Facts

  • Terrain

    Road

    Shoes best for road, track and light gravel. See the best road shoes.

    Trail

    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.

  • Arch support

    Neutral / cushion / high arch

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

    Stability / overpronation / normal arch

    Shoes for runners who need mild to moderate arch support (Around 45% of runners). Best for runners with a low arch. See the best stability shoes.

    Motion control / severe overpronation / 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.

  • Use

    Daily running

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

    Competition

    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.

  • Price
    $120
  • Weight
    Men: 10.9oz
    Women: 9.5oz
  • Heel to toe drop
    Men: 12mm
    Women: 12mm

    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.

  • Heel height
    Men: 29mm
    Women: 29mm
  • Forefoot height
    Men: 17mm
    Women: 17mm
  • Width
    Men: narrow, normal, wide
    Women: narrow, normal, wide
  • Release date
    Unknown
  • Special editions
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Summary

We spent 10.2 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

10 reasons to buy

  • The Brooks Ghost 11 had a nice cushion that enabled an excellent transition with adequate bounce, according to an impressed user.
  • Several wearers commended the shoe for its roomy interiors.
  • The shoe is very accommodating towards heel strikers, some runners observed.
  • The shoe’s minimal weight allowed for an effortless and comfortable run, a number of users commented.
  • An athlete commended the Ghost 11 for being the most comfortable daily running shoe they have used. Another wearer said it gave the best arch support among other neutral running shoes.
  • The shoe felt softer and more flexible compared to its previous versions, said a reviewer.
  • The adequate cushioning of the midsole prevented foot pain and muscle stiffness, according to a wearer.
  • One buyer compared wearing the shoe to “wrapping the foot in a cloud.”
  • The Brooks Ghost 11 is suitable for both walking and running, a user claimed.
  • A consumer expressed that the Ghost 11 is highly recommendable to any runner with knee issues

3 reasons not to buy

  • One reviewer attributed the shoe’s bulky and uncomfortable feel to its high heel-to-toe drop.
  • The shoelaces are a bit short, a user supposed.
  • The mesh upper does not look like a durable as it claims, a doubtful buyer stated.

Bottom line

Many users have found themselves considering buying the Brooks Ghost 11 for a second or third time, while others were very expressive of their satisfaction as they switched from a different shoe – that’s how great they believe it is. With many praises about the shoe’s features and functionality, it is no surprise that wearers would regard the Ghost 11 as one of the best running shoes on the market.

Rankings

Expert Reviews

Experts are runners, 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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93 / 100 based on 6 expert reviews

  • 89 / 100 | Run Moore

    Besides that, it's just a great all-around shoe. It's one of the reasons why it's Brooks probably best selling shoe year after year.

  • 85 / 100 | kennethclune

    They're comfortable. I probably done 20 to 30 miles in them and it feels like you're just running on pillows.

  • 97 / 100 | Road Trail Run

    The upper is more comfortable, modern and attractive, the midsole combines a softer lateral heel foam with firmer medial and front foam to provide softer yet still decently energetic and stable landings and take offs. The outsole, in combination with the midsole and especially the rear DNA Loft insert smooths over the previous busy feeling on the ground feel into a smoother, more consistent, fuller contact one.

  • 92 / 100 | JackRabbit

    About the only thing the Ghost 11 isn’t ideal for is shorter, faster types of running. Our wear-testers said it probably wouldn’t be their shoe of choice track interval workouts on a track or fast road racing such as a mile or 5K. But it's great for pretty much every other type of run!

  • 90 / 100 | Phidippides

    Even with the complete midsole change, the Ghost remains a pure neutral trainer with no guidance built in. It’s an appropriate choice for neutral runners.

  • 94 / 100 | Big Peach Running Co.

    In summary, admire the Ghost 11 as a contender for the many meaningful miles required to complete that next race. What’s more, the $120 price point stays. The Ghost accommodates numerous foot types, and the availability of a wide option only serves to amplify this appreciated characteristic further.

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Updates to Brooks Ghost 11

  • The latest iteration of the Brooks Ghost is a much softer and lighter shoe that promises a smoother ride than ever before. This neutral road-running shoe allows for an optimized foot flexibility beneath an exterior that is breathable and irritation-free.
  • The updated engineered mesh upper provides a lightweight feel that is like a second skin. Now with improved components, the mesh is more structured and stretchable, which allows for a delicate and almost-invisible sensation.
  • The sole unit is comprised of BioMoGo DNA and DNA Loft cushioning technologies that work together to deliver the sufficient level of softness, but not at the expense of responsiveness and durability. The DNA Loft is a new feature introduced in the Ghost 11; it is a crash pad that promotes softer landings. The midsole sits on a newly-designed outsole that presents a new lug pattern and an improved flexibility.

Brooks Ghost 11 size and fit

The Brooks Ghost 11 guarantees a fit that is true-to-size, in terms of length and width. The shoe also comes in a number of size options. Runners of varying foot volumes are sure to find their perfect fit as the Ghost 11 is available in several width profiles: narrow, medium, wide, and extra wide for the men, and narrow, medium, and wide for the women.

Outsole

Two types of rubber make up the outsole of the Brooks Ghost 11. The forefoot area has blown rubber, which offers responsiveness, durability, and flexibility, all useful qualities during the toe-off phase. Meanwhile, the heel area has a carbon rubber, which is known for its strong and robust characteristics. The carbon rubber gives that particular section the resilience it needs for a longer lifespan and a long-lasting performance.

Midsole

The BioMoGo DNA from Brooks is a tried-and-tested midsole material that effectively produces a customized ride that is fully-responsive. It promises the runner an adaptable running experience with the Ghost 11, as it adjusts accordingly, which is achieved thanks to the components of the technology.

The DNA cushioning is made from a gel base, which allows it to quickly form and mold according to the force it receives. For instance, a greater force will result in a base that is stiffer. This means that runners on the heavier side would yield a firmer cushioning, and faster paces would produce more energy return.

On the other hand, the BioMoGo compound complements the DNA midsole by giving it an adaptive and environment-friendly quality.

There are three flex grooves along either side of the forefoot, called the Omega Flex Grooves. They give the Ghost 11 just the right amount of litheness for a smooth transition.

Two separate units of crash pads are present within the sole unit of the Ghost 11. First is the all-new DNA Loft. This material is a piece of firm foam placed in the heel. It delivers a plush and luxurious coverage that enables a soft landing, favoring the underfoot. The DNA Loft has a unique construction that allows it to be responsive and durable, yet ultra-lightweight.

The second unit is the classic segmented crash pad, which gives the midsole independent impact-reception points. This design evenly disperses the impact of foot strike and guides the foot towards a more efficient toe-off.

Upper

The engineered mesh upper of the Brooks Ghost 11 equips the shoe with a lightweight and breathable top-foot coverage. Compared to its predecessor, the mesh of this shoe’s version is smoother, softer, and more stretchable, which permits it to wrap around the foot with zero-irritation and zero-hassle.

The mesh has a sleek finish that supplies the Ghost 11 with not only a contemporary aesthetic, but also a precise fit, no matter the shape of the foot.

At the heel area is an external counter made from synthetic material. It is stitched on the shoe like an overlay, as it holds the foot in place and avoids unnecessary movements.