Facts

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: 10.6oz
Women: 9.2oz
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.

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

8 reasons to buy

  • Most users said that the Brooks Glycerin 15 is a comfortable shoe.
  • A number of users mentioned that the fit of the shoe felt just right.
  • One user was glad to say that the shoe offered a springy ride.
  • A few testers were happy to note that the shoe did not need to be broken in.
  • Some users said that the quality of the shoe and the features it came with was worth the price.
  • Many runners said that the leg pain they usually felt due to foot and leg problems diminished when they ran with the Brooks Glycerin 15.
  • Several users narrated that the cushioning of the Glycerin 15 was a welcome update.
  • The Glycerin 15 is a lightweight shoe which plenty of runners appreciated in their reviews.

5 reasons not to buy

  • The majority of consumers mentioned that the Glycerin 15 felt smaller than their usual preferences.
  • Most reviewers said that the shoe didn’t have enough arch support. They stated that the shoe is not recommended for those with high arches.
  • A user who had low ankles found the collar of the shoe to be inconvenient because it caused some rubbing.
  • Another user narrated that the footbed cushioning resulted in the shoe being noticeably less stable than the former model.
  • A few runners were able to test the shoe by running 70-75 miles. They said that they were unsatisfied about seeing signs of early wear on the outsole.

Bottom line

Lighter than ever, the Brooks Glycerin 15 is the most awaited updated of the Glycerin 14. It’s a neutral road running shoe equipped with premium comfort and fit. It can be a reliable companion when doing short runs or light workouts.


Rankings

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Ratings

4.6 / 5 based on 270 ratings

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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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90 / 100 based on 17 expert reviews

  • 91 / 100 by RunRepeat • Joseph Arellano • Level 4 expert

    The Glycerin is a true Jack-of-all-trades. It does almost everything well, quite well, and suffers from only a couple of minor defects – which is true of all running shoes, no matter how well-designed and built. All in all, the shoe is close to being as good as it gets.

  • 89 / 100 by RunRepeat • Stephen Clevenger • Level 2 expert

    Brooks has also emphasized their plush transition zone, offering more flexibility in combination with the cushioning.
    Both features combine flexibility and cushioning into a smooth and comfortable ride. These shoes really do take comfort to the next level.

  • 88 / 100 by Lennysunday • Lenny • Level 3 expert

    It's a wonderful update. It's one of the best Brook shoes I've ever had.

  • 89 / 100 by Sportitude • Josh • Level 1 expert

    A little bit softer and more security in the upper. Two great features. I rate this shoe highly.

  • 97 / 100 by Road Trail Run • Sam Winebaum • Level 5 expert

    The Glycerin 15 sets a high bar for running comfort and for many miles of durable use as a daily trainer.

  • 89 / 100 by Solereview • Solereview • Level 5 expert

    The smooth riding yet supportive Brooks Glycerin 15 is a neutral shoe in the truest sense of the word. Updated for 2017 with a softer ride and a slightly snugger upper.

  • 86 / 100 by Runner's World • Runner's World • Level 5 expert

    Tests in the lab bear this out, and impressions among our road crew were especially positive for cushioning, as well as for fit and comfort.

  • 85 / 100 by Motion Control Running Shoes • Motion Control Running Shoes • Level 5 expert

    The Brooks Glycerin 15 has changed enough compared to the Brooks Glycerin 14 to give runners a different feel, especially in the upper.

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

    A solid update to an already great line makes the Glycerin 15 a shoe that must be considered for high mileage daily running.

  • 90 / 100 by Fueled by LOLz • Hollie • Level 4 expert

    Let’s be honest, minimal changes in the running shoe world are a good thing. With the amount of cushion, it’s a personal favorite of mine.

  • 95 / 100 by Sun and Sole • Joel Morris • Level 3 expert

    The Glycerin 15 contains great cushioning, support, and materials at a very reasonable weight.

  • 90 / 100 by Crazy Running Girl • Lora • Level 3 expert

    I highly recommend the Brooks Glycerin 15 if you are in the market for a new cushiony shoe and are a neutral runner.

