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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 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.

Price
$150
Weight
Men: 10.6oz
Women: 9.2oz
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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 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.


Rankings


Ratings

4.6 / 5 based on 1180 ratings

5 star
79%
4 star
11%
3 star
4%
2 star
2%
1 star
3%

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Expert Reviews

Experts are running shoe geeks, 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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83 / 100 based on 26 expert reviews

  • 85 / 100 by Phidippides TV • Gregory • Level 4 expert

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

  • 85 / 100 by Shoe Ranger • Dave Jewell • Level 2 expert

    The Glycerin 14 with minor improvements in fit should continue to provide reliable maximum cushion to runners around the world.

  • 90 / 100 by Runner's World • 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. 

  • 87 / 100 by Solereview • 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.

  • 75 / 100 by Motion Control Running Shoes • Motion Control Running Shoes • Level 5 expert

    All in all, the Brooks Glycerin 14 should provide a bit more support around the midfoot due to its sturdy overlays in that area, and both running shoes should be able to provide a comfortable fit.

  • 70 / 100 by Motion Control Running Shoes • Motion Control Running Shoes • Level 5 expert

    If you are a slightly heavier runner, you may appreciate the more secure fit of the Brooks Glycerin 14.

  • 100 / 100 by Running Shoes Guru • Sean Felty • Level 4 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.

  • 70 / 100 by Active Gear Review • Kevin Fonger • Level 4 expert

    The Brooks Glycerin has long been a favorite for me, but I am finding the Glycerin 14 to be less favorable compared to previous models.  With a price tag of $160 for a pair of cushioned running shoes, I expect a shoe that will make me feel like I’m running on white puffy clouds.

  • 96 / 100 by Runnerlight • Michael Brandon • Level 3 expert

    However, high price always comes with high quality products. The 14th version is a typical example. The shoes are worth every penny.

  • 89 / 100 by The Active Guy • Scott • Level 3 expert

    All in all, I am impressed with the sole as it feels sturdy, supportive, and held up during the time I ran for this review.

  • 85 / 100 by Crazy Running Girl • Lora • Level 3 expert

    Speaking of the cushioning —> you could view this as a downfall for these shoes because it means that they are heavier. The trade off is definitely worth it if you need a soft, pillowy ride in your running shoes. 

  • 82 / 100 by The Running Centre • The Running Centre • Level 3 expert

    We would recommend the Brooks Glycerin 14 for those seeking a high mileage, durable and highly cushioned volume trainer.

  • 81 / 100 by Runabees • Runabees • Level 3 expert

    The upper is soft, flexible and lightweight, and yet has a wide enough toe box to give the toes room to comfortably move around.

  • 81 / 100 by Gear Institute • Cory Smith • Level 3 expert

    The Brooks Glycerin 14 is an ultra plush and soft-landing everyday road trainer. 

  • 83 / 100 by Competitor • Brian Metzler • Level 2 expert

     If you want a cushy, articulated ride for short or long mellow to moderately paced runs, this is the shoe for you. The cushioning level borders on what might be considered “maximalist” but the design characteristics keep it from being unwieldy or unstable.

  • 82 / 100 by Running Stats • Bethany Widdicombe • Level 2 expert

    Great for endurance training or even just a stroll across town.

  • 80 / 100 by Amber Nixon • 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.

  • 70 / 100 by Comfort Hacks • Comfort Hacks • Level 2 expert

    This pair will help you overcome the usual strain and discomfort that due to the excessive amount of weight that placed on the ball and heel of the high-arched feet.

  • 93 / 100 by Keep Try Review • Greg • Level 1 expert

    I was surprised at how much cushion and support they offered while I still felt very much engaged with the surface I was running on. I feel like I can run forever in these shoes.

  • 91 / 100 by Fit Bottomed Girls • Kristen • Level 1 expert

    I’m not saying it was the shoes … but I feel confident saying they were a big help.

  • 85 / 100 by Swift Runners • Sizart • Level 1 expert

     It performed amazingly, is built to last, and more than justifies it’s slightly higher asking price. Neutral runners looking for more cushioning from their shoe will be more than pleased with the Glycerin 14.

  • 82 / 100 by Run Oregon Blog • Geli Heidelberger • Level 1 expert

    A snug fit around the middle keeps the shoes tight on my foot without moving or rubbing. The toe box isn’t extra wide, but it made from stretch material that conforms to your foot without binding.

  • 82 / 100 by The Running Shop • Andrew Gordon • Level 1 expert

    For the neutral runner who likes a shoe which gives you maximum comfort, then the Brooks Glycerin 14 is definitely one to come in and give a try.

  • 80 / 100 by The Running Company • Chris Chapman • Level 1 expert

    I always have loved the fact that it’s the same density medial to lateral (and only one of a handful of shoes on the marketplace that is so) so there’s no path of least resistance and that the shoe gives a very true and even wear so for those people whom are neutral to supinated, it’s great. For those whom are neutral and are a bit heavier or need more of a “stable neutral” option with a bit of structure, then I’d steer clear of the Glycerin 14.

  • 80 / 100 by Catch Me If You Can • Rachael • Level 1 expert

    What I will say is these shoes have a little more cushion, have a very flexible construction with nice support on the sides, and hey it doesn’t help its pretty to look at. 

  • 60 / 100 by Outdoor Gear Lab • Ryan Baham • Level 1 expert

    But whereas we found the PureFlow 5 and Ghost 9 to have great landings, the Glycerin 14 seemed to underwhelm. We attribute that to the high degree of cushion in the heel while skimping near the forefoot, which gives an overall uneven landing firmness.

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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.