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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
$150
Weight
Men: 10.9oz
Women: 8.6oz
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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 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


Ratings

4.6 / 5 based on 164 ratings

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4 star
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2 star
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Expert Reviews

Experts are runners, 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 12 expert reviews

  • 88 / 100 by Running Competitor • Brian Metzler • Level 5 expert

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

  • 76 / 100 by Solereview • Solereview • Level 5 expert

    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 by Runner's World • Runner's World • Level 5 expert

    The Glycerin is fantastic, especially for a heavier runner

  • 75 / 100 by Running Competitor • Brian Metzler • Level 5 expert

    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.

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

    The shoe offers runners a solid daily trainer that is designed to be able to handle the demands of higher mileage while providing for a stable and comfortable ride.

  • 80 / 100 by Active Gear Review • Kevin Fonger • Level 4 expert

    I find theheel to toe drop to be very comfortable for all my mid to long distance training runs.

  • 88 / 100 by The Running Shoe Review • Nick • Level 3 expert

    A rounded heel provides a more efficient landing position, making the shoe more stable, and less cumbersome.

  • 98 / 100 by Run And Become • Bhauliya Moss • Level 2 expert

    The Glycerin has been great, and even though I have a little bit of extra space in the forefoot, it hasn’t been a problem at all.

  • 74 / 100 by Gear Institute • Carol Davenport • Level 2 expert

    The Brooks Glycerin is a dependable, high-mileage trainer—best for runners who want some feedback from the road, struggle with chronic knee or IT issues, and who crave accommodation more than achieving optimal running form.

  • 100 / 100 by The Running Company • Chris • Level 1 expert

    I can now run in a shoe which has a great deal of cushion underfoot, amazing fit but works with my midfoot strike really well – winner!

  • 80 / 100 by Runners Need • Rasa • Level 1 expert

    Brooks have done an amazing job with the Glycerin 12. These are very lightweight with plenty of cushioning for long-distance running. The upper mesh fits more tightly and these shoes are narrower than previous models.

  • 78 / 100 by Running with the Sunrise • Beth • Level 1 expert

    I can feel that the new Glycerin is lighter and it feels like there’s a little less “shoe” on my foot, but the cushion feels comparable when I run.

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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.