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  • Terrain
    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
    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
    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
    Price
    $150
  • Weight
    Weight
    Men: 10.6oz
    Women: 9.2oz
  • Heel to toe drop
    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.

  • Heel height
    Heel height
    Men: 29mm
    Women: 29mm
  • Forefoot height
    Forefoot height
    Men: 19mm
    Women: 19mm
  • Width
    Width
    Men: narrow, normal, wide
    Women: narrow, normal, wide
  • Release date
    Release date
    Jun 2016
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Summary

We spent 6 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

13 reasons to buy

  • The sock-like fit and plush interior combine for an ultra-comfortable ride in the Glycerin 14, according to most of the reviews.
  • The highly-cushioned midsole muffles the force of impact.
  • It is almost an ounce lighter than the previous model.
  • The traction is great, based on the observations of several runners.
  • The arch support is exceptional for a neutral trainer, according to some.
  • It offers noticeable flexibility despite the heavy cushioning, as remarked by more than a handful.
  • The 14th edition of the Glycerin is extensively used by many for workouts as well.
  • It is available in other widths.
  • A handful of runners really liked the shoe’s capacity to accommodate orthotics.
  • The cushioning is adequately responsive, based on the experience of some runners.
  • A good number of runners were impressed by the Glycerin 14’s durability.
  • Several users, who are up on their feet almost all the time, loved the shoe’s cushioning and support.
  • Different color combinations are available.

7 reasons not to buy

  • Several Glycerin fans were disappointed with the tighter fit.
  • It runs a bit small, according to a few.
  • It is quite expensive.
  • The grip suffers a little on wet pavements, as noticed by a small number of runners.
  • A handful of runners noticed that the shoe is not as well-ventilated as they would have wanted.
  • A few users noted a squeaking sound when running in the latest version of the Glycerin.
  • The tongue is just too padded for a small group of runners.

Bottom line

Brooks markets the Glycerin 14 as one of its flagship neutral and ultra-cushioned shoes. Although it does not match the truly max cushioned shoes of other brands, it does have a near pillowy cushioning and is substantially lighter than many of the competition. It offers excellent arch support, very supportive, and continues to deliver a flexible ride that belies the amount of cushioning. The shoe is quite light for 10Ks to mid-distance runs at moderate speed and packs enough cushioning for those who love to pile on the miles.

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Expert Reviews

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83 / 100 based on 25 expert reviews

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Updates to Brooks Glycerin 14

  • The Brooks Glycerin 14 is almost an exact replica of the previous model. Only the slightest tweaks in the upper and outsole give it an improved performance and fit over the earlier version.
  • In the latest instalment of the Glycerin the seamless 3D stretch upper. Some of the thick overlays near the back end of the midfoot saddle have been replaced with printed overlays to reduce weight and enhance breathability. The forefoot 3D overlays have also been re-aligned to give more structure to the mesh.
  • In the outsole, the flex grooves are a bit deeper while there are more carvings on the rubber pods. These are designed to improve flexibility and traction in the shoe.

Brooks Glycerin 14 size and fit

The fit of the 14th iteration of the Glycerin is very identical to the prior edition, except for the more sock-like fit in this version. There is an improved wraparound feel all over the foot provided by this shoe. The heel and midfoot have adequate hold with enough room in the toe box for mid-run swelling. It runs true to size.


Outsole

The outsole of the Brooks Glycerin 14 is a maze of rubber pods and flex grooves. Brooks strategically places the rubber pods to act as Ideal Pressure Zones to help attenuate shock and make the ride a bit smoother. The flexibility is also improved with this design. A tough carbon rubber is placed in the heel and the usual areas prone to wear and tear while blown rubber covers most of the underfoot for better traction.


Midsole

Brooks uses a proprietary Super DNA midsole that provides the cushioning needs of the runner 20% better than the original BioMoGo DNA. It is very light and responsive as well. Because it covers the entire length of the midsole, there is also an enhanced transition in the gait cycle with this design. Like the outsole, the midsole is also filled with grooves to boost the shoe’s flexibility. For a very highly-cushioned shoe, the flexibility gives it a smoother and nimbler feel.


Upper

The upper is basically an open mesh with very few 3D overlays. It is very breathable because of the large holes in the mesh. A midfoot saddle that directly connects to the laces keep the foot secure and adds support to the upper. The tongue and the collar are well-padded for excellent next to skin feel. A soft sockliner adds cushioning and support in the Brooks Glycerin 14.