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by Meghann on March 15, 2013

I had a special delivery on Wednesday.

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The Brooks Ghost 5s are here! Aren’t they pretty? 🙂

*warning: shoe geeking out ahead!*

The Brooks Ghosts are a little bit of a departure from my tried and true Brooks Glycercins and a major leap from the Brooks PureConnects I’ve been running lately. I’m usually a runner who is stuck in her ways when it comes to shoes (I ran exclusively in Brooks Glycerin 8s for 2 years), but lately I’ve been up for trying new things and have had some success in doing so. I think falling in love with the PureConnects was a major shocker for me. I never thought I’d love a minimalist shoe, but I do. That kind of spirit was what made me deviate from the Glycerins when it was time to select a new shoe from Brooks core line of running shoes. Why not try something new?

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The core line of Brooks’ running shoes consists of more of “go-to” traditional running shoes than the PureProject minimalist line. The core shoes are more cushioned for a comfortable ride. I know everyone has their own theory on traditional running shoes versus minimalist shoes and which ones they prefer, but honestly I’m a fan of both. I enjoy wearing my PureConnects for shorter runs, but still stick to a core shoe for longer runs and when I feel my feet want a cushioned ride. It’s nice to have a couple of options when running.


The core line is divided into three categories with a range of options in terms of structure and support depending on your style as a runner: neutral, guidance, and support.

In case you’ve ever wondered which Brooks shoes were what, the company sent me this nifty little guide that I found helpful and thought some other shoe nerds might enjoy as well:

Neutral – These shoes deliver the high-performance features an efficient gait needs, blending them with a plush, comfortable feel.

  • The shoes: Try Glycerin 10 or Ghost 5. These neutral shoes provide a luxurious ride from heel to toe. Your feet will feel like a million bucks.   

Guidance – For feet that straddle the line between neutral and support, this shoe is a great go-to, providing just a little guiding support and an amazing fit for slight over-pronators.

  • The shoe: Ravenna 4. This guidance shoe is the lightest of the core collection.

Support – This shoe is designed for moderate to severe over-pronators.

  • The shoe: Adrenaline GTS – Delivering the perfect blend of balance and cushion, this support shoe is Brooks’ most popular – GTS literally stands for “Go-To Shoe!”

The Glycerins are a neutral shoe that have a lot of cushion. I prefer the extra cushion since that usually means it takes longer for the shoe to wear down and you get more miles out of them (or more bang for your buck). I wanted to try the Ghosts because I’ve heard so many good things about them and wanted to see how they compared to my Glycerins.

They arrived Wednesday night and I laced them up for my run with Maddie Thursday morning.


Maddie and I covered 4 miles at her 9:30ish stop-and-pee-every-5-minutes pace. It’d been a month or so since I last wore regular running shoes (and not my Pure Connects) so my feet felt like they were running on straight up pillows. The Ghosts were super comfy and still very light.


They’re a tiny bit lighter than the Glycerins, but still have the same amount of welcomed support. My foot just sort of melted into it and let the shoe take care of the rest. There were no awkward twists of the ankle, no need to work extra hard to support myself, just the thought of putting one foot in front of the other. It really was a great run.

It’s hard to give a complete review based off of four miles, but so far I’m a fan. We’ll see how they feel as I continue to build mileage in them. The real test will be to see how long they last. I could always get an extra hundred or so miles out of my Glycerins based off of their high cushioning, hopefully the Ghosts will have the same luck.

What’s your current “go-to” shoe? Are you a traditionalist or have you fallen in love with the new minimalist movement? Or do you train with both?

*The Brooks Ghosts 5 were sent to me as part of the Brooks Run Happy Ambassador program. All opinions are my own.

