Women's Ariel '14

Women's Ariel '14
Brooks Women's Ariel '14

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$150.00

Style #120164

Built to withstand just about anything, the Ariel '14 women's running shoe is our most supportive shoe, ensuring maximum stability with a tremendously soft, cushioned feel underfoot. It's DNA midsole dynamically adapts to every step as the extended Progressive Diagonal Rollbar keeps your body on track. The moisture-management mesh upper keeps feet cool and dry and the plush insole cradles them in plush comfort. Make the Ariel' 14 part of your world.

>>See the Ariel's big brother, the Beast '14 Running Shoes

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Features

Ariel '14

  • More cushion than ever! Updated design wraps your foot for a glove-like fit
  • Extended Progressive Diagonal Rollbar provides maximum control
  • Brooks DNA midsole adapts to your stride for custom cushioning and stability
  • Full-length Segmented Crash Pad creates smooth heel-to-toe transition with every step
  • Moisture-Management Element Mesh in the upper and sockliner help keep your feet cool and comfortable
Great for road running

Great for road running

Ideal for Flat Arches

Ideal for Flat Arches

Midsole drop

Midsole Drop 12mm

Weight

Weight 12.0 oz

Technology

DNA Midsole

An innovative cushioning system that adapts to runners of all sizes and speeds, providing a custom ride.

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Segmented Crash Pad

Made up of fully-integrated shock absorbers to provide cushion and smooth heel-to-toe transition, maximizing the efficiency of every stride.

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DNA Midsole

What is it?

Brooks DNA is an innovative and uniquely adaptive cushioning system. By adapting to your specific weight, pace, gait and running surface, DNA offers customized cushioning and adds a spring to your step.

Traditional cushioning takes a one-size-fits-all approach, but we know that each runner is different. Brooks DNA was developed to continuously tailor the level of cushioning to your specific needs – even as they change during the run.

How does it work?

Brooks DNA is made up of a highly viscous non-Newtonian material or more simply put, a material that adapts to the specific force you apply to it. Part of the brilliance is that this compound was engineered to perform at the molecular level (picture millions of resilient 'nanosprings').

If you looked at Brooks DNA through a microscope, you'd see that it's made up of individual molecules connected in strands. These strands (which form chains) react to the amount of force placed on the foot, dispersing pressure and providing resiliency. Bottom line of this physics lesson: You get tailored cushioning that reacts to your specific weight, pace, gait, movement and running environment – "made-for-me" cushioning vs. "one size fits all."

And, as with all good technology, we’ve taken it a step further (two steps actually):

  • BioMoGo DNA is DNA technology blended with the BioMoGo midsole to provide adaptive cushioning throughout the midsole vs. just in the heel and forefoot.
  • BioMoGo DNA midsole includes an organic, non-toxic additive that biodegrades the midsole 50 times faster than traditional EVA when it comes into contact with anaerobic landfill microbes (otherwise known as active, enclosed landfills).
  • 30% more cushioning than standard midsole materials (gel or EVA)
  • Twice as much energy return for more pep in your step
  • Great performance no matter your weight or running pace
  • Smoother transition from heel to toe

Segmented Crash Pad

What is it?

The Segmented Crash Pad customizes your foot's lay-down to provide amazing cushion and smooth heel-to-toe transition throughout the run.

How does it work?

We know that a key component of maximizing your run is to provide the smoothest possible heel-to-toe transition. The Segmented Crash Pad is one technology we use to achieve this goal.

Shaped like a caterpillar, the Segmented Crash Pad is a midsole made up of independent, yet fully integrated shock absorbers. As your foot strikes the ground, the segments work together to customize your individual lay down to provide the right amount of cushion and seamless heel-to-toe transition for you – making the most of all that effort you put into each stride.

Specifications

  • Shoe Category: Cushion Me
  • Arch: Flat
  • Body Build: Medium, Large
  • Platform: Linear Platform
  • DNA Layout: Full-length DNA Layout
  • Construction Type: Stroebel
  • Surface: Road/Track
  • Launch Date: September 1, 2014
  • Weight: 12.0 oz
  • Midsole Drop: 12 mm
  • Support Level: Support

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Ariel '14
 
3.0

(based on 61 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (18)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (10)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (7)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (7)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (19)

49%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Pronation control (29)
  • Arch support (27)
  • Lightweight (27)
  • Comfortable (26)
  • Cushions impact (25)

Cons

  • Narrow / tight (29)
  • Uncomfortable (19)
  • Poor support / stability (8)
  • Poor arch support (6)
  • Poor cushioning (6)

Best Uses

  • Walking (38)
  • Dry conditions (20)
  • Gym (14)
  • With orthotics/inserts (11)
  • Work (10)
    • Sizing:
    • Feels full size too small

       

      Feels half size too small

       

      Feels true to size

       

      63% 

      (34 reviews)

      Feels half size too big

       

      Feels full size too big

       
    • Width:
    • Feels too narrow

       

      56% 

      (32 reviews)

      Feels true to width

       

      Feels too wide

       
    • Arch Type:
    • Average arch (25), Low arch (16), High arch (6)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Casual/ recreational (39), Enthusiast (8), Gym rat (8), Rarely work out (3)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (59)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Changes to Ariel?

