DiscontinuedUpdate: Brooks Ghost 12
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.
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Cushioned shoes for your daily easy running. Great comfort. See best shoes for daily running.
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WeightMen: 10.3ozWomen: 8.5oz
Heel to toe dropMen: 12mmWomen: 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.
WidthMen: NormalWomen: Narrow, Normal
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84 / 100 based on 11 expert reviews
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.
A versatile trainer that's beginner-friendly.
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.
I was pleasantly surprised by the responsiveness on my tempo run and the comfort during my recovery run.
- 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.
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.
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.
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.
Breathable mesh makes the upper unit more comfortable against the foot. It doesn’t feel restrictive or unwieldy and it is undeniably as breathable as the Ghost 11. 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.