The Brooks Transcend is one Brook’s most well-cushioned shoes. There’s a little bit of controversy over whether it should be called a neutral or stability shoe. The Transcend doesn’t have the typical medial post. In stability shoes, this post is meant to prevent excessive inward rolling. The shoe, instead, features a great deal of cushioning which acts to support the wearer. In the context of this review, we’ll work under the assumption that it’s a neutral shoe. With the Transcend, Brooks has clearly sought to enter the maximalist market. The shoe is highly cushioned and this cushioning provides a supportive base for the wearer. It’s a smart option for runners recovering from injury as it offers great padding underfoot. Runners who are logging high mileage each week or heavier runners might also find the Transcend to be a good daily trainer.
- Very highly cushioned
- Snug and secure fit
- Very comfortable
- Toe box could be wider (recommend going up a half size)
- Rather inflexible and rigid underfoot
- I was told that these shoes help pain and they sure do. I still have a little pain in my knee but all the back and joint pain and the pain in my feet have completely resided. They have retrained my pronation and these have really outdone it in comfort.
- I have tried hundreds of shoes and have been disappointed over and again. However, these shoes were sent from God himself. I cannot even begin to explain how great these are but i shall try. I am a large dude and do a lot of running; these have more support than one person needs. They are durable and cushy and help with my stride. Thanks Brooks, you have a very happy customer indeed.
- I run around 20 miles a week and these have really carried me through great. They have great support, are super cushy and cozy and seem to be very durable so far.
- These shoes were made for big people. I am not able to use lightweight mushy shoes because I rip through them so fast. These however, they are built to take the pressure. I am walking on clouds and have a bounce n my run. I am so happy with the comfort and the fact I found a shoe that will last more than 2 weeks. I’ve had these 6 months and they are still ready.
- I actually hated these shoes out of the box. They seemed clunky and they looked horrendous. But with that being said, after the two weeks it took to break them in and 6 months later, these shoes are extremely durable and have formed to my run and to my foot. Good thing I waited to review. These are great shoes, after a while.
- I tried hiking shoes like a dummy to walk around in for a challenge. Nope! I was in so much pain. So, someone suggested these; no more pain. These are amazing and comfortable and they support my high arches. Thee hae healed my feet. I highly recommend these shoes too.
- I keep buying these shoes for a reason; they are the best ever. These are the only shoes I have worn that help my foot pain. The arch support is phenomenal and they are full of cushion. They have great support for someone who walks as much as I do.
- I have to use custom insoles and these accommodate that because they are so darn soft. I have never had a better hoe and I really hope they keep making these.
- These absorb impact like a god and they are comfortable right out of the box. I can already tell these are going to last and they are super light, surprisingly. They give me the support I need in my ankles too. They are pricey though; I guess you get what you pay for.
- These shoes balance me out and keep my ankle rolls to almost nonexistent. I bought these during a “change my life to be healthier” spell and, well, I have to say when I put them on I wanna dance. But, I usually just go for a jog. Either way, these are epic and all my 300lbs are grateful I found them.
- Due to my diabetes, my ankles swell and I need a shoe with a lot of support. These shoes not only support the selling, they are also very comfortable and help my arch pain. I love these shoes; money well spent.
- My knees and feet are usually sore when I walk, due to my pronation and fasciitis. These shoes have not allowed the pain to creep in and have supported my high arches with grace. I love this shoe.
- After I broke my leg and ankle, I haven't really found a shoe that doesn't bother me. That is, until I found these. These have great support and structure. They keep my legs from fatigue and are like pillows on the inside. I couldn't ask for a better shoe.
- I am not a fan of the arch support on these. However, I have a slight pronation and these have almost fixed it, it seems like. I’ve owned quite a few of these shoes and they fit me great and handle my high intensity workouts for longer than other sneakers.
- I have arthritis in my feet and these have become the only shoe I can use that don't cramp my toes. They are light and cushy and my feet love that they subside the pain a bit.
- I have never found such a supportive shoe for my weight. I always tend to get a pain in my body with other shoes from standing all day at work, but not these. I had foot surgery and needed a good arch support; these have proven to be just what the doctor ordered. Be careful with online sizing charts because these were of and had to exchange them.
- The arch is just right and they are very stable shoes. The soles seem to wear a little fast and I think that is ridiculous for how much they cost. They are very comfortable though.
- These make a sound when I walk at the toe bend, which is really annoying. However, that is overshadowed by the comfort, stability and great fit of these really expensive shoe. They have also helped me with straightening my step.
- These are very consistent with the older models, which I am in love with and have been wearing for years. They fit and feel amazing on your feet and keep my pain at bay always..
- These are very consistent with the other model Brooks that I have, which I am in love with and have been wearing for years. They fit and feel amazing on your feet and keep my pain at bay always..
- For the price, they do not disappoint. They are worth every penny in comfort and they fit like a cloudy foot glove.
- These are the best made shoes on the market. I but them for the fit and the comfort and they haven't changed that in years. I have started added insoles and it just adds to the comfort.
