Women's Ariel '12

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Style #120116

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Legend has it that Hera needed a running shoe and thus, the Ariel was born. Sturdy and supportive, these leading Control shoes perfect the blend of comfort and stability. The Segmented Crash Pad delivers flexibility underfoot without sacrificing assurance, a midsole stability web brings more integrity to the foam on the upper without added weight, and full-length Brooks DNA delivers adaptable cushioning to every unique stride. We also added some new feminine details to make the Ariel more stylish. Truly the shoe of shoes, the new and improved Ariel is simply divine.


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  • Shoe Category: Control
  • Pronation: Severe
  • Construction Type: Strobel
  • Platform: Linear Platform
  • Surface: Road/Track
  • Arch: Flat
  • Body Build: Medium, Large
  • DNA Layout: Full-length DNA Layout
  • Water-Resistent: No
  • Waterproof: No
  • Launch Date: October 1, 2012
  • Weight: 12.3 oz
  • Midsole Drop: 12 mm

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Ariel '12
 
3.1

(based on 76 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (22)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (15)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (9)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (8)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (22)

57%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Arch support (42)
  • Pronation control (42)
  • Comfortable (41)
  • Cushions impact (37)
  • Good traction (25)

Cons

  • Narrow / tight (19)
  • Wears quickly (19)
  • Uncomfortable (15)
  • Poor cushioning (11)
  • Poor support / stability (9)

Best Uses

  • Walking (44)
  • Gym (25)
  • With orthotics/inserts (24)
  • Dry conditions (19)
  • Distance / endurance (17)
    • Sizing:
    • Feels full size too small

       

      Feels half size too small

       

      Feels true to size

       

      69% 

      (50 reviews)

      Feels half size too big

       

      Feels full size too big

       
    • Width:
    • Feels too narrow

       

      Feels true to width

       

      66% 

      (46 reviews)

      Feels too wide

       
    • Arch Type:
    • Average arch (38), Low arch (18), High arch (7)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Casual/ recreational (34), Enthusiast (20), Gym rat (10), Rarely work out (7)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (71)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

NEED MORE FUN COLOR CHOICES!!!

The overall function of the shoe is great. I have been wearing them for ten years. I have tried other motion control shoes, being swayed by saving a few bucks and color choices,...Read complete review

The overall function of the shoe is great. I have been wearing them for ten years. I have tried other motion control shoes, being swayed by saving a few bucks and color choices, but have always come back. I do hate they are most expensive shoe on the market. They don't seem to be competitively priced. If the price is the price, you'd think there would be fun color choices, especially since other Brooks shoes comes in these fun colors and competitors also have these fun colors. Why does this shoe need to remain in the dark ages of looking more like an orthopedic shoe?

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

New model has changed!

On the advice of my podiatrist, I've worn the Ariel for 4 years now. I used to LOVE the shoe. I started wearing the new model a year ago and am SO...Read complete review

On the advice of my podiatrist, I've worn the Ariel for 4 years now. I used to LOVE the shoe. I started wearing the new model a year ago and am SO UNHAPPY!!! The shoe fits totally different. The narrower toe bed is very uncomfortable. Also, the heel fits higher in back. It rubs up against my ankle bone and pulls my sock down in the back. My podiatrist insists that I wear this shoe to correct several other problems I have (neuromas, wide feet, high instep, shredded achilles tendon). I've tried several different lacing techniques and nothing works. I've gotten used to the way the shoe hits my ankle bone, but the sock pull down is EXTREMELY ANNOYING. I've been scouring the web to find the older version of the shoe, but can't find my size. It's time for me to buy another pair of running shoes and I've made an appointment with my podiatrist to find another shoe.

