DiscontinuedUpdate: Brooks Glycerin 17
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.
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WeightMen: 10.6ozWomen: 9.2oz
Heel to toe dropMen: 10mmWomen: 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 heightMen: 29mmWomen: 29mm
Forefoot heightMen: 19mmWomen: 19mm
WidthMen: Narrow, Normal, WideWomen: Narrow, Normal, Wide
Release dateJun 2016
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83 / 100 based on 25 expert reviews
Overall, a very comfortable, very versatile shoe from Brooks.
The Super DNA cushion gives a well-cushioned road run and the conformable saddle ensures a snug feel. However, I found my feet were prone to heel striking because of the weight dispersed primarily in the heel and the shoes didn't release natural body heat very well along with a few other likes and dislikes.
We put this shoe on runners of all sizes, from a 5'0" woman to a 6'7" Clydesdale, and nearly all praised its exceptional cushioning and foot-hugging comfort.
The Brooks Glycerin running shoe is a great neutral shoe if you are looking for a responsive and durable running shoe. The updates to this shoe feel great and have been extremely comfortable from the first time I put these on. As I mentioned this is the first pair of Glycerins I have worn so I cannot compare them to earlier versions of the shoe.
- 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 of this Brooks shoe, 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.
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.
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.
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.
The upper is basically an open mesh with very few 3D overlays. It is very breathable because of the large holes in the mesh. It is as breathable as the Brooks Glycerin 16.
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.