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2.620 users: 4.6 / 5
26 experts: 90 / 100
Terrain: Road
Weight: Men 10.4oz / Women 9oz
Heel to toe drop: Men 12mm / Women 12mm
Arch support: Neutral

Verdict from 8 hours of research from the internet

8 reasons to buy

  • Some users appreciated the Brooks Ghost 10’s high-performance construction.
  • A lot of testers with foot issues were happy that the shoe did not cause foot pain.
  • There were people who recognized the above average shock absorbing capacity of the midsole.
  • A majority of users stated that the shoe felt very comfortable.
  • Based on a number of reviews, the sole unit felt sturdy yet comfortable and less bulky.
  • Some narrated that they felt like they were running on clouds or air with the shoe on.
  • Most runners mentioned that the shoe felt like it was well made.
  • Reviewers appreciated the inclusion of a shoelace holder at the top of the tongue.

6 reasons not to buy

  • One person observed the sole unit coming loose after only wearing it four times.
  • Some reviewers reported that the underfoot platform was too low to the ground and that the quality of cushioning was sacrificed.
  • Someone was unhappy about not getting enough arch support from the shoe.
  • Another tester noticed that the sides and top of the shoe were starting to deteriorate after merely two weeks of use.
  • There was a reviewer who revealed that the shoe did not have an effective grip on wet surfaces.
  • A few runners said that the quality of the shoe is poor.

Bottom line

The Brooks Ghost 10 is a neutral running shoe that delivers both comfort and performance. It’s an ideal shoe for light training, tempo road running, long runs, and everyday use. Possessing minor yet significant updates from its predecessor, it brings runners a more cushioned, smoother, and adaptive ride.

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97
/100 by Matthew Leonard, posted on .

The Brooks Ghost 10 is by far the most comfortable shoe I have ever run in.

The shoe effortlessly absorbs the impact of both long runs and fast tempo sessions, whilst remaining responsive enough for racing. I’d have no hesitation in recommending this shoe.

 

Pros

  • Supremely comfortable
  • Superior cushioning
  • Secure fit and hold
  • Breathable upper
  • Roomy toe box

Cons

  • High ride height may not suit everyone
  • Lack of reflective panels

     

Introduction

The Ghost is essentially Brooks' prime neutral cushioned shoe and has consistently appeared towards the top of the running shoe chart over the years.

Brooks promises “the smoothest ride possible, for runners who want a plush, adaptable fit.

 

 

A neutral ride with good cushioning is exactly what I look for in a shoe, and so I felt it was time to move away from my go-to New Balance range of shoes, and see what all the fuss is about.

I’ve now run approximately 200 miles in these shoes, and have put them through their paces on both long and short road runs, some trail running, faster intervals and a Half Marathon race, so I feel that I’ve tested them out thoroughly enough to review them.

Appearance

The Ghost 10 is available in a good variety of colors, from Brooks’ traditional Blue/Black through to a range of rather less conservative colorways. I opted for a bright Yellow / Black shoe which looked smart and bright, without being too garish!

 

 

The Ghost 10 feels like a premium, well-designed shoe from the moment that you take it out of the box. Whilst the Ghost is certainly not a budget shoe, neither does it sit amongst the most expensive shoes in the shop. Despite this, the style, materials and construction seem to be of the highest quality.

The cushioning in the heel cup and ankle support are very generous, together with the padding incorporated into the tongue. Run a hand inside the shoe, and the no-sew engineered mesh surrounding the forefoot of the shoe feels exceptionally comfortable.

 

 

The midsole of the shoe appears substantial, and together with the sole, offers a thick section of foam cushioning, with the heel sitting up at 30mm, with a heel to toe drop of 12mm.

The only negative I would point out in terms of what is otherwise a great looking shoe is the lack of reflective panels/strips on the shoe. I tested this shoe in the winter, with most running being done in the dark on Welsh country lanes where it is important for cars to be able to see you.

I had initially imagined that the Brooks logo on the side of the shoe would be reflective as it appears to be, but only reflective part of the shoe is a very small oval piece labeled “DNA” on the heel of the shoe.

 

Weight

the New Balance 1080 v6 which is listed at 294g

As expected, my UK 13 (14.0 US) shoe weighed in heavier at 361g.

Most importantly, the Ghost 10 does not feel heavy when worn; it feels very light when I put it on, and when running.

Fit

I found the Brooks Ghost 10 to be true to size.

That is, I wore a UK 13 (US 14) which is what I’d wear in a normal, everyday shoe, and in an ASICS shoe. For comparison purposes, in shoes from New Balance, Hokas, and Salomon I’d generally need to go for a ½ size larger (UK 13 ½)

The shoe felt exceptionally comfortable right out of the box. Even before tying the laces, my foot was held securely at the heel and through the mid-section of the shoe, and the cushioning in the heel cup and the tongue made the foot feel extremely snug.

 

 

By contrast, there was plenty of room in the toe box to allow a little movement of the toes within the shoe.

Initially, I was concerned that this may lead to too much movement when running downhill for example, but because the foot was held securely, there was never any cause for concern when running, as mentioned later in the review.

An illustration of how securely the foot is held came when I arrived a little late for a group run just as the rest of the group was ready to leave. I jumped out of the car and joined them right away, and it wasn’t until we stopped a mile or so down the road that I realized that I’d forgotten to tie the laces!

Within the first week of getting the shoes, I’d run over 50 comfortable miles in them, at different paces, and did not feel any adverse rubbing in any part of the foot. After a couple of weeks, I took a run without socks for the first time in a few years, and as expected the shoes were just as comfortable.

I’d have no hesitation in recommending them to triathletes and other runners prefer running sock-free.

Construction

Upper

The upper of the Brooks Ghost 10 is made from a “seamless engineered mesh” which makes for an extremely comfortable fit.

The shoe holds the foot firmly, providing a feeling of security, whilst also allowing enough room for the foot to move a little where necessary, together with a very generous toe box.

 

 

At the front end of the shoe, is a double layer of mesh. The inside layer is tightly woven, whilst the outer has larger holes. These layers move independently of each other, allowing sufficient movement of the foot during the various components of each stride. The mesh also provides good ventilation.

Moving around the sides of the shoe, the two layers of mesh are overlaid with “3D fit print overlays” consisting of narrow bands and the Brooks decal printed onto the mesh. This provides the support within the midfoot area, contributing towards the feeling of security and holding the foot tightly throughout the stride.

 

 

 

Towards the back, the shoe becomes much firmer with a good, solid heel cup, and a generous level of cushioning around the ankle.

The tongue must be the most cushioned tongue I have found in a pair of running shoes. An added level of detail in the Brooks Ghost 10 is the provision of two lace loops at the top of the tongue.

I’d never previously considered that a single loop partway down the tongue favored by most manufacturers may not be the most effective way of holding the tongue in place until I’d tried these shoes.

The two loops ensure that the tongue is always held in place throughout any run. The laces in this shoe are almost “sausage-like” in appearance, with a little stretch, and while this makes no real difference to the feel of the shoe, it does mean that the laces stay tied without the need for a double knot.

 

 

In all, the upper of this shoe is excellent, providing comfort and security together with breathability. The no-sew construction ensures no rubbing or soreness while the light mesh provides fantastic ventilation and keeps the foot cool.

Sole

The sole of the Brooks Ghost 10 provides a 12mm heel to toe drop, which I was initially concerned about having done much of my recent running in a show with a 6mm drop.

I needn’t have worried – the shoes feel great to run in, and I’m sure that the absorption, cushioning and energy return provided by the midsole mean that the additional heel-toe drop has little real significance.

The midsole cushioning is provided by Brooks’ BioMoGo DNA running the length of the shoe. Brooks’ claim is that this “dynamically adapts to your stride, dispersing impact away from your body for just-right softness underfoot”.

Whilst I’m sure there’s an element of marketing-speak in this statement, I must admit that the effect felt when running is just as described. The shoes feel exceptionally comfortable when worn, whether running long, at tempo or even walking.

 

 

The outsole is made up of a “segmented crash pad” which essentially means that the outer rubber of the sole is split into sections rather than a single continuous piece of rubber.

This does give greater flexibility to the shoe, and I’m sure this contributes to the smoothness of the ride, with the various parts of the sole being able to move somewhat independently of one another to reflect the movement of the foot during take-off and landing.