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3.0

Disappointed with changes

By Michele H

from Easton, PA

About Me Casual/ Recreational

Pros

  • Good Arch Support

Cons

  • Poor Cushioning
  • Too wide

Best Uses

  • Walking

Comments about Ariel '12:

I've been wearing the Brooks Ariel for about the last 5 or 6 years, and it was the most comfortable shoe for my plantar fasciitis. The changes to this version, though, caused me to send them back. The shoe feels too wide (I bought a regular width) and it doesn't feel as cushioned as before. Overall, it just didn't feel "right." I've started wearing the Glycerin and will look for the updated version of that shoe to see if it's better. Disappointed with the changes to Ariel.

  • Sizing:
  • Feels true to size
  • Width:
  • Feels too wide
  • Arch Type:
  • High Arch
  • Was this a gift?:
  • No

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(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Loyal fan of Ariel '12

By Crane

from working in Alaska for the summer

About Me Casual/ Recreational

Pros

  • Comfortable
  • Durable
  • Good Arch Support

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Walking
    • With Orthotics/Inserts

    Comments about Ariel '12:

    I like this product so much I brag about it! My sister tried on my shoes and liked them so I bought her a pair!

    • Sizing:
    • Feels true to size
    • Width:
    • Feels true to width
    • Arch Type:
    • High Arch
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

    Comment on this review

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    1.0

    NOT the shoes it use to be!!!!

    By Savannah Jul

    from Savannah GA.

    About Me Avid Athlete

    Pros

    • Lightweight
    • Poorly Made Arches
    • Pretty Color
    • Rubbed Inside Of Arches
    • Stiffunresponsive

    Cons

    • Poor Arch Support
    • Poor Cushioning
    • Poor Stability
    • Rubbed Inside Of My Arch
    • Too Stiff
    • Uncomfortable
    • Wears Quickly

    Best Uses

    • Don't Know

    Comments about Ariel '12:

    Sad when a company like Brooks makes changes to the design and quality of what had been a goods woman's shoe.

    I am in constant motion, use to dance professionally, now i do serious walking , aerobics, and swimming so i fit for my age. Granted my feet are somewhat more sensitive than some because of my years on them BUT i have pretty happy with Brooks as my go to shoes for my long walks and aerobics until the last 2 seasons. They are uncomfortable , unresponsive, don't hold up well at all ( and i baby my shoes) My last years pair( 2013 )had a hole in the toe and the cushioning and arches were already completely broken down after a little less than a year. so i bought the new 2014 model , worse, i tried them for 3 weeks and my feet , knees and legs hurt so bad i returned them for another model , The Addiction which was worse. Do not expect anything of these shoes anymore. I have switched to another brand entirely.

    • Sizing:
    • Feels true to size
    • Width:
    • Feels true to width
    • Arch Type:
    • Average Arch
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

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    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    One annoying thing

    By Terri

    from Greeneville, TN

    About Me Gym Rat

    Pros

    • Comfortable
    • Cushions Impact
    • Good Arch Support
    • Lightweight

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Dry Weather
      • Endurance Training
      • Gym
      • Trail Running
      • Walking
      • Wet Weather

      Comments about Ariel '12:

      The shoes are great! The only problem I have is the left shoe seam on the inside of my foot rubs, I put some tape on it and its great

      • Sizing:
      • Feels true to size
      • Width:
      • Feels true to width
      • Arch Type:
      • Average Arch
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

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      4.0

      Amateur runner

      By Maethwen

      from East Longmeadow, MA

      About Me Gym Rat

      Pros

      • Comfortable
      • Lightweight
      • Pronation Control

      Cons

      • Haven't Used Long Enough

      Best Uses

      • Dry Weather
      • Endurance Training
      • Gym
      • Walking

      Comments about Ariel '12:

      I am an amateur runner, more of a swimmer, but trying to make transition into running. Was having shin P and slow recovery time, no shin P or recovery time delays since purchased these sneakers based on friend/avid runner's recommendation.

      • Sizing:
      • Feels true to size
      • Width:
      • Feels true to width
      • Arch Type:
      • Average Arch
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

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