1 Chelsea March 15, 2013 at 1:17 pm

I have to say, being new to running and still a bit on the heavier side makes me nervous to go down the “minimalist” line. I’m not entirely sure why that is, but for the sake of my knees… My hubby just bought his first pair of Brooks (the Addiction 10s) and he LOVES them! In fact, he saw that picture of the shoes at the top of your post, and he read the whole thing over my shoulder (something I can RARELY get him to do when it comes to my ‘healthy living’ blogs!)
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2 Jennifer@knackfornutrition March 15, 2013 at 1:22 pm

I run in Brooks Gylcerin and am in the market for a new pair. Maybe I’ll give these a try!
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3 Erica March 15, 2013 at 1:53 pm

Yay Brooks! I’ve been running in Brooks Adrenaline for a long time. When I need new running shoes, I just order the latest pair of Adrenalines (if I can’t find my current pair on sale anywhere). I’d like to try the PureConnects eventually, but I can’t commit yet. I overpronate and the Adrenalines work great for me.
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4 Laura March 15, 2013 at 1:56 pm

I have the exact same shoes and love them! I have a narrow fit so I enjoy being able to purchase a narrow in this shoe.

5 Jan @ Sprouts n Squats March 15, 2013 at 1:57 pm

Definitely love brooks shoes all the way they are my go to running shoe. I currently have a pair of trance ones but think I need new ones as got these in October last year. Never ceases to amaze me how quick you can go through shoes.

Loving the colours on your new pair.
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6 Natalie @ will jog for food March 15, 2013 at 2:01 pm

My go to shoe is the Mizuno Wave Nirvana, but my sister loves Brooks 🙂
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7 rachel March 15, 2013 at 2:19 pm

i discovered brooks last year after YEARS of searching all the other brands based on what the “text book” said my feet and body needed. i bought the ghost 4’s on a whim – and i have never been happier. i’m a heavier, flat footed runner, but i tend to run on the balls of my feet – so the neutral shoe actually performed better and was the first shoe to NOT give me blisters on my in-step. oh the agony of marathon training with blisters in my in-step! i just replaced my ghost 4’s with the new 5’s and they feel every bit as good!
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8 The Many Thoughts of a Reader March 15, 2013 at 2:19 pm

I really need a new running shoe. Err, I need a running shoe. I am a walker who runs sporadically and have been doing that with my Adidas shoes. My knees require something better. I think I may check out Asics.
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9 Shannon @ Mon Amour March 15, 2013 at 2:23 pm

I LOVE my Adrenaline’s! I never knew that GTS meant go-to-shoe! I also like the Pure Cadence but haven’t tried any other shoes
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10 Maureen March 15, 2013 at 2:24 pm

I’m definitely more of a core shoe type of person. I do have a pair of Pure Cadences that I love, but only for shorter, easy runs. My go to shoe is the Brooks Adrenaline. I did just pick up a pair of the Brooks Ravenas to try out on some shorter, speedier runs.
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11 Krissy @ Shiawase Life March 15, 2013 at 2:41 pm

I have a few in rotation 🙂

– Brooks Pure Flow
– Brooks Ghost
– Hoka One One Stinson Tarmac Evo
– Mizuno WR 15

Love them all 🙂
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12 Logan @ Mountains and Miles March 15, 2013 at 2:42 pm

I really love minimalist shoes. I did the whole “barefoot” thing with FiveFingers and the Merrel Gloves, but after 2 years of horrible blisters, I gave up. Now I use the Brooks PureFlows and PureGrit2s, since they are minimalist in drop, but still have a good amount of cushion – which I especially appreciate on trails!!

I’ve fallen so in love with them, I’m on my second pairs and will never go back.
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13 Megan March 15, 2013 at 2:47 pm

Do you wear Brooks/running shoes to Crossfit? Reason I ask is I used to wear Mizuno running shoes but found them to too thick for lifting and box jumps. I wear inov-8’s now but they’re TOO minimalist for running. If there’s a running/lifting wod.. I can’t win! lol

14 MealsAndMiles March 15, 2013 at 4:06 pm

I wear my PureDrifts, but I prefer them to CrossFit and not running. I like to keep the shoes I crosstrain in and run in separate so I don’t prematurely wear down my running shoes.

