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Brooks Beast® '11 Reviews

390 reviews
total

Overall Rating:

60%Rated 5 stars

12%Rated 4 stars

8%Rated 3 stars

8%Rated 2 stars

12%Rated 1 stars

Customer Fit Survey:

84% "Felt true to size"

91% "Felt true to width"

75% "Excellent arch support"

374 are "Favorable"

Most Helpful Favorable Review

Posted 10/23/11
Overall Rated:5 stars!
Comfort Rated:5 stars!
Style Rated:5 stars!

With over 75,000 miles recorded in my logbook since 1980, No shoe matches the Brooks Beast. It is simply the best. If I thought the Beast would be discontinued, I would buy 50 of them. Enough said.

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16 are "Critical"

Most Helpful Critical Review

Posted 6/27/12
Overall Rated:2 stars!
Comfort Rated:1 stars!
Style Rated:4 stars!

I have tried wearing these and the bottom of my feet are getting calloused. Also, my feet get very tired if I wear them too long. I tried them for about five days.

Additional 370 Beast® '11 Brooks Reviews

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July 11, 2013

Joe B

from Suwanee, GA

I am 6'1-1/2", 260; gained a lot of weight due to planter fasciitis and could not run any more. Tried lots of orthotics - Walkfit definitely the best; but finding shoes that worked well with them was hard, and still could not run in them. I discovered Beasts three years ago - the first shoe in over 10 years I could wear without an orthotic and not be in agony at the end of the day. They work very well at stabilizing the heel and limiting pronation, while supporting the arch just right. A key aspect is that they do not elevate the heel above the balls of your feet, allowing the foot to strike flat and almost toes-first. This allows me to use my calf muscles and just works so much better. Anyway, mechanically the shoe works. Problem is that it is made cheap, falls apart, and last only about 5 months of daily use (wear to work, walk about 3 miles a day). It should be about $80. Its simply over-priced for the quality. I use my old ones to mow and do work around the house. But, I have a lot of old ones because I have to buy them almost 3 times a year.

Overall Rated:4 stars!

Comfort Rated:4 stars!

Style Rated:4 stars!

 

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July 8, 2013

DAVID

from Tucson, AZ

God looking shoe & very comfortable. ZAPPOS delivers promptly and makes returns easy and FREE. ZAPPOS is the first place I look for my shoes. Thanks ZAPPOS!

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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July 8, 2013

Anonymous

from Midland, TX

I have owned several pairs of Brooks Beast and each time the fit is perfect. Also, Zappos shipping is awesome!

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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July 4, 2013

Barry C

from currently in Mozambique!

I have been wearing Brooks Beast for many years. This model was much narrower than I expected and far too tight. I am not normally a "wide" but I am returning this pair due to the narrowness.

Brands I'd also recommend: I still like Brooks

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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July 2, 2013

Anonymous

from Atlanta, GA

I bought this after seeing so many good reviews. This shoe is bulky and I was expecting a great support. After 2 months my feet still hurts after standing or walking for long periods of time. I feel like I wasted my money.

Overall Rated:1 stars!

Comfort Rated:1 stars!

Style Rated:1 stars!

 

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June 27, 2013

Ann E

 

While I love Brooks shoes and will not wear any other brand, the Ghost 5 is still my favorite shoe because it fits me the best. The new Beast is just not as comfortable for me.

Brands I'd also recommend: I only wear Brooks

Overall Rated:3 stars!

Comfort Rated:3 stars!

Style Rated:3 stars!

 

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June 23, 2013

Anonymous

 

I ordered this shoe after reading the reviews which seemed very positive. Since I walk 25 to 35 miles per week I was very excited to try this shoe which other walkers so highly recommended. The shoe was comfortable and was breaking in very nicely. But after just 2 weeks of use (or about 50 miles), the shoes were breaking literally. The top of both shoes that form the collar around the ankle are disintegrating. It appears that these shoes are of poor quality as I have never had a pair of athletic shoes to start falling apart after just 2 weeks. I will not buy a Brooks product again.

Overall Rated:2 stars!

Comfort Rated:2 stars!

Style Rated:2 stars!

 

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June 20, 2013

Anonymous

from Indiana

I have been married and I can count on one hand how many times my husband has made positive comments about an article of clothing. He purchased the beast and has commented several times about the comfort of this shoe not only to me but to several friends and relatives. He loves them. He is on his second pair.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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June 20, 2013

Anonymous

from NEW JERSEY

I only run in "The Beast." It's the only running shoe I could take right out of the box, put on and off I go...no stretching or wearing in. I think I'm on my 10th pair right now. I'm a big guy who weighs 220 pounds. The Beast lasts me for about a year and a half of running about 30 miles a week. I am very pleased with the Brooks Beast and I would recommend this shoe for anyone who is over 200 pounds. The cushioning is outstanding. It's well worth the money. I like the added blue...very cool.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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June 18, 2013

Dave R

 

I love these shoes. I overpronate and I have struggled with plantar fasciitis, and these shoes help both issues. Plus, they're available in a 4E width. I run 10-12 miles a week, and I have been pain-free (from plantar fasciitis) for about 18 months now.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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June 15, 2013

Anonymous

 

If your feet need pronation, then these are the walking/running shoes to get. Forget the price and make your feet happy.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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June 14, 2013

Anonymous

from Slinger, Wi

Excellent shoe, great support. I ordered EE width and wished I had ordered EEEE width as they feel a little tight width wise. But not enough to send back.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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June 14, 2013

Steve

from Oregon

I walked 52 miles, mostly flat gravel road, last week and I have no blisters. Six feet two inches and 290 pounds means my feet hit the ground more than 15,000 times each day with some real force. I couldn't keep it up without my size 14 Brooks Beast shoes. I can vouch for them.

