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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 high or medium high arches. See the best neutral shoes.

Stability / overpronation / normal arch

Shoes for runners who need arch support (Around 45% of runners). Best for runners with a normal 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.

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
$130
Weight
Men: 10.3oz
Women: 8.5oz
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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.

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.

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.

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.

Summary

We spent 5.8 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

6 reasons to buy

  • Ventilation is enhanced with the breathable mesh material used in the upper.
  • A mix of stitched and no-sew overlays provide a snug and secure fit.
  • The padded tongue and collar helps when it comes to keeping the foot in place and adding a bit of cushioning.
  • The mid-sole is appreciated by many testers because it’s flexible, responsive and adaptive to each movement made by the runner.
  • The Caterpillar Crash Pad smoothens the transition from heel to forefoot and distributes cushioning responsibly.
  • Durable and responsive rubber covers the rest of the sole unit and extends its lifespan.

2 reasons not to buy

  • A few runners thought that it had a narrow fit.
  • The mid-foot and toe-box rubbed against the skin of some runners, which caused irritation.

Bottom line

The Brooks Ghost 7 is a lightweight running shoe that’s great for daily running sessions. Neutral runners are going to enjoy how this shoe feels underfoot. The personalized platform, breathable coverage, and reliable outsole traction make it great for daily use.


Rankings

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Ratings

4.7 / 5 based on 294 ratings

5 star
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4 star
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2 star
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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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81 / 100 based on 13 expert reviews

  • 85 / 100 by Runblogger • Peter Larson • Level 5 expert

    The Brooks Ghost is a fairly typical neutral training shoe providing ample cushion, a roomy fit, and reasonable flex for a shoe with a fairly substantial sole. I like the springiness of the cushion under the heel, and the firmer, more responsive forefoot.

  • 85 / 100 by Runner's World • Runner's World • Level 5 expert

    A versatile trainer that's beginner-friendly.

  • 82 / 100 by Solereview • Solereview • Level 5 expert

    Ghost users will quickly discover that the does not possess the multi-tiered cushioning feel of previous Ghost models, and will be wary of the Ghost next year.

  • 86 / 100 by Salt Marsh Running • Jason Saltmarsh • Level 4 expert

    I was pleasantly surprised by the responsiveness on my tempo run and the comfort during my recovery run.

  • 80 / 100 by Running Shoes Guru • Travis Trampe • Level 4 expert

    The changes to the material and foam used in the sole unit as well as small updates to the upper created a shoe that is lighter and allows for a quick, smooth transition throughout the runner’s foot strike.

  • 90 / 100 by The Running Shoe Review • Nick • Level 3 expert

    More flexible and more guided ride than ever before.

  • 89 / 100 by Running Village • Paul • Level 3 expert

    All together the element changes and updates create a lighter sole unit and plenty of cushioning for a neutral shoe that offers the best of the Brooks offering.

  • 85 / 100 by Gear Institute • Tom Poole • Level 3 expert

    Runners who heel strike as well as heavier runners will like the enhanced cushioning that still preserves modest speed.

  • 80 / 100 by Running Shoes And Advice • Scott Steven • Level 3 expert

    With a good amount of cushion it should provide ample support for longer miles. An improved midsole creates a smoother and fluid ride for most runners.

  • 75 / 100 by Running Maven • Derek Oxley • Level 3 expert

    The forefront continues to be snug not sloppy locking my mid foot in place while allowing room in toe box for my toes to play happy music.

  • 39 / 100 by Running Shoes Advice • Running Shoes Advice • Level 3 expert

    As for myself, I only lasted 2 miles before my feet started killing me and had to stop. I should have known better than to run in shoes that are too tight.

  • 98 / 100 by GEARIST • GEARIST • Level 2 expert

    I definitely enjoyed running in the Ghost GTX. I immediately felt very comfortable in this shoe on long runs without really breaking them in.

  • 85 / 100 by Gear Institute • Carol Davenport • Level 2 expert

    There’s a reason why the Brooks Ghost is such a beloved shoe—it fits great and promises lots of shock-absorbing miles.

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Updates to Brooks Ghost 7

  • Balanced cushioning makes the Brooks Ghost 7 a solid option for those who want to have a reliable running partner to stave their need for comfortable performance on the roads. It uses high quality designs and technologies to make each step as smooth and supported as they can be. It even has a cool look, which greatly contributes to its overall appeal.
  • The upper unit of this running shoe makes use of a mesh material that’s meant to cover the foot comfortably. It doesn’t feel stiff or unwieldy. Its open construction even allows it to welcome air into the foot-chamber, which helps in maintaining a cool and dry environment for the foot. A mix of stitched and no-sew overlays assist the upper fabrics when it comes to wrapping the foot snugly.
  • A personalized underfoot experience is what the Brooks Ghost 7’s mid-sole has to offer. A shape-conforming foam makes sure to provide contoured support while also bringing responsible cushioning. Part of the platform is made from biodegradable materials, but it’s durable and efficient in its lifespan. The runner is sure to get dependable cushioning all throughout.
  • Durable rubber compounds make the outsole unit very formidable against wear and tear. They protect the shoe from the abrasive nature of the asphalt. One of them even has a responsive nature, which essentially adds a bit more cushioning to the runner. Flex grooves make sure to let the foot move more freely.

Brooks Ghost 7 size and fit

The Brooks Ghost 7 has a regular running shoe length. It comes in sizes that adhere to the standard measurements for men and women. The available width is medium, so it is able to accommodate those with medium sized feet. Its semi-curved shape follows the natural curve of the human foot, allowing the runner to acclimate well to it when wearing it.


Outsole

HPR Plus is a high-quality rubber compound that’s responsible for the long lifespan of the Brooks Ghost 7’s sole unit. It effectively shields the mid-sole from wear and tear, preserving it and letting it become consistent in its form and purpose.

Blown rubber is the material used in the forefoot area. It has a responsive disposition, which means it is able to cushion the foot more and give it a bit of lift during the toe-off phase.

The Omega Flex Grooves allow the platform to move in tandem with how the runner moves their feet. It doesn’t feel stiff, so better flexibility can be appreciated.


Midsole

The DNA technology follows the shape, size and movement scheme of the foot that is wearing it. It’s essentially a material that makes the underfoot experience more personalized. The contours of the underfoot are even well-supported because of this form-assuming material.

The BioMoGo is a technology that stemmed from biodegradable materials. It essentially cushions the foot well, making sure to keep it well-supported at all times. It doesn’t break down easily, too, making it efficient even after many uses.

The Caterpillar Crash Pad wraps around the heel and mid-foot. It supports these areas and helps transition the movement from the heel to the toe. This section also reduces impact perception during each foot strike, making each step more comfortable.


Upper

Breathable mesh makes the upper unit more comfortable against the foot. It doesn’t feel restrictive or unwieldy. It even allows air to easily enter the shoe in order to keep the foot cool and dry. It can even stave off moisture.

A padded tongue and heel makes the shoe more comfortable. They also keep the foot in place.

Stitched and no-sew overlays provide the upper unit some structure and visual flair. But they’re also meant to provide a snug, but customizable fit because they’re connected to the lacing system and they adjust when the shoelaces are manipulated.