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Arch support
M: 244g | W: 244g
Heel to toe drop
M: 12mm | W: 12mm
Heel height
M: 28mm | W: 28mm
Forefoot height
M: 16mm | W: 16mm
Widths available
M: Normal - D | W: Normal - B
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Shoes best for road, track and light gravel. See the best road shoes.


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.


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.


We spent 8.1 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

7 reasons to buy

  • A few testers coveted the Racer ST 5’s ability to tackle the long distance runs, as well as speed trainings.

  • Several runners took notice of how responsive this model was when it came to their performance.

  • The low profile nature of the forefoot gives the shoe superb ground feedback.

  • The price is very affordable.

  • The traction of the Brooks Racer ST 5 is more than adequate on the road based on the reviews of a handful of runners.

  • The Diagonal Rollbar Technology allows mild over-pronators to enjoy this running shoe without adding weight.

  • It has an average weight that’s agreeable to the preferences of most runners.

3 reasons not to buy

  • Most of the reviewers were frustrated by the quality of the laces, which tended to easily become unraveled.

  • A gender-specific fit is something a large majority of runners would have wanted from the Racer ST 5.

  • The 12mm heel differential, especially for a racer, did not sit well for forefoot and mid-foot strikers.

Bottom line

Brooks offers excellent arch support and underfoot cradling. It is a very versatile shoe that can easily transform from a race day shoe into a rugged daily trainer that can do both distance and speed training.

World wide, Racer ST 5 is in the top 50% most popular running shoes. The brand, Brooks, is the 5th most popular.

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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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84 / 100 based on 8 expert reviews

  • 75
    Running VillageLevel 3 expert
    by Running Village
    It rolled smooth enough, but it never felt to me to be the smoothest racing flat I've ever had.
  • 92
    Matt KleinLevel 4 expert
    by Klein Runs
    I really cannot say enough good things about the Brooks Racer ST.  As I said they are a personal favorite.  If nothing else take a look and try them on.  They are well worth your time. 
  • 88
    Matt KleinLevel 4 expert
    by Klein Runs
    This shoe is so smooth and fast you will completely forget about what's going on at your feet.
  • 80
    The Active GuyLevel 4 expert
    by The Active Guy
    It is lightweight, looks great, and provides a good amount of support.
  • 85
    The Running CentreLevel 3 expert
    by The Running Centre
    The ST 5 is perfect for the runner searching for a performance footwear option for longer distance racing (>12km) or an introductory shoe for those currently conditioned to volume or lightweight trainers.
  • 84
    Shoe RangerLevel 3 expert
    by Shoe Ranger
    It’s got a racing shoe ride but it’s not hard like many racing shoes.
  • 81
    Chris RandiseLevel 2 expert
    by Sneaker Report
    When I first put the ST’s on, I was thoroughly impressed. The shoe fit thin and narrow which allowed them to stay snug around the sides and top of my foot.
  • 71
    Brian MetzlerLevel 1 expert
    by Runner's World
    This thickly cushioned, medial-posted shoe fits in this category because, as our testers remarked, it's quite light for its size and it's easy to connect to the ground with its relatively low forefoot profile.
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  • Carson Caprera Fleet Feet Sports
    (sic) So, whether you use it for your everyday trainer, for race day, or for your tempo runs, this shoe is designed to help you to your peak performance.
  • Scott Young Running Warehouse
    We wanted to make very subtle changes to this shoe, technically, but we went for a really bold look in the color scheme.
  • Richard Shop Zappos
    You've got a BioMoGo midsole in there. It's environmentally friendly and it's gonna give you a ton of shock absorption with every single step you take.

Updates to Racer ST 5

Brook’s lightweight trainer in the Racer ST 5 continues its trademark of exceptional performance by offering a few tweaks in its upper and outsole. The upper has rounder and bigger mesh all throughout, including the heel and the tongue. Nothing makes a shoe more breathable than an update like this.

Brooks also removed the plastic material near the eyelets and replaced it with a softer suede material. The new material is seen as one way of improving the comfort and adaptability of the upper.

Runners will find the new heel loop very convenient when putting on or taking off the shoe.

The outsole continues to be full-contact and features a deeper vertical flex groove that runs from the midfoot to the forefoot.

Racer ST 5 size and fit

The fit and sizing of this latest version of the Racer ST 5 are standard like the past versions of this line. Average fit in the heel, the midfoot, and the forefoot are available for those who want to run in a very versatile shoe. Brooks offers the unisex version of this shoe with sizes ranging from 5 to 14 with a medium width.


The HPR Green technology, which is exclusive to Brooks, features shallow lugs made of a hard rubber compound that is skid-resistant and enhances traction. Also, by using the Stable Pod Configuration of the rubber, the runner has better stability and more efficient strike from the heel to the forefoot. A new and deeper flex groove from the midfoot to the forefoot enhances transition and flexibility in this shoe.


Brooks packs the midsole of the Racer ST 5 with numerous high-end technologies. The Hydroflow ST is a cushioning gel filled with viscous fluid that adapts to the running style of the wearer. It is located in the heel of the shoe, specifically in between the BioMoGo midsole and the Stable Pod Configuration rubber. The material is exceptional in terms of protection against landing impact, shock attenuation and additional stability in the heel. BioMoGo DNA covers the entire length of the shoe as well. It uses a sophisticated technology that provides cushioning only where and when the runner needs it. Brooks calls it adaptive cushioning at its best. This midsole foam provides more cushioning than standard EVA and delivers twice as much energy return.

The stability of the shoe comes in the form of a dual-density foam called the DRB or diagonal rollbar. It effectively supports the medial side of the shoe to curb overpronation. There is also a plastic shank known as the DRB Accel. This TPU insert provides midfoot torsional rigidity and makes transitions smoother.


Occupying a major part of the upper is the Element Mesh. Besides being stretchy and extremely adaptive, it makes the shoe really breathable. For support and structure, Brooks uses microfiber and synthetic overlays. A moisture-wicking interior begins with the Ortholite Sockliner. It has anti-microbial and anti-odor properties for a healthy and very comfortable inner shoe.


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