Brands I'd also recommend: Jawbone UP

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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June 13, 2013

Anonymous

from South Florida

These sneakers are great. Once I got the sizing right, they are very comfortable. I had to buy a size wider and a 1/2 size longer than normal. They are still relatively new, so I cannot yet comment on how quickly and how well they wear. They are also a little pricey relative the other options out there. So far, happy with the purchase.

Overall Rated:4 stars!

Comfort Rated:4 stars!

Style Rated:4 stars!

 

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June 12, 2013

Anonymous

from indiana

Bought these for my husband. He usually always gets beasts, but last pair were Nike and he really missed his brooks. He loves these shoes and the darker colors. He has vowed to never stray from his beasts again. Very comfortable and felt broken in from the get-go.

Brands I'd also recommend: mizuno

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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June 10, 2013

David K

from Quakertown PA

In just 3 weeks these shoes have done more to reduce my severe foot pain from over-pronation than orthotics, shots or even surgery have done in years. I would recommend starting by wearing them for short times until your muscles get used to the change in gait.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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May 30, 2013

Joshua C

from Tampa, Florida

I'd say a very good shoe, though I should have ordered a half size larger then my usual size. Definitely has helped me out with aches and pains after I upgraded to this shoe from a middle of the road store bought one.

Overall Rated:4 stars!

Comfort Rated:4 stars!

Style Rated:4 stars!

 

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May 28, 2013

Anonymous

 

I usually purchase (3) pairs a year and have been a big fan for the last 7 years. When I ordered the '12 Brooks Beast, I noticed that the width of the shoe got smaller and more snug. I tried with my orthotics and my feet went to a pins and needles feeling within a few min of putting them on. I also tried a 2E and both are much snug/tighter than the last model. Why would you change the design of such a successful shoe? I have been brand loyal for several years spending hundreds of dollars and now this... Completely disappointed! On the search for a new brand and shoe.

Overall Rated:1 stars!

Comfort Rated:1 stars!

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May 27, 2013

John K

 

I have fairly wide feet and use my shoes for workouts and walking. I would consider myself a normal pronator, meaning I am looking for stability shoes that offer moderate pronation control. In my opinion I was totally mismatched to these shoe by the Zappos sales person. These shoes force a higher degree of pronation because of the high inside support. I just went into a store to be matched properly, and walked out with the Brooks Glycerin. I feel like I wasted money and several weeks of discomfort by buying the Beast. They are very specific shoe for a specific problem. Be careful.

Overall Rated:2 stars!

Comfort Rated:2 stars!

Style Rated:2 stars!

 

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May 24, 2013

Anonymous

from United States

I bought this shoe for my husband based on his size and width while he was on travel for 5 weeks, doing a lot of running. Buying a shoe for someone else, crazy, right? Well, the Beast worked out perfectly for him. He needed a stability shoe that was supportive for flat feet but cushioned enough to take a beating. My husband just finished his course (and a 10k yesterday) with no joint pain. The Beast lives up to its reputation!

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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May 23, 2013

Anonymous

from Cleveland, OH

These shoes are true to size and width. The area around the ankle is a little bit higher than my last two pairs of Brooks causing the shoes to rub me the wrong way, but I was able to break them in after a couple weeks. They're very comfortable for me - I'm a taller and bigger runner. I'd recommend them to a friend and buy another pair.

Brands I'd also recommend: Asics, New Balance

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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May 22, 2013

Kathy

 

This is a fantastic shoe for the moderate over-pronator. With it's built in medial heel wedging it can't be beat. Just remember, like most athletic shoes it runs a size small so go up one size when fitting this shoe. The beast is just that... a beast of a runner. But you don't have to be a runner to enjoy it's ride.

Brands I'd also recommend: Nothing beats a Brooks

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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May 14, 2013

Adrian D

from Indiana

Love these shoes! Ran with them out of the box for 10 miles and had no issues! I am flatfooted and it is normally hard for me to find shoes that work comfortably for me, these are them!

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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May 13, 2013

Anonymous

from Ohio

I ordered this in 11.5 D .On arrival while trying it on I couldn't get either foot in these shoes -- everything was clear -- but they were close to a size and a half small, and narrow. I happened to have ordered another pair of shoes in the same shipment from a different manufacturer in the same size -- and they fit perfectly . Shipping work to China is one thing, but performing work with absolutely no quality controls is another. Bye Bye Brooks!

Brands I'd also recommend: Clarks,Johnston & Murphy ,Asics

Overall Rated:1 stars!

Comfort Rated:1 stars!

Style Rated:1 stars!

 

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May 11, 2013

Rich P

 

Really great shoe for those who need a lot of padding and lot of control. However, this iteration is hilariously narrow, even the 4E width. I have worn other Brooks shoes in the past and have only needed the 2E width, so they really screwed up the width of this shoe. Too bad. If you actually need the full 4E width, avoid this version of the Beast.

Brands I'd also recommend: New Balance, Asics

Overall Rated:3 stars!

Comfort Rated:3 stars!

Style Rated:3 stars!

 

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