Verdict from 12 experts and 100+ user reviews

6 reasons to buy

  • Unobtrusive ride: The midsole of the Glycerin GTS 19 is unlike other stability models. It "swallows up" the sensation of stability, and it feels pretty much like a neutral runner with extra support. 
  • Fit: Since the upper is stretchy and form-fitting, it gives a snug midfoot lockdown without constricting movements. 
  • Cushion: The shoe feels luxurious, plush, and soft upon step-in, but it doesn't have that sink-in feeling as the Hoka Cliftons
  • Toebox: Its height and width are very good. There's ample space for toe splay without the foot sliding around. 
  • Upper comfort: Runners say that this is the "focus of the upper." It is very breathable and soft that almost everyone said they didn't have any hotspots nor rubbing. 
  • Grip: Whether it be on wet, dry, or snowy roads, the outsole of the Glycerin has "reliable" traction. 

2 reasons not to buy

  • Lack of pop: At faster paces, the shoe struggles a bit because there's none of that snappy sensation. 
  • Discomfort: Because of the firm plastic insert in the heel collar, there's a slight irritation on the Achilles. 

Bottom line

Technically speaking, the Glycerin GTS 19 from Brooks is a stability model. But what makes it different is that it's not rigid like other shoes in its category. Rather, it's cushy and it provides support only when you need it to. So neutral runners who need a little bit of support, supinators, and overpronators can enjoy this shoe. 

If you're looking for a pleasant and easy ride on your long runs, you'll find that in the Brooks Glycerin GTS 19. It may handle some mid-length tempo runs, but it's NOT "especially adept" to high-cadence running. 

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Our reviews

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The Brooks Glycerin GTS 19 is a great every-day runner’s shoe that offers good cushioning on a stable platform and will go the distance.

The Glycerin GTS 19 doesn’t offer anything that is mind-bending or earth-shattering. It’s simply consistent.

 

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Pros

  • Good cushioning
  • Breathable
  • Smooth transition
  • Durable

Cons

  • Lower arch support
  • Not very versatile
  • Slight heel slipping

Who should buy Brooks Glycerin 19 GTS

You will really enjoy this shoe if you are run most/all miles on the road. This is the (G)o (T)o (S)hoe for any runner that wants to be prepared for whatever the workout might be.

It’s a winner for those who need a little cushion but don’t want to feel disconnected from the road.

Who Should NOT buy Brooks Glycerin 19 GTS

You will be displeased if you are looking for:

  1. A quick shoe for track work or racing
  2. Need a medium high to high arch support
  3. Want a shoe for trail and road

 

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Consistent shoe

This is a shoe that you get what you are expecting from it on every run. It provides a plush ride and smooth heel to forefoot transition.

Great on long runs - I have run over 20 mile runs a couple of times in this shoe, and my feet were still happy at the end of those runs.

 

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Not versatile

Conditions that I would try to avoid:

  • Snow - not a surprise there’s not enough traction for a comfortable run
  • Trails - while I covered miles on the trail this is a stable surefooted trail shoe
  • Track - don’t expect to turn in a PR quarter mile

True to size

This shoe fits true to size. I did find the midfoot to be slightly wider than Brooks Levitate 4. The forefoot offers plenty of room for the long runs.

 

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Conclusion

  • Great durability built to get your money's worth
  • Quality; plush upper well constructed
  • The value you’ll get more than what you paid for

I referred to this shoe as the girl you don’t want to date but the one you want to marry — reliable, consistent GTS for every day.

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I’m an avid runner, continually training for marathons and ultra-marathons, typically covering 50-140 miles per week. I ran my first 10K at 6 years old, ran NCAA Division I in college, and later ran for a shoe store. I now run for the fun of it but I still try to push myself to average 6 min/miles through marathons.

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I had the great pleasure of getting to give these Brooks Glycerin GTS 19’s a trial ownership, and it has been such a privilege to have them!  

After over 30 miles in these shoes, I have been consistently impressed at how much I enjoy running in them.  I have always been wary of Brooks shoes because, in my experience with them, I have always been displeased.  

This pair has at least changed my opinion about the Glycerin line.  Let’s dive in and give them a closer look.

 

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I received this pair in a prompt manner nearly a day after being told that I was getting them (thanks for the quick service, Brooks!).  

In our days of online shopping, I’m used to not knowing exactly what I will be getting.  This was the first time since the pandemic broke out that I was extremely pleased by what I had stumbled upon.

Style

On that note, these 2021-release shoes take a minimal design and go quite a long way with them.

I may not have been overly impressed by the design, but I am fully on board with the tech-themed look that I think Brooks was going for here.  The light blue and neon green accents on that Navy blue upper really give this pair just enough flair to set them apart from an everyday shoe.  

 

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What the shoes lack in showstopping, in-you-face appeal, they make up for in just plain smooth detail.  

In some of the pictures shown in this review, you may be able to see the small light blue notches added to the upper to give the shoe a slightly more textured look.

Altogether, it isn’t anything to write home about, but it is nothing at all to complain about.

Performance

Here’s the thing about the Brooks Glycerin GTS 19:  I don’t care at all about how they look.  They could be all brown and I would still rock these guys.  I wear these shoes and love my runs with them because they perform well.  

Like, EXCEPTIONALLY well.  I had favorites in my head as I have neared the four-year mark in my running journey, and these are up there.  

Only more time will tell whether I feel confident enough to put them at the top of my list, but I can say very outrightly that these are some of the best-performing shoes I have ever worn.

