Who should buy the Brooks Ariel 20

The Ariel 20 from Brooks is a motion control running shoe that's best for: 

  • severe overpronators (excessive inward rolling of the foot) 
  • runners who need support all-day
  • road running

Brooks Ariel 20 brooks ariel

Who should NOT buy it

If you're a neutral runner or a supinator (foot roll outward), then you can skip the Brooks Ariel 20. Look through these neutral running shoes instead. 

Brooks Ariel 20 supportive

Brooks Ariel 20 vs. 18

The Brooks Ariel 20 receives an update by trimming it down. How? It's now a a sleeker-looking design with reduced overlays that mixes prints and embroidered patterns. 

Brooks Ariel 20 heel collar

Staying true to its supportive construction, it still maintains the GuideRails to keep the foot aligned and centered. 

The Brooks Ariel 20 is heaven-sent for severe overpronators

Made with GuideRails and BioMoGo DNA foam, stability is the defining feature of the Ariel 20 from Brooks.

Brooks Ariel 20 motion contro

The GuideRails keep the foot's motions in check, while the BioMoGo DNA has some stiffness to it to prevent a sink-in sensation. 

Those with severe overpronation find it so "supportive" — similar to that of the Brooks Ravenna series — their feet never feel achy and their strides are very "surefooted."

Ride that goes against motion control shoe stereotypes

It has some bounce to it. Unlike other motion control running shoes, it's not rock-solid. According to testers, it's easy to pick up the pace with the Brooks Ariel 20. 

Brooks Ariel 20 rearfoot

Built like a tank, protects like a tank

The Ariel 20 from Brooks has loads of cushion. On top of this, it utilizes a blown rubber that keeps the shoe abrasion-resistant. 

Brooks Ariel 20 traction

Moreover, it evenly distributes impact; there have been NO reports of strained feet and legs after long miles on the road. 

The Ariel 20 from Brooks hugs the foot

The shoe's engineered mesh upper is very stretchy; it follows the natural shape and contours of the foot.

Brooks Ariel 20 lacing system

Even better, it has some overlays that add structure to the shoe. This ups the shoe's lockdown and security. 

So sticky, you don't have to worry about wet surfaces

Whether on dry or slick pavement, the Brooks Ariel 20's rubber outsole grips.

Brooks Ariel 20 outsole

It lets the foot breathe

Those who have taken the shoes for summer runs all say that the light upper keeps their feet dry and sweat-free. It's light and porous; air can get in easily. 

Brooks Ariel 20 breathable

Take it easy on the toe box 

It's "too roomy," said multiple reviewers. The excessively spacious toe room makes the shoe "loose" and "wobbly." 

Brooks Ariel 20 toe box

Don't expect a comfortable shoe

Because it's a motion control running shoe, the Brooks Ariel 20 is rigid. Runners say that this is the price to pay for the "extreme steadiness" it gives. 

Facts / Specs

Terrain: Road
Weight: Women 303g
Drop: Women 12mm
Arch support: Motion control
Collection: Brooks BioMoGo, Brooks Ariel
Pronation: Severe overpronation
Arch type: Low arch

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Jens Jakob Andersen
Jens Jakob Andersen

Jens Jakob is a fan of short distances with a 5K PR at 15:58 minutes. Based on 35 million race results, he's among the fastest 0.2% runners. Jens Jakob previously owned a running store, when he was also a competitive runner. His work is regularly featured in The New York Times, Washington Post, BBC and the likes as well as peer-reviewed journals. Finally, he has been a guest on +30 podcasts on running.