Men's BROOKS® BEAST™ 12 :: Rawr! You'll unharness the fury of the Beast™ and attack that pavement when you slip on the Brooks® Beast™ 12. Enjoy this latest incarnation of the most fearsome running shoes out there - in fact, your overpronation is quaking in its boots at the very thought of the Beast™'s super-supportive, super-sturdy powers. Fall in love with this careful blend of comfort and stability; these daily trainers feature full-length adaptable cushioning, a midsole stability web, and an extended, heel-to-toe rollbar that all work to keep your feet smiling as they tear into the pavement mile after mile. 14.0 ounces
I am a 6' 2" former U.S. Marine who grew to an unhealthy 295 lbs. in the years following my service. 9 months ago I decided to get healthy again by modifying what and how much I ate (thanks My Fitness Pal app!) and incorporating exercise. I began on the stationary bike, graduated to elliptical, then tread mill, and eventually was back to running outside with others.
My journey has seen a loss of 66 pounds (currently 229 lbs.!), well on the way to my final goal of 200lbs. Until recently, I have used Asics running shoes. They worked out OK, but I do have a need for motion control and greater cushioning. I paid the extra money to obtain the Brooks Beast 12 and have not looked back. Everything you read about them is accurate...full support, comfort, and my legs feel refreshed at the end of runs compared to my prior "kicks".
I have only run in them 4 times now...but there is a noticeable difference. Oh, and I completely agree with a previous post who commented on the weight of the shoes. At our weight, we don't notice a few extra ounces.
Baton Rouge, LA
Nothing else like it.
This is THE motion control shoe for large heavy runners, walkers, etc. Once you buy it you keep on replacing worn ones with the same thing, time after time. There's no other shoe on the market that provides the same benefits for big, flat footed, over pronaters. Large toe box is another benefit for me...others may not need it. Hard to find for any kind of sale price but worth every penny. You can really tell when they wear out "cushion wise". I'm 6'2" and weigh 275 lbs. and I get maybe 9 months to a pair. They are exceedingly breathable in the toes and instep area especially, so much so that they are cold wearing in Winter...and offer no protection against rain or ground water pouring in. Sane people run AROUND the puddles anyway, right? I usually have three pair I cycle through...new, a little old and ratty...worn depending on the activity. Absolutely the best for their intended use.
12 Not The Same Size As 11
I have to agree with the comments that the Beast 12 is NOT the same as the Beast 11. A Beast 11 size 11 D was close to a perfect fit and shoe for me. The Beast 12 size 11 D was cramped, too narrow and a bit too short. I tried heel lifts and different ways of tying the shoe up, whatever and it got to the point where I just dreaded putting them on. I've run every day for over 33 years and to dread going is not something I want.
I do need the cushioning and rock solid stability of the Beast though, so I moved to a Beast 12 size 11 2E. This solved the narrow, cramped and too short issues, but now the shoes are just a little too big and I have to over tighten them
I understand that shoes need a makeover and/or that new materials and technologies are added to shoes year-over-year, but why do companies insist on changing the underlying sizing or other foundational qualities that, no matter the color or materials used, don't need to change once they've "got it right" for the (vast) majority of the shoe's users?
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Top Notch Beast!
I have been running in the last three iterations of the Beast. This being the third. I was concerned when I read that the shoe width was tight and the toebox was narrow. I actually considered buying a Saucony or New Balance of the same build. After successful half and full marathons in the previous Beast's I just couldn't change.
My concerns were confirmed when I the sneakers arrived. They felt narrow and the toebox was tight when I tried them on. Knowing the previous Beast versions have been my saviour I decided to go out for a run. They were so comfortable! I ended up doing a 9 mile run and they compleely loosened up! They are the best Beast version to date. I love them and I'm glad I stuck with a true winner for me. I'm 6' and 235. These are the only sneakers that have worked for me.
I'm 6'3" and 260 pounds.. I run 3-4 miles a day, 6 days a week. Being a heavier guy, the Brooks Beast line is the only shoe I have found that supports my feet during this kind of running. This style is very similar to the Beast 11 in support and comfort, but I like that they've changed the design a little to hide the large sole that all motion control shoes have. I'm very pleased with this Brooks update.
San Diego, CA
The Beast is the Best!
I have tried many brands in my years of running since 1977. The Brooks Beast, in my opinion, has always been the best shoe I have run in. I have severe pronation issues and since I discovered them several years ago, I hate running in anything else and always end up with knee problems. Not with the Beast. I am so happy Roadrunner Sports brought back Brooks running shoes because I don't want to run in anything else. These new ones, Beast '12 are great. They seem lighter than my '10 version but are just as supportive and a joy to run in. I may even order another pair for backup since they seem to be hard to find and are expensive, but they definitely are worth it. With V.I.P. they are more affordable.
