5 expert
    by Runner's World
    I’ve run in all three versions of the Transcend. This was the best version yet, combining additional comfort in the upper with a good ride. 
  • 84
    Motion Control Running ShoesLevel 5 expert
    by Motion Control Running Shoes
    However, Brooks has done a really nice job to make the Brooks Transcend 3 look flashy, while increasing its heel cushioning, the smoothness of the ride it provides, and some extra stability touches here and there.However, Brooks has done a really nice job to make the Brooks Transcend 3 look flashy, while increasing its heel cushioning, the smoothness of the ride it provides, and some extra stability touches here and there.
  • 79
    SolereviewLevel 5 expert
    by Solereview
    The Transcend 3 slims down on its midsole profile and applies major updates to its outsole design. This makes the ride quality noticeably distanced from the original Transcend experience.
  • 90
    New England Running CompanyLevel 4 expert
    by New England Running Company
    The third edition of this shoe was overhauled to bring the out of this world comfort that the first two editions may have lacked.
  • 84
    JonathanLevel 4 expert
    by Running Warehouse
    Additionally, the guide rails are now molded with the midsole (instead of being glued in place), which helps to make the shoe lighter and more flexible.
  • 83
    The Active GuyLevel 4 expert
    by The Active Guy
    The updates to this max cushion shoes include a more narrow shoe with an improved upper providing a better feel and lightweight feel around 11oz.
  • 78
    David HenryLevel 4 expert
    by Runblogger
    Not a shoe I’d likely run in, but there are lots of runners out there that might.
  • 88
    Mandie33Level 3 expert
    by Gear Institute
    So while the Transcend 3 might look bulky and weighs more than a lot of other shoes on the market, Brooks did a great job of engineering the Transcend 3 so once it is on your feet, it provides a smooth, pleasant rid
  • 81
    Ferdinand BatatanLevel 3 expert
    by Finish Line Fever
    If you are looking for stability shoe with just the right amount of cushion then look no further, it will not disappoint.
  • 80
    Amy W. BogardLevel 3 expert
    by Fix My Walk
    When comparing the T3 to the older version, it is obvious that Brooks put a lot of thought into the overall design and construction of these shoes.
  • 83
    Stephen RoselLevel 2 expert
    by Active Feet
    This version also has greater flexibility through the forefoot allowing for a much more smoother ride.
  • 82
    MattLevel 1 expert
    by Matt
    Overall, I would highly recommend this shoe to any person looking for a lot of cushion and support.
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  • Nick Symmonds Shop Zappos
    The full-length S257 Cushsole midsole compound utilizes an insole board for increased plush and flexibility.
  • Nelly Shop Zappos
    These shoes are built for the moderate overpronator who requires a combination of cushioning and support.
  • Josh Road Runner Sports
    This is Brooks' most technically advanced shoe to date. You'll improve alignment in your hips, your knees, as well as your joints, to move within your unique motion path while you run, thanks to the newly designed guide rails.
  • Rachel Road Runner Sports
    This shoe will give you full support with its newly designed guide rails, keeping you in your natural position and helping to align your body, to help ease pain on your knees, joints and hips.
  • Connor Running Warehouse
    Utilizing a Super DNA midsole with ideal pressure zones, this trainer provides adaptive cushioning with an even smoother ride.
  • Connor Running Warehouse
    With an 8-mm heel-to-toe offset, the Transcend 3 is a premium daily running shoe designed for moderate to severe overpronators.

Updates to Transcend 3

Maximum cushioning, excellent underfoot support and high quality protection are part of the service provided by the 3rd version of the Transcend from Brooks. This running shoe offers pronation correction mechanics to those who need to assume a more stable gait when performing. Its appealing design comes in many colors that’s certain to catch attention.

The upper unit of the Transcend 3 offers soft and secure coverage that’s breathable. The materials used here can also manage moisture, keeping the interior environment free from sweat and odor. The sock liner even conforms to the shape of the underfoot, efficiently making the platform more attuned to the foot shape of the wearer.

The mid-sole unit focuses on delivering a plush underfoot experience that’s supportive and stable. It features technologies that help the runner in assuming more stable and controlled transitions through the gait cycle. The thick foam itself doesn’t compromise flexibility, even with its high level of cushioning.

The outsole unit has a long-lasting rubber compound that is able to protect the rest of the sole unit from wear and abrasion. It doesn’t peel off easily, so it remains protective and robust at all times. A more responsive rubber compound is placed in the forefoot and it delivers flexibility, responsiveness and additional cushioning for better toe-offs.

Transcend 3 size and fit

The Brooks Transcend 3 has a standard running shoe length. It is available in men and women’s sizes that adhere to the regular measurement schemes for length. It has a medium width when it comes to the heel, mid-foot and forefoot sections. It accommodates medium-sized feet, though the material used in the upper stretches enough to give an allowance of space.


The HPR Plus is a rubber material that is highly resistant to wear and tear. It essentially protects the sole unit from damage and the potentially harmful nature of the roads. It also gives durable traction when traversing the asphalt, thus making sure that each swerve, turn and brake is as responsive as can be.

Blown Rubber is a more pliable and responsive rubber material. It’s found in the forefoot section of this running shoe. It doesn’t make the platform rigid, and it even encourages flexibility and additional cushioning. It makes each toe-off more agreeable and attuned to the performance needs of the runner because of its responsiveness.

The Stable Pod Configuration is the design of the sole unit. It’s more stable for this running shoe, therefore setting the foot up for well-balanced and effective transitions from the heel to the toe.


The Super DNA is the Brooks mid-sole material that delivers high levels of cushioning. The material that’s used for this unit is capable of molding itself to the shape of the wearer’s underfoot, making the platform more comfortable and in tune with the specific shape of the runner’s foot.

The S-257 Cushsole offers more cushioning and flexibility. It’s a more durable and resilient compound, and it acts as the foundation of the mid-sole unit. It doesn’t break down easily, thus making the cushioning effective, even after many uses.

The Caterpillar Crash Pad is a segment of pads that follows the natural movements of the foot. It gives cushioning where it’s needed and makes the heel-to-toe transitions much smoother and more agreeable.

The Double Omega Flex Grooves gives the mid-sole the capability to flex without compromising the high level of cushioning. The grooves are there to allow the foot to move more naturally through the running cycle.


The Element Mesh is a soft mesh that’s breathable and capable of managing moisture. It essentially keeps the foot dry and cool at all times. Air is constantly introduced to the shoe’s interior and the material itself doesn’t easily absorb water.

The Conformable Saddle Construction secures the mid-foot well, but makes it more personalized as it follows the dimensions of the wearer’s foot and giving it a snug yet consistent fit.

The Overlay System makes use of synthetic materials that are not stitched onto the upper unit of the Brooks Transcend 3. They secure the foot in a comfortable yet secure wrap. These overlays work with the lacing system to manipulate the upper fabric to follow the fit preferences of the runner.

The Element Lining is the inner sleeve material to which the foot is exposed when wearing the shoe. It’s made from a material that doesn’t absorb moisture, so it keeps the inner environment of the shoe dry and clean.

The Super DNA Sock Liner offers more underfoot cushioning. It also shapes itself to the contours of the underfoot, making the platform more attuned to the comfort of the wearer.


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