Durability

The outsole is made up of blown rubber below the forefoot, and a harder carbon rubber under the heel, which has proved to be extremely durable.

In the past, I have found that some segmented soles can be prone to early wear compared to a single rubber outsole. This has not been my experience to date with this shoe.

 

 

My running style means that my shoes will generally begin to wear from the outer heel. The images, taken after 150 miles, show slight wear to the heel of the shoe.

The right-hand shoe on which I land heaviest shows a some wear to the most vulnerable sections of the sole (pictured below), but there is still plenty of the durable outer rubber remaining, and I am confident that these shoes should last for at least 400 miles.

 

Performance

The experience of running in these shoes far exceeded any expectations that I may have had.

After 200 miles in the shoes, I am still impressed by the comfort every time I put them on. It’s not just a matter of how the foot feels within the shoe, but the way that the shoe contributes to the overall running experience.

Even on a morning when the legs feel tired, perhaps after a hard run the previous day, the shoe seems to prevent the impact of the foot strike from being transferred to the feet and legs and within a few strides, even the most tired of legs are beginning to feel responsive again.

Similarly, the feet feel as fresh at the end of a long run as they do at the beginning.

Other than a few interval sessions, I haven’t done too much fast work in these shoes, but on the occasions that I have the shoes have responded exceptionally well.

The only race I’ve done in them to date was a Half Marathon which was completed at close to PB pace. This included approximately 3 miles of steep descent. My experience of running this section at race pace in a variety of shoes is that the legs can take a real pounding, especially for a runner of my weight.

In the Brooks Ghost, however, I found that the shoes absorbed the impact effectively, leaving the legs fresh (or as fresh as can be expected!) for the final few miles back to the finish.

Furthermore, whilst there is plenty of room in the toe box, as identified above, the foot was held in place securely so that there really was very little movement of the foot in the shoe even when coming down a steep descent at high speeds.

The shoe is designed for road use and is very well suited to the roads. The shoe can also be used on trails and does cope well with moderately uneven surfaces, holding the foot well, and providing sufficient grip. Clearly, the shoe wouldn’t perform well on severe trails, or muddy fells, but can easily accommodate a mix of surfaces.

Comparison

the Hoka Clifton 2.

It has a very similar ride height to these shoes (heel height 30mm). Despite the similarities with these shoes on paper, however, the Brooks Ghost 10 delivers a superior ride in all aspects including comfort, cushioning and responsiveness.

For runners who prefer to be closer to the road, I’d recommend the Fresh Foam Zante V3 as an alternative, or the Vazee Rush V2 which provides a more secure fit similar to the Brooks Ghost 10.

Summary

Imagine your most comfortable pair of shoes or slippers; the ones you look forward to putting on after a long day, then imagine being able to run in them.

This is what the Brooks Ghost 10 feels like every time you put it on. On top of that, it manages to hold your foot securely whilst paradoxically providing a feeling of roominess.

I would recommend this shoe to any runner looking for a neutral, cushioned shoe, for both daily trainings, and for racing anything from 5k to marathons and beyond. In my own opinion, it is especially suited to higher mileage runners, and its superior cushioning makes it ideal for the heavier runner too.

Matthew Leonard | Level 4 expert Verified
Somewhat bigger and heavier than the average runner (6’2”/ 85kg), I’ve been involved in a variety of sports throughout my life before settling on running as I approach the half century. I’m lucky enough to live on the Isle of Anglesey, North Wales as I love running on the coast or in the mountains of Snowdonia, generally averaging around 80-90km per week.

82
/100 by Frank DuCett, posted on .

I am going to conduct a 50-mile long road review of the new Brooks Ghost 10.

This will allow me the time to get to know these shoes fairly well and to run a variety of roads and distance, including some surprisingly steep Southern Indiana hills.

There are no mountains on the map, but they are there if you're on a bicycle or running.

The Brooks Ghost 10

The Brooks Ghost 10 falls into the neutral/cushioned category of a road shoe.

The new Ghost is of medium weight and has terrific forefoot and heel cushioning. Adding to this already great cushioning is a well-shaped toe box that does not mock or tortures the shape of the human foot.

This my third go around with the Brooks Ghost versions over the past 7 years, and I would say the best version to date.

 

Outsole

To begin, there is the HPR Plus, a very durable rubber compound in the heel area, while a blown rubber compound is used in other areas of the outsole, providing excellent cushioning and some very effective noise damping.

The heel is segmented, helping to cushion the landing of heel strikers. There are deeply cut grooves in the outer sole, helping with flexibility and making for a smooth heel-to-toe transition.

The Ghost 10 has an excellent footprint, helping to provide good traction. As with every Ghost version, they are the quietest shoe ever.

 

Midsole

This area is where the Brooks scientists seem to have been the busiest, dreaming up things like DNA and BioMoGo, two great innovations.

BioMoGo is a Brooks foam that provides excellent cushioning, as most quality foams do, but the BioMoGo is designed to break down in landfills much sooner than most other foams, this makes the BioMoGo’s material very earth friendly. Most EVA foams last thousands of years in landfills.

DNA is another component of the midsole, this material adapts to your pace, providing a firmer platform when you're running hard and softer as you slow.
Brooks refers to their DNA as a non-Newtonian material.

The way in which all of these midsole components work together, produce a light, responsive and cushioned shoe.

 

Upper

The Ghost 10 uppers are made out of an engineered mesh with high-density printed layers called 3D Stretch Print. These "strips" of material do a good job of giving the shoe a bit of structure.

This Brooks model was built using the highest quality materials at a time when many shoes are beginning to suffer from cost-cutting decisions. The Ghost, happily remains a high-quality shoe, with materials that stand out in the crowd. 

While the previous model, the Ghost 9 rubbed me wrong in the area just behind of my big toe, the version 10 does not. The toe box is well secured with stitches but you have to look hard to find any other stitches on these shoes.

Tongue, Collar, Laces

In this year's Ghost, a second lace-stay was added to keep the tongue in place, this worked extremely well.

The tongue and collar are also very well padded, and provide excellent comfort. The laces are flat and somewhat elastic, adding to a comfortable fit, I would say that the laces are about 25% elastic.

 

Specifications

Size:                                44 E.U. (12 U.S.)
Weight:                           332gr.
Arch Type:                      Medium-High.
Support:                          Neutral-Cushioning
Ankle Clearance:            Yes.
Flexibility:                       Medium.
Heel-Toe Offset:             12mm.
Above Toe Clearance:    Medium-High.
Toe Box Width:               Medium.
Miles Tested:                  80 km / 50 mi.
Tester’s Weight:              61 kgs / 146 lbs.
Reflectors:                       Rear only.
Cost:                                 $ 120. USD

Pros

  • Smooth and silent transition
  • Cushioning in forefoot and heel
  • Innovative design and materials

Cons

  • Poor quality control on upper mesh placement-positioning

Running in the Ghost

These shoes did not hamper my running, they helped me along by not fighting my every step with stiffness or with worry about losing more toenails in tight toe boxes.

My first outing was a dark and early morning 8k at -3 degrees C. The chances of being struck by a deer at that hour are greater than being hit by a car in this area of Southern, Indiana. You tend to think of things when you run, this morning I thought " It's no wonder I got my best half-marathon time wearing the Ghost." 

 

 

Like the new Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18, this shoe simply sails along as effortless as can be, it is a real smooth and quiet roadster, well suited for half or full marathons.

The Brooks products are entering a period that may very well be their finest hour. Everything about this Ghost says "Relax, Cruise, and Enjoy".

The Ghost is one of those rare shoes that bring out your best and actually makes running easier. You don't need to be at you best every day with the Ghost, just put them on and head out the door.

There was no visible wear at 25 miles and, only slight noticeable wear after 50 miles.

Compared to last year's Version 9

The previous version 9 is a tough act to follow, it is such a good shoe.

The Ghost version10 is 26 grams lighter than the Version 9 while being slightly more flexible and having a more compliant-comfortable upper.

Compared to Asics GT 2000 5

I dare compare the Asics, a stability shoe with the Ghost, a neutral-cushioned shoe because they are so similar. The Asics GT2000-5 is stiffer and much noisier than the Ghost, it is nearly impossible to run silently with the Asics.

