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BEST OVERALL

BEST OVERALL

BEST OVERALL

Brooks Ghost 12

Brooks Ghost 12
The Ghost 12 is one of our favorite running shoes of the year because of its great fit, comfort and cushioning. Recommended.
The Ghost 12 is one of our favorite running shoes of the year because of its great fit, comfort and cushioning. Recommended.
Taylor Gupton
Cross-country and track coach

GREAT STABILITY

GREAT STABILITY

GREAT STABILITY

Brooks Adrenaline GTS 20

Brooks Adrenaline GTS 20
This "Go-To-Shoe" is one of the best stability trainers out there - like a Ghost but for overpronators.
This "Go-To-Shoe" is one of the best stability trainers out there - like a Ghost but for overpronators.
Kristin Lassen
Fast Runner and Stability Shoe Expert

MOST COMFORTABLE

MOST COMFORTABLE

MOST COMFORTABLE

Brooks Glycerin 18

Brooks Glycerin 18
The Glycerin offers a ride that is similar to the Ghost but softer, plusher and with a more comfortable upper. A treat.
The Glycerin offers a ride that is similar to the Ghost but softer, plusher and with a more comfortable upper. A treat.
Michael Mason-D'Croz
Long distance runner, shoe expert.

FOR ORTHOTICS

FOR ORTHOTICS

FOR ORTHOTICS

Brooks Dyad 11

Brooks Dyad 11
The Dyad 11 is a shoe meant to support and lock down your foot, while engineered to accommodate perfectly your custom orthotics.
The Dyad 11 is a shoe meant to support and lock down your foot, while engineered to accommodate perfectly your custom orthotics.
Ruggero Loda
Founder and Publisher, Running Shoes Guru

Brooks is moving away from using degrees of stability as the key differentiation for models in their range. Other brands are moving in this direction, with Nike being the largest example at this time.

"Run Happy" is Brooks motto and their running shoe philosophy is that there is no right or wrong way to run. That a running shoe is not intrinsically right or wrong for you, but that each runner should choose the shoe they want based on their individual preference and the experience they want to get out of a run.

They therefore split their running shoe collection into 4 "silos" that reflect 4 different kind of runs (Brooks calls them "experiences"):

Brooks "Cushion" Running Shoes

Don't let the name "Cushion" fool you into thinking these are Brooks neutral shoes. The Beast and the Adrenaline - two of Brooks most popular stability running shoes - sit in this category.

Cushion is about the feel the shoe has during the run. The emphasis is on delivering a soft landing of the foot to protect each step.

Here are the shoes that make up this category, and for clarity I will explain which ones are in the traditional "neutral" or "stability" class.

First choice

Brooks Ghost 12

Weight
10.1 oz.
Drop
12 mm.
Category
Cushioning

Brooks Ghost 12

Reasons to buy
  • Supremely cushioned and soft ride.
  • Highly durable shoe that will easily last 400+ miles.
  • Secure upper flexes flawlessly with the movement of the foot.
  • Excellent outsole grip.
“The Ghost is the most popular neutral shoe from Brooks. It provides soft but responsive cushioning and it's one of the most versatile shoes in their lineup. ”
Recommended for
Neutral, high-mileage, and/or heavier runners looking for a daily trainer or long run shoe they can trust to last for hundreds of miles.
Taylor Gupton
Cross-country and track coach
Read the full review of Ghost 12
or buy them here: Men / Women
Also consider

Brooks Adrenaline GTS 20

Weight
10.6 oz.
Drop
12 mm.
Category
Stability

Brooks Adrenaline GTS 20

Reasons to buy
  • Sturdy shoe with superb heel support
  • Comfortable with springy toe off
  • Appealing design
“The Adrenaline is the support/stability counterpart of the Ghost. As such, it is a shoe that fits a wide variety of runners and it's a great every day running shoe. ”
Recommended for
The Adrenaline continues to shine as an all-around trainer for runners needing steady support, durability, and cushion for everyday runs whether speed or distance is the focus.
The cost pays off in the long run, with a durable build and midsole that make it a solid investment whether new to...
Kristin Lassen
Fast Runner and Stability Shoe Expert
Read the full review of Adrenaline GTS 20
or buy them here: Men / Women
Also consider

Brooks Glycerin 17

Weight
10.6 oz.
Drop
10 mm.
Category
Cushioning

Brooks Glycerin 17

Reasons to buy
  • Tons of cushion
  • Super Breathable
  • Great traction
  • Comfortable, updated upper
“The Glycerin is the premium neutral option from Brooks. It fits and rides similar to the Ghost, but it has more cushioning and more premium materials used in the upper. We recommend it especially for heavier runners. ”
Recommended for
This shoe is for any neutral runner who is going to log the long miles. Although costly, it is a great option for heavier runners or beginners who want that higher level of cushion.
Michael Mason-D'Croz
Long distance runner, shoe expert.
Read the full review of Glycerin 17
or buy them here: Men / Women
Also consider

