Review: Brooks Glycerin 15

We’ve looked at Brooks shoes before, and have not been so kind. That changes today, because this shoe. Is amazing. A head’s up: Brooks uses a foam/gel blend as their cushioning, so it’s lighter than using gel inserts, but keeps the ability to absorb impact (mostly).

The Glycerin feels amazing underfoot. I owned the 11 and was a major fan of the 12, and this feels like an improved version of the latter. It’s more flexible and lighter, without compromising on support. The lightness made me feel like I wasn’t running in a notoriously heavy premium shoe, but the cushion was amazingly forgiving and responsive. I never felt weighed down, even when I picked up the pace.

Photo courtesy of Brooks Running
Left: Medial outsole material provides a little support for even pronators. Right: Deep, wide grooves add tremendous flexibility.

The upper is rather roomy, but certainly didn’t feel sloppy. The overlays have a bit of stretch to them, so even wider feet shouldn’t feel too constricted. I’ve always loved the upper materials on the Glycerin. They feel plush, but also kind of next-level high-tech. I definitely feel like the model is worth the $150, which is more than I can say for a lot of other shoes. The toe and heel felt great out of the box, but I would lace it differently if I were wanting to go faster.

Photo courtesy of Brooks Running
Welded overlays provide both lockdown and width in the forefoot.

Brooks combined the best things about its previous years’ Glycerins and lightened the package. The Glycerin 15 contains great cushioning, support, and materials at a very reasonable weight. It offers a versatile ride that stays comfortable through a range of speeds and experience levels.

Score: 9.5/10

Brooks Women’s Glycerin 15 Athletic Shoe
Brooks Men’s Glycerin 15 Athletic Shoe

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