The Asics Gel cushions your impact while sending the energy outward before bouncing you back up, the Brooks DNA cushions your impact but then stiffens as a reaction to your gait-pace-effort.

The Asics has better cushioning for me,  however, a faster runner interested more in speed than comfort might prefer the reactive Brooks DNA.

Quality

I would rather have a shoe of mediocre parts expertly assembled that the world's best components simply thrown together in a haphazard manner.

The engineered mesh over the forefoot of each shoe was misaligned, making these shoes clearly defective. Haphazard construction is a failure in quality control, but more importantly a failure in pride.

 

Summary

Brooks could have done a better job than with the Ghost 10 assembly.

The Ghost 10 is comfortable, well cushioned, good looking and durable and is well suited for any distance you care to run. This is the perfect half marathon or longer shoe that is suited for nearly everyone!

Frank DuCett | Level 5 expert Verified
My name is Frank DuCett, living and running in the Heartland of America. My love is the long lonesome road half marathons of Indiana, Kentucky and Illinois. My training of 20 - 30 miles weekly is dedicated to staying under 2 1/2 hours for the 13.1 mile distance into my 70s and beyond. I run alone and without earbuds, enjoying the solitude and true sensations of the act.

100
/100 by Dan Biagi, posted on .

After a year of using a shoe with mild support for my everyday running, because of my pronation, I decided to give a Ghost 10.

The Ghost 10 by Brooks has a good reputation and was named ‘Editor’s Choice’ by Runner’s World magazine.

My initial experience with the shoe was very positive and I was happy with the quality of the materials. I have only found the Asics MetaRun to be of comparable quality, but the price tag for the MetaRun is almost double than that of the Ghost 10.

 

 

I must confess that I have treated my Ghost 10 shoes very badly, leaving the shoes on a balcony overnight in temperatures just above freezing and also leaving them in the sun for several hours.

However, they have never shown any faults and have always performed well.

Specs

  • Support - Neutral
  • Heel to toe drop - 12mm
  • Heel height - 30mm
  • Forefoot height - 18mm

Upper

The upper mesh is very soft. One important feature of an upper that, in my opinion, differentiates a quality shoe from an average one is the lack of plastic. The upper of the Ghost 10 doesn’t have much plastic and consequently, it is soft and durable.

One thing that I really loved from the moment I first put them on was the lacing system, which has two additional lace loops in the tongue to provide more control when you tie the laces.

 

Fit

The shoe is generally very comfortable and there is enough room to accommodate wide feet and big toes even in the regular version of the shoe. However, the Ghost 10 does also come in a wider and narrower version.

The Ghost 10 is true to size.

 

Insole

This is where most of the cushioning happen. The heel seems to be more cushioned than the forefoot. So, if you are a heel or mid-foot striker you will be alright. However, this shoe has been designed for everyday running, so it is very unlikely you are going to run on your toes.

However, I did several speed sessions in them without any issues.

Outsole

The outsole is very resistant, and you don’t see any signs of wear and tear before 300km. The image below shows the outsole after 550km (340 miles). It’s not bad; I’ve seen much worse!

 

Durability

The Ghost 10 is a long-lasting shoe. You start to feel some signs of wear around 400km (250 miles), but unless optimal cushioning is a must for you, the Ghost 10 is usable up to 600/650km (400 miles).

The first areas of fault are the heel and the forefoot area of the outsole.

Right now, I am thinking about retiring a pair after 550km (340 miles) of use, but before I throw them away I would like to do another 100km (62miles) of easy running in them.

 

Runner Profile and Work out

I have seen a very wide range of runners using these shoes, from very advanced runners to occasional runners. I believe, because of the great design of this model, the Ghost 10 is suited to all neutral and very mild pronators/supinators whether you are a pro or run 5 miles a week.

In terms of workouts and running paces, I think this shoe is definitely more suited to an easy to steady pace than speed. The biggest limiting factor for a speed workout is the 12mm heel drop. When you try to run fast with these shoes on, the drop feels a bit cumbersome, but for a steady pace, it is okay.

Weight is not a problem at all, UK 7 size is only 266 grams, which makes it one of the lightest shoe in its category.

In terms of running surfaces, I found that the Ghost 10 is not just suitable for the road; I also tried them on trails without any issues and in freezing weather. However, I would share a word of caution on the grip after 350/400km (250miles). After this distance, the grip no longer functions very well, but for the first 300km (200miles) you can run on any surface you like.

 

Comparison

Compared with the Launch 5 and Glycerin 16, two other neutral Brooks models, the Ghost 10 is most suitable for the demands of everyday running.

The Launch 5 has less cushioning and it is a light shoe that can be used for steady running and even long-distance racing. In contrast, the Glycerin 16 is more cushioned, so if you are a heavy runner, you might consider the Glycerin 16 because of its additional cushioning and slightly lower heel drop (10mm).

Across brands, the Ghost 10’s closest rival is the Saucony Ride 10, which is the same price as the Ghost 10. In this case, the decision to go for one over the other is more personal.

I did a gait test with both of them and the results were slightly better with the Ghost 10. However, in terms of the quality of materials and durability, you definitely get more value for your money with the Ghost 10.

Pros

  • Good-quality materials
  • Comfort
  • Overall, one of the best for everyday running

Cons

  • Price tag (you pay for the quality)
  • 12mm heel drop (10mm would provide a more natural ride)

Conclusion

The Ghost 10 is definitely one of the highest-quality shoes I have ever owned for easy and steady running. Durability is excellent, and even if you don’t have a perfect gait you are going to be fine with these shoes.

I have owned three pairs of this model, and as soon as the Ghost 10 goes on sale I plan to order another 2 pairs.

If you are neutral or mild pronator/supinator, you should definitely give the Ghost 10 a go!

Dan Biagi | Level 4 expert Verified
I live in London, and I am passionate about running, traveling and technology. I combine all these passions by running marathons across Europe and improving my form through structured training plans supported by my training data and logs. I average at 60 miles/100km per week, mostly on roads. I've participated twice in the New York Marathon, Pisa, Paris, Seville, Trømso, Rotterdam and Cologne marathons. My PBs are 2:47 Marathon, 1:19 Half, 36:18 10km.

95
/100 by Mary Post, posted on .

RunRepeat...How about Shoe Repeat?

For this to happen, stability, cushioning and comfort are mandatory in distance running shoes. Truthfully, Brooks shoes were on my "do not buy again" list because years ago blisters developed while breaking them in.

Even after a friend told me Brooks is all she wears, I was extremely skeptical. Nonetheless, I gave them a try and started researching.

Brooks the Company

You can shop at Brooks  "Trailhead retail store" and see their "Green-Living Global Headquarters" when visiting Seattle, Washington.

Check this building out!

 

 

Even more impressive is how Brooks Company embraces their social and environmental responsibility.

Minimizing packaging waste is one of many ways they strive to conserve resources. Community and people are at the forefront because a personal connection is made with every customer.

For example, take a look at my shoebox to read my motivational greeting!

 

 

The Brooks Sports, Inc's "mission is to inspire everyone to run and be active" and my box says it all! However, before I "LACE UP & GO" I needed to know why all the Brooks Ghost 10 hype!

Facts

  1. Weight = Men's 10.4 oz / Woman's 8.8 oz.
  2. Drop = 12mm
  3. Type = Neutral

Midsole

When buying running shoes, examine and compare midsoles because this absorbs the runners' impact and provides support. Walk around the store with different brands on each foot.
Soon you should be able to feel the Ghost 10 difference in comparison because of its spongy feel.

When my Ghost 10's were put to the 20-mile test, my knees felt no distress. Even after heavy training, the midsole shows minimal signs of breaking down. Brooks definitely competes with other brands when it comes to a cushioned, supportive midsole.

Take a close look at Mizuno Paradox side-by-side. (Brooks in the middle)

 

 

I'm not sure what their secret is, but when I "lace up and go" wearing Ghost 10, shoes are the least of my worries as I often forget I have them on.

Maybe that is how they created the "Ghost" name!

Outsole

The very bottom, called the outsole, gets the most beating as it continually hits the ground.
The shock and impact of the road surface are comfortably absorbed like no other running shoes I've tried. Therefore, I am confident Brooks Ghost 10 running shoes will not disappoint any customers.