  • 75 / 100 by RIZKNOWS • RIZKNOWS • Level 3 expert

    We really like the Brooks Glycerin 15 but with only a few minor updates over past generations, the 14s might be the better value.

  • 87 / 100 by Coach • Nick Harris-Fry • Level 2 expert

    ...the Glycerin 15 is not a cheap shoe and it’s not got the looks to be worn for anything other than running. However, it is a durable and supremely comfortable shoe that will make the many miles you run in it a joy

  • 93 / 100 by The Running Bug • Rhalou Allerhand • Level 1 expert

    A comfortable, secure shoe that performs well over the big miles, I highly recommend it.

  • 87 / 100 by Yoga Swole • Keri • Level 1 expert

    In all, if you get a chance to try on these shoes, you may be hooked and find that the investment is worth it.

  • 85 / 100 by Columbus Running Company • Logan Wells • Level 1 expert

    The cushion is not super-super soft, but it takes the pounding off of your legs, and let's be honest...who doesn't like that?

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Updates to Brooks Glycerin 15

  • The 15th version of the Brooks Glycerin has received a number of updates on its features that target the feel and ride provided to runners. The midsole design was improved to deliver a softer feel on the foot when running. The less bulky ridges on the sides of the platform also offer more flexibility.
  • On the outsole, specific transition zones that can be found on areas underneath the heel have been incorporated to make the movement transition from heel to toe easier and smoother. In some colorways, these areas are indicated with a unique color scheme.
  • The upper’s design was also improved with the next-generation 3D stretch print saddle which has an elastic characteristic. This type of saddle material moves and stretches together with the movement of the foot, allowing more care-free motion without worrying about rigidity and stiffness.

Brooks Glycerin 15 size and fit

The Glycerin 15 comes in standard shoe sizes. Those interested in a pair will be able to purchase the shoe in the usual size measurements preferred. As for the width, Brooks made sure that there were more options. The Glycerin 15 is available in narrow, standard and wide widths for both males and females.

Outsole

Ideal Pressure Zones can be seen on the outsole of the Glycerin 15. These spots are part of the tread pattern and have been strategically placed to disperse impact during the landing phase of the gait cycle. These pressure zones are plush, so the transition from heel to toe is more balanced and efficient.

The outsole is made up of two kinds of rubber. On the forefoot area is blown rubber, which offers durability and flexibility.

HPR Plus makes up the outsole on the heel area. This tough material is used o because it is highly abrasion-resistant and it gives the shoe more surface grip.

The Brooks Omega Flex Grooves have been introduced to the outsole as well. The function of these grooves is more towards the midsole as it offers better flexibility without sacrificing the shoe’s cushioning. As with other outsole technologies, these flex grooves make it possible for the shoe to freely go with the motion of the foot.

Midsole

To accommodate flexibility, the midsole has been designed to have caterpillar crash pads. These are the ridges on the sides of the shoe that help with flexibility. As the shoe moves, the ridges give way for foot-movement, making the midsole less resistant or stiff.

The cushioning of the Brooks Glycerin 15 is known as Super DNA. It’s a type of cushioning that provides 25% more in terms of adaptability when compared to standard midsole cushions. This cushion molds to the foot and adapts to the changes in pace. Also, it heightens the runner’s underfoot experience, providing a light and soft feel.

When it comes to the material of the midsole, Brooks put in the S-257 Cushsole. It is a compound that’s used to compliment the cushioned underfoot feel and the flexible characteristics of the shoe.

Upper

The upper of the 15th version of the Glycerin is made of breathable Air Mesh that allows air to flow throughout the shoe. This means lesser hotspots and better ventilation when the shoe is worn. Aside from being breathable, it also stretches in different directions, giving the runner a more adaptive fit.

3D Stretch Printed overlays have been placed on specific locations on the upper of the shoe. This design works well with the seamless feel and provides lightweight support to the lateral and medial sections.

To make the fit even more secure and customized, Brooks added an adjustable saddle on the upper of the Glycerin 15. This design has been incorporated along with the lacing system. Tightening the laces will also net an equivalent response from the saddle.

Brooks also made sure that the collar of the shoe is comfortable. It has been made plush, so it gives the ankle enough cushioning.