I've been wearing the same style for years...and I love it. For some reason, this pair feels a tad tight (not really the width or the length - literally the part...Read complete review

I've been wearing the same style for years...and I love it. For some reason, this pair feels a tad tight (not really the width or the length - literally the part that covers the foot across the top...and I know this sounds crazy, but the shoe laces also seem shorter...or maybe I am just using more of them in the lace up process because the shoe seems a little smaller.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Disappointed...doesn't fit right anymore

I've purchased Brooks Ariel shoes for about the past 10 years to prevent plantar fasciitis which I had struggled with before. I wear them almost daily and they have been the best shoes I've...Read complete review

I've purchased Brooks Ariel shoes for about the past 10 years to prevent plantar fasciitis which I had struggled with before. I wear them almost daily and they have been the best shoes I've ever had. I have not struggled with plantar fasciitis since I started wearing them and I have recommended them to several people who have had the same results. Brooks has made several changes in recent years though that have made these shoes less desirable. I was hoping the reviews I read for the 2014 edition were wrong but they are not. These have more padding, which is great and made them feel like stepping on a cloud when I first stood in them, but they didn't account for it in the rest of the shoe so with my foot higher in the shoe, the back that rest against my ankle feels weird (like it is short), the laces have to be laced wider (which makes it look like I have fat feet) and the shoe laces are too short. The length is fine so I can't get a larger size, but the sides and top of my feet feel like they are being squeezed. Maybe a wide would work but I've never warn wide in any shoe and typically my heel goes up and down in a wide. I do not have another option at this point because I don't know what else will work with my feet so I will likely keep these in hopes they will get more comfortable as time goes on and will not cause other foot problems. I am just so disappointed and would not recommend Brooks Ariels anymore unless they change them back. Ariels have been shoes I could count on year after year and I don't understand why Brooks is changing them so drastically when they have such a large repeat customer base. If it ain't broke, don't fix it. I heard Brooks said they had to make changes to compete with other brands but there has been no brand that stood up to the quality and comfort of these shoes in the past. If you want to compete, come out with a variety of colors. That had been my only complaint ever...not enough variety or exciting colors.

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5.0

The Only Running Shoe I Can Wear

By 

from Michigan

About Me Casual/ Recreational

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Comfortable
  • Cushions Impact
  • Durable
  • Pronation Control

Cons

  • Poor Arch Support

Best Uses

  • Dry Weather
  • Gym
  • Walking
  • Wet Weather
  • With Orthotics/Inserts

Comments about Ariel '14:

I have been wearing Ariel running shoes for several years now. I have Morton's neuroma in both feet plus I have very high arches (that is why I checked "Poor Arch Support"). Therefore, I have customized orthotics that I wear in the shoes. The shoes provide good support and are very stable. These shoes are the only athletic shoes that I have had luck with.....of course, with the orthotics inserted.

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

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(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

My toes ache!

By 

from TN.

About Me Casual/ Recreational

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Comfortable
  • Cushions Impact
  • Durable
  • Good Arch Support
  • Good Traction
  • Pronation Control
  • Responsive

Cons

  • Too Narrow In The Toe Box
  • Uncomfortable

Best Uses

  • Dry Weather
  • Gym
  • Walking
  • Work

Comments about Ariel '14:

I really have appreciated the wide toe box in the old style Ariels. I could put on the 9.5 W W right from the box with no problems. The new narrower toe is giving me fits! It takes a long time to break them in and in the mean time my toes and feet cramp. Because I need double wide shoes, Ariels have been the ONLY everyday shoe I can wear! Please widen the toe box! I will continue to purchase them because I feel I have no other choice.

  • Sizing:
  • Feels true to size
  • Width:
  • Feels too narrow
  • Was this a gift?:
  • No

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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

You need another color choice - blue-which goes with jeans!

By 

from Los Angeles

About Me Casual/ Recreational

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Comfortable
  • Cushions Impact
  • Great For Bunions

Cons

  • Should Come In Blue Too

Best Uses

  • Dry Weather
  • Everything
  • Walking
  • With Orthotics/Inserts

Comments about Ariel '14:

I need to wear these shoes every day because i had plantar fasciitis. That's why i need a color that will go with everything. Both my winter coats are red. Who would want to wear pink and grey tennis shoes with a red coat to Thanksgiving or a party?

Thanks for listening.
Kara

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

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(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

Narrow and short

By 

from Brooklyn

About Me Casual/ Recreational

Pros

  • Cushions Impact
  • Pronation Control

Cons

  • Narrow / Tight

Best Uses

    Comments about Ariel '14:

    i always thought these were changed then i read they were "updated" midseason - well now they are too narrow and running a half size shorter then the ones purchased over the simmer. Brooks lost a customer and from reading reviews i see they have lost many. I tried the addiction 12., the toe box is better but the insole is cheap foam and doesn't provide any cushion at all and the shoe itself is like walking barefoot on pavement Bring back the Ariel next year that is wide and comfy not this narrow junk

    • Sizing:
    • Feels half size too small
    • Width:
    • Feels too narrow
    • Was this a gift?:
    • Yes

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    (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    1.0

    What do I do now?

