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Best Brooks Running Shoes

Best Brooks Running Shoes

Brooks is a running-focused brand out of Seattle, Washington. Initially focused on many different sports after its founding in 1914, the company pared back to focus on running in 2001. Nowadays, Brooks competes with Nike for market share and is often the running shoe market share leader (though this can change depending on the time period). What’s important for you to know is that Brooks is a great running shoe company and makes high-performing shoes with an accommodating fit. We keep this page updated with the Best Brooks Running Shoes. You can see all our Brooks Reviews collected on our Brooks brand page.

We put each shoe in the category that makes the most sense (trail, cushioned, everyday running, racing, etc.). Then we highlight what made the shoe great and any issues it may have. The idea is that you can easily read through this article, understand which of the shoes will work for your feet, and buy the best Brooks running shoes for you.

Last updated 3.17.2023

Best Neutral Cushioned Brooks Running Shoe

Brooks Glycerin 20

Brooks Glycerin 20

The Brooks Glycerin 20 is a comfortable, breathable, and versatile daily running shoe. The DNA Loft v3 midsole is plush and can easily handle long runs. The ride is very smooth on easy on the legs. The traction is durable and doesn’t slip in any conditions. Just don’t get the StealthFit version because the upper on the regular version is much better fitting and more comfortable. Read the full review.

Fit: True to Size, Drop: 10mm, Price $160

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Best Affordable Brooks Running Shoe

Brooks Ghost 14

The Brooks Ghost 14 is Brooks’ award-winning mid-tier neutral cushioned shoe. It’s the little brother to the Glycerin 19 and a great starter shoe for anyone new to running. While the Ghost is not as plush as the Glycerin 19, it still packs plenty of impact protection. It’s got a thick, durable outsole that rarely suffers any slippage. The upper is comfortable and accommodating if a bit boring. This isn’t a flashy shoe. Instead, Brooks aims to achieve the goal of reliability and consistency. And to top it off, if you run in wintry or wet conditions, Brooks offers a GTX version which includes a GORE-TEX membrane that’s waterproof. It will keep your feet dry. Well, assuming you don’t submerge your foot in an ocean-sized puddle.

Fit: True to Size, Drop: 12mm, Price: $140

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Best Speed Day Brooks Running Shoe

Brooks Hyperion Max

The Brooks Hyperion Max is a peppy shoe that feels light on foot and is best used to pick up the pace. Do you train to go fast in 5ks or 10ks? That’s the sweet spot for this shoe. And while the cushion isn’t “max” as the name indicates, it’s bouncy and returns energy well.

The only complaint our testers had was the super slippy tongue. Brooks included a large lace loop on the tongue, but even looping most of the laces through it can’t prevent the slippage. Tongue slippage doesn’t affect performance, but people with tall feet should take note if that’s an annoyance. The engineered woven upper is very comfy, and the traction is a huge improvement from the ice skate-like outsole on the Brook Hyperion Tempo. You can rocket around corners and stick to the ground the whole way. Overall, the Brooks Hyperion Max justifies its price but not its name. See the full review.

Fit: True to Size, Drop: 8mm, Price: $160

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Best Brooks Trail Running Shoes

Brooks Caldera 6 Featured

Brooks Caldera 6

The Brooks Caldera 6 is a unicorn trail shoe. Well-cushioned, super stable, and grips everything. As long as you buy the right size (you’ll need to go half down from your normal Brooks shoe size), you get an amazing shoe. Whether you’re trail running or hiking, you won’t find a better trail shoe. Plus, if you spend a lot of time on the trails, your body will thank you for the bouncy, protective cushioning the DNA Loft v3 midsole offers. Read full review.

Fit: Go a half size down, Drop: 6mm, Price $150

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Brooks Catamount 2

The Brooks Catamount 2 has a snappy midsole, a comfortable upper, and high-end durability. Like the original Brooks Catamount, the DNA Flash midsole makes it fun to go fast. But unlike the original, the new SkyVault plate in the midsole works to add some pop and protect the foot like a traditional rock plate. And while it’s not an aggressive shoe, it’s a versatile shoe. The widely spaced lugs work across a variety of surfaces and even roads if needed. It’s not the ideal shoe for highly technical trails but it still features gaiter hookups for those that do technical hiking. At $170, the price is a touch high but it’s a good option if you want something a little peppier than the Caldera 6. Watch Kofuzi’s review.

