Summary

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

10 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.
  • 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.

5 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.
  • 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.

Facts

Rankings

A top rated Road running shoe
A popular pick

Expert Reviews

82 / 100 based on 25 expert reviews

  • 85 / 100 | Phidippides TV | | Level 4 expert

    Overall, a very comfortable, very versatile shoe from Brooks.

  • 80 / 100 | Amber Nixon | Level 2 expert

    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.

  • 100 / 100 | Running Shoes Guru | | Level 5 expert

    If you are in the market for a traditional running shoe with a little bit more cushion this shoe is an absolute must to consider. I have a hard time thinking of anything negative to say about this shoe.

  • 90 / 100 | Runner's World | Level 5 expert

    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. 

  • 89 / 100 | The Active Guy | | Level 5 expert

    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.

  • 87 / 100 | Solereview | Level 5 expert

    While very similar to the outgoing model, the Glycerin 14 uses thinner overlays to free up forefoot space, and has a redesigned outsole which makes the ride slightly softer.

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  • 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.

Author
Jens Jakob Andersen
Jens Jakob Andersen

Jens Jakob is a fan of short distances with a 5K PR at 15:58 minutes. Based on 35 million race results, he's among the fastest 0.2% runners. Jens Jakob previously owned a running store, when he was also a competitive runner. His work is regularly featured in The New York Times, Washington Post, BBC and the likes as well as peer-reviewed journals. Finally, he has been a guest on +30 podcasts on running.

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