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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 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
    $150
  • Weight
    Men: 10.9oz
    Women: 8.6oz
  • Heel to toe drop
    Men: 10mm
    Women: 10mm

    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.

  • Width
    Men: normal
    Women: normal
  • Release date
    Unknown
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Summary

We spent 7.8 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

6 reasons to buy

  • Breathable mesh makes the upper unit feel comfortable and secure.
  • The 3D Fit Print overlay system provides flexibility and a snug fit.
  • Another unit that provides a snug fit is a saddle, which conforms to the shape of the runner’s foot.
  • The colorful aesthetics of the Brooks Glycerin 12 were appreciated by many testers.
  • This model features 20% more cushioning than the previous iterations.
  • The full-length crash pad smoothens impact and transitions the foot through the gait cycle with ease.

1 reasons not to buy

  • A few runners noted that it was a bit narrow.

Bottom line

The Brooks Glycerin 12 is a high quality running shoe that’s great for daily running activities and other exercises. It’s flexible, secure and comfortable, making each step feel well-supported. Appealing designs also make this model a great visual treat.

Rankings

Expert Reviews

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81 / 100 based on 11 expert reviews

  • 88 / 100 | Running Competitor

    This incarnation of the Glycerin is the most cozy and sublime yet.

  • 76 / 100 | Solereview

    The general truth is, a $150 shoe isn’t necessarily better (functionally) than a $100 one. We mean, it won’t make you go faster, burn calories faster or blunt the annoying effects of gravity.

  • 76 / 100 | Runner's World

    The Glycerin is fantastic, especially for a heavier runner

  • 75 / 100 | Running Competitor

    Although it’s not as quick, light or agile as some of the everyday trainers out there, it’s not clunky, either. If soft and comfortable are your biggest criteria for buying running shoes, the Glycerin should be on your shopping list.

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Updates to Brooks Glycerin 12

  • The feet are going to feel very comfortable with the Brooks Glycerin 12. This running shoe uses systems and technologies that are very much made to secure the foot and make the running experience as consistent as possible. Secure coverage and plush cushioning keep the runner performing with confidence and grace.
  • The upper unit of this running shoe makes use of a comfortable fabric that is able to manage moisture, which is actually helpful when it comes to preventing mild water retention and odor. The overlay system is printed using 3D technology. It adds a flexibility to the coverage while maintaining the upper unit’s lightweight nature.
  • The mid-sole has technologies that enable it to follow the shape, form, and speed of the runner. The cushioning capability of the platform is sound and it doesn’t lose efficacy after a short while. The quality of the materials used here is dependable, so runners can expect this shoe to be very comfortable throughout every running session.
  • The Brooks Glycerin 12 features an outsole unit that’s made to protect the foot from the impact forces of the ground. Flex grooves make the platform more flexible, so natural movement can easily take place. Ideal Pressure Zones distribute pressure during each step, making all phases of the gait cycle protected from impact and shock.

Brooks Glycerin 12 size and fit

The Brooks Glycerin 12 runs a bit small. It is recommended for runners to buy ½ size larger to get a more relaxed fit. The available width is medium, so it is able to accommodate those with medium sized feet. Its forefoot area is a bit wider to accommodate better toe splaying. This running shoe follows the natural shape of the human foot, so runners are able to fit well into it when wearing it.


Outsole

Durable rubber covers the outsole unit and keeps it protected from wear and tear. It doesn’t peel off easily or lose functionality after a few uses, so it stays efficient for a long time.

Ideal Pressure Zones are the sections of the outsole that are made to distribute pressure when weight and force is placed on the platform. With these zones, the foot feels less impact with each step. It’s applied throughout the gait cycle.

The full-length crash pad makes each step feel smooth and comfortable. Striking the foot on the ground is less taxing to the runner because it won’t let them feel the impact shock as much.


Midsole

The Super DNA is a cushioning technology that features 20% more plush cushioning than the BioMoGo DNA foam. It is able to conform to the shape of the wearer’s foot, enabling a more personalized fit. Contoured support is also given because of this technology’s ability to mold itself to the curves of the underfoot.


Upper

The Element Mesh is a breathable fabric that makes up the main cover system of the Brooks Glycerin 12. It has an open construction, so air is able to easily enter the shoe and keep a well-ventilated experience for the runner. It also wicks off moisture.

The 3D Fit Print uses 3D printing technology to create a custom fit that follows the correct dimensions of the human foot. It’s fused onto the fabric’s surface, making it lightweight and free from seams. Connected to the lacing system, they adjust when the shoelaces are tightened or loosened.

A conformable saddle wraps the mid-foot area, securing the foot and preventing any wobbliness while wearing the shoe.