Brooks Transcend 6

Weight
11.4 oz.
Drop
10 mm.
Category
Cushioning

Brooks Transcend 6

Reasons to buy
  • GuideRails noticeably guide the foot without being obtrusive or feeling like an orthotic.
  • Stable Platform
  • Comfortable
  • Shoe's heavier weight is mitigated by the shoe's design = feels medium-weight.
“Like the Glycerin is the premium version of the Ghost, the Transcend is the premium version of the Adrenaline. Meant for runners looking for stability, but also needing a lot of soft, plush cushioning. ”
Recommended for
This shoe is superb for narrow-footed runners who want medium-high stability and a durable build yet do not want a shoe weighs them down (medium-width feet, order half-size up).
It's a solid trainer for all types of runs, though the weight (despite the ride) makes it less-suitable as a speed...
Kristin Lassen
Fast Runner and Stability Shoe Expert
Read the full review of Transcend 6
or buy them here: Men / Women
Also consider

Brooks Dyad 11

Weight
11.6 oz.
Drop
10 mm.
Category
Cushioning

Brooks Dyad 11

Reasons to buy
  • Amazing inherent stability
  • Great support and fit in the ankle
  • Feels lighter than its weight
“The Dyad is a neutral running shoe for runners with flat feet or the ones who need orthotics in their shoes. Great for daily training. ”
Recommended for
Runners with flat foot, to use with or without custom orthotics.
Ruggero Loda
Founder and Publisher, Running Shoes Guru
Read the full review of Dyad 11
or buy them here: Men / Women
Also consider

Brooks Beast 20

Weight
11.7 oz.
Drop
12 mm.
Category
Motion Control

Brooks Beast 20

Reasons to buy
  • Unique approach to stability. Guide rails provide dynamic support that give a smooth ride.
  • Breathable upper.
  • Rediculously comfortable for running and walking.
“As the name suggests, the "Beast" is a monster of stability. Originally one of Brooks' most successful shoes, it provides an incredible amount of support for the runners that need it the most, especially flat footed ones. ”
Recommended for
Ideal for a runner on the heavier side looking for an everyday trainer that offers the most amount of support they can find.
It excels for those who are prone to injury or are just getting into running.
Jon Ober
Serial Marathoner and Stability Running Shoe Expert
Read the full review of Beast 20
or buy them here: Men / Women
Also consider

Brooks Ariel 20

Weight
10.6 oz.
Drop
12 mm.
Category
Cushioning

Brooks Ariel 20

Reasons to buy
“The Ariel is the female version of the Beast, with a similar function but engineered specifically for the woman's body. ”
Recommended for
The Ariel 20 is a women's running shoe for runners who have severe overpronation but are looking for a soft cushioned running shoe. It's recommended for runners looking for a traditional running shoe with a big heel to toe drop (this one comes in at 12mm). The Ariel 20 is available in 3 widths,...
Sarah Dean
5k Runner, Personal Trainer
Read the full review of Ariel 20
or buy them here: Men / Women
Also consider

Brooks Revel 3

Weight
8 oz.
Drop
4 mm.
Category
Cushioning

Brooks Revel 3

Reasons to buy
“The Revel is a lower-priced neutral option. It is meant for the more casual runner that wants a shoe that is meant for running, but can also be worn casually or for other workouts. ”
Recommended for
The Brooks Revel 3 is for those who want a well-developed shoe at a good price. It is flexible, provides a smooth ride, and is durable on the asphalt. This shoe performs well for everyday wear and short to mid-distance runs.
Andy Mac
Running Expert
Read the full review of Revel 3
or buy them here: Men / Women

Brooks "Energize" Running Shoes

"Energize" shoes are characterized by a more responsive cushioning and higher energy return compared to the "cushion" shoes.

They place an emphasis on speed and fast foot turnaround and are generally more lightweight than their counterparts in the "cushion" category. They are meant for faster training or racing.

