Are you tired of searching high and low for the ultimate running shoe? Look no further, because we've got the inside scoop on the best Brooks running shoes. Whether you're an avid runner, someone who spends all day on their feet, or in need of back pain relief, we've got you covered. From the incredible arch support in the Ghost 15 to the lightweight and responsive Hyperion Elite 3, we'll explore the top contenders in the Brooks lineup. So kick off those old sneakers and get ready to discover the best Brooks running shoes that will have you lacing up and hitting the pavement with ease.

Choosing the Perfect Running Shoe

It's important to remember that the best running shoe is different for everyone. It depends on your personal preferences and needs. We recommend visiting one of our Marathon Sports stores to participate in our The Right Fit™ program.

During this program, our experts will evaluate your gait, foot shape, running style, fitness goals, and other factors. Based on their findings, they will recommend the most suitable running shoes for you. They will also keep your information on record so that they can provide recommendations for other running gear whenever you need them.

Different Types of Arch Support in Brooks Running Shoes

When choosing the best Brooks running shoe, it's important to consider your arch type (high, medium, flat) and the level of support (neutral, stability, motion control) you require. Wearing the right shoe not only ensures overall comfort but also helps prevent injuries. Here's a quick guide:

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Brooks takes arch support seriously and offers a wide range of stability and motion control running shoes. If you don't have issues with flat feet or overpronation, you'll most likely be satisfied with a pair of neutral Brooks shoes.


Brooks includes GuideRails on their stability shoes, such as the Brooks Adrenaline. These supportive bumpers prevent excessive inward rolling of the foot without feeling intrusive.

Introducing the Brooks Ghost 15

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Brooks Men's Ghost 15




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The Brooks Ghost is an iconic running shoe known for its versatility, balanced cushioning, and reliability. Many of our team members have been wearing the Brooks Ghost for over a decade, so they were excited to review this year's version.

They found that the Ghost 15 exceeded their expectations, offering a smooth ride, a fit that feels customized, and a plush interior. The ample cushioning provides a cloud-like feel that enhances every run.

The Ghost 15 is also commendable for its sustainability efforts. As a carbon-neutral running shoe, it contributes to Brooks' mission of creating more environmentally friendly footwear for a healthier planet.

Our reviewers highlighted that the Brooks Ghost 15 not only maintains its reputation for dependability but also impresses with its improved DNA Loft V2 cushioning and eco-friendly design.

Discover the Brooks Glycerin 20

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Brooks Men's Glycerin 20




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Brooks Women's Glycerin GTS 20




Brooks' Glycerin line of running shoes provides excellent cushioning for long-distance runs. It's one of the top cushioned shoes in the 2023 lineup.

This year's model features ultra-soft DNA Loft V3 cushioning, offering pillow-like softness. It's also lightweight, durable, comfortable, and responsive. The nitrogen-infused process allows Brooks to incorporate unrivaled technology while making the shoes feel incredibly light.

The improved fit of this year's model has been well-received by our reviewers. The engineered air mesh upper provides optimal air circulation while delivering plush and comfortable support.

The Glycerin is a classic Brooks running shoe that dates back to the 1990s. The latest version is a favorite among our Marathon Sports team for its exceptional fit, state-of-the-art cushioning, and comprehensive support system.

Introducing the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 23

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The Adrenaline GTS is Brooks' renowned stability running shoe, ideal for overpronators or those with flat feet. The GuideRails® technology aligns the runner's stride, preventing pain, injuries, and foot fatigue.

In addition to exceptional support, the Adrenaline GTS 23 offers updated DNA LOFT v2 cushioning. It provides the perfect balance of softness and responsiveness, without being overly squishy. The engineered air mesh upper allows for ample air circulation while maintaining a snug and comfortable fit.

The Adrenaline GTS is a classic Brooks running shoe that improves year after year. Our reviewers deemed the 20th version the lightest, most comfortable, and highest-performing model to date.

Experience Speed with the Brooks Hyperion Max

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While not as classic as the Glycerin or Ghost, the Brooks Hyperion Max is highly favored by our reviewers for speed.