The comfort level right out of the box was suburb and Brooks immediately became my favorite short distance running shoe. Even though they broke in nicely, I still had no intention of running long distance in Ghost 10's. For some reason, I felt a neutral shoe wasn't up for the challenge, but I was wrong.

When New Balance 860 v7's started hurting the bottoms of my feet so bad I started alternating shoe brands. I was constantly searching for a long distance running shoe to go extra miles.

Remarkably, I kept gravitating back to Brooks became my favorite distance shoe when my feet quit aching. Finally, I could focus on other important things like mileage and pacing!

I cannot say enough how super comfortable these shoes have been throughout some really tough long runs. If you have a marathon in the near future where you will be racking up some serious road miles, try Brooks Ghost 10.

Undoubtedly, Brooks engineered a durable, heavy-duty outsole to absorb extra shock. You would think there would be a huge wear pattern in the forefoot, but look, there really isn't much to see except for some dirt!

 

 

At this point, I had to confess to my loyal Brooks friend, how impressed I was.

Even though she is a Brooks Adrenaline fan, Ghost 10 cushioning, padding and overall design score an "A" in my grade book!

Collar & Tongue

Consumers will notice Ghost 10's high-quality construction all the way around.

The collar and tongue are above average and clearly surpass other brands. You can assess the difference in the store just by squeezing them. Once your foot slides in, the padding conforms to your foot and before long, you want to wear them all the time.

If look closely at this picture below, you can see minimal wear showing on the outside heel collar. This is nothing to be concerned about as I'm running these Brooks into the ground almost daily now.

 

Overlays, Eyelets & Laces

It's awesome that USA Shoe Corporations, like Brooks Sports, Inc. are not afraid to roll out and pioneer new features. Runners notice and appreciate extra efforts and how detail oriented their designers are.

For instance, Ghost 10's have black rubber overlays which are uniquely positioned and tightly secured. Some are sewn proportionately with a tight, double stitch.

So far halfway through their life expectancy for a runner, the stitching hasn't unraveled one bit and in fact looks brand new after a good cleaning.

Notice the eyelets are unique, roomy and square and the shoestrings are extra wide, super strong and attractive. My only complaint is, many runners like me, double knot shoestrings and truthfully they could be a tad longer especially when in a hurry.

Nonetheless, my all time favorite upgrade is two loop holes uniquely placed near the top to keep shoelaces close intact. Having this new feature simply adds more security and provides a compact, snug fit around both ankles.

Here's a close-up picture to explain exactly what I mean!

 

Insole

While some runners can get away with neutral support, I still felt something missing after many weeks of heavy mileage.

With the upcoming 40th Bank of America Chicago Marathon, I desperately need the perfect shoes. With a few weeks left, I switched out Ghost 10's sock liner for Dr. Scholl's running inserts.

Thankfully, during my 3-4 hour long runs Dr. Scholl made a world of difference and you can see why!

 

 

PRESTO, I'm officially attached to these Brooks Ghost 10's! Truthfully, they may very well be my Chicago Marathon shoe, but the verdict is still out.

Toe box

Runners will feel a roomy yet flexible toe box. The upper material allows air to flow freely especially during hot, humid days!

Normally I alternate shoe brands for speed work and shorter runs but honestly preferred Brooks. Unfortunately, I couldn't wear daily because if Ghost 10's were running Chicago I definitely needed to preserve a bit.

Some say the toebox and shoe, in general, is unattractive. However, when a friend walks in the gym debuting the same style and color as mine, obviously Ghost 10's are making a fashion statement among females.

Take a look for yourself to see what you think and notice the air vents in the upper mesh. I love this concept, but most impressive is no rips, tears or holes whatsoever in their durable material!

 

 

At this point, I know Brooks Ghost 10 will go down in history as my favorite summer training shoe!

Time will tell if Brooks can withstand the upcoming winter elements of rain, sleet, and snow. My guess is the insides will continue to absorb any and all moisture.

In fact, New Balance 860 v7's, but I still place a tea bag in each shoe after a really long workout.

Heel Counter

Ghost 10's heel counter delivers one of the best I've ever run in. I love how snug my heels are yet remaining extremely comfortable.

When you squeeze Ghost 10's heel counter, you'll feel a difference in their unique design. The backs are sturdy and hold both heels firmly in place. This completely eliminates any annoying shoe slippage whatsoever.

As previously mentioned, when running in Brooks the last thing you'll think about is your shoes!

I wish I would've realized this sooner before purchasing new Mizuno Wave Rider 20's. Nonetheless, I am delighted with Brooks because 1 out of 3 shoe brands actually hit the jackpot, especially with heel counters staying in perfect form.

 

Heels

The first sign of heavy wear and tear is shown by my run down heels. The breakdown always tells me when it's time to buy new shoes. 

No doubt, these shoes will withstand a couple hundred more miles which means they are definitely worth every penny. Cha-Ching!

 

Conclusion

Brooks running shoes are definitely worth a second chance!

Over time, the Ghost 10 completely won me over and I confidentially wore them during the Chicago, Illinois 40th Anniversary Marathon. As I looked around my start corral, it appeared Brooks Ghost 10 shoes were not worn by many runners. Nonetheless, I remained proud to represent Brooks's running shoes.

I learned Brooks, Inc, works hard to compete with top sellers while preserving our environment to the best of their ability.

Brooks is eager to listen and learn from wear-testers and strive to meet our stability, cushioning and comfort demands. No wonder Runners World Magazine named Brooks Ghost 10 as their "Editors Choice" in 2017 and I couldn't agree more!

With running shoe technology on the rise, many innovative ideas continue coming down the pike. Until then, I'm excited to see what the future holds for Brooks, Inc. and I will continue to RUN, RUN, RUN!

Happy Running!

Mary Post | Level 3 expert Verified
Hello, I'm Mary, a former Wellness Chairman at Vanguard-Sentinel Career Center in Tiffin, Ohio. I've been running competitively since 2009, averaging at 35-50 miles a week. I’ve participated in countless 5K’s, 10K’s, 13.2’s and now, 26.2 Marathons. My favorites include the Chicago Marathon & Toledo Glass City Marathon. Currently, I'm striving for the ultimate race - The Boston Marathon. Now, I have the privilege of helping you select the perfect running shoe and keep you moving in the direction of reaching your healthy goals!

80
/100 by Kayla Rose, posted on .

I began running in the Ghost 10 in June and so far, I have logged 75 miles in them. Over the course of the 75 miles, I have mainly used them for speed works, a couple ten mile runs, and one trail half marathon.

While these are neutral running shoes made for the road, I found them surprisingly very comfortable and durable out on a very muddy trail race.

 

 

Also, a major plus- they cleaned up nicely afterwards and after washing looked brand new. This was the first pair of Brooks that I have ever run in, and I have been impressed with their quality and features.

My Favorite Feature: Cushioning

My favorite feature of the Ghost 10 is the cushioning.

I literally didn’t have to spend any time breaking these shoes in. The day they arrived I took them straight out of the box and went running, which is not always possible with some shoes.

 

 

Brooks has designed these shoes with their BioMoGo DNA midsole cushioning, and it helps to reduce and evenly spread the impact that your feet and legs experience while running.

Since I began wearing these shoes, I haven’t experienced any pain in my feet or legs due to running. Additionally, these shoes are very lightweight and flexible which also helps when doing speed workouts and when you have tired legs.

Another Favorite Feature: Soft Upper & Heel

Another one of my favorite feature of these shoes is soft and mesh upper. As soon as you lace these shoes up, you are experiencing total comfort from not only the soles but the top of your foot as well.

 

 

The upper cushioning adapts to your foot when tied, to offer a supportive and comfortable ride. These shoes never feel like they are tied too tight and my feet always feel secure when I’m running.

Lastly, the cushioning on the upper part of the heel of these shoes is very soft as well.

When I ran in the trail half marathon in these shoes, my feet were soaked when I finished. However, because of the cushioning in the heels, I never worried about getting blisters or my feet rubbing the wrong way.

A Variety of Color Options

A final favorite that I have of these shoes is the variety of color schemes that Brooks chose. The Ghost 10 can be purchased in five assorted color combinations and I feel like anyone can find a color scheme they prefer.

 

 

One option is a completely neutral shoe that is great for anyone looking for a shoe to wear to work or a shoe that will match anything.