    By 

    from St. Simons Isl., GA

    About Me Casual/ Recreational

    Pros

      Cons

      • Narrow / Tight
      • Uncomfortable

      Best Uses

        Comments about Ariel '14:

        I walk--3 to 4 miles three or four times a week, much more in the months leading up to a two-day 39.3-mile breast cancer walk. I switched from Asics to Ariels a few years ago on the advice of the person making my orthotics and was thrilled to find out for the first time what walking should have felt like all along. When I needed replacements a year ago, I noticed that the majority of Ariel devotees were disappointed in the Ariel '14, so I quickly bought two more Ariel '12s before they disappeared. I don't know what to do now that I want new shoes because I can't wear the '14s. When I replace the insert with my orthotics, the toebox in the D-width shoe fits like a compression sock: it is not high or wide enough. I cannot move my toes at all, and I cannot even get the shoe on if I wear socks. The laces are at least 6" shorter than the ones in my '12s, so I can't lace the shoes the way my orthotist recommended. I'm baffled. The only negative reviews I remember about the fit of the '12s were that they were narrower and tighter than the '11s--so Brooks made the new shoe even narrower and tighter? Go figure! It seems to me that Brooks had the corner on motion control for overpronators with wide feet--and they've blown it. I'll try the Addictions, but I suspect I'll be looking at other brands and hoping that Brooks is working overtime to bring back the Ariel fit and comfort that worked for so many of us for so long.

        • Sizing:
        • Feels half size too small
        • Width:
        • Feels too narrow
        • Arch Type:
        • Low Arch
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

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        (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        1.0

        NARROW!

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        By 

        from NYC

        Verified Reviewer

        Comments about Ariel '14:

        I am so tired of Brooks! I bought the Ariel 14 over the summer, I have a problem foot and ankle and these felt great.

        I ordered the woman's EE and it fit perfectly.
        Nice wide toe box for my EE feet. The width was great right out of the box and still is.

        I wanted a backup pair and have ordered 4 pairs since the fall and all of them are too narrow and the fabric is softer-my ariel is stiff , roomy and the toebox os deep, wide and stays up by itself. Brooks you ruined a great shoe for us flat arched extra wide footed overpronators

        • Sizing:
        • Feels true to size
        • Width:
        • Feels too narrow
        • Arch Type:
        • Low Arch
        • Was this a gift?:
        • Yes

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        1.0

        Please change back

        By 

        from Connecticut

        About Me Rarely Work Out

        Pros

          Cons

          • Narrow / Tight

          Best Uses

            Comments about Ariel '14:

            My favorite shoe for plantar fasciitis and arthritis of the ball joint. This model is too short and too narrow in the toe box. The change in the model is not helpful and I won't be buying a new pair this year.

            • Sizing:
            • Feels half size too small
            • Width:
            • Feels too narrow
            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

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            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            1.0

            Horrible design changes; less support and less comfort

            By 

            from Southern California

            About Me Casual/ Recreational

            Pros

              Cons

              • Poor Arch Support
              • Poor Cushioning
              • Poor Stability
              • Uncomfortable

              Best Uses

                Comments about Ariel '14:

                After years of loving Ariel; the latest model and I are going to be breaking up for good unless she changes back to her good old self!

                • Was this a gift?:
                • No

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                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                2.0

                Disappointed

                By 

                from 86303

                About Me Casual/ Recreational

                Pros

                • Durable
                • Good Traction
                • Lightweight

                Cons

                • Narrow / Tight
                • Poor Stability
                • Uncomfortable

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Ariel '14:

                  I have to agree with many of the other reviews...these are too narrow, and it's a pity that Brooks has changed a good thing. I had been having difficulty with plantar fasciitis for about 5 years, until I discovered these Brooks Ariel sneakers about 10 years ago. Finding them made a HUGE difference in the health of my feet. I have used no other sneaker since then. I am disappointed, and concerned, because I am not sure how long it will take to find another shoe that fits so perfectly. At the advice of a Customer Service rep, I will try the Addiction 12, and see how that fits. If it does not, I am sad to say I'll have to start researching other brands. I hope Brooks will consider widening the toe-box back, as well restoring the width of the base of the shoe.

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

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                  (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  3.0

                  Change them back!!!

                  By 

                  from USA

                  About Me Casual/ Recreational

                  Pros

                  • Good Support Lightweight

                  Cons

                  • Too Small

                  Best Uses

                  • Gym
                  • Walking
                  • With Orthotics/Inserts
                  • Work

                  Comments about Ariel '14:

                  These shoes had changed my life--and in the last couple of years, the style changed, and they no longer fit "like a glove," (for my foot, of course). I join the legions of loyal purchasers to ask for the old style back. They were perfect. Now I have to get a half size larger--and who needs that--and--they're not as comfortable. Please change them back! Thanks!

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

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