Brooks Beast 14 vs. New Balance 587 review

Brooks Beast 14 provides maximum support and cushioning to severe overpronators. New Balance 587 is a highly stable trainer with a good amount of cushioing. Learn more...

The Brooks Beast 14 and the New Balance 587 are motion control running shoes that are geared towards severe overpronators who require a great deal of stability and support.

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Note that while this review compares the men's running shoes, it also applies to the Brooks Ariel 14 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com and the New Balance W587 for women.

The Brooks Beast 14 and the New Balance 587 both have a very supportive upper. The main difference in the uppers is that the Brooks Beast 14 The preceding link takes you to Amazon.com has a broad stitched on overlay wrapping the midfoot and no-sew overlays in the forefoot, while the New Balance 587 consists entirely of stitched-on overlays.

Therefore, the New Balance 587 should offer much more support in the upper than the Brooks Beast 14. This includes the wrapping around the heel.

But the no-sew overlays on the Brooks Beast 14 should give you a more comfortable fit that does not irritate your foot. In addition, the Brooks Beast 14 has a more open mesh than the New Balance 587, so should let more air in than the New Balance 587.

The big difference between the Brooks Beast 14 and the New Balance 587 can be found in the midsole. While both running shoes make use of a Rollbar, this Rollbar is a different technology in each running shoe.

The Rollbar in the New Balance 587 is to minimize rearfoot movement and provide lateral as well as medial stability, while the Rollbar in the Brooks Beast is located only on the medial side of the shoe to provide progressive pronation control through foam of increasing density and a midfoot shank that extends into the midsole foam to stiffen it up.

So while the New Balance 587 tries to keep your foot in a neutral plane, the Brooks Beast 14 tries to stop it from rolling in too far inward.

When your foot first strikes the ground the New Balance 587 uses the lateral Rollbar to control supination. In the Brooks Beast 14 a segmented crash pad, which runs from the back of the shoe via the lateral side to the forefoot, is used to absorb initial shock at heel-strike and start slowing down the inward rolling of the foot.

As your foot starts to roll in, the New Balance 587 uses the Rollbar on the medial side of the shoe to control pronation. In the Brooks Beast 14, the Progressive Diagonal Rollbar on the medial side is used to stop your foot from rolling too far inward.

Note that the medial post of the Brooks Beast 14 runs from under the heel till slightly past the arch, while the firmer foam in the New Balance 587 runs only halfway towards the arch.

This is a good sign that the New Balance 587 is used to stabilize your rearfoot more than to control excessive overpronation like the Brooks Beast 14.

In other words, the New Balance 587 controls rearfoot movement in lateral directions, while the Brooks Beast 14 controls inward rolling of the foot. So the New Balance 587 is more suitable for people who have mobility issues – whether the rolling is inward or outward – or who are unsteady on their feet, while the Brooks Beast 14 is suitable for runners who are concerned about stopping severe inward rolling of their feet.

Because the Brooks Beast 14 has a BioMoGo midsole with Brooks DNA cushioning that is laid out along the full length of the midsole, it should feel as cushy as the New Balance 587, which has a midsole with Absorb – highly shock absorbant – cushioning in the heel as well as the forefoot. So both running shoes provide a good amount of front-to-back cushioning.

Another big difference between the Brooks Beast 14 and the New Balance 587 lies in the outsole, where the New Balance 587 provides full ground contact and the Brooks Beast 14 good ground contact with a midfoot shank separating the rearfoot and the forefoot. This makes the New Balance 587 a highly stable shoe.

The New Balance 587 also has a very broad and wide base that does not get narrow at the midfoot, so is a very good shoe for people with flat feet. The Brooks Beast 14 looks more like a traditional running shoe, while still being broad in both the heel and the forefoot.

Both shoes should be able to accommodate large feet, especially those of heavier runners.

The Brooks Beast 14 has a segmented crash pad that runs from the back of the shoe along the outer edge towards the forefoot to provide shock absorption. While the New Balance 587 does not have such a crash pad, it uses cushioning instead to absorb shock.

The Brooks Beast 14 should provide a smoother transition from heel-strike to toe-off. And with its three horizontal flex grooves in the forefoot as opposed to two in the forefoot of the New Balance 587, the Brooks Beast 14 should also feel more flexible than the New Balance 587.

The Brooks Beast 14 weighs approximately 13.8 oz (391 grams) and the New Balance 587 for men weighs about 15 oz (425 grams). The Brooks Ariel 14 and the New Balance 587 for women differ by 0.1 oz with the New Balance 587 being lighter.

If you are a heavy runner who has wide feet and are looking primarily for a running shoe that will help control your severe overpronation and provide you with a smooth, comfortable, and cushy ride, then the Brooks Beast 14 could do the job.

If you have a flat and wide feet, and are looking for a shoe that stabilizes your rearfoot and provides lots of cushioning while you're walking or when you are at the gym, the New Balance 587 would be the better option to go with.

Note: The weight of a running shoe depends on the size of the running shoe, so any weights mentioned in this review may differ from the weight of the running shoe you choose to wear. Running shoes of the same size were compared for this review.

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