Fits: True to size, Drop: 6mm, Price: $170

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Brooks Cascadia 16

The Brooks Cascadia 16 is everything you need out of a trail shoe. Ballistic Rock Shield, ample cushioning (the most they’ve ever put in the Cascadia), a wide base, and ample room for your foot to expand on long runs or hikes. They feel and perform like a trail running shoe but protect as well as a good hiking boot. The only potential issue is the Cascadia 16 may be too wide for some people. Narrow footers will need to either wear thick hiking socks or go down a half size. Oh, and one other thing. Ok, two. First, the Cascadia 16 comes in some awesome, flashy color combos. And second, there’s a GTX version with an enhanced GORE-TEX upper that will keep your feet dry during the rainy season. The Brooks Cascadia 16 is comfort, stability, and protection wrapped up in a reasonably priced package.

Fits: Slightly Wide, Drop: 8mm, Price: $130

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Best Brooks Marathon Running Shoe

Brooks Hyperion Elite 2

Ok, this one is kind of a cop-out. Brooks only has one marathon-focused shoe, the Brooks Hyperion Elite 2. Its price tag is high at $250, but the thick, bouncy DNA Flash midsole competes well with other modern marathon shoes. The upper is comfy, but the fit, especially in the heel, is sloppy. Some people don’t have any problems with the fit but some (like our tester) got hot spots on the Achilles area unless he was wearing higher cut, thicker socks. If you prefer running in Brooks, then this is the marathon shoe for you. Read full review.

Fits: True to Size, Drop: 8mm, Price: $250

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Honorable Mentions

Brooks Launch 9

Brooks Launch 9

The Brooks Launch 9 is another excellent addition to a reliable running shoe line. Brooks made some changes without messing up what we know and love about this shoe. This lovely everyday running shoe offers neutral stability, a smooth ride, fun designs, and a reasonable price point. If you’re a lighter runner that prefers a responsive shoe without super plush cushioning, the Launch 9 should be on your list. Read the full review.

Fits: True to Size, Drop: 10mm, Price: $110

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Brooks Levitate 5

The Brooks Levitate 6 comes in two fits. StealthFit and Classic. Classic is your typical running shoe fit, and StealthFit is a sock-like knit upper. You can also order the more supportive GTS version (if you need it to control excess pronation).

The Levitate 6 upgrades from the Levitate 5 with DNA Amp v2 in place of v1 and an extra 2mm of foam underfoot. The foam is on the firmer side but super springy. It feels springier than the previous version, and the 10% improvement Brooks states sounds right. If you’re light on your feet or light in general, the Levitate 6 may be perfect for you. At $150, it’s on the high end of Brooks’ everyday running shoe price range, but from the copious rubber on the outsole to the upper materials, the Levitate 6 is built to last a ton of miles.

Fits: True to Size, Drop: 8mm, Price: $150

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Best Brooks Running Shoes Now on Sale

Brooks Glycerin 19

The Glycerin line delivers year after year. Last year’s Glycerin 18 was one of our favorites and the Glycerin 19 improved on the formula ever so slightly. Great grip, maximum cushioning, and a great fit that accommodates the majority of foot types. Brooks continues to be a star in the running shoe industry and has a solid roster of top-notch performance models because they nail the basics.  Read the full review.

Fit: True to Size, Drop: 10mm, Price: $150

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Brooks Catamount

Brooks Catamount

The Brooks Catamount is a trail shoe, but a trail running shoe made for going fast. It’s light and springy with great traction. There’s no rock plate but the thick midsole protects the wearer from most rocks and roots. It does everything well and is a shoe I reach for when I want to turn my trail run into a fast workout. Read the full review.

Fits: True to size, Drop: 6mm, Price: $160

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Brooks Running Shoes to Avoid

As of right now, we don’t have any Brooks shoes to put on this list. All the currently available Brooks models we’ve tested are solid running shoes. What usually appears in this section are any shoes with big issues or flaws that prevent us from recommending them.

Got any suggestions for this list? Message us on Twitter with the shoe(s) we should add.

If you want more, read about the Best Running Shoes from all brands here.

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