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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
$120
Weight
Men: 10.6oz
Women: 9.1oz
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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 6 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

12 reasons to buy

  • The Brooks Ghost 9 is almost unanimously commented upon by reviewers as very comfortable.
  • The price is around the norm for neutral trainers with good cushioning.
  • Most of the reviewers noted that it is quite light for a lot of shoe.
  • It has excellent traction, according to several.
  • The arch support of the 9th version of the Ghost is fantastic for a neutral runner, based on the comments of a good number of runners.
  • It has enough firmness to feel responsive, as remarked by a handful.
  • Several have used it for gym workouts without any issues.
  • A few noticed how good the shoe felt, even right out of the box.
  • The new stack height brings it a bit closer to the ground for heightened ground feedback.
  • The cushioning absorbs impact very well, as reported by many runners.
  • More than a handful of runners appreciated the Ghost 9’s durability.
  • A good number of those who are constantly on their feet loved the cushioning and support of this shoe.

4 reasons not to buy

  • Several fans of the series continue to wish for a lower heel to toe drop than the current 12mm difference.
  • A few runners wanted better color combinations.
  • Some users experienced rubbing on their toes, whether they were working out or running.
  • A small number of Ghost fans were angry that the laces come undone sometimes.

Bottom line

The Ghost 9 is sturdy, reliable, and versatile trainer that seamlessly provides the needs of runners looking for a tempo trainer or a well-cushioned version that can take on the poundings of a daily run. It has a superb arch support and quite responsive for a shoe with more than sufficient cushioning. The reasonable price tag is another reason to grab a pair of this very popular shoe from Brooks.


Rankings


Ratings

4.5 / 5 based on 1588 ratings

5 star
74%
4 star
13%
3 star
5%
2 star
4%
1 star
3%

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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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85 / 100 based on 35 expert reviews

  • 84 / 100 by RunRepeat • Frank DuCett • Level 4 expert

    There is more to the engineering challenges than making a shoe lighter, Brooks has hit the perfect balance of comfort, value and performance. I have shoes at home that are equal to the Ghost 9 in some ways, but not noise. Nothing is as quiet as a Ghost!

  • 80 / 100 by RunRepeat • Frank DuCett • Level 4 expert

    The rubber material that meets the road appears to be durable, wearing slightly better than the some other brands I have used. There is almost no evidence of wear on this Ghost after 60 miles.

  • 86 / 100 by Phidippides TV • Gregory • Level 4 expert

    The current version, however, has returned to its glory with a roomier toe box, a little more flexibiliy, and a little softer ride.

  • 90 / 100 by TF XC Running Shoe Reviews • TF XC Running Shoe Reviews • Level 3 expert

    It's a premium cushioned shoe for a good price!

  • 92 / 100 by Runner's World • Runner's World • Level 5 expert

    In an age where $150 and $160 shoes have become commonplace, the Ghost delivers a ton for considerably less.

  • 86 / 100 by Solereview • Solereview • Level 5 expert

    The Ghost 9's ride remains unchanged for the most, and the upper is a definite improvement over the Ghost 8.

  • 83 / 100 by Motion Control Running Shoes • Motion Control Running Shoes • Level 5 expert

    With the changes that Brooks has made, you should still be able to get the same soft ride from the Brooks Ghost 9 as you did from the Brooks Ghost 8 with just a tiny bit more heel cushioning.

  • 82 / 100 by Running Competitor • Brian Metzler • Level 5 expert

    The first thing you notice about this shoe is its plush interior and cozy fit.

  • 92 / 100 by Salt Marsh Running • Jason Saltmarsh • Level 4 expert

    The entire shoe is built with cushioning and comfort in mind for those long mind-numbing runs that are an essential part of training.

  • 88 / 100 by The Active Guy • The Active Guy • Level 4 expert

    All in all, the updates to this sole really seemed to improve the grip and feel of this running shoe.

  • 83 / 100 by Running Warehouse • Jonathan • Level 4 expert

    A touch more room in the fit and no change in the somewhat soft ride should keep Ghost wearers happy with the 9 update.

  • 81 / 100 by Fueled by LOLz • Hollie • Level 4 expert

    The Brooks Ghost 9 has enough cushion for high mileage but is also light enough for speed workouts and races.  It’s a little more cushion and softer than the Launch.

  • 92 / 100 by Gear Institute • Cory Smith • Level 3 expert

    One tester nailed the essence of the Brooks Ghost 9, “My foot just feels good in the shoe.”

  • 84 / 100 by Believe in the Run • Austin Bonds • Level 3 expert

    The fit is better and the ride is softer; the toe box is spacious and the transition is fabulous.

  • 82 / 100 by Runabees • Runabees • Level 3 expert

    They are stable and comfortable, and yet light enough to be suitable for men with high arches who enjoy running, walking and exercising.

  • 90 / 100 by Running Shoes Guru • Michaael Mason-D' Croz • Level 2 expert

    When I went to the track for speed training, they were quick to respond. And when it was tempo day, they always met the challenge.

  • 85 / 100 by Shoe Ranger • Dave Jewell • Level 2 expert

    A great update. The improved fit alone… is gonna make this shoe that much more popular. Ghost fans are gonna love it.

  • 82 / 100 by Comfort Hacks • Comfort Hacks • Level 2 expert

    They are light and bouncy, and offer optimal smooth heel to toe transition while running.

  • 91 / 100 by Brooks • Brooks • Level 1 expert

    Yet, this shoe seems to be the shoe that so many people dream about - plenty of cushion, smooth ride (no matter the drop), lightweight feel (no matter the weight), and a long running life. 

  • 90 / 100 by NJ Run Spot • NJ Run Spot • Level 1 expert

    So long story short, the Ghost 9 seems to hit all the sweet spots.