15 Cecilia @MommiesRun March 15, 2013 at 2:47 pm

My go to shoe is the Glycerin 10’s. I also have the Ghost 5’s that I wear to work (stand 12 hours a day) and the PureFlow 2’s. But the Glycerins are what I wear for long runs and races. They just feel so good. Those are what my running guru put me in and I highly doubt I could every stray!
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16 Liz @ I Heart Vegetables March 15, 2013 at 2:53 pm

I love Brooks! They seriously make the best running shoes!

17 Aishah @ Coffee, Love, Health March 15, 2013 at 2:57 pm

I fell in love with running while trying to lose weight, but never knew I was wearing the wrong shoe. I was wearing beat-up sneakers from high school (I was out of college when I started running!) and my feet hurrrttt. Thanks to blogs like yours, I realized the importance of good running shoes. I bought Asics running shoes back then and haven’t stopped wearing them since!
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18 Sara @ fitcupcaker March 15, 2013 at 2:58 pm

I love brooks, they are great great running shoes! I have asics but I think my next pair will have to be some brooks.
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19 beka @ rebecca roams March 15, 2013 at 3:07 pm

I’m slowly working my way into the Newtons, but I still wear my GTS 11s! Infact I am wearing them right now. They are so comfy. My Asics Kayanos are still kicking and they’ve served me well this spring.
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20 Lindsay March 15, 2013 at 3:17 pm

I thought your Run Happy Ambassador program ended? Did they decide to keep you on longer?

21 MealsAndMiles March 15, 2013 at 4:09 pm

I resigned for 2013.

22 Bethany @ Accidental Intentions March 15, 2013 at 3:23 pm

I’m not particularly loyal when it comes to shoe brands/models, but I am a big fan of my current Mizuno Wave Rider 16s. The 15s…not so much. But the 16s are good. What I really miss, though, are the New Balance 890s v1. Those shoes were a dream, and I miss them so much 🙁
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23 Debra Temoche March 15, 2013 at 3:40 pm

Thanks for the review and descriptions of the different shoes. I am on my 3rd pair of Ghosts (the 1st pair was the Ghost 4) but I am looking for different models to rotate in. I think I will try the Glycerin 10’s since I need a neutral shoe because I use orthodics.

24 Katie @ Peace Love & Oats March 15, 2013 at 4:02 pm

I actually got the same Ghosts and think they aren’t supportive enough for my feet! Well, for the toe/ball of my foot, they feel good in the heel. I got the narrow and they still feel a little wide in the toebox. I love walking around in them though, but I think I need to get insoles if I want to run in them. Too bad because I think they’re really cute!
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25 Sonia the Mexigarian March 15, 2013 at 4:33 pm

I trained for and ran 2 1/2 marathons in Brooks Gylcerin and love them. I went to my running store but they were out of stock in my size (I needed a new pair) so I went with Mizuno (I heard good things about them and the shoes felt good), but then I slightly rolled my ankle on a training run with them. I am scared to put them on again. lol. i ran my 8k last week in my old Brooks and probably will run my trail race tomorrow in them as well.
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26 Sue Kauffman March 15, 2013 at 4:50 pm

Not a runner, but I teach in sneakers all day and work out a lot. My very favorites are asics gel. I have three pairs and rotate them almost daily.
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27 Elisabeth March 15, 2013 at 5:04 pm

My go to’s are New Balance 1080, currently using 1080v2. Love them – very well cushioned!

28 Kim March 15, 2013 at 5:34 pm

I just bought the Brooks Ghost too after running on Asics for awhile.
I like them but think the Asics have a little more support
But hey try not to overthink the whole thing-I didn’t even notice what
I bought until I saw your post.
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29 meghan March 15, 2013 at 5:46 pm

I’m going to jump on the Brooks bandwagon finally. I’m going to get the purple Ravennas. I can’t wait to try what everyone has been talking so highly of.
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30 Erin @ The Elliptical Chronicles March 15, 2013 at 6:22 pm

I hate to admit it, but color plays quite a role in choosing my running shoe 😛 I usually go with a primarily gray-ish shoe with orange or red accents. I’ve even gone with a pink accent recently.

