Brooks Beast/Ariel

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Brooks Beast/Ariel
Lighter than the old Beast/Ariel, and softer, but just as stable.

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Put last year's Beast (or the ladies' version, the Ariel) next to this year's, and you'll see few big differences. Brooks tends to make tiny tweaks to this legendary model, which still has a big medial post with different density foams to slow pronation and plugs of Hydroflow cushioning material ...  Continue reading

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A great shoe for runners with flat feet who need the highest amount of support and cushioning. Continue reading...
Extremely well made and long lasting shoes Continue reading...
Having read the reviews, 1 in 3 people report the heal wears out within weeks, yet The Sweat Shop seem to feel it's my fault. Very poor service that has put me off the retailer more that the make of shoe.

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When I took up running 5 years ago my local specialist running shop sold me a pair of Beasts and I've never worn any other kind of running shoe. I'm a mid-weight female with BIG feet (43) so have to wear men's Continue reading...
I chose this shoe because I am a big lad rather than an over pronator and whilst it has taken a while to get used to the weight as compared to my old Asic Cumulus I have not suffered half of the complaints I wa Continue reading...



Just got a new pair of Brookes Beast and I'm wondering, whould I put my Orthotics under the sockliner or over the top?



Posted: 04/04/2008 at 19:38

Ask your pod.  I was told to put mine under to minimise potential rubbing/blisters.

Or try both and see what happens???

Posted: 04/04/2008 at 19:54


I take the original insole out and put the prthotics in.

However the point of my orthotics was that they give me the correction I need, and If I were to put them in a MC shoe I'd be overcorrected.  Hence they go into neutral shoes (for me anyway).

Posted: 04/04/2008 at 19:56

Hi there

Your orthotics may now be to much for your gait when combined with your beast. I would double check with the store where you bought your shoes that they are still the correct footwear. Most likely they will not be. You will either need a neutral shoe or one with a touch of arch support, which is most often the case.

In terms of where you should place them it's all personal preference and from experience, it does depend on the shoe. On the general I would say take out the insole - it's only there for aesthetics and does not make a significant amount of the cushioning. It will also allow the orthotic do it's job better as both you and it will be lower to the ground, hence more stable, but also try on top and underneath. See what works for you.

Posted: 04/04/2008 at 22:22

it all depends on the type of orthotic as to whether the shoe is wrong or right, for a rigid corrective device then the beast is probably overkill, if the device is either flexible or semi rigid then it may well be fine.

whatever type of device you have i would just get the whole thing checked before you go out.

as for where to put the orthotic, i would always suggest that you use a full length orthotic insert for use in a running shoe, if this is the case then simply remove the sock liner form the shoe and replace with the orthotic device, if there is then too much space in the shoe you can put a no compressible flat filler under the orthotic.... if the orthotic is 3/4 length then there is a few things which will not ever be 100%

if you place the orthotic under the sock liner then it will sit flat in the shoe but the sock liner over the top can throw the angles out between the device and your foot, similarily if the device goes on top of the sock liner the soft nature of the sock liner and any shape that it may have can throw the angles out, either way you may not get the best from your orthotic device.

one thing that can work is cutting the sock liner just behind there the front of the orthotic finishes and sanding the sock liner down to a fine taper underneath, this allowa the orthotic device to sit flat in the shoe, and the taper on the sock liner allowa the distal edge of the device to remain flat whilst eliminating a 'lumpy' join between where the orthotic finishes and the sock liner starts

good luck

Posted: 05/04/2008 at 11:29

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