Update: Ghost 9
Arch support
Daily running
M: 292g | W: 249g
Heel to toe drop
M: 12mm | W: 12mm
Heel height
M: 35mm | W: 33mm
Forefoot height
M: 23mm | W: 21mm
Widths available
M: Narrow - B, Normal - D, Wide - 2E | W: Narrow - 2A, Normal - B, Wide - D
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Shoes best for road, track and light gravel. See the best road shoes.


Shoes best for trail, off road, mountains and other unstable surfaces. See the best trail shoes.

Good to know

As long as you stick to the road or path, and if you want just one running shoe, buy a road running shoe.

Neutral / cushion / high arch

Shoes for runners who does not need any additional arch support (Around 50% of runners). Best for people with high or medium high arches. See the best neutral shoes.

Stability / overpronation / normal arch

Shoes for runners who needs arch support (Around 45% of runners). Best for runners with a normal arch. See the best stability shoes.

Motion control / severe overproanation / flat feet

Shoes for runners who needs a lot of arch support. Best for runners with flat feet. See the best motion control shoes.

Good to know

- Rule of thumb: If in doubt, buy neutral shoes to avoid injuries.
- More about arch support in this video.
- Find your arch type by following steps from this video.

Daily running

Cushioned shoes for your daily easy running. Great comfort. See best shoes for daily running.


Lightweight shoes good for races, interval training, tempo runs and fartlek. Here are the best competition running shoes.

Good to know

If you want just one pair of shoes, buy a shoe for daily running.

The height difference from the heel to the forefoot, also known as heel drop, toe spring, heel to toe spring or simply drop.

There are many opinions about what a good heel drop is. We do not recommend any in particular. Lean more in this video.


We spent 6 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

8 reasons to buy

  • The Brooks Ghost 8 was described as comfortable by many runners who have tried it.

  • A reviewer wrote that the mid-sole foam delivered just the right amount of cushioning without being too heavy for her feet.

  • The underfoot platform of this running shoe was able to attenuate impact shock during the landing phase of the gait cycle, noted its testers.

  • A lot of runners agreed that it was true to its sizing scheme and its available widths.

  • The outsole rubber gained appreciation because it delivered reliable traction on the pavement.

  • Many testers commended its components and features because they were sturdy and they didn’t wear off easily.

  • The upper unit was able to hug the shape of the foot with ease and comfort, wrote some reviewers.

  • Several runners felt that the toe box of the Brooks Ghost 8 was roomy enough for the toes to relax.

3 reasons not to buy

  • The shoe laces were a bit short for one tester.

  • A runner who preferred to run in low-light conditions commented that there wasn’t enough reflective coating on the upper, which was supposed to make the shoe more visible.

  • Some consumers weren’t able to sit well with the mid-sole, which, for them, was stiff.

Bottom line

The Brooks Ghost 8 impressed runners who needed responsive cushioning and comfortable coverage. Many commended its durability because it lasted a long time and remained efficient through many uses. This road shoe’s mid-sole had some split comments because some runners felt that it was a bit stiff. Still, it became popular among neutral runners and shoe enthusiasts.

World wide, Ghost 8 is in the top 10% most popular running shoes. The brand, Brooks, is the 5th most popular.

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Expert reviews

Experts are running shoe geeks, who post reviews at youtube, directly at RunRepeat or at their own websites. Each expert is categorized from level 1 to level 5 based on expertise. See stats on expert reviews and how we calculate scores here.

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89 / 100 based on 19 expert reviews