Starting from the bottom and going up, these shoes have a great outsole.  

 

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They feel grippy and I don’t feel my feet sliding around in them (so they fit true-to-size as well!).  The outsoles have held up really well on my runs and I believe they have what it takes to tackle the big miles.

Brooks’ Glycerin line is a staple for the company.  They have always been Brooks’ workhorse shoe and this year’s rendition is no different.  I found that they are also some of the most versatile shoes I have worn.  

I could wear these on long runs or on short-distance runs where I am trying to do speed work.  I would mostly recommend them for half marathon to marathon distances.  

At those distances, these shoes will treat you and your feet very kindly while giving you an added boost with the new guiderail system on the sides.  

 

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The shoes offer a super soft cushioned sole with comfy mesh uppers that keep you moving forward and encourage a bit of stability, but not so much that it is cumbersome to neutral-pronation runners such as myself.  

The uppers do run a little hot, so expect to ditch your thick socks even on a cold day.  

The shoelaces that come with the shoe are very short.  Runners might consider buying an alternative set, but they hold well without advanced knots so I have found them to be satisfactory without replacing them.

 

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I cannot say enough about the added guiderail system.  Brooks has brought the “GTS” of the Adrenaline GTS line over to the cushy Glycerins and the result is an absolutely killer blend of low-impact, momentum-building gliding that I have not found paralleled in any other shoe.  

It amazes me how much the guiderail system helps this shoe to feel perky and responsive.  It is much needed with all of the DNA foam making up the soles.  

 

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Pros

  • Superb cushioning that will protect your feet
  • Guiderail system is a much-needed perk that gives the shoe a lot of added responsiveness
  • Uppers are comfortable and stylish
  • Outsoles have a good grip

Cons

  • The laces are very short
  • The uppers run a little hot, especially on longer runs.

Durability

The Brooks Glycerin GTS 19 seems to be a durable shoe.  I don’t expect to get more than 350-400 miles out of them, but that seems like a lot to ask for out of any shoe.  In the endurance department, I would say these shoes will hold up about as well as any $150 pair should.

I am excited to see how this pair performs in the long run.  They still feel just as snappy and supportive as they did when I first tried them on, and I expect they will continue to do so well over the two hundred-mile mark.  

Conclusion

The 2021 edition of the Brooks Glycerin line is getting the facelift that no one asked for and no one knew they wanted.  But guess what?  We should all want these shoes, and I’m thankful that I don’t have to stare at them through a glass window.  

These shoes should be put up as contenders for best shoe of 2021.  They are a small innovation in Brooks’ way of doing things in that they perfectly blend comfort and responsiveness, something that you don’t often find in running shoes.

If you are considering trying out Brooks shoes in general, I would recommend a cheaper model to get yourself used to the feel of their shoes.  If, however, you are ready to take the plunge and get Brook’s best futuristic hybrid shoe, look no further than the Glycerin GTS 19.

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What's up! I'm Tyler, and my running story is a tale of going from ground zero to hometown hero. In my freshman year in high school, I weighed a whopping 300 pounds! I decided I would make a change. Eventually, my casual walking habit turned into a casual running habit. I have been running in 5K, 10K, and half marathon competitions. Running, along with some various HIIT-style cross-training here and there, has led me to drop down from 300 pounds to a healthy 180!

Brooks Glycerin GTS 19: Comfortable and stable at the same time 

Sporting Brooks' "softest foam yet" — DNA Loft midsole — the Glycerin GTS 19 is plush but is not, in any way, mushy. Add in its GuideRails tech, which is responsible for the supportive qualities of the shoe, it's safe to say that the Glycerin GTS is a standout among the rigid stability models of yesteryears. 

Brooks Glycerin GTS 19 vs. Transcend 7: Softest ride yet 

The Glycerin GTS 19 is an update to the Transcend 7. Brooks has finally decided to make their product names more streamlined; hence, renaming the Transcend to Glycerin GTS (Go-To-Stability). To mark such change, here are also some of the updates you'll find in the Glycerin GTS 19: 

  • overhauled GuideRails tech that is activated only when the foot is turning in our out 
  • a full-length DNA Loft foam for a cozier, more responsive ride 
  • new jacquard mesh upper for a softer, stretchier wrap
  • updated flex grooves for more flexion

The Glycerin series has always been known for its cushion, but the Glycerin 19 and GTS 19 take comfort up a notch. For the case of the GTS version, it does this without neglecting surefootedness in each stride.

How does it create a stable ride? 

Again, the Glycerin GTS 19 from Brooks features the GuideRails technology which essentially keeps the legs from having excess movements. It achieves this by having some sidewalls in the midfoot area to act as fences when the foot is "wobbling" in and out. To put it simply, experts find it like a lane keep assist in your car. 

When your form is good and there's no need for support, you won't really feel the GuideRails. This is why testers also find it suitable for neutral runners. 

Who and what is it for?  

As mentioned, the Brooks Glycerin GTS 19 is fitting for neutral runners, supinators, and overpronators. This is because the supportive features of the shoe don't feel invasive and it doesn't strictly lock your foot in a specific position like most stability shoes do.

Because of its cushy ride, it gives ample protection and comfort over long runs. It's also neither "explosive" nor mushy, which makes it a great option for recovery runs. It can also handle some mid-length tempo runs, but it does have some limitations when it comes to high-cadence runs. 

Note: To find out more about pronation, you can read through this guide for pronation we've created. 

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