10 Best Brooks Running Shoes For Men in 2022

Jens Jakob Andersen
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10 Best Brooks Running Shoes For Men in 2022

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.

How we test running shoes

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.

Best Brooks running shoes overall for men

Brooks Adrenaline GTS 21
Brooks Adrenaline GTS 21
£84
£120
Top pick

Corescore

92
Superb!
4.6 / 5 from 66,326 users
91 / 100 from 18 experts

Pros

  • fits true to size
  • secure fit
  • great stability
  • gusseted tongue
  • soft but not mushy
  • superb durability
  • no lace bite

Cons

  • not for speedy runs
  • could be lighter

Verdict

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.
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Brooks Ghost 14
Brooks Ghost 14
£90
£130
£138
Also great

Corescore

93
Superb!
4.7 / 5 from 34,349 users
91 / 100 from 15 experts

Pros

  • All about comfort!
  • True to size
  • Lots of padding
  • Smooth ride
  • Really stable, even on light trails
  • Breathable
  • Great out of the box
  • Built for longevity (500 miles, easily)
  • Great grip 

Cons

  • Lacks breathability for hot summer days
  • Not the best for long distances

Verdict

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!
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Best road Brooks running shoes for men

Brooks Ghost 13
Brooks Ghost 13
£82
£120
£120
Top pick

Corescore

91
Superb!
4.7 / 5 from 95,954 users
88 / 100 from 35 experts

Pros

  • Superb comfort
  • Stable ride
  • Very breathable even on summer days
  • Good grip both on wet and dry surfaces
  • Smooth transitions 
  • Flexible 
  • Wide toe box
  • Great for slow and long runs

Cons

  • Can't go fast
  • Outsole lacks durability

Verdict

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!
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Brooks Glycerin 19
Brooks Glycerin 19
£111
Also great

Corescore

90
Superb!
4.6 / 5 from 36,028 users
89 / 100 from 23 experts

Pros

  • Plushy 
  • Wide-feet friendly
  • Tongue stays put
  • Perfect midfoot lock
  • Soft and stable ride
  • Durable
  • Great grip even on dirt roads
  • Roomy toebox
  • Smooth ride
  • Perfect for daily runs

Cons

  • Lacks pep underfoot
  • Too warm for summer days

Verdict

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!
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Best Brooks trail running shoes for men

Brooks Cascadia 16
Brooks Cascadia 16
£102
£120
Top pick

Corescore

89
Great!
4.5 / 5 from 735 users
88 / 100 from 15 experts

Pros

  • Grippy outsole
  • Wide toe box
  • Great lockdown
  • True to size
  • Durable
  • Gaiter attachments
  • Rock plate
  • Aggressive
  • Lacing options

Cons

  • On the heavier side
  • A bit stiff
  • Runs warm

Verdict

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!
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Brooks Cascadia 15
Brooks Cascadia 15
£97
£120
£120
Also great

Corescore

91
Superb!
4.6 / 5 from 18,279 users
86 / 100 from 15 experts

Pros

  • Comfortable from the start
  • Wide toe box
  • Soft upper
  • Breathable
  • Secure lockdown

Cons

  • Not much bounce or energy return
  • Lacks drainage holes
  • Poor grip in mud

Verdict

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.
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Best neutral Brooks running shoes for men

Brooks Revel 5
Brooks Revel 5
£86
Top pick

Corescore

86
Great!
4.4 / 5 from 6,552 users
89 / 100 from 4 experts

Pros

  • True to size
  • Fits like a dream
  • Accommodating stretchy upper
  • Efficient transitions
  • Surprisingly peppy
  • Laces stay tied tightly
  • Low to the ground
  • Durable construction
  • Great deal
  • Do-it-all shoe
  • Impressive weight
  • Breathable

Cons

  • Not for long runs
  • No reflective details

Verdict

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!
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Brooks Levitate 5
Brooks Levitate 5
£80
£140
Also great

Corescore

89
Great!
4.5 / 5 from 535 users
88 / 100 from 6 experts

Pros

  • Good lockdown
  • Breathable
  • Laces stay tight
  • Sturdy and durable
  • Classic racer feel
  • Heel loop
  • Plenty of ground feel
  • Best for short distances
  • Laces stay tight
  • Flexible

Cons

  • On the narrow side
  • Slick on wet surfaces
  • Tiring at longer distances

Verdict

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!
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Best value Brooks running shoes for men

Brooks Revel 4
Brooks Revel 4

Out of stock in all 34 shops

Brooks men's brooks running shoes  
Top pick

Corescore

92
Superb!
4.6 / 5 from 32,742 users
93 / 100 from 5 experts

Pros

  • True to size
  • Secure lockdown
  • Responsive
  • Great ground contact
  • No break-in needed
  • Lightweight
  • Excellent grip for the roads
  • Durable

Cons

  • Simple, non-fancy design

Verdict

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!
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Brooks Launch 7
Brooks Launch 7
£86
Also great

Corescore

87
Great!
4.6 / 5 from 50,151 users
79 / 100 from 18 experts

Pros

  • True-to-size
  • Lightweight
  • Durable outsole
  • Breathable
  • Good for casual wear
  • Simple but sleek design

Cons

  • Stiff cushioning
  • Unresponsive ride
  • Clunky

Verdict

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.
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What are the cheapest men's Brooks running shoes in 2022?

  1. Brooks Ricochet 3 - from £76
  2. Brooks Trace - from £78
  3. Brooks Levitate 5 - from £80
  4. Brooks Levitate GTS 5 - from £81
  5. Brooks Bedlam 3 - from £83
  6. Brooks Revel 5 - from £86
  7. Brooks Ghost 14 - from £90
  8. Brooks Divide 2 - from £100
  9. Brooks Cascadia 16 - from £102
  10. Brooks Launch 9 - from £105
  11. Brooks Launch GTS 9 - from £105
  12. Brooks Cascadia 15 GTX - from £108
  13. Brooks Catamount - from £120
  14. Brooks Adrenaline GTS 22 - from £128
  15. Brooks Glycerin GTS 19 - from £132

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Author
Jens Jakob Andersen
Jens Jakob Andersen

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.