San Antonio, Tx
Like wearing wood clogs
I'm 6'3 and 240 and run 3 miles 3 x a week. I tried the Beast after years of running in Asics, because when it came time to buy a new pair, I couldn't find an Ascics pair I liked. However, I went from the frying pan to the fire with the Brooks Beast 12. It felt great in the store when I walked in it, and still does for walking. However, it's like running in thick wood-soled shoes. They are incredibly inflexible and my feet get a real pounding. After using them approximately 6-7 times, I'm not optimistic about benefits from further breaking-in. I may just have to keep them as comfortable walking shoes that are unsuitable for running and now go out and spend another $110+ for a pair of shoes I can actually wear running.
Long Island, New York
Would buy again
I've used the Beast for 5+ years. Cushion & Stability are key considerations due to knee injuries. Weekly average is 12-15 miles on pavement. I have medium arches, neutral pronation, D width, weight 175 lb. As compared to earlier models, toe width feels a bit tight but easily overcome by not lacing too tight. If you use Orthotics it may accentuate tight feeling. Construction is good. I typically do not notice the shoe "Breaking Down" until 7-8 months. I've tried other name brands which initially feel good but Break Down in 4-5 months. (By Break Down I mean Cushioning & Stability deteriorates.)
Great shoe, bad sizing
As a Clydesdale class distance runner, I've worn the Beast for more than ten years. The Brooks brand and the Beast model have earned a powerful reputation among big runners for a rugged, reliable shoe. I'm baffled as to why Brooks would jeopardize that brand loyalty by making the toe box so much narrower on the Beast 12. Fortunately, I read the other reviews here before reordering, so knew to go a size wider than usual. Even so, these are a bit narrower than they should be. Length is still fine, but the width was way off.
I'm disappointed the Brook's people have elected to exercise their own form of sequestration by reducing the width of my former "regular" width Beasts by 1/4 inch along with a comparable reduction in the height of the toe box. a perfect setup for Black Toe. Additionally sequestration has affected the length of the shoe strings by around 8 inches (shorter). I barely have enough string to tie the knot. This shoe is clearly not the shoe I started wearing many years ago with these so called improvements.
Review for the Beast 2012
These are the second Brooks Beast shoes that I have purchased. The old ones are gray and I wear them when I work around the yard. They are a little heavier than the new ones. I believe I like the old ones better. They seem to be more solid for what I like to do which is every day walking. I think there is a huge market for seniors who like an every day shoe that looks good and gives you that real cushy feel. They should be built to last.
Reign of the Beast
Just got my most recent pair of Beasts. Been wearing them for 4 years now, made a mistake two pairs ago with another brand. They work well with a 3/4 length PowerStep orthotic. But have recently taken them out! This newest model the Beast 12 seems to have great support for my size 13 4E dogs without the orthotics. Recently told I have severe arthritis in my right hip, so this may be my last pair....Now to find some extra wide cycling shoes! :-)
On My Last Hip
I've used brooks for many years and I have to say the beast is just an outstanding shoe. No break in time, just run right out of the box like all brooks sneakers. I personally have to wear thinner socks for this particular sneaker, perhaps it's bc they are motion control (plus). This is the first time getting a plus. I'm glad I did, feels like I'm going to have a longer wear with these guys. Run about 25-30 miles a week (getting old, ugh) and have to say these have been so comfortable. Great purchase!
Every Run Counts
Cramped Toe Box but Still Good
I'm 6'3 and 190lbs, running about 5-7 pavement miles a day. I wear a size 13 in street shoes and normally purchase 14's for running. It feels a little narrow and the toe box is a wee bit cramped but not uncomfortably so... you kinda wish it was just a bit roomier. Great for overpronation yet still a decently light shoe. I have run about 250 miles in them so far and the soles look great and all around the support is holding up.
I have been wearing NB 1100 series shoes for over 10 years but new 1540 is awful. Switched to Beasts and am extremely happy. I am a heavy heel striker and these heels last longer than any shoe I have ever worn. Also, I am severe over-pronator and wear orthotics (I have Morton's toe) and they these shoes are both comfortable and I have not had knee problems. I run about 30 miles a week. Just ordered two more pairs in case they change model.
Toe Box Smaller in the 12
-I have been purchasing Brooks Beast annually (each model) for > 6 years. Use as a great work shoe (physician/surgeon) and for workouts--typically power walking / elliptical / gauntlet stair climber.
-I am 76", 230 lb. and wear orthotics for Mortons neuromas. Brooks Beast has always provided great support, stability, and shock absorption.
-The toe box of this year's model has less vertical space than previous, making it less comfortable to wear with orthotics.
Nice Running Shoe for Large people
I use the Brooks Beast for Running/Walking ONLY. I do NOT use this shoe for anything else in order to keep it in good shape for my aging legs. Lol.... I found that its Widths are not compatable with other Brands, I would go one Width bigger than what you need. Great shoe for Large Men. Lasts Longer than New Balance Running Shoes. NB shoes are Nice, but are NOT durable compared to the Beast!!!!