  • 89
    Ridhwan Mohamad AdnanLevel 1 expert
    by Ridhwan Mohamad Adnan
    Over the arch, still [a] really good hold, so your foot sits really nicely over this platform.
  • 88
    WhiskeyfoxLevel 1 expert
    by Whiskeyfox
    They are, without a doubt in my memory, the most comfortable pair of shoes I have every worn.
  • 95
    Runner's WorldLevel 5 expert
    by Runner's World
    Stable, cushioned, comfy.
  • 90
    Sam WinebaumLevel 5 expert
    by Road Trail Run
    The Brooks Ghost 8 is a fine choice as a well cushioned, supportive basic trainer featuring traditional heel to toe geometry.
  • 82
    SolereviewLevel 5 expert
    by Solereview
    Our pair of Ghost 8 has none of the assembly issues which plagued the Ghost 7. Instead, what we got for our money was a cleanly finished product which looks and feels very much worth its $120 price.
  • 99
    Michael Mason-D'CrozLevel 4 expert
    by Running Shoes Guru
    The sole unit on the shoe moves you easily through your gait and, no matter if you heel strike or midfoot/forefoot strike, provides the cushion you need to feel comfortable at any distance.
  • 88
    Jason SaltmarshLevel 4 expert
    by Salt Marsh Running
    It held up well by providing cushion over the loose rocks.
  • 87
    GregoryLevel 4 expert
    by Phidippides TV
    The transition from the previous version to the current version on a feel and function level has been seamless.
  • 85
    Canadian RunningLevel 4 expert
    by Canadian Running
    The Ghost is just one of those shoes that, when you put your foot in it, it just feels right.
  • 96
    Austin BondsLevel 3 expert
    by Believe in the Run
    If you like them, prepare yourself for a “scary good ride."
  • 94
    flyersfan1088Level 3 expert
    by Gear Institute
    The Brooks Ghost 8 continues on the reliable and committed design for the runners who have come to expect quality and performance from the Ghost line of shoes.
  • 65
    GordonLevel 2 expert
    by This Running Life
    If I don’t wear sufficiently thick socks, something under the overlay (these overlays are welded not stitched) irritates and even causes a small blister on my toe.
  • 99
    John DavisLevel 1 expert
    by Marathon Sports
    As a proud new owner of the Ghost 8 I was immediately impressed with a notable new feature: an engineered mesh upper. It brings a super airy and breathable feel while still giving a stable and secure fit through the midfoot.
  • 94
    JuddLevel 1 expert
    by Fleet Feet Sports
    Brooks has further perfected the balance of cushion, support, and weight. Introducing the very first shoe from Brooks using an engineered mesh, you are sure to get the support around the foot that you need, with better than ever breathability.
  • 92
    Mark David HizarLevel 1 expert
    by Daddy, Did You Win?
    The fit was great on these shoes, very comfortable. Also, the upper part is now seamless so no rubbing or irritation.
  • 90
    KristenLevel 1 expert
    by Fit Bottomed Girls
    Brooks has upped the ante with the neutral running shoe (meaning it’s best for peeps like me who don’t under- or overpronate) in a few ways with this version.
  • 83
    MikeLevel 1 expert
    by SBR Sport
    For people with a little bit of pronation that don't need to get into the anti-pronation shoes, this is not a bad bet.
  • 82
    Stuff ReviewsLevel 1 expert
    by Stuff Reviews
    This is a very comfortable shoe. It has a nice feel when you put it on your foot.
  • 80
    AnthonyLevel 1 expert
    by Anthony Vegan
    It's very, very comfortable. Very plush. Easy on the feet when you're going fast or slow or long…
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  • Connor Running Warehouse
    For sufficient cushioning on the roads, the Brooks Ghost 8 is an everyday trainer designed for the neutral runner.
  • Matt StudioEleven - Marketing
    The Ghost 8 is Brooks' most awarded running shoe, with many loyal wearers. If you have a neutral foot-type and love consistent, plush cushioning, then the Ghost 8 is for you.
  • BJ Shop Zappos
    The segmented crash pad absorbs impact shock for optimal plush, smoother transitions, and enhanced efficiency.
  • Richard Shop Zappos
    These awesome shoes here are built for the neutral to underpronator who is looking for enhanced cushioning and support.
  • Sean Road Runner Sports
    This shoe is a versatile powerhouse. You can wear it wherever you want.
  • Rachel Road Runner Sports
    This shoe is super comfortable. It's gonna give you flexible support with a sock-like feel.
  • Connor Running Warehouse
    With an updated full-length segmented crash pad, paired with BioMoGo DNA, the Ghost 8 provides an ultra-smooth foot transition.
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Updates to Ghost 8

The Brooks Ghost 8 comes with impressive and new features such as the engineered mesh upper that is breathable, and comfortable. This new construction and engineering of the upper enhances the fit as well as the support in the mid-foot area while keeping the toe box roomy.

This shoe is also constructed with a new full-length segmented Crash Pad, leaving the ride feels more comfortable and a smoother heel to toe transition. It also provides a snap during toe-off for gait cycle support and comfort.

Ghost 8 size and fit

The Ghost 8 comes in a standard running shoe length. The toe box and the mid-foot area are both roomy and snug, and the heel area is comfortable as well. This shoe offers a true to size and width accommodation that fits well to a wide range of foot measurements.


The Brooks Ghost 8 has an outsole of HPR Plus, which is a high abrasion resistant and offers excellent traction and durability at the same time. Slipping is never a problem whether on wet or dry grounds. This is also constructed with the Blown Rubber material for flexibility and durability while keeping responsiveness an edge.


The Ghost 8 uses the BioMoGo DNA midsole, which is the signature midsole of Brooks brand. This is a full-length midsole made with aggressive waffle rubber that provides adaptation for an all-weather ground feel.

The midsole are also constructed with the Omni Flex Grooves for added flexibility and the Cush Pod configuration in both the outsole and midsole. The Caterpillar Crash Pad in segmented form moves with the foot when running as it provides a smooth heel-to-toe transition. It offers the stability and the soft cushioning at the same time.


The upper of the Ghost 8 is made from the Element Mesh, keeping the foot cool and dry during the performance. The Element Linings are also there under the upper mesh material. It provides moisture to comfort the foot. Synthetic Overlays are used for a snug fit and secure fit.

The Strobe Last is also used to provide flexibility and cushioning which is attached to the sole. The upper also has the Profile Sock liner made from BioMoGo foam. As a result, this shoe is soft, supportive, and comfortable for an enjoyable speed running.


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