Facts

Discontinued
Update: Glycerin 14
Terrain
Road
Arch support
Neutral
Use
Daily running
Price
$150
Weight
M: 320g | W: 264g
Heel to toe drop
M: 10mm | W: 10mm
Heel height
M: 29mm | W: 29mm
Forefoot height
M: 19mm | W: 19mm
Widths available
M: Narrow - B, Normal - D, Wide - 2E | W: Narrow - 2A, Normal - B
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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 6.6 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

8 reasons to buy

  • A great number of runners described the Brooks Glycerin 13 as a comfortable shoe to wear daily.

  • Several reviewers wrote that the design and general durability of this model were above its predecessors; it remained efficient for them, even after many uses.

  • Many runners have taken a liking to the color schemes this shoe, saying that they heightened its visual appeal.

  • The mid-sole was able to support the arch of those with supinated foot motion, balancing their stance and stabilizing their gait.

  • A lot of testers noted that the underfoot experience was very agreeable, that the platform was able to prevent knee & muscle aches when running.

  • One reviewer commended the Glycerin 13’s lacing system, which stayed snug and didn’t unravel even after long running sessions.

  • Some consumers were able to use this shoe for casual purposes and they said that it didn’t disappoint.

  • Runners stated that this shoe performed exceptionally well on the pavement.

3 reasons not to buy

  • A tester commented that the foam cushioning wasn’t as long-lasting as they thought.

  • The outsole rubber wasn’t very efficient on wet surfaces, according to a few runners.

  • A reviewer reported that the fit was too narrow; blisters have started to appear on their toes after six miles of running.

Bottom line

Many runners were satisfied with the 13th version of the Glycerin from Brooks. They lauded its efficient features, from its pleasant upper cover system to its stability mechanics. The underfoot experience was comfortable for a great number of them, as well. But according to a reviewer, the fit was too narrow. Another one panned its cushioning system because it didn’t last long. Despite these negative comments, the Glycerin 13 still gained favor as a reliable road running shoe.



World wide, Glycerin 13 is in the top 5% most popular running shoes. The brand, Brooks, is the 5th most popular.

Map: Shows popularity per continent based on 987 shoes


Ratings

4.6 / 5 based on 459 ratings

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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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84 / 100 based on 31 expert reviews