Two of the shoes are semi-neutral in color but have splashes of vibrant blue and pink. The two other options are bright blue and pink which may be appealing to runners who enjoy having a little bit of color on their feet.

I have had the opportunity to run in the black and pink shoe and I really love that color scheme. It is the right amount of neutral with a splash of great color that looks great with all my running outfits.

Disadvantages

I don’t know that there has or ever will be the perfect shoe for every person. Therefore, while these shoes offer many advantages that I enjoy there are a few things that I would change if I could.

One disadvantage that I found when first running in these shoes is that the toe box is much wider than what I am used to.

 

 

This probably isn’t an issue for the runner with a wider foot or someone that prefers wider fit in the toe box. However, I haven’t noticed the wider toe box to negatively influence my running or hinder the security of my foot while running.

Another disadvantage that I see with these shoes is that some individuals might find the price a little steep.

They retail for $120.00 which may not be feasible for some consumers.  However, one notable thing about Brooks is they offer a 90-day trial on all their gear, so if you purchase their gear and aren’t satisfied you can always get a refund.

Conclusion

In conclusion, I have enjoyed running my first 75 miles in the Ghost 10 and will continue to run in them for as long as possible.

I have found the Ghost 10 to offer a cushioned and stable ride that would satisfy any runner searching for a neutral running shoe. The upper and heel conform to your feet and offer security and while also providing comfort.

Additionally, the variety of color choices and design make these shoes appealing to a wide range of consumers. Furthermore, Brooks is a trusted brand among runners and as I mentioned before, stands behind its gear with a money back guarantee.

Kayla Rose | Level 3 expert Verified
My name is Kayla Rose, an avid long distance runner for the past 5 years. I am primarily a road runner, and I currently average between 40-50 miles weekly. I have competed in a variety of different races over the course of the last five years including The Pistol Ultra Marathon, The Xenia Marathon, and 14 half marathons. This fall, I will be running in the Monumental Marathon for the first time, and I also plan to run in another half marathons. While training for these races I have ran in countless pairs of running shoes and have gained experience with a variety of different shoe brands and styles. Some of my favorite shoes brands are Brooks and Saucony, but I am always ready to try out new shoes and styles.

90
/100 by Steve Hakim, posted on .

Formally, I find it important to mention that while performance has always been a top priority for me when it comes to running shoes, I must admit that I also enjoy training in a good-looking shoe. Something about the designs of the Nike Free RN & the Adidas Boost has always appealed to me.

Furthermore, training in Nike and Adidas provides a certain social clout. People tend to notice a fresh pair of Nike or Adidas shoes. These companies are, after all, the “big dogs” of athletic footwear and they command attention and garner compliments.  

Aesthetics

At this point, you may be asking yourself “How does this translate to running?” Well, looking good in a pair of shoes makes me feel good. Feeling good boosts my training and my running performance. Unfortunately, this effect was absent while training in the Brooks Ghost 10. 

 

 

This isn’t to say that the Brooks Ghost is an ugly shoe. After running in it for some time, I came to appreciate the design. However, there is no denying that the Brooks Ghost 10 is concerned mainly with running performance over design aesthetic.

It is a humble shoe. But as they say, beauty is in the eye of the beholder. While avid runners understand the value of Brooks shoes, the average gym-goer is not. For this reason, I find it necessary to discuss this now.

There is no denying the aesthetic of Nike and Adidas shoes. For some, an unappealing aesthetic is enough to diminish the desirability of a shoe. However, after months of testing, I have concluded that the Brooks Ghost 10 is a must-have shoe because of the quality of its construction.

 

 

 

This is a shoe whose quality far exceeds its modest design. Especially considering its price point. At $120, the Ghost 10 easily competes with many $200 shoes. The following is my attempt at explaining why I feel the Brooks Ghost 10 is a shoe that is far more than meets the eye.

Pros

  • Price Point
  • Low Impact on joints
  • Relatively light weight
  • Adaptable DNA cushioning for secure fit
  • Flexibility from Segmented Crash Pad
  • Breathable upper
  • Support
  • Excellent toe room

Cushioning

neutral running shoe. As I have been running for some time now (15 years), I have developed good running form and tend to maintain this even on long runs.

This eliminates my need for shoes that provide overwhelming support and cushioning. However, the amount of cushioning provided by the Ghost was a welcomed surprise. The DNA midsole cushioning effectively absorbs the impact of my long strides on even my fastest and longest runs.  

 

 

The Ghost manages this amount of cushion without heavily compromising on the weight of the shoe, weighing in at roughly 10.7 oz (size 14). From personal experience, shoes with such a heavy focus on cushioning tend to be heavier.

Furthermore, 1 month into training, the DNA midsole had fully adapted to my feet. When putting the shoe on now, I feel my foot slide into place comfortably into the grooves and dips that have been created after numerous runs. The Ghost has effectively become one of the most comfortable shoes I have ever owned.  

Stability & Support

The outsole of the shoe is comprised of a full length, the segmented crash pad which provides excellent flexibility when transitioning from heel to toe.  

 

 

My strides feel efficient and transitions are smooth and comfortable. I am very impressed with how effectively the Ghost balances flexibility, comfort, and support. Regardless of how my foot falls during my strides, I never feel my stability compromised.

The material is also very durable. After running in the shoe almost every day for roughly 2 months, there are no signs of wear and tear. Furthermore, the tread has maintained its integrity. Even on wet terrain (and after 2 months of heavy use), the shoe still performs admirably and grips the road effectively.

Breathability & Flexibility

The Ghost upper is comprised of a breathable mesh (a staple of most modern running shoes), which provides excellent structure and breathability. My feet never feel overheated and the flexibility of the upper allows for a no-pinch fit.

While the mesh may appear flimsy at first glance, I assure you it provides excellent structure and maintains its shape surprisingly well. The shoe also provides a secure fit while providing this breathability and flexibility.

Fortunately, the toe box is roomy which allows for this secure fit, while still providing excellent toe room.  

 

 

I have yet to encounter unwanted friction on my toes during any of my runs (the longest being 18 miles).  

Cons

  • Rigid initial run
  • Clunky
  • Poor responsiveness
  • Not built for speed
  • Not particularly attractive

 

However, I find it necessary to mention that while I am now a huge fan of the DNA cushioning, when I first began training in the Ghost I was a little underwhelmed.

During my first couple of runs, I was turned off by how rigid the DNA cushioning seemed. I found it to be excessive, and the sheer amount of it made the shoe feel clunky. I couldn’t help noticing that the amount of cushioning created a disconnect between my foot and the road.

This alienated me from the terrain, and I felt my balance compromised at faster speeds. I felt as though I might “fall off” of the shoe itself. However, as previously stated, after only a few runs the DNA cushioning adapted to my foot and provided both excellent comfort and stability.  

Responsiveness

This excellent cushioning also comes at a price. The price is responsiveness.

This is especially noticeable in the forefoot, where I personally tend to appreciate a stiffer feel to ensure a firmer “toe-off.” For this reason, I cannot recommend turning to the Ghost 10  if speed is necessary.

The Ghost 10 is not a racing shoe. I cannot stress this enough. However, if the goal is logging miles while remaining as comfortable as possible, then this shoe is your best bet.  

 

 

Also, as previously mentioned, the Brooks Ghost is not what I would call a “handsome” shoe. This issue is worsened by the lack of color options available. The existing color schemes also leave a lot to be desired.

While there is no denying the appealing aesthetic of a Nike or Adidas running shoe, the Brooks Ghost will grow on you. It is what I have affectionately dubbed a “personality shoe.” However, once you get to know it you’ll wonder what took you so long to come around.

Conclusion

Distance runners, go get this shoe!

Stop what you’re doing right now and go get this shoe. Stop reading this review and go get this shoe. Go online, get in the car, mention it as a potential birthday present, Christmas present, or anniversary gift. If your focus is distance running and you value every dollar in your bank account, then go get this shoe.

If your focus is distance running and you value every dollar in your bank account, then go get this shoe. Speedrunners and racers, if you are looking for something to train in to build endurance and increase distance, then go get this shoe.

I have thoroughly enjoyed every mile spent in the Brooks Ghost 10 and would gladly recommend it to a friend. In fact, I’d gladly recommend it to a family member or loved one who was interested in running long distance.

