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Brooks Trance 12 Product Review

Short Take

For those who treat their feet to the best, the Brooks Trance 12 offers a plethora of cushioning and support in a premium and plush package.

Big Updates

  • Full Ground Contact: The midsole and outsole under the lateral side of the midfoot has been filled in for continuous ground contact and a smoother ride from heel to toe.
  • Sock-Like Fit: An internal bootie construction with minimal exposed stitching reduces irritation and blistering while providing a plush feel over the foot.
  • Customizable Midfoot Wrap: Increased overlays surrounding the arch provide a personalized and secure hold around the foot.

Road Test

Slipping on the Trance 12 yielded undeniably plush comfort. The soft and flexible upper wraps around the foot, easily conforming around its profile for a personalized fit. The shoe’s arch saddle clamps down on the foot for a secure feeling, without ever feeling overbearing or tight, and the external heel counter provides a snug heel fit without rubbing the wrong way.

The Trance 12 is classified as a maximum support shoe, and it definitely packs a punch against moderate to severe overpronation. Ride-wise, the Trance 12 is on par with what you could expect from a shoe in the premium category: soft and smooth. Though this ultra-cushioned shoe was designed to accommodate heelstriking, testers experienced a smooth landing and an effortless transition through toe-off with a variety of footstrikes. We credit the full-length crash pad that disperses impact from heel to toe.

All this plushness and support does come at a cost. At 12.7 oz for a Men’s size 9, weight of the Trance 12 does not go unnoticed while running. That said, a lightweight experience isn’t a reason runners look at the Trance 12, and the heavier nature of the shoe is a small price to pay for its smooth and luxurious ride.

Runners Say


“I’m impressed with Brooks DNA; the stuff works pretty well. The shoe has a soft feel when running easy, but it firms up a bit when picking up the pace.”


“The Trance 12 is a little heavy for my tastes, but if you’re looking for a lot of cushioning and a lot of support, this is the shoe for you.”


“This is one plush and comfortable upper; I could see myself wearing this shoe around all day.”