The Best Brooks Running Shoes For Every Type Of Runner
Unlike behemoths like Nike and Adidas that cater to the needs of all kinds of sportspeople, Brooks is solely about running, giving it a focus which has resulted in excellent options for every type of runner – whether you’re looking for a soft and cushioned ride or a firm and fast one.
There’s a useful shoe finder tool on the website, which will make personalised suggestions based on the feel you want and how much and how far you run, but for an overview of the key styles stay right here: we’ve been testing out a range of Brooks shoes for several years and we’re sure we can guide you in the right direction.
The Best Brooks Running Shoes
Best Cushioned Shoe: Brooks Glycerin 18
The Glycerin is all about comfort, with a generous stack of soft cushioning underfoot, plus a padded tongue and collar to hold your foot in place securely. It offers an unrivalled level of protection on the run. If you’re just starting out in the sport and are looking for the most comfortable experience available, the Glycerin is your best bet no matter what brand you’re looking at.
Best All-Rounder: Brooks Ghost 13
While it’s still a cushioned shoe that no-one would call especially lightweight, the Ghost does a decent job on fast training runs and races while still being highly comfortable, and well suited to easy and long runs. It’s a terrific option for beginner runners looking for a shoe that will protect them from the impact of road running while still being quick enough to race in as they progress in the sport.
Best For A Marathon: Brooks Hyperion Tempo
The Tempo was pitched as a training partner to the Hyperion Elite carbon plate racing shoe, but it’s the Tempo that we rate as the better long-distance racer owing to the excellent DNA Flash cushioning in the midsole. This is lightweight and fast but still comfortable enough for long runs, and it also happens to be the foam Brooks will use in the updated Hyperion Elite 2 when it launches later this year. The Tempo is a great training shoe too, particularly on speed and tempo runs, though many people will prefer a slightly softer option for easy runs.
Best Value: Brooks Launch 7
If you prefer a firmer feel underfoot, then the Launch has a solid claim to be Brooks’s best all-rounder, even before you take into account its attractive price. It’s a pretty light shoe at 255g (men’s) and certainly performs well on faster runs, as well as having just about enough cushioning that you can log all your easy runs in it too. Coming in at just under £100, the Launch is excellent value for such a versatile shoe and since it’s a model Brooks updates annually, you can usually find older models available for even less.
Best For Overpronators: Brooks Adrenaline GTS 20
It’s usually a good sign when a shoe has a number as high as 20 after its name, because it’s been so popular with runners that that’s the number of annual updates it’s had. The Adrenaline GTS has been one of the top stability models on the market for two decades, offering a comfortable and smooth ride that gently corrects overpronation. While it’s no lightweight – stability shoes rarely are – the Adrenaline is still a good option for long-distance races, especially the full 42.2km.
Best Short Distance Racing Shoe: Brooks Hyperion
The Hyperion Elite should be Brooks’s best racing shoe given that it has a carbon plate in the midsole and an eye-watering £210 price, but we found that it was uncomfortably firm on longer runs and not durable enough to merit the outlay. Instead, choose the Hyperion Tempo (above) for long races and the Hyperion for short stuff. The latter is a classic racing flat, with a stripped-back design – it weighs a mere 181g for the men’s shoe and 161g for the women’s – and a speedy transition from heel to toe. Most amateur runners will prefer something more cushioned for half marathons and marathons, but the Hyperion is ideal for smashing out a fast 5K or 10K, or hitting the track for a speed session.
Best Trail Running Shoe: Brooks Catamount
The Catamount uses the same DNA Flash foam found in the Hyperion Tempo road shoe, for a fast, springy ride that’s perfect for tearing along on harder trails in particular. There’s not a substantial amount of grip on the outsole for boggy conditions, but the Catamount does find purchase well on rocky terrain, even in wet conditions. If you favour a cushioned road shoe the Caldera might be a preferable trail option because it’s softer, but if you’re looking to go fast off-road the Catamount is hard to beat.