In my opinion, this is a must-have shoe that will be appreciated by most (if not all) serious distance runners and trainers.

Steve Hakim | Level 3 expert Verified
Hey guys, this is Steve and I've been running for 14 years now, ranging from 7-14 miles on average training days, culminating in 60+ mile weeks. I've run the Magic City half-marathon four times, the Mercedes-Benz marathon twice, and recently finished the California leg of the Pacific Crest Trail. Currently training to get my mile time down in hopes of qualifying for the Boston. Now, let’s get out there and log some miles!

98
/100 by Augustus Huang, posted on .

I was aware of the craze and praise surrounding the Brooks Ghost 10 before writing this review, and although I did not let these opinions influence my own assessment of the shoe, I will say that after running over 240 miles in my pair, the Ghost 10 has been living up to the hype.

 

Intro

As a big fan of minimalist shoes and racing flats, I was concerned about how I would feel in the Ghost 10, which are a fully-cushioned neutral running shoe weighing 10.4 oz while holding a high 12mm heel-to-toe drop.

Even so, I was on the search for a reliable, workhorse shoe (that was also offered in additional widths) that would deliver a smooth, comfortable, and supportive ride over marathon distance runs.

I already had experience with Brooks and knew they don’t play around when it comes to delivering high-quality running shoes, so I figured the Ghost 10 was worth the try.

 

Fit & Comfort

In terms of material and feel, the Ghost 10 are among the most comfortable neutral running shoes I’ve worn. The shoe’s inner and tongue are largely defined by a smooth and flexible mesh that feels great to touch.

This mesh encompasses plush cushioning (inside the shoe and around the ankle) that makes your foot feel cradled in a soft and supportive bliss. In other words, the shoe is a pleasure to slip on simply  2 because of how cozy it feels around your foot. On top of this, the material is very breathable so your foot never feels suffocated.

Along with being plush and comfortable, the Ghost 10’s tongue incorporates added loops for the laces.
This allows for a more even spread of pressure surrounding the foot and a better fit. The laces themselves are also a good length (not too short, not too long) and hold well even when single-knotted.

 

 

In terms of width, the Ghost 10 actually felt a bit narrow around the toes (for a 2E shoe) and I would not mind just a little more space for my toes to splay. However, this issue wasn’t enough to make running in the Ghost 10 a negative experience.

Midsole and outsole

The Ghost 10 make use of Brooks’ “BioMoGo” midsole. The beauty of this midsole is that it provides a very smooth ride via highly-responsive cushioning. With each step, I felt a good amount of protection while also feeling a great amount of energy return.

The outsole follows a segmented design and has proven itself to be incredibly durable. Even after substantial mileage, the outsole shows little sign of wear and still provides proper traction. In terms of durability, the Ghost 10 earn top marks.

 

Upper

The upper is made up of a two-layer design, with the outer-most layer resembling a knitted net-like structure. The material is flexible, breathable, and in my personal opinion even stylish.

Performance

One of my concerns about trying this shoe was I worried that the 12mm heel to toe drop would promote heavy-heeled, over-extended landings. However, once I took them for a spin I realized that the shape and adequate cushioning of the forefoot were very conducive to midfoot and forefoot landings.

When incorporating short and quick strides with these forefoot landings, I felt like I was gliding across the pavement in the Ghost 10. Furthermore, despite being a cushion-focused neutral running shoe, the Ghost 10 felt very light. This added to the positive experience and smooth ride from the shoe.

Summary

Taking on a sleek and low-profile look, the Brooks Ghost 10 is a masterpiece neutral running shoe that you can use for any type of run. It provides enough cushioning, support, and durability for long runs and it is light and responsive enough for races and faster workouts.

The shoe stands out in regards to comfort for its smooth, plush, and flexible mesh material and shines in terms of performance because it delivers a smooth ride every time, mile after mile.

The model comes in a variety of sizes and colors so that it is accessible for just about anyone regarding look and fit. The only concern is that the 2E width shoes could be slightly wider around the toe box, but even still the Ghost 10 is a shoe I would recommend to any runner of any kind. These shoes deserve applause and—to borrow the motto of Brooks—you will surely “run happy”.

Augustus Huang | Level 3 expert Verified
Augustus is an outdoor lover who has 8 years of running experience. His emphasis is currently geared toward road running and he has competed in road races ranging from 5Ks to marathons. His weekly mileage averages around 60 miles per week. One thing he loves about running is trying shoes of different builds and designs across different brands, and his favorite running shoe brands include Brooks and New Balance. When it comes to tracking, he is a big Garmin fan.

89
/100 by Stephen Christian, posted on .

The Brooks Ghost 10 was a pleasant surprise from the first mile forward.

Having had some questionable experiences in running shoes with higher drops, the 12mm differential on the Ghost has me skeptical. In fact, I would look right past it as it sat on walls in running shops. But after seeing it on the feet of so many runners, I decided I would at least try it on. 

 

Midsole/Outsole

What struck me first was the amount of flexibility that the shoe had, despite the amount of cushioning underfoot. The population and DNA midsole compound play a big part in that.

As part of their Cushion line, the durometer of the EVA compound is a bit softer when compared to their Energize line. The beauty of this doesn’t necessarily lie in the soft feel of the shoe, but in the way, it doesn’t feel too marshmallowy. It’s relatively responsive, so runners that are a little bit heavier aren’t just placated with a mattress under their feet. The result is higher energy return and lower fatigue for the runner.

As far as traction goes, I couldn’t find any issues with the Ghost 10. The lugs are nicely articulated and run evenly throughout the high-wear areas of the outsole, accommodating a variety of gaits and foot-strikes.

The thickness of the rubber does add some heft and weight to the shoe but compensates with durability. There’s not a trail version of the Ghost, but I would trust this shoe on light gravel and non-technical trail runs.

 

Upper

Another thing that sold me was the overall fit. There was plenty of space in the toe-box, without giving me a sloppy forefoot feel. Being someone with a marginally wider forefoot and supination issues, this was a huge plus.

The padded collar on the Ghost, something that Brooks seems to implement on a lot of their models, was a welcomed feature. Between that and the padded tongue, my foot felt secure, and I didn’t have to cinch the laces very tight. A nice little bonus detail is the lace-loops on the top of the tongue that keep it from moving out of place.

The need to breathe is important for my feet, especially in the summer heat, and on hot pavement. The open sandwich mesh makes for a breath of fresh air without sacrificing support. The TPU welds definitely allow this balance to happen.

The toe guard is a nice touch. Though there are no signs of wear on it, the presence of it gives the runner confidence that they’re running in a fairly durable shoe, and it keeps the toe-box from rubbing against their toes.

Conclusion

While it’s not the lightest shoe on the market, it is one of the more comfortable shoes I’ve put on my feet. That being said, I can tell the weight difference between the Ghost and a shoe like the Saucony Kinvara.

A lot of that weight comes from the fact that the Ghost is inherently a plush shoe, from the collar to toe-off. Being a mid-foot striker, the argument could be made that the Brooks Ghost may simply be a tad too much shoe for me. 

After the first 120 miles or so, my main qualms about the shoe would be related to my body mechanics. Though flexible, as I had mentioned, I almost feel like the Ghost is trying to dictate my gait, rather than the other way around. The comfort and design of a stellar crash pad are nearly wasted on me during a run.

For anyone who is a heel-striker with the need for a bit more toe splay, or is just looking for a nicely cushioned ride, the Brooks Ghost 10 is definitely a viable option. In the realm of neutral mid-to-high drop running shoes, I don’t expect the Ghost line to vanish any time soon.

Stephen Christian | Level 3 expert Verified
Hi, I'm Stephen, a recreational runner since 2012 from the Greater Milwaukee area. I run from 15-20 miles per week on average and I’ve participated in several 5K and 10K races over the past several years, including the Marquette Half Marathon in Marquette Michigan in 2018. Starting this past spring, I’ve been running to raise money for a brain tumor center that was started by my brain surgeon. It becomes a central tenant and further motivation to participate in more fund-races in the future.

92
/100 by Kyle Byrnes, posted on .

Ghost 10 certainly exceeded my expectations and it kinda serves as the bar and standard for comparison with any other shoes I run in.

I have been running 10K every single day for over a year now and had gone through several pairs and styles of Brooks, but struggle to break free of the constant pain and pressure developing in the Metatarsal areas.