- Other shoes always cause me to be in pain, not Brooks. These shoes are always consistent with comfort and structure. These allow me to keep going all week and that is what I like in a shoe since I am constantly on my feet.
- I walk 5 to 10 miles a day and these have proven to be the best shoes I have ever bought. They were so soft and light, I forgot that I had them on. I would suggest these to any runner or, like me, speed walker. THey are just fantastic.
- These are a true downgrade for Brooks. Aesthetically, they have not held up either . The color is fading and the accents are smearing.
- Thes price wsa really high for the quality. I had another pair of these so I assumed that they would fit like the others. Boy oh oy, was I wrong. These hurt after about 20 minutes of wear every time I would put them on.
- I have only tried one other Brooks model and I enjoyed them. These however, They are way too tight and they hurt my arches badly. I wouldn’t recommend this style.
- The toe box on thee is horrendous. I had to go to the doctor after wearing these. My foot is actually permanently damaged from these shoes. I do not recommend anyone buy these at all.
- I am not sure why, but these shoes seem to have shrunk. I bought the same exact pair as my last pair and these suck. They are too small and they are leaving blisters. How does that happen? Plus, they are really high dollar.
- The tongues on these cut into the top of my feet, which cause a lot of discomfort. After using it for a bit, my feet would go to sleep. They were loose but made me feel like they were small. I do not recommend this style Brooks to anyone; horrible design.
Also featured in the outsole are grooves which enhance the shoe's ability to flex with the foot. These Flex Grooves ensure the shoe has some give so the runner can experience a smooth ride. The shoe also features a crash pad in the rearfoot area.
Most reviewers felt that the midsole cushioning was extremely comfortable without having too much give. The midsole cushioning is a touch rigid to ensure runners are moving forward upon a supportive platform.
Most reviewers were pleased with the fit of the shoe and, in particular, the upper. Some runners found the toe box was much too tight and commented that the fit felt "pointy", with toes squishing together uncomfortably. Toe blisters are likely to be a major issues when the toe box fit is too tight. Inside the shoe, there is a removable BioMoGo insole. The comfortable sock liner can be removed so a custom orthotic can be used instead. Runners can also go without socks in the Transcend thanks to its comfortable and seamless interior.
Reviewers praised the plush midsole cushioning that worked to pad underfoot, even on long-distance training runs. Even towards the end of a run, the shoe's DNA cushioning provided long-lasting energy-return.
The inner sock liner can be removed to accommodate an orthotic but used on its own offers its own kind of comfort inside the shoe.
A few reviewers did have some fit issues, but moving up a size usually solved this problem for most runners. The toe box could use a revamp since a high percentage of runners found it was cramped and uncomfortable. The rest of the shoe, though, offers supreme comfort.
The shoe is quite chunky, thanks to its maximally cushioned midsole. When worn, the shoe feels lighter than expected but the look of the shoe looks a bit clunky. You might feel as if you have clown shoes on for your first few runs in the Transcend.
The Brooks Transcend is a good choice for beginner marathoners looking for a dedicated training shoe.
Reviewers had nothing much to say in terms of the shoe's durability. The shoe can definitely handle a fair bit of pavement pounding. It's a more expensive shoe but it's also a shoe that should last you a long time.
Finally, the upper also features reflective components. These reflective bits allow runners to be seen even in very low-light conditions.
Despite this, the shoe does offer a bit of rebound thanks to the midsole material and the soft rubber outsole. The Transcend does a poor job when it comes to ground-feel. Runners won't be able to detect much of anything going on beneath them. This is the tradeoff for getting maximum cushioning, though.
The upper fits snugly around the foot to provide some support. The fit is adjustable thanks to the shoe's lacing system.
Another element of the Transcend that provides some support are the Guide Rails. The side rails stop overpronation in its tracks. The midsole also offers some degree of support. The firm cushioning ensures runners have a stable platform to run on. The outsole of the Transcend also helps to keep runners grounded since the rubber material covers the entire sole to provide the best traction.
If you're a heavier runner or just a veteran runner who wants a bit more cushioning that usual, the Brooks Transcend might work for you. It's an even better choice if you're looking to run a marathon for your goal race.
Runners who prefer to run or find themselves running in mostly rainy weather may not be happy with the grip provided by the Transcend. The shoe performs particularly poorly on icy surfaces but it's pretty hard to find a shoe that can handle the winter. It seems almost easier to just stay inside!
The shoe does have a fair bit of very rigid midsole cushioning which acts to support the wearer. Also important, in terms of stability, are the shoe's Guide Rails. These rails ensure that runners do no pronate excessively.
To be sure, the Transcend isn't a good choice for serious overpronators. It really only offers mild support. In addition, you won't find much in terms of support for the arch in this shoe. But the upper definitely locks down the wearer's foot and keeps the ankle stable.
Key Features of the Brooks Transcend
The shoe does feel a bit rigid underfoot and lacks the flexibility to ensure a very smooth ride. Brooks has chosen to curve the heel to help with this but it does not make up completely for the shoe's inflexibility.
Regardless, the Transcend offers more padding than most runners will ever need and can handle high-mileage long-distance training.