Want peak performance and quality combined? Men’s running shoes from Brooks won’t let you down.
With a motto of “Run Happy,” Brooks really delivers. From its road running shoes to trail shoes, you’ll find some of the most reliable models on the market.
With more than a hundred Brooks running shoes for men to choose from, finding the right pair can be difficult. But no worries. In this list, we’ve trimmed it down to the ten best picks from multiple categories.
Coming up with the ten best men’s shoes from Brooks takes a lot of effort, time, and money. We don’t rely on popularity and fluff-filled reviews and marketing ploys. So, we buy and test each pair ourselves.
We have even created our independent shoe testing lab to gather data on each model. And before we decide on anything, here are the stringent processes we follow:
Clock up 30 to 50 miles in each shoe
Cut them open to examine their parts
Measure each aspect of the shoe in 30 different parameters (e.g. breathability, firmness, flexibility, etc.)
Rank each running shoe against other models on the market
To see how they perform against other running shoes, we calculate the Corescore of the Brooks men’s running shoes we assess. To do this, we gather thousands of expert and user reviews.
Thanks for making our daily runs nice and stable, Brooks Adrenaline GTS 21! The upper hugged our feet well, and the midsole is balanced - it's neither mushy nor too rigid. It just kept our motions in check, preventing any excessive movements. It's certainly not a light shoe, but having tested its precursors, we can say that Brooks is heading in the right direction! Apart from support, what stood out to us also is its tank-like durability.
The Ghost 14 from Brooks really fits the bill as the shoe for all runners. It's a workhorse that's comfy enough for easy days, responsive for tempo sessions, and is heavy-duty to handle light trails. Overall, a no-fuss daily trainer that will work for all your runs!
If you want a shoe that screams comfort, we couldn't recommend the Brooks Ghost 13 enough! It's a neutral daily trainer that's padded so generously all throughout, it felt like a couch to our feet. It didn't make us run fast, but it made our feet stable and protected from all the pounding on the pavement - easily, this is our champion on long, easy-paced runs!
The Brooks Glycerin 19 is Brooks' softest running shoe yet. It's a long-time favorite daily trainer that's built on comfort and stability. It's not peppy, but if you're looking for a consistent ride, this is it. As a true Brooks, it's a shoe that's built to last!
Brooks updates their venerable trail crusher in this 16 version of the Cascadia. If you demand stout grip, a stable platform, and bright colors take a look at the Cascadia 16. It’s true to size, durable as hell, and packed with features like a ballistic rock plate, lace loop, and enough upper lacing eyelets to ensure a custom fit. These aggressive kicks are ready for adventure!
Among all the trail shoes we've tested, the Cascadia 15 from Brooks stunned us with its out-of-the-box comfort! More importantly, it's a trail tank that kept our feet well-protected through the jagged rocks and roots. We ran into some issues on grip, especially on mud and wet rocks, but nonetheless, this beast kept our strides surefooted and stable with its supportive midsole.
An affordable trainer that's got the makings of advanced running shoes? Hello, Brooks Revel 5! It's a smooth and lively jack-of-all-trades that will keep your feet comfy and bouncing. It can push the pace, eat up half-marathon distances, and breeze through your daily runs!
The classic speedster feel of the Brooks Levitate 5 will bring you back to the glory days of stiff shoes equaling quicker paces. Before super shoes, carbon plates, and hydrogen-infused foams this is how tempo shoes were built. To go fast you had to focus on your form, and not rely on the shoes to make up for any deficiencies. Not everyone needs or wants bouncy shoes, some still like to feel the ground, and push their legs with heart rather than technology!
If there's one shoe we could recommend to those new to the running scene, it would be the Brooks Revel 4. It's a no-frills daily trainer that surprised us with its good response, top-notch comfort, and grip (both on wet and dry pavements). And like a true Brooks, it's very durable so expect to run hundreds of miles before retiring them in your closet!
It's everything light, but in areas of responsiveness and plushness, the Brooks Launch 7 just falls short. While it's not a running shoe that took our breath away, the Brooks Launch 7 sure impressed us with its durability and grip on varied surfaces like asphalt, gravel, and even light trails! If you're a runner who prefer a firmer ride, take this.
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.