 

 

I love Brooks for this reason especially the Ghost 10, which I went through three pairs of over the course of a year. 

While I love everything about this shoe, I put it to work! I desperately needed some additional support at the mid-front of the shoe and towards the toes. They hold up for a solid 300 mile before I move into a newer pair.

Introduction

To start with, I am in 11 1/2 wide and have also undergone lower back herniated disc surgery which causes sciatica down my right leg. About two years ago, I took up running every single day at10k. I know this is the smartest move I’ve ever made, but took 40-day challenge and just kept going with it.

The Brooks has always been my go-to since 2010. Over the summer when the ghost11 was introduced, I was very excited to try those out as well (see next review).

Some of the pros of the shoe are immediate comfort out the box and no need to break it. Pleasantly, no random blisters and they fit as they should.

The breathability and mesh outlining allowed for good airflow during the winter months. However, running in Florida in the summer, I wish they had a little bit more breathability to them as I sweat copious amounts.

Even though I always leave them outside under a box fan, the shoe suffers and retains the sweat smell. Understandable of course, but after about 2 to 3 months the smell was unbearable and the stench would not fade away.  

The heel has held up and stood the test of time. However, I did see a decrease in the support in front of the foot in the toe-box.

Previously I had run in the Brooks adrenaline and had issues around the toebox with the pinky toe causing the holes in the front part of the shoe, but it seems like the Brooks 10 takes care of this very well.

I believe I gained a finer appreciation for the 10 after I tried the 11. Even though I had a pair of brooks 11, I decided to go back to the Brooks 10 which just felt more natural to me, and I would certainly consider buying another pair moving forward.

The price for Brooks are what they are, and I think I’ve certainly got my bang for the buck if average you should get 150 to 300 miles. This Ghost 10 definitely lasts about 250 before all cushioning is lost.

One major negative of the shoes are once wet, you can’t get rid of the squeaky sound they make, which is annoying if it is being used as an everyday shoe. However, I’m only running them and have music playing so I can’t hear the squeaks until I get home.

As for the style, Brooks has a wide variety of colors and options for the go shoe. But unfortunately, only two colors come in a wide version. I wish they did have more choices.

Structure & general overview

Durability

As true with any shoe that you put through the wringer, wear and tear occur. But these held up on all fronts so I had no issues with it. This has a very strong mesh and durability all around the shoe.

The shoe has certainly set my mileage expectations around that 250-mile marker. The shoe starting to show signs of fatigue in its structure and durability. The outsole started to show some cracks which I expected.

It's not a big deal but the issue was the top of the foot as for the sole of the shoe, there was noticeable "wear and tear" after a few runs around the back heel and sole, but the rubber held up over time.

 

Grip & traction

This shoe is great for daily road running even in wet conditions. It stood the test of water, sand, and gravel and even in humid weather in SE, Florida. 

Upper sole

The upper is well made. I couldn't feel the actual knots in/through the well-cushioned tongue lacing on the top of my foot which I've experienced with other shoes. It also has a snug fit which is very much welcomed. 

On the other hand, the constant running and rubbing led to deterioration on the outside of the heel. This is more on me for the way I run, but noteworthy. 

Midsole

The midsole is the best part of the shoe. It holds up better than the front and back. I love the accountability in Brooks Ghost. 

Overall, I never had an issue with Brooks.

Outsole

I'd say that I initially loved the outsole. There are noticeable wear and tear but that was not a deal breaker for me. It just the way it goes after 200+ miles in them. 

I love this shoe and I run a lot with it. Having gone through with 3 pairs, I knew when the shoe was about to go, but I got my mileage out of it before retiring them. 

 

Aesthetics

This is a good looking shoe. As for the style, Brooks has a wide variety of colors and options. However, not for wide feet runners.

Unfortunately there only two colors come in a wide version. I wish they have more choices. 

Pros

  • So comfortable
  • Immediately addressed my metatarsal pain and provided support throughout the run and daily activities
  • Reliable, (this is why I bought three pairs of these) great for everyday running, daily activities and would recommend to runners, walkers and anyone needing a little more cushion in general

Cons

  • Smelly - once they got wet, they did not dry as fast, and I could not get the smell to go away no matter what I tried
  • Squeaky - once wet, you're not going to avoid the sound, EVER
  • Not as breathable as I’d like, I sweat, and the ghost 10 does not breathe and dry as well as I would like- especially in weather conditions in SE FL summers
  • There seems to be a stitching issue on the upper sole where the bottom of the lacing hits the forefront of the shoe

Summary

Great shoe for daily running and those seeking to retain and regain support especially in the metatarsal area. This fits true to size and needed just a little time to break in.

It feels wonderful as a new shoe walking around. As a 34-year-old and a 10k a day road runner, this is the best daily running shoe and I would certainly recommend this not just for daily walking but for general use.

Kyle Byrnes | Level 2 expert Verified
Hi! I'm Kyle, 34. Over the last two years, I've been running for a minimum of 70-90K a week. It is my driving force and what I live for. While I know I should tone it down a notch, ideally 50-60K a week. I've participated in Prague Marathon (2008) and Fort Lauderdale Half Marathon (2018).

95
/100 by Istvan Keszte, posted on .

The Brooks Ghost 10 has been my absolute go-to workhorse shoe from city touring to everyday running to a 100 km endurance event.

 

 

I absolutely love this shoe from the first moment I stepped into it, and it has never failed me. It hasn't even untied once while running.

Who is this shoe recommended for?

Ghost 10 is a neutral shoe with plenty of cushioning (30mm at heel and 18mm at the forefoot). Hence, it is particularly recommended for road, and light trail runs, but not for technical trails, as it lacks deeper threading and firmer upper structure for that.

Even though it is designed for heel or midfoot strikers (those who hit the road with their heels or about the middle of their feet first), I am a midfoot/forefoot striker and had no issues, to the extent that it always felt like I am running on clouds.

Fit

I am 180 cm high and 70 kg, and my normal shoe size is 42-42.5. I purchased a 42.5 from this shoe, and it fits my feet perfectly.

My feet tend to suffer from hot spots and develop blisters relatively easily, but I found this shoe superior to any other shoe I've worn before. I account this for the fact that this shoe is extremely breezy, so even on hot days, it ventilates nicely.

I must mention, though, that recently I started to develop blisters behind my big toe closer to the sole of my feet. I think this is because I have slightly overused the shoes, but they still gave me an impeccable 500 km.

Use and durability

I performed the following activities in this shoe:

  • 100 km in 24h endurance hike (on mainly flat hard surfaces)
  • 70, 60, 50 km hike/jog as training for the 100 km event (on concrete or dirt road with pebbles)
  • 1 x Marathon (on concrete)
  • Many x Half marathons (on concrete and dirt roads, but not trails)

 

In total, until today, I put 530 km into this shoe, not counting the daily use when we were travelling and sightseeing. I would estimate the grand total to be around 600 km. Out of this, about 450 km were on concrete

The following picture shows the outsole (threads) of the shoe after 500 km. You can clearly see that I am a neutral runner (thread wear is focused on the middle of the forefoot and to some extent to the middle of the heel).

 

 

If you are a neutral pronating runner, I believe your shoe will look like mine after some time too. And I find it truly impressive that the threads lasted for so long.

The following picture shows the upper of the shoe, and as you can see, there is no sign of wear after more than 500 km. This is a common pattern with this shoe. They basically always look like new.

 

 

Finally, the cushioning. I have to say that it did compress over time. This is the reason I decided to retire the shoe.

It's hard to show on the pictures, but when I touch the inside, I can clearly feel that the shape of my feet has been stamped into the cushion and it does not come back anymore.

Again, I don't think this is an issue after so much use, but worth noting that the cushioning will gradually deteriorate over time.

Summary

It's a balanced shoe for a large audience. If you buy the right size it will be comfortable for you and will give decent bounce and decent cushioning at the same time.

Consequently, you probably will not run your all-time best in it, but you will surely enjoy running in it. You will feel comfortable, and it will protect your joints.

I personally never had any pain while running in this, no matter the distance. This shoe has extremely good durability, and it is highly recommended for any beginner to intermediate runner, for any distance up to at least 100 km on both concrete and harder flat trails.