First choice

Brooks Launch 7

Weight
8 oz.
Drop
10 mm.
Category
Lightweight

Brooks Launch 7

Reasons to buy
  • Durable
  • Light
  • Nimble
  • Excellent traction
“Do you like the Ghost and are looking for a lighter version, with a lower drop and more responsive cushioning? The Launch is the shoe for you ”
Recommended for
Neutral runners with a medium or high-arch and a preference for very firm shoes
Taylor Gupton
Cross-country and track coach
Read the full review of Launch 7
or buy them here: Men / Women
Also consider

Brooks Ravenna 11

Weight
9 oz.
Drop
10 mm.
Category
Stability

Brooks Ravenna 11

Reasons to buy
  • Lightweight
  • Durable
  • Responsive, lightly cushioned, stable midsole
  • Excellent traction
“The Ravenna is the stability counterpart of the Launch: if you like the Adrenaline but are looking for a faster, lighter version for speedwork or race day, look no further than the Ravenna! ”
Recommended for
Like past models, this version of Ravenna is well-suited for speed workouts and mid distance runs for neutral to light stability runners wanting a streamlined shoe; the tread holds up well in light snow and rainy conditions.
A narrow foot can probably wear its regular-size shoe, while the...
Kristin Lassen
Fast Runner and Stability Shoe Expert
Read the full review of Ravenna 11
or buy them here: Men / Women
Also consider

Brooks Levitate 2

Weight
11.20 oz.
Drop
8 mm.
Category
Cushioning

Brooks Levitate 2

Reasons to buy
  • Responsive
  • Versatile (short or long runs)
  • Well built
“The Levitate uses a new foam compound from Brooks in order to deliver the same soft cushioning as the Ghost, but with more responsiveness for faster efforts. Unfortunately many runners are turned off by the higher weight. ”
Recommended for
This shoe is for short or long runs and possibly some speed work. The shoe should work for beginners or experienced runners.
Sean Kenney
Running Expert
Read the full review of Levitate 2
or buy them here: Men / Women
Also consider

Brooks Ricochet

Weight
10.30 oz.
Drop
8 mm.
Category
Cushioning

Brooks Ricochet

Reasons to buy
  • Very responsive
  • Good for races
  • Upper is well-made
  • Fits well
“The Ricochet uses the new DNA AMP foam from Brooks and a very nice knitted upper. ”
Recommended for
This shoe is designed for runners of all abilities, but will see the most success for runners looking to dial up the pace and not needing lots of cushion.
Michael Mason-D'Croz
Long distance runner, shoe expert.
Read the full review of Ricochet
or buy them here: Men / Women
Also consider

Brooks Bedlam

Weight
11.20 oz.
Drop
8 mm.
Category
Stability

Brooks Bedlam

Reasons to buy
  • Great support. Smooth and stable ride.
  • Comfortable upper.
  • Great long run or recovery day shoe.
“The Brooks Bedlam has ingredients to make it a leader in the stability shoe game. Sadly, it falls short due to how heavy it is; making the experience underwhelming.”
Recommended for
This shoe is ideal for beginner to intermediate level runners. It is a great long run or recovery day shoe.
Jon Ober
Serial Marathoner and Stability Running Shoe Expert
Read the full review of Bedlam
or buy them here: Men / Women

Brooks "Connect" Running Shoes

Running shoes in the "Connect" category are the lightest and most flexible shoes in the Brooks range.

Look into these shoes if you are looking for a natural feeling or to perfect your running technique.

First choice

Brooks PureCadence 7

Weight
9.00 oz.
Drop
4 mm.
Category
Lightweight

Brooks PureCadence 7

Reasons to buy
  • Superb sole: cushion, responsiveness, traction
  • Snug midfoot
  • Lightweight
  • Smooth around the ankle with solid heel counter
“The Brooks PureCadence 7’s fantastic sole unit and decent upper prepare this lightweight, low-drop shoe to support you over many miles, all for a great price.  This version has (just) a touch more room in the width, but going up a half size is still recommended for the length.”
Recommended for
PureCadence fits a narrow to medium-width foot best, for long-distance training and daily runs; it doubles as a racer with a touch of stability.
The supportive midfoot with GuideRails encourages foot-knee-hip alignment but bends under forceful pressure, not holding up for those with higher...
Kristin Lassen
Fast Runner and Stability Shoe Expert
Read the full review of PureCadence 7
or buy them here: Men / Women
Also consider

Brooks PureFlow 7

Weight
8.90 oz.
Drop
4 mm.
Category
Cushioning

Brooks PureFlow 7

Reasons to buy
  • Very responsive
  • Good cushion
  • Comfortable upper
  • Very well priced
“The Brooks PureFlow 7 are a lightweight trainer that can log miles. At a very reasonable price, this could be a go-to shoe for experienced runners.”
Recommended for
This shoe is for experienced runners. It is not for the heavier runners as the stack height is not substantial and the low drop (4mm) can be a bit of a stress for some early runners.
Michael Mason-D'Croz
Long distance runner, shoe expert.
Read the full review of PureFlow 7
or buy them here: Men / Women

