The Brooks Beast 12 is the latest in the line of Brooks Beast shoes and has a lot to live up to. This particular line of Brooks footwear is one of the most well used and known comfort running shoes currently on sale, featuring excellent cushioning and flexibility for those who severely overpronate and have general movement issues. Thankfully, the Brooks Beast 12 may be the best evolution of this shoe to date, combining excellent comfort with superb midsole support for when you need it the most.
The Brooks Beast 12 is probably the most muscular and solid looking Brooks shoe to date, having a slightly larger heel to toe drop than previous models, as well as a large heel pattern that dominates the latter half of the shoe. This is not a look that will appeal to all but it is undeniable that it makes the shoe stand out much more from the crowd and the implementation of mesh materials with washed pigskin on the upper sole is also fantastic, giving the shoe excellent uniformity.
This material is some of the best quality within the Brooks range and thus gives the Brooks Beast 12 a high quality, high performance feel. The mesh of the shoe is incredibly light in nature, giving the upper good flexibility whilst also being breathable thanks to this half of the shoe being much more minimal than the sole of the shoe. There is also a rather nice elemental liner found on the inside of the insole, which means you are much less likely to feel water present in the shoe in damp conditions. Despite this, temperature control is good in this part of the shoe.
The insole is also incredibly comfortable whilst offering good support at the same time. Whilst not memory foam, the lining is broken down in a good time frame and the shoe thus becomes much more supportive towards your feet. There is also a good cradle design, that keeps your midsole in place with minimal rubbing whilst being supportive towards your rear heel and ankle support. The comfort is also fantastic as a result.
The sole of the Brooks Beast 12 is incredibly chunky and this means that those looking for a flexible, fast to adapt running shoe are better served looking elsewhere. For those with not the most natural gait, or those heavy on your feet this is your time to shine. The outsole is made of flextra rubber, which gives good support to help reduce overpronation whilst also providing a good strike pattern and force.
The heel of the Brooks Beast 12 is constructed of Brooks’ newly implemented HPR Plus abrasion resistant rubber, which is not only incredibly durable, but it provides excellent traction throughout your run. HPR Green is found in the forefront of the shoe, providing excellent support throughout your strike and acceleration.
With such a substantial sole the cushioning effect of the Brooks Beast 12 is considerable. Whilst it does mean you feel a little higher off of the floor than normal, throughout your strike the pattern remains comfortable and over numerous surfaces the shoe excels. The insole is also a huge factor to this comfort, helping to absorb knocks and surface changes with ease.
Despite being a chunky shoe, there is good flexibility throughout thanks to the materials utilized by Brooks. The arch support is excellent throughout your stride whilst not being so flexible you loose control, whilst the upper is more than accommodating for your run style.
- A robust and well designed shoe excellent for those with not the most natural run patterns
- Excellent flexibility despite initial impressions
- Well designed upper that offers good support
- Fantastic cushioning abilities, no matter what you throw at them
- To those who are light on their feet with no real running issues, the Brooks Beast 12 will feel unnatural and incredibly bulky
The Brooks Beast 12 is an incredibly well developed product, considerate of issues that plagued previous generations of the shoe whilst showing advancement in several key areas at the same time. It has incredible cushioning, good flexibility and feels incredibly supportive of even the oddest foot shapes. I hope that this Brooks Beast 12 review has been helpful.