Wide works better
I have been wearing Beast for too many years to recall. This model was too narrow. I set them back and ran in Trance for 9 months. Needed the motion control of the Beast. Ordered this pair in a wide , same size 9. Works great. Due to more narrow fit I did not like them on my last review. Now in a wide , I love them all over again. Gave 4 due to narrow fit or would be a 5.
Love this shoe
I have hallux rigidus and suffered for a long time. With the advice of a doctor i have a carbon fiber orthotic insert and with this shoe all is better now. It is a fantastic shoe for control and comfort. While it is a bit heavy it has enabled me to run pain free. It does wear somewhat quickly but I can still get 500 - to 750 miles out of them. They are also comfortable for casual wear and go well with jeans.
For me, this shoe is better than the 11
I use full length orthotics in my shoes so I remove the insert that comes with the shoe.I do not find the toe box smaller than the 11. In fact, it works better for me. One great change seems to be the tightened heel box so I actually get more support. The 11's were so loose in the heel , I did not need a shoe horn. With these, I do.
I have not tried walking long distances yet, just gym use. Will report back when I walk 3-4 miles.
San Bruno, California
Very disappointing upgrade
I'm a long-time Beast fan, but the fit on this latest update is very disappointing. I've been running in 12.5D Beasts for as long as I can remember. Bought the Beast 12 in that size and the shoe was so cramped and small in the toebox that it literally made my foot hurt. Bought a 12.5EE and it was STILL way too small. So moved to a size 13, and that's too big. I'm tired of experimenting - it's time to say goodbye to the Beast and find another shoe.
rcb in nyc
New York City
I use this shoe for road running. I use another for trails. This has need a great shoe so far. I have not had them long, but loving them.
It feels comfortable for my wide instep and low to flat arch.
I have been a runner for many years with marathons included and the only two brands of shoes I only consider are New Balance and Brooks can not go wrong.
Sierra Vista, AZ
I'm a U.S. Marine and have been wearing the Brooks Beast for a while. I decided to try a New Balance type and was very displeased because they were too heavy. I made my way back to the Beast and was very surprised they had changed the design and they felt even lighter. Thank you for the Beast 12. A real awesome piece of gear.
Camp Lejeune North Carolina
Big Boy Shoes
I started buying the Beast probably 10 years ago and have gone through maybe 8 pairs. I am a bigger  guy and I read that this was a good shoe for heavier runners. Its great. Doesn't break down. I pronate and run with orthotics. They fit well in the Beast. Also the Beast has a good heal cup, no slippage. So, great for pronators, and heavy guys. Very durable.
"Beast" IS Applicable!
If you're a member of the big and fat club (220+) these babies are for you! Good cushioning and fit. I wear a size 12EE and that's what I ordered. The shoe has enough room for my thin base sock and 2 pair of mid-weight cushioning socks. If you're a big dude and you like to run/walk like I do, you'd be hard pressed to find a better shoe.
Toe Box to Narrow
I have been training and running marathons and half marathons since 2009. I found the the Brooks Beast 10 and 11(size 12/2E) to be the best for me. I have run through at least 8 pairs. The new Brooks Beast 12 is to narrow in the toe box and cause me all kinds of toe and foot problems. I am returning the Beast 12 (size 12/2E) and asking for exchange to size 12/4E. Hope that correct the problem.
I love "The beast"
I walk 4 - 5 miles 3 to 5 times per week. During the winter I use a treadmill, but prefer walking on a paved bike trail or streets during warmer weather. I have flat feet and pronation. The Beast is the best shoe I've ever owned. I am on my eighth or ninth pair. Road Runner Sports have the best prices, both online or brick and mortar.
Walking for Health
Worst Beast Ever
I have been buying and using Brooks Beasts for the last 15 to 20 year. Run 30 to 40 miles per week. This model change is the worst ever. Latest model are 4-Double E in width but they are still too tight and uncomfortable. Have caused me foot pain. I switched back to my old worn out pair of Beast 11 shoes and problems went away. Will never buy these again.
Broadview Heights Ohio
It's a Beast of a shoe.
I use The Beast for jogging. Been wearing them since 1991 when a sales rep for Road Runner Sports at the store in Mira Mesa turned me on to them. I had heel bruising at the time and I put these on and haven't had the problem since. Most comfortable shoe for me.
I'm a big guy and need something that can hang with me.
Fleming Island Florida
At 6"1" and 210 lbs., I need a well built shoe that gives maximum motion control and the Beast is the only shoe that I have found that holds up. Tried all the others and always come back to this shoe.
Only buy the gold trim or the blue trim as the 606 red trim /black Beast color is not the same shoe.
The beast cured my plantar fasciitis and allowed me to run 1/2 marathons again.
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