  • 85
    SolereviewLevel 5 expert
    by Solereview
    The ride is much softer than last year's model, and the upper forefoot fits narrower.
  • 85
    Runner's WorldLevel 5 expert
    by Runner's World
    It stretches and molds around your foot, letting it flex where it wants to, with printed overlays and a more substantial midfoot wrap providing support where needed.
  • 85
    SolereviewLevel 5 expert
    by Solereview
    That plush-upper approach hasn’t changed on the Glycerin 13, and the newest version also arrives with a material and design package which looks very familiar. A lot of the similarity is attributed to common part sharing and construction techniques with the outgoing G-12.
  • 82
    Motion Control Running ShoesLevel 5 expert
    by Motion Control Running Shoes
    The main difference is that the Brooks Glycerin 13 may feel just a bit firmer than the Brooks Glycerin 12 under your foot, but with that you also gain a bit more stability.
  • 93
    Believe in the RunLevel 4 expert
    by Believe in the Run
    These are a good shoe for someone that wants one pair of shoes in their closet that can cover their running needs.
  • 90
    Travis TrampeLevel 4 expert
    by Running Shoes Guru
    The quality and performance of this ultra-cushioned shoe continues to be worth the higher price tag. The Glycerin 13 maintains its plush ride and smooth transition while handling the rigors of running mile after mile during training.
  • 86
    Kevin FongerLevel 4 expert
    by Active Gear Review
    I find that the Brooks Glycerin 13 does a nice job of keeping your foot snug and secure. The shoe doesn’t hug your foot to the point it gets uncomfortable, but it’s just the right amount of pressure to keep your heel locked in place and providing your forefoot just enough room to expand when needed.
  • 82
    New England Running CompanyLevel 4 expert
    by New England Running Company
    The Glycerin 13 certainly has the cushioning to go long distance without too much punishment on the body
  • 80
    Kate HalseLevel 4 expert
    by Heavy
    The rounded heel ensures better alignment and less stress on your joints.
  • 93
    Brian GoldmanLevel 3 expert
    by Running Without Injuries
    I really liked the feel of the cushion. It provided plenty of cushion, but did not feel squishy, which often times takes energy out of your stride.
  • 84
    The Running CentreLevel 3 expert
    by The Running Centre
    When coupled with complementary foot function, the durability of the Glycerin is second to none and will have you enjoying a new shoe feel for a lot longer than you would have previously expected.
  • 84
    Thomas/MeaghanLevel 3 expert
    by Believe in the Run
    Despite my feelings on looks, and the heavy nature of these shoes, I found myself lacing up the Glycerin 13 for back-to-back runs and even long training runs.
  • 83
    Brian GoldmanLevel 3 expert
    by Running Without Injuries
    I would not use the Glycerin 13 as a speed shoe because of the weight, but they are a great everyday trainer or long distance shoe.
  • 82
    Mwangi GitahiLevel 3 expert
    by Endurance Magazine
    The Glycerin 13 maintains its plush ride and smooth transition while handling the rigors of high mileage training.
  • 81
    Tim HuebschLevel 3 expert
    by Running Magazine
    The Glycerin 13 is a strong pick for an everyday neutral cushioned trainer.
  • 80
    Amy W. BogardLevel 3 expert
    by Fix My Walk
    Whether you’re looking for supreme comfort, additional cushioning or just want a stylish running shoe, you really cannot lose with the Brooks Glycerin 13.
  • 75
    Adam ChaseLevel 3 expert
    by Competitor Running
    Not ideal for quick-cadence running, only because it’s hard to run fast with pillows under your feet.
  • 86
    LoraLevel 2 expert
    by Crazy Running Girl
    Brooks spends a lot of time studying and understanding the biomechanics behind how runners move and use their gear, including their shoes. Because of this, they integrate a lot of features to ensure that you have the most comfortable ride.
  • 86
    Get Out ThereLevel 2 expert
    by Get Out There
    The Glycerin 13 maintains its plush ride and smooth transition while handling the rigors of high mileage training.
  • 82
    Rackets and RunnersLevel 2 expert
    by Rackets and Runners
    A shoe that adapts to your foot providing responsive shock absorption and superior ground feel. 
  • 81
    CarmyLevel 2 expert
    by Carmy
    Brooks Glycerin 13s are perfect for neutral runners who are looking for something with cushion. 
  • 80
    RebeccaLevel 2 expert
    by Rebecca
    They feel light, and make it feel like I’m wearing anything yet are still cushioned.
  • 80
    KintecLevel 2 expert
    by Kintec
    The Glycerin 13s are adaptable enough to allow a runner to use them for a long Sunday run, a mid-week tempo, a run through easy trails and even a rip around the track.
  • 90
    Adam Chase & Brian MetzlerLevel 1 expert
    by Competitor Running
    It’s a premium neutral trainer with a floaty ride, and it tested like a performance pillow.
  • 87
    LeongcfLevel 1 expert
    by Leongcf
    With the small changes in this version, the shoe definitely met my expectations in providing a soft ride and very smooth transition while keeping my entire foot secure and comfortable during each run.
  • 85
    John DriscollLevel 1 expert
    by A Student of Pain
    The Glycerin 12s never really compared to the comfort factor of the Glycerin 11s but maybe the Glycerin 13s are now the shoe that the 12s should have been. 
  • 82
    Pinoy FitnessLevel 1 expert
    by Pinoy Fitness
    If you’re looking for a neutral shoe, for long distance running, perhaps a half-marathon or a full marathon, do consider trying the new Brooks Glycerin 13.
  • 81
    Adam Chase & Brian MetzlerLevel 1 expert
    by Running Competitor
    Every footstep feels luxuriously soft. 
  • 80
    Vince SestoLevel 1 expert
    by Running Heroes
    It's sometimes hard to justify to cost of a premium running shoe such as the Brooks Glycerin 13, but the quality of the construction and cushioning of the shoe make it a viable choice for anyone who is putting in a lot of extra training and need a shoe that is going to last.
  • 78
    Melbourne Podiatry ClinicLevel 1 expert
    by Melbourne Podiatry Clinic
    It is not believed that either the weather or my mood at the time had an influence on the score provided however, mild niggles in the forefoot during the fourth and fifth run especially on the hills revealed a less than perfect feel.
  • 70
    Boulder RunningLevel 1 expert
    by Boulder Running
    While its not a shoe I will wear to the track or for faster workouts, I look forward to introducing these into my regular and recovery runs on the roads and bike paths.
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  • Richard Shop Zappos
    These awesome-looking shoes here have an Element Mesh upper that'll offer you a ton of protection. It's also very lightweight and breathable, so it'll keep your feet nice and comfortable.
  • Amy Up And Running UK
    This neutral shoe delivers an incredibly plush ride mile after mile.
  • BJ Shop Zappos
    This shoe is built for the neutral to underpronator and runners with medium to high arches who seek enhanced cushioning.
  • Connor Running Warehouse
    To help create a smooth and effortless ride, ideal pressure zones on the outsole help disperse impact while Omni Grooves help enhance flexibility.
  • The Athlete's Foot Australia
    We've really evolved the upper of the Glycerin 13. Since Glycerin 11 & 12, we've made some changes, so that it's lighter and more flexible, but still giving good forefoot capture.
  • Connor Running Warehouse
    With plush cushioning for miles on the road, the Glycerin 13 is a premium running shoe designed for the neutral runner.
  • Matt Road Runner Sports
    You deserve some luxury, right? Treat yourself everytime you put these on, since its 3D FitPrint cradles your foot as you run and the Dynamic Saddle here adjusts to the arch of your foot to create a nice, personalized feel.
  • Cara Road Runner Sports
    You'll feel as cool as a cucumber because these shoes are super breathable.
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Updates to Glycerin 13

