Brooks shoe comparison: is the Ghost right for you?

by | Nov 4, 2022

3 min. read

From dehydration to the dreaded bonk, running is full of challenges. But discomfort shouldn’t be one of them.

A little background before you hit the ground

Your gear should always enhance your miles. That’s why a lot of runners go for the Ghost. Neutral support, balanced cushioning, and a smooth, easy ride make the Ghost one of our best-selling shoes. But is it right for your run?

The new Ghost 15 takes cushion to a whole new level. Its full-length DNA LOFT v2 cushioning provides a soft, smooth ride. And Ghost fans, rejoice — the latest version retains some of its most-loved features like the segmented crash pad underfoot and a breathable mesh upper. Plus, a refined 3D Fit Print enhances the secure fit, offering distraction-free comfort mile after mile.


Comparing the Ghost to other Brooks shoes

To figure out whether the Ghost is a good match for you, see how it stacks up against other shoes in our Cushion category. The defining feature of this category is underfoot softness — think running on clouds. If that sounds like the stuff of your running dreams, check out the fit, support, and ride you want, below.


  • Ghost – Loved by runners for its smooth ride, the Ghost is all about balance. It has just enough give to cushion each step, while staying responsive for a quick toe-off. And the upper hits the sweet spot between roomy and secure.
  • Adrenaline GTS – As smooth as the Ghost but made for runners who prefer support. The Adrenaline GTS has soft, responsive cushioning and a balanced upper, plus GuideRails® Support Technology to keep excess movement in check.
  • Glycerin – The Glycerin is what you’d get if you cranked the cushioning on the Ghost and added a plush liner for a softer, snugger fit. Consider this the Mama Bear of running shoes — if “too soft” isn’t in your vocabulary, the Glycerin will feel just right.
  • Glycerin GTS 20 – The supreme softness of the Glycerin meets industry-leading support. That same super cushioned feel and cozy interior liner combine with GuideRails® technology to offer runners extreme comfort. 

Shoes your own adventure


Already running in the Ghost? Whether you want to try out something similar or broaden your horizons, we can help. To meet your exact needs, our Shoe Finder tool is a great resource. And you may find your match outside the Cushion category entirely — our Energize, Speed, and Trail collections are full of options for those craving a different on-the-run experience.

Check out our whole line, come in for a test run, and get gear that will have you running a little happier.

Bottom line, the ideal time of day to exercise is when it is best for you. Although more research is needed in this area to draw a conclusion on exactly what time of day is the best to exercise, what we do know is that long-term exercise does in fact improve aerobic capacity, cardiac function, management of BMI, and strength. So, the evidence points to moving your body for overall wellness regardless of what time you do it.

Keep that spring in your step this season and embrace your Run Happy journey with Brooks Running!

Our writer’s advice is intended for informational or general educational purposes only. We always encourage you to speak with your physician or healthcare provider before making any adjustments to your running, nutrition or fitness routines.

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