Brooks Running Shoes Reviews

Brooks Running, founded in 1914 is one of the oldest sports footwear companies. Once famous especially for their stability shoes such as the Beast and Adrenaline, is now one of the most innovative brands out there. Their foray into cushioning running shoes with the Ghost received plenty of praise and the Pure line is among the best running shoes we have ever tried.

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Weight
9 oz.
Drop
10 mm.
Category
Stability
“The Brooks Ravenna 11 combines a light and springy ride with a thin yet stable upper.  A stellar sole unit supports the foot well, and the upper fit is secure for those with fairly...” Read expert review
Kristin Lassen
Fast Runner and Stability Shoe Expert
Weight
12 oz.
Drop
4 mm.
Category
Trail
“The Brooks Caldera 4 offers a significant upgrade from its third-generation predecessor. But there is still a lot to like. The new Caldera is lightweight, stable comfortable, though it is stiff and...” Read expert review
Henry Howard
Ultra runner and certified running coach.
Weight
8 oz.
Drop
10 mm.
Category
Lightweight
“I have not run in the Brooks Launch since versions 4 and 5, so for me, the Brooks Launch 7 marked a radical break from those versions of the shoe.  Although, runners accustomed to the ride...” Read expert review
Taylor Gupton
Cross-country and track coach
Weight
10.6 oz.
Drop
12 mm.
Category
Stability
“The Brooks Adrenaline GTS 20 offers a supportive yet springy ride as all design components work together to cup the heal with a gentle hug, which transitions smoothly into a solid...” Read expert review
Kristin Lassen
Fast Runner and Stability Shoe Expert
Weight
8.2 oz.
Drop
4 mm.
Category
Trail
“The PureGrit 8 returns lighter and faster with the same natural transition the shoe is known for. Unfortunately, updates made to the shoe make it unstable and subpar.” Read expert review
Jim Coulson
Fast Road and Trail Runner. Career Firefighter.
Weight
10.1 oz.
Drop
12 mm.
Category
Cushioning
“The Brooks Ghost 12 is reliable as ever as a daily trainer and long-run shoe that will deliver a plush, smooth ride mile after mile. Ghost loyalists will be pleased to discover that the 12th edition...” Read expert review
Taylor Gupton
Cross-country and track coach
Weight
9.3 oz.
Drop
4 mm.
Category
Trail
“The Brooks Caldera 3 is a lightweight shoe with solid traction on road and less technical trail terrain, such as rocks, dirt, snow, and grass.  The high stack midsole provides sufficient...” Read expert review
Katherine Takai
Long Distance Runner, former Sprinter.
Weight
10.6 oz.
Drop
10 mm.
Category
Cushioning
“The Brooks Glycerin 17 is a maximal cushion trainer for any neutral runner. The fit and cushion is great, and this could be a great marathon or long-run shoe for anyone.” Read expert review
Michael Mason-D'Croz
Long distance runner, shoe expert.
Weight
9.4 oz.
Drop
10 mm.
Category
Stability
“The Brooks Ravenna 10 is everything you want in a stability trainer and then some. It's light, supportive, and feels fast. It's a great all around shoe that gives a unique approach to stability.” Read expert review
Jon Ober
Serial Marathoner and Stability Running Shoe Expert
Weight
11.4 oz.
Drop
10 mm.
Category
Cushioning
“The Brooks Transcend 6 offers a very comfortable yet supported ride, maintaining the structure and durability of a heavy-duty stability shoe with GuideRails that both hedge-in foot motion and propel...” Read expert review
Kristin Lassen
Fast Runner and Stability Shoe Expert