The upper of the Brooks Glycerin 13 was improved with 3D Fit Print overlay technology, which offers a more personalized feel that wraps the foot when running.

This shoe is also constructed with the New Dynamic TPU Saddle, which is actually combined with the overlays, for a more adjusted foot arch.

The grooves in the midsole are also deepened, improving the flexibility for better performance.

Glycerin 13 size and fit

The Glycerin 13 is true to size and available in medium width. It offers a more personalized fit as the 3D Fit Print Overlays wrap the foot in a snug feel while running. From the forefoot to the mid-foot to the heel, this shoe fits great. It comfortably accommodates medium-footed runners.

Outsole

The Brooks Glycerin 13 comes with a very distinct outsole. The outer sole has the Cush Pod Configuration, which is also a part of the midsole. This cushioning design is intended for a more balanced and smooth heel-to-toe transition. Aside from that design, the outsole also has the Omni Grooves and Omega Flex Grooves for a more flexible shoe. It enhances the cushioning as well while it helps absorb shock and impact.

Brooks also used the HPR Plus rubber material on this shoe, which is a high abrasion resistant type of rubber that offers high traction and grip on different types of grounds.

Midsole

The midsole of the Glycerin 13 have the Super BioMoGo DNA material, which provides the cushioning and the plush ride. The Segmented Crash Pad is also present in the shoe, which provides the smooth transition and heel-to-toe comfort. As a result of these designs, runners are able to adapt naturally to the technique during each ground contact.

Upper

The upper of the Glycerin 13 is constructed with Element Mesh and Element Linings for a more breathable, with moisture effects, and more comfortable upper feel. The 3D Fit Print overlays serve not just as an overlay that provides protection and support to the upper against high abrasion, but also the great fit the foot needs, thus blending stability, comfort, and protection in one.

To enhance the security and lock features, the Adjustable Saddle is also used to provide a secure wrap while the lacing system is maximized to keep the foot in a comfortable and secured environment.


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