Who should buy the Brooks Beast '20

The Brooks Beast '20 is a motion-control running shoe that's perfect for severe overpronators and flat-footed runners looking for a pair of: 

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Who should NOT buy it

If you're a neutral runner or a supinator (feet roll outward), the Brooks Beast '20 is not for you. Instead, you might want to consider Brooks' collection of neutral running shoes

Brooks Beast '20 vs. 18

There are three updates made to the Beast '20 from Brooks, and these are: 

  • softer BioMoGo DNA midsole for enhanced comfort
  • updated Guide Rail System, making support less, if not totally, unobtrusive
  • less weight (11.7 oz vs. 13.3 oz) 

Brooks Beast '20 cushy

Stability takes a back seat 

Motion control running shoes' support can be overbearing. And with the Beast '20, this is what Brooks tries to eliminate. 

The shoe's support system still does a flawless job in keeping excess movements to a minimum. But what's great about it is it's only there when you need it.

Brooks Beast '20 guiderails

When your feet fall too far to the sides, only then are Guide Rails be activated. 

Surprisingly comfortable 

The Brooks Beast '20 is unlike other support shoes. It's not stiff. If anything, it has wowed multiple runners with its "generous" and "plush"cushion. 

Even better, there's a cushy insole layered on top of the midsole foam, cradling the foot comfortably. 

Ready for some hammering

As befits a Brooks Beast shoe, it is a sturdy one. It's even more hard-wearing than the Brooks Ghost

Brooks Beast '20 outsole

Its outsole is abrasion-resistant, even after hundreds of miles, experts have yet to see any scratches.  

It moves along with the feet

Designed with deep-cut flex grooves, the Beast '20 allows more fluidity, encouraging the natural movement of the foot. 

Let there be air

The shoe utilizes the full-length engineered mesh. The primary purpose of this material is to provide optimal breathability and comfort.

Brooks Beast '20 mesh upper

Brooks Beast '20: Skinny it down

It's still not the lightest trainer. But for long-time Brooks Beast fans, the Beast '20 losing shedding off some weight is already a HUGE success. Simply, it's a step in the right direction. 

Does not retain sweat

Made with a mesh upper and a mesh lining, there have been zero reports of the shoe becoming too hot. Almost all runners agree that it effectively "wicks away" moisture, their feet never became warm and sweaty. 

Very roomy up front

Runners with large feet appreciate the Beast '20's accommodating toe box. Not once did it restrict their feet. Even more, it encourages the natural splay of the toes. 

Brooks Beast '20 toe room


Whether it's for running or walking, the shoe will keep your arch supported and your feet centered. In short, you won't have to worry about instability, regardless of your activities. 

Brooks Beast '20: One expensive shoe

On average, motion-control daily trainers retail for $135. At $160, the Brooks Beast '20 is a steep price to pay. 

Brooks Beast '20 running shoe

Facts / Specs

Terrain: Road
Weight: 332g
Drop: 12mm
Arch support: Motion control
Collection: Brooks BioMoGo, Brooks Beast
Pronation: Severe overpronation
Arch type: Low arch

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Jens Jakob Andersen
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