Pros

  • Great build quality and visually appealing design
  • Extreme durability (530 km in total, out of about 200 km in race conditions)
  • Versatile (road, light trail, short, long, ultra-distances)

Cons

  • There are two new generations, Ghost 11 and Ghost 12, so unless the price of this is much better, at this point, I'd probably go for one of the newer ones.

Score

I believe the Brooks Ghost 10 an almost perfect running shoe. It's hard to think of a disadvantage apart from the price. But, it is always possible to find good deals on RunRepeat.com, so just keep looking, and a deal will come around!

Istvan Keszte | Level 1 expert Verified
Hi! My name is Istvan, and I'm an outdoor enthusiast. I picked up orienteering at university and run for a while competitively in Hungary. My first longer hike was the El Camino, an 800km long hike in Northern Spain. When I moved to Taiwan, I hiked many of the island's above 3000 meters peaks and picked up road running as a hobby. Currently, I live in Germany and focusing on ultra races. This year, I started off with an ultra race in Hungary, and I am looking forward to longer and more technical races later.

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/100 by Annie Rodenfels, posted on .

After training in shoes that left my calves rocked and my feet hurting for a few hundred miles, I quickly switched over to the Ghost 10.

It was my first time wearing Brooks and I wasn’t sure what to expect. I loved them. Every feature it has is just the right amount without pushing the limit.

Now, 300 miles and a handful of personal bests, I’m not sure I could run in anything but the Ghost 10.

 

Comfort & Stability

The best feature of the Ghosts 10 is the comfort they provide.

No matter if it’s a long run, an easy run, or a speedy workout of repeats, the shoes fit and feel good. With the perfect amount of cushioning on the bottom, it really feels like you are walking on air.

With regards to cushioning, some may feel like the heaviness of the shoe is too much. I never found this to be the case, but I also prefer to do my heavy mileage in the likes of Asics (very heavy trainers).

The Ghosts weight approximately 8.8 lbs, but this extra weight provides for a lot of stability.

 

 

With other shoes in the past, I have felt unprotected or like I was going to roll my ankle on trails, unpaved paths, or even rain.

Not with the Ghosts. The strong ankle backing of the shoe allowed for stability on all turns.

Upper

The top of the shoe has a nice mesh layer pulled tight over a stronger layer of material underneath. This seems to provide durability, but also a way for the shoe to air out. The Ghosts always seem to dry quickly, even after a long run in enormous amounts of rain.

One feature I especially appreciate is the laces of the shoes. While laces may seem insignificant, I have found that strong ones are key.

After running in more minimal shoes, like New Balance, and having to tie and re-tie my shoes during runs, I began to search for shoes with laces that stayed together.

The Ghosts have done just that. Their durable make and resistance to sliding keep them tied in all conditions.

 

Durability

Perhaps the greatest quality of the shoe is the durability. Even after running over 300 miles on this pair, I feel as if there is little wear. Often once I start reaching 300-400 miles on a pair of trainers, I began to feel the wear in them. Not with these.

The Ghosts 10 still has a bounce in them that seems to say they have at least 200-300 more miles of wear in them. For a slightly higher price (they cost around $120), these shoes are incredibly worth it.

The tread of the shoes, sectioned into 7 parts, sustain every terrain effectively. Their varied pattern allows for wear to be distributed across several unconnected plains while also providing a ride that is smooth.

 

Conclusion

I’ll keep wearing the Brooks Ghosts 10 because they are unlike any other shoe. The combination of their comfort, durability, and price make it a deal unbeatable for a college runner who needs both cost-effective and resilient trainers.

The Ghosts are best suited for runners who will: log a lot of miles, run on different types of terrain (trails, roads, tracks), need cushioning and support, and for those who want quality shoes without completely emptying their bank account.

Annie Rodenfels | Level 1 expert Verified
Hailing from the state of Kentucky, I compete at the collegiate level while studying psychology on the side. Post-graduate, I hope to pursue professional running and become a collegiate coach. My passion is really for the 3000m steeplechase, but I also specialize in the 5k. This means thousands of miles logged every year. Because of this, I have developed a strong passion for durable and versatile running shoes.

  • Brooks made it a point to reduce the weight of the newer version of the Ghost to make the shoe more lightweight than the previous Ghost 7. The 9th version of the shoe weighed approximately 10.6 ounces (301 grams), while this most recent version weighs in at around 10.4 ounces (295 grams).
  • The design of the upper was revamped to give the shoe more of an updated look. The color palette used on the fabrics is more matching and two-toned. The flashy detailing on the shoe’s predecessor was removed, giving way to minimal yet sleeker upper accents.
  • Runners can choose from a sufficient range of colorways. The new version comes in subdued colors as well as colors that are eye-catching. Whatever colorway the runner chooses, the option makes the shoe look versatile enough for street-wear.
  • Brooks has made the mid-foot more structured by adding an adjustable saddle construction. Now, runners can experience a more secure fit when the laces are tightened.
  • Lastly, guiding eyelets were introduced to the lacing system. These eyelets are found attached at the top of the tongue. Their main purpose is to hold the tongue of the shoe in place, preventing it from moving from side to side as the runner is in motion.

The Brooks Ghost 10 comes in standard shoe sizes. Runners will be able to procure a pair in their usual size preferences. However, the width has more choices as the shoe is available in normal, narrow and wide widths. For gentlemen, the available widths are B - Narrow, D - Medium, and 2E – Wide. For the ladies, the options are 2A - Narrow, B - Medium, and D – Wide.

The outsole of the Brooks Ghost 10 is made up of two kinds of rubbers – the HPR Plus and blown rubber. The blown rubber which is also featured in the Brooks Ghost 11, covers the forefoot area of the outsole. This material offers durability and flexibility to the shoe. On the other hand, the HPR Plus covers the heel area of the outsole. It offers durability and extra traction.

Brooks’ Cush Pod Configuration is connected to the midsole. Not only do these structures enhance the cushioning of the shoe but, they also set the foot to a more balanced position from heel strike to toe-off. As a result, the forward propulsion of the runner is more efficient.

On the midsole is a fusion of Brooks’ environmentally-friendly BioMoGo and the contour-mimicking DNA foam. It is called BioMoGo DNA, and it’s a piece of technology that offers premium adaptability. This midsole material has also been used in some Brooks running shoes like the Ghost 11. Runners will be able to experience a more responsive ride with flexibility, and a good amount of energy return.

As an addition to the BioMoGo DNA, Brooks added another patented technology, the S-257 Cushsole. This compound material is used as an insole. It delivers extra cushioning from inside the shoe and makes the in-shoe feel more pleasant and comfortable.

Another Brooks technology that offers flexibility on the midsole is the Omega Flex Grooves. These ridge-like designs are found on the sides of the shoe. They allow the shoe to move together with the runner without sacrificing the cushioned feel.

Inside, the Profile Sock liner compliments the cushioning systems of the shoe. It’s an extra piece of padding that improves the in-shoe feel of the Ghost 10.

The upper is made up of engineered mesh. It provides lightweight support to the dorsal part of the foot. The breathability of this material allows air to get in, keeping the foot cool during runs and training sessions. This material also possesses elastic characteristics, so it’s able to adapt to the shape of the runner’s foot.

A few synthetic overlays were introduced to the upper to minimally help in maintaining the shape of the shoe. These overlays can be found on key parts of the shoe, namely the toe tip, the heel part and the mid-foot. Although the support of these overlays is lightweight, they still aid in delivering a better fit for runners.

As with most Brook shoes, the Ghost 10 also has the adjustable saddle construction,n which further enhances the fit of the shoe, especially in the mid-foot area. This saddle tightens when the laces are tightened, making the fit snugger.

Size and fit

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The shoe is generally very comfortable and there is enough room to accommodate wide feet and big toes even in the regular version of the shoe... The Ghost 10 is true to size. - Dan Biagi, Level 4 expert
I found the Brooks Ghost 10 to be true to size. - Matthew Leonard, Level 4 expert
This fits true to size and needed just a little time to break in. - Kyle Byrnes, Level 2 expert
Shoe fits as expected, I wear a 12-13 in most shoes and the 12's here work great.. - Amazon

How Ghost 10 compares

This shoe: 95
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This shoe: $120
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This shoe: 10.4oz
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3.5oz 16.2oz
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