The shoe's unique "fast" feel is achieved through the ultra-responsive, nitrogen-infused DNA FLASH cushioning. Our reviewers found that it provides optimal energy return for everyday runs and race days. The 3D Fit Print technology ensures a customized fit, while the stretch-woven upper offers a snug and plush feel.

The Hyperion Max also features Rapid Roll technology, which propels the runner forward, resulting in effortless transitions. Our team members believe that these shoes can help you achieve a new personal record.

Best Brooks Shoe for All-Day Comfort

In my honest opinion, the Glycerin 20s are hands down the best choice for all-day comfort.

Why? Well, they provide subtle ankle stability and cushioning insole that protects the small muscles in your feet. Plus, they come in 18 colors, so you can find a pair to match any outfit or uniform.

Meet the Brooks Hyperion Elite 3

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The Hyperion Elite 3 is perfect for your next race. It's one of the most advanced shoes in the Brooks lineup, featuring a carbon fiber propulsion plate, a secure-fitting upper, and nitrogen-infused cushioning.

Considered a super shoe due to its carbon fiber plate, our reviewers also praised the QuicKnit upper for its support, plushness, and breathability. The DNA Flash midsole provides a soft yet responsive ride. It's worth noting that some runners may find the shoe firmer compared to other Brooks racing shoes, but it's ideal for speed in race events.

Tackle the Trails with the Brooks Caldera 6

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Not all runners prefer pavement, and Brooks understands that. The Brooks Caldera 6 is the ultimate trail running shoe, offering ample cushioning and excellent traction for uneven terrains. The new Caldera also uses 48.4 percent recycled materials in the upper, which means each pair saves 6.22 bottles from landfills.

Combined with nitrogen-infused DNA LOFT v3 cushioning, an ultralightweight design, and TrailTrack rubber outsole, the Caldera 6 provides an unbeatable trail running experience. The TPU toe cap protects your toes from debris and rocks.

Our reviewers appreciated the secure fit, quick-drying air mesh, lace keeper, and attachment points for gaiters. You won't find a more comfortable trail running shoe than the new Caldera 6.

Choosing the Right Brooks Shoe for Distance

Brooks categorizes their running shoes based on distance. Here's a quick guide on which shoe to wear depending on your goal:

Shoe Feel and Experience

Brooks organizes their running shoes into four categories: Cushion, Energy, Connect, and Speed. Each category delivers a unique experience when you put on the shoes.


Brooks shoe collections based on experience type:

"Cushion": Brooks Ghost (road), Brooks Glycerin (road), Brooks Adrenaline (road), Brooks Cascadia (trail)

"Energize": Brooks Levitate (road), Brooks Ricochet (road), Brooks Revel (road), Brooks Caldera (trail)

"Connect": Brooks PureFlow (road)

"Speed": Brooks Hyperion Elite (road, carbon plate), Brooks Hyperion Tempo (road), Brooks Launch (road), Brooks Catamount (trail)

Brooks Shoe Width Options

To ensure the best fit, Brooks offers their running shoes in various width options: narrow, medium, wide, and extra wide.




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Extra Wide

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Please note that the availability of width options may vary depending on the shoe model and color.

The standard width option is medium/normal. If you're not particular about width options, this is likely the right fit for you.

If you experience squeezing or premature wear on the sides of your shoes, it's possible that your feet are not of typical width. We highly recommend visiting a shop for a professional fitting.

For more shoe sizing and fit tips from Brooks, consult this general guide: general guide.

Explore Brooks Running Shoe Technologies

Brooks is at the forefront of shoe technology innovation. Here are some of the technologies used in their top-performing running shoes:





An innovative support system that allows natural movement of the knees, joints, and hips while running, helping the body find its optimal path.

Pivot Posting System

A support technology designed for trail shoes, providing stabilizing suspension on the forefoot and heel sides.

Progressive Diagonal Rollbar

A tri-density midsole that delivers essential stability, allowing natural movement from heel to toe.


3D Fit Print

Utilizes screen-print technology to add engineered structure to the upper without sacrificing flexibility and weight.

3D Rubber Print

An advanced screen-printing process that uses rubber to enhance durability and protection in Brooks trail running shoes.

Ariaprene Mesh

Foam-core technology designed to provide second-skin coverage and quick-drying capabilities.