Brooks "Speed" Running Shoes

As the name suggests, "Speed" are the racing shoes. Here are the options:

First choice

Brooks Asteria

Weight
8.30 oz.
Drop
8 mm.
Category
Lightweight

Brooks Asteria

Reasons to buy
  • Fast and responsive ride.
  • Light construction.
  • Just the right amount of support.
  • Great price point.
“The Brooks Asteria is a formidable race shoe that has it all. Light, responsive, supportive and a great price to boot!”
Recommended for
This is for runners who need a shoe for uptempo workouts that also offers a supportive ride. Ideal for all distances from a 5K to the marathon.
Jon Ober
Serial Marathoner and Stability Running Shoe Expert
Read the full review of Asteria
or buy them here: Men / Women
Also consider

Brooks Hyperion

Weight
6.40 oz.
Drop
10 mm.
Category
Lightweight

Brooks Hyperion

Reasons to buy
  • Very Light
  • Responsive
  • Seamless upper
“The Brooks Hyperion is a very lightweight racing flat that is stripped down to the bare essentials to give you maximum speed with moderate durability for fast workouts and important races.”
Recommended for
The Brooks Hyperion is designed for road-racing runners looking for a neutral shoe that can keep up at elite speeds. Due to the lightweight construction of the shoe, it’s not recommended for daily training.
Frank May
Fast Runner, Triathlete and Engineer
Read the full review of Hyperion
or buy them here: Men / Women
Also consider

Brooks Neuro 2

Weight
10.10 oz.
Drop
6 mm.
Category
Lightweight

Brooks Neuro 2

Reasons to buy
  • Comfortable
  • Very supportive
  • Improved over debut version
“The Brooks Neuro 2 is a welcome redesign for those who were disappointed in the original version. The shoe is comfortable and sturdy but lacks excitement.”
Recommended for
This is a solid shoe that will work well for any runner as a trainer, a good addition to the mix for those who rotate through various sneakers during training cycles. With a 6 mm drop, it would not be advisable for those who prefer minimalist sneakers.
Henry Howard
Ultra runner and certified running coach.
Read the full review of Neuro 2
or buy them here: Men / Women

Brooks sole technologies

Brooks BioMoGo

Launched in 2008, BioMoGo is the material found in virtually all Brooks midsoles. Due to its formulation, BioMoGo is completely bio-degradable. While a standard EVA foam will take approximately 1,000 years to fully degrade in a landfill, BioMoGo can biodegrade in roughly 20 years when placed in the same environment.

What makes this technology incredible to me is that Brooks decided not to patent it, but to offer it as a “open source” innovation for any other shoe producer to use. Way to go!

Brooks DNA

Launched in 2010, DNA is a cushioning technology that is also present in most of Brooks’ running shoes.

Brooks claims that DNA is the first cushioning technology that dynamically adapts with each foot strike to the ever-changing amount of force placed on the foot during the run. No matter what the age, weight, gender, gait… DNA adapts itself to deliver the right amount of cushioning.

How’s that possible? DNA is a non-Newtonian compound.

Isaac Newton is the 17th century English scientists that brought to us the laws of motion, universal gravitation and coincidentally is the name of a competing running shoe company.

A non-Newtonian material is a material that behaves very differently from what we expect, based on the impact applied to it. Although it sounds crazy at first, it is a real thing! Please watch the video below. It’s from Brooks, it’s quite cheesy, but the demonstration give it justice more than I could by writing about it.

Brooks Super-DNA

Super-DNA is the latest version of DNA and we can expect in the near future most of Brooks’ running shoes to be featuring this new compound. Still based on the same principle of the DNA, a non-newtonian based material offers different amount of cushioning based on the force of the impact applied.

This new version adds 25% cushioning to the previous BioMoGo DNA material while preserving all the other specs, including the bio-degradability.

Segmented Crash-Pad

Brooks Segmented Crashpad

Brooks Segmented Crashpad

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.

Guide Rails

Guide Rails are the latest introduction in Brooks technology and like all the others, it seems to veer in the direction of “we don’t correct your stride, we let your body define how to run”. This latest is about providing some stability without traditional stability technology (ie. dual posts).

Guide Rails are specialized plates built into the midsole that allow your hips, knees and joints to move along their unique motion path while you run – all without any traditional posts. What they do is to wrap around the edge of your foot in order to keep it aligned. The illustration below, from the Brooks website, might help clarify what they are.

Brooks Guide Rails

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