I have always been a fan of Brooks gear. This is a company that specializes in running, period. Unlike many other companies that are jacks of all trades in sports gear, Brooks is ALL ABOUT running. They are runners and they get it. Moreover, their products show it.
Despite this, I’ve always said I’m “not a Brooks shoe girl.” I’ve tried their shoes a number of times over the years and while Brooks have never wavered in their quality, we all know we are all different runners. We have different feet, different gaits, and different preferences. Being a part of Run Oregon affords me many great opportunities, and getting to test a pair of Brooks Glycerin 18 shoes was one such gift, because it had been a few years since I’d tried Brooks, and as you know, things change.
As soon as I put on the Glycerins I could immediately tell that these were not like Brooks shoes I’d taken for a spin in the past. They were extremely comfortable. I didn’t want to take them off, quite honestly, so I wore them all day. Not for a run but just to get a feel for them. The next day I took them on a 6 mile run. Gone was the heavy feeling I remember from my past experiences in this brand, and that was replaced by a cushy and surprisingly lightweight feel. I barely noticed these shoes on my feet at all.
The Glycerin 18 isn’t available in stores yet, but the double-jacquard mesh includes more stretch that the older version. Additionally, the midsole has been reconfigured to allow for more DNA LOFT cushioning. This very soft cushioning is made up of ethylene-vinyl acetate (EVA), rubber and air. This technology instantly adapts to a runner’s stride, weight, and speed. The smooth transition zone in the shoe also allows for a more effortless glide. The result? The shoes feel like a cloud when I put them on and I all but forget I am wearing them when I hit my cadence. The rubber helps the EVA midsole last, which safeguards the ultra-soft feel of the shoe, and the air decreases the shoe’s weight. The OrthoLite™ sockliner adds to the comfort of the shoe and the internal stretch bootie moves with your foot. The engineered mesh upper and 3D Fit Print technology give the shoe the plush fit. The durability and responsiveness of the shoe will not be compromised and it’s no wonder that runners who prefer cushion will gravitate toward the Brooks Glycerin shoes.
Because Brooks offers many different styles of shoe for many different types of runners, I highly recommend you try the Shoe Finder on the Brooks website if you haven’t already. You’ll need to take off your shoes and do a few exercises to see what works best for your stride, and you’ll answer some questions about preference as well. I tend to run/walk with my feet pointing straight ahead and have decent alignment, so a neutral shoe is good for me. I like a bit of cushion as well. The shoe finder recommended the following Brooks shoes: Ghost 12, Revel 3, Cascadia 14 GTX, Ghost 12 GTX, and .. drumroll .. the Glycerin 17 which is the version you can buy in stores right now.
I’m taking my new Glycerin 18’s hostage and all my other shoes are jealous because I don’t have any time for them. I guess now I can actually call myself, officially, a Brooks girl.
Products & Price:
- The Brooks Glycerin 18 (available March 2020)
Specs (from website):
- Heel Height: 77mm
- Collar Height: 51mm lateral, 54mm medial
- Top Eyestay Height: 80mm lateral, 83mm medial
- Internal Stick Length: 269.80mm
More about Brooks:
Running: put one foot in front of the other and then repeat! At Brooks, we’re passionate about our daily run.
Running is primal; we were all born to run. It is the most inclusive sport the world has ever known.
We think about our first toddling steps as a kids – free, joyous, fun. Years later we live for that feeling, and on a great day, running still delivers it.
We are fortunate, because since 2001, we’ve been able to focus exclusively on the pursuit we love more than any other. We challenge ourselves to make the best running gear in the world because we want to run in it, too.
Our brand aspires to reflect the truth in running. Technology is only valid when it helps you run. Customization is only worthwhile if it improves function before form. Narratives are only useful when they connect with you and inspire you.
The proof is in the run, not marketing speak. When we deliver on our promises, you have a better run.
Let’s celebrate together the transformative power of the run. And let’s shine a spotlight on those who inspire us not just to run, but to be better people as a result.
Thank you to Brooks for providing us with a sample pair. Please read our transparency page for info on how we do our reviews.