Engineered Mesh

A woven mesh that offers a balance of structure and stretch in the upper.

Fit Knit

Designed to provide a sock-like fit for utmost comfort.

Ultimate Sockliner

A PU insert with OrthoLite® memory foam that enhances overall comfort.


A waterproof membrane that keeps your feet dry and warm during extreme running conditions.



Environmentally-friendly midsole foam that provides long-lasting dynamic cushioning.


Responsive midsole technology that combines polyurethane-based foam and thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) skin.

DNA Loft

Softest midsole cushioning without compromising durability and responsiveness.

DNA Midsole

Proprietary midsole foam that offers customized impact protection for every runner.

Super DNA

DNA midsole designed to provide 25% more cushioning for runners seeking ultimate softness and protection.

DNA Zero

New midsole technology that offers consistent lightweight cushioning throughout the run.


Combination of lightweight, soft cushioning and responsive ride, aiding in faster recovery.

Segmented Crash Pad

Caterpillar-shaped technology that provides shock-absorbing cushioning and promotes smoother heel-to-toe transitions.


Dual Stability Arch Pod

Passive support system that offers stability without the need for a post.

Ballistic Rock Shield

Durable thermoplastic EVA material placed between the midsole and outsole, protects against trail debris and sharp objects.

TrailTrack Rubber

Durable material designed to provide extra grip on wet and dry surfaces.

Arrow Point Outsole

Outsole pattern that promotes quick movement from heel to toe.

HPR Plus

Rubber material that enhances traction and protects the midsole from abrasive running surfaces.

Best Brooks Shoe for Back Pain

In some cases, pre-existing back pain can be aggravated by running on pavement. Luckily, Brooks offers the Glycerin 20, which is designed to absorb some of the impact from running.

Can I wear the Brooks Ghost for walking?

Yes, you certainly can! The Brooks Ghost 15 is primarily designed as a road-running shoe, but its soft cushioning, smooth transitions, and dependability make it an excellent choice for daily walking as well. It's worth noting that many of Brooks' women's running shoes are also suitable for walking.

Do podiatrists recommend Brooks shoes?

Absolutely! "Doctor recommended, runner approved" is not just a catchy slogan for Brooks. At the time of publication, Brooks has seven different styles that have earned the American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA) Seal of Acceptance. These shoes include the Brooks Addiction 14, Adrenaline GTS 22, Beast 20/Ariel 20, Dyad 11, Ghost 14, Glycerin 19, and Glycerin GTS 19. However, it's important to remember that the shoe recommended by your podiatrist may vary depending on your specific foot shape, needs, and fitness goals. If you're experiencing any foot issues or starting a walking, running, or fitness routine for the first time, it's a good idea to consult a local podiatrist for personalized advice.

What type of Brooks are the best?

Ultimately, the best type of Brooks shoe depends on what you're looking for. If you need a hiking shoe, the Catamount 2s with their TrailTrack rubber outsole are ideal. On the other hand, if you're seeking a comfortable walking shoe, the Glycerin 20s are a top choice. However, it's worth mentioning that the Brooks Ghost 15 is one of the most popular all-time favorites. These shoes offer excellent support while still being incredibly lightweight.

Best Brooks Running Shoes

The Expert: I have years of experience testing running and outdoor gear as an editor at Runner's World and as a freelance reviewer for InsideHook, Men's Journal, and other publications. Running shoes have been a primary focus of my work, and I've personally run in models from various brands, including Brooks. This guide was initially published in 2018, and myself and other RW staff members update it periodically as Brooks introduces new shoes and running shoe technology. [Image Description: A photo of the Brooks Hyperion Elite 2]

The Hyperion Elite 2 offers a much softer ride compared to its predecessor, thanks to improved DNA Flash foam.

Written by Lakota Gambill.

In conclusion, when it comes to finding the best Brooks running shoes, there are plenty of options to suit your individual needs. Whether you're looking for the perfect shoe for a long day on your feet, seeking relief from back pain, or simply searching for a comfortable and durable running shoe, Brooks has you covered. With their wide range of technologies, support options, and stylish designs, you can trust that you'll find the perfect fit. So lace up those shoes, hit the pavement, and let your feet do the talking with the best Brooks running shoes on your side.