  • 89 / 100 by Keep Try Review • Michele • Level 1 expert

    The stand out thing I felt with the comfort, was the almost ‘sponginess’ of the shoe. Takes the pressure off my knees and ankles when running on hard surfaces.

  • 88 / 100 by SBR Sport • Mike • Level 1 expert

    The seamless upper is very very light and very comfortable.

  • 88 / 100 by Running Without Injuries • Running Without Injuries • Level 1 expert

     It is simply a great shoe with some extra cushion that isn’t too squishy like many of the cushioned shoes out there.

  • 87 / 100 by Nat Runs Far • Natalie • Level 1 expert

    There is so much room for your toes to move and the mesh fiber is extremely breathable to keep your feet cool and happy.

  • 87 / 100 by Belly Fat Cure • Eartha • Level 1 expert

    I have to say, each step is really comfortable and my feet feel supported. This is a plus as I have high arches.

  • 86 / 100 by NJ Run Spot • Steve Mod • Level 1 expert

    So long story short, the Ghost 9 seems to hit all the sweet spots.

  • 85 / 100 by Swift Runners • Sizart • Level 1 expert

    The super comfy and formfitting upper paired with the cushy and durable sole unit stand to reason that this shoe will last that much longer than others one would own. When you take into account the miler-per-use against the total amount spent, it’s actually a greatly priced shoe!

  • 85 / 100 by 6Foot4Mike • Lyndsey C Wright • Level 1 expert

    Overall, I can wholeheartedly recommend these trainers whether you want them for shorter or long runs. Just save them for when the weather is nice so your feet remain dry and you are onto a winner!

  • 85 / 100 by Shoe Ranger • Arif • Level 1 expert

    They are very good for long-distance running. They have the cushioning and support for the pavement or trails. I highly recommend it.

  • 84 / 100 by Run Logic • Run Logic • Level 1 expert

    Overall ‘just a great shoe all round!’

  • 82 / 100 by My Full Fat Life • Emma • Level 1 expert

    There are perfectly balanced–I don’t feel like there is a breeze beneath my arch, and my foot can still function normally.

  • 82 / 100 by Pacers Running • Tripp Sutherland • Level 1 expert

    This allows for a fluid transition and a more flexible shoe.

  • 81 / 100 by Marathon Sports • John Davis • Level 1 expert

    So the shoe is designed for a runner that has a somewhat rigid arch and bears their weight neutrally through the gait cycle.

  • 80 / 100 by Brooks • Brooks • Level 1 expert

    The extra padding did not interfere with my running gait and I felt like landing on my midfoot was even easier.

  • 70 / 100 by Outdoor Gear Lab • Ryan Baham • Level 1 expert

    Its more traditional design focusing on rigidity and support could have limited the comfort features relative to its two cousins, the PureFlow 5 and Glycerin 14, but even so, Brooks did a good job of including a nicely padded heel collar and tongue. 

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Updates to Brooks Ghost 9

  • Seriously modifying an extremely popular model was very risky for Brooks. However, the myriad of changes presented in the Ghost 9 only improved its fit and performance and should make the shoe a true contender for “Best Shoe” in the opinions of many runners.
  • Brooks unveils changes from top to bottom in the 9th instalment of the Ghost. A very good news for runners is the updated 30mm heel height from the 35mm of the previous version. While the shoe maintains the 12mm heel offset, the significant drop in stack height gives it a closer to the ground feel than ever and enhances ground perception.
  • Another huge update for runners is the full-length crash pad. It gives runners a more flexible platform and helps the runners during high-mileage runs maintain their foot strikes. The update should also improve shock-absorption, regardless of where the runner lands.
  • The fit changes for the better in the Ghost 9 as a roomier toe box should delight those with flat, inflexible, and slightly wider feet. Mid-run swelling is easily accommodated with the added space in this area.
  • The upper undergoes a major makeover. It is now seamless for a more refined look and to reduce risk of developing hot spots or blisters. The new engineered mesh offers excellent breathability and wraps the foot in comfort and support.
  • Brooks makes the outsole lugs not as aggressive as before to give this road shoe a smoother ride. From the large square pods, it now uses tamer square and rectangular pods.

Brooks Ghost 9 size and fit

Brooks comes up with aces in the upper of the Ghost 9. The new seamless upper provides a more sock-like fit and adds support, particularly to the midfoot. A roomier toe box than the last Ghost edition gives runners with different types of feet to be really comfortable in this shoe. The swelling during high-mileage runs should be no problem with this wide toe box. It runs true to size.


Outsole

The outsole is divided into countless square and rectangular pods with cut outs, giving the pods even more articulation. Together with the prominent Omega Flex Grooves, these provide a flexible ride with smooth toe offs. A huge cut out in the heel to the midfoot allows a bit more compression for that cushioned ride. Brooks covers the heel and other areas of the Ghost 9 with durable carbon rubber while the forefoot and midfoot are mostly made of blown rubber for better traction.


Midsole

The BioMoGo DNA spans the length of the midsole for consistent, durable and responsive cushioning. As with a full-length midsole foam application, the transition from landing to take-off becomes a bit smoother. New to this structure is the full-length crash pad that helps the cushioning and shock-absorbing features of the shoe. Runners who may break down in form during high-mileage runs will find the new crash pad in the 9th iteration of the Ghost to be quite beneficial.


Upper

The completely seamless upper features a very open mesh that guarantees a very breathable run. Brooks provides an engineered mesh that has the right flexibility and support that it can do away with several of the substantial overlays of the previous model. The tongue and ankle collar have moderate padding while the interior oozes with comfort from the plush fabric lining.