Do you care at all about the color of the shoe?
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31 Karen @ Runner Girl Eats March 15, 2013 at 6:31 pm

I am all about Nikes. I have super narrow/small feet and they have the best fit that I have found so far.
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32 Miq March 15, 2013 at 7:01 pm

I have these exact shoes, they’re my first pair of Brooks & I am seriously shoe-geekily in LOVE with them!!!

33 Art @ Fit at Fifty March 15, 2013 at 7:03 pm

I have read good things about this shoe.
Runners World gave the Brooks a good review.

34 BroccoliHut March 15, 2013 at 8:48 pm

I used to be a loyal Nike Air Pegasus girl (I think I’ve worn through FIVE pair?!), but I’ve recently switched to Asics GEL-Blurs. Since we’re all shoe-geeks here, I’ll tell you why it’s hard to find shoes for me–I have flat feet (which usually means over-pronating), but I actually over-supinate (aka run on the outsides of my feet). When I discovered that, I switched from the Nikes to Asics.
Anyway, I’ve never tried Brooks shoes, but you’re making me think I should give them a go sometime!
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35 Deva @ Deva by Definition March 15, 2013 at 10:04 pm

I have run in Asics kayano for four years. I deviated last year during half marathon training to a step down, and while they worked for me, I struggled with some foot injuries. I have flat feet and I over-pronate so I need the motion-control shoes. I’m in Gel-Kayano 19s and loooove them. They are black with highlighter pink and green accents and they are so badass.
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36 Jane @ Not Plain So Jane March 15, 2013 at 11:41 pm

I love getting new running shoes in the mail! I am an Aasics girl but I want to go to a running guru store & get fitted again soon. I also have minimalist shoes I cross train in!
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37 Erica March 16, 2013 at 12:12 am

I’m a recent brooks convert and I’m obsessed!
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38 TJ March 16, 2013 at 3:05 am

Two and a half years ago I got my first pair of Brooks Adrenaline. The Adrenaline GTS 10 series. It really is an amazing piece of work. I’m no shoe expert–I used to just pick what felt lightest and most comfortable and didn’t turn my ankle at too odd an angle. That shopping technique turned out badly for me.

I went to the Adrenalines after experiencing ankle pain and figured it was the Nikes I was wearing. It was. Now I’ve upgraded to the new GTS 13. I tried last years 12-series, but there was a redesign change to the top that caused the top part, where the laces were tightest, to bunch up against the top of my foot. It’s hard to describe. Like a butter knife pressing in when I walked. Anyway, they fixed whatever that was in the 13-series and I’m happy. Glad you like your Ghosts.

Brooks forever!

39 Sarah March 16, 2013 at 6:28 am

I run in Ghost 5s and love them! I used to wear Nike Frees but I like the extra cushion and support that the Ghosts offer.
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40 Mary March 16, 2013 at 10:45 am

I LOVE my Ghost 5’s! I have bounced back and forth between Brooks, Aasics, and Saucony. I always end up back at brooks. Their shoes are firm, yet cushioned and always provide a comfortable ride. My knees and lower back are definitely “running happy” I don’t think I’d ever want to wear another shoe!

41 Christine @ BookishlyB March 16, 2013 at 5:25 pm

I have flat feet, over-pronate, and have an extra bone in one of my ankles, so I have to get shoes with plenty of support. I’ve been a big fan of the Kayano ones Asics makes, but I’ve been getting the itch to try something new. I definitely love all the turquoise options these days!
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42 Jessica March 17, 2013 at 6:59 am

I just got a new pair of Ghost and love them. I ran in the Ghost 3 a few years ago and they made me a fan. I enjoyed all the changes to. 🙂

43 Hannah March 17, 2013 at 9:38 pm

If you love the glycerins, ghost, and connect you should definitely try the launch. I have run in the glycerins (heavy, well cushioned, but great shoe) and the cadence (similar to the connect but with more padding and a little stability). I loved the defyance (lighter than the glycerins but a regular training shoe – got me through my first half ironman). And now, I run in the launch. And I am in love. They are light, cushioned, and my go to shoe.
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44 Barry Wright, III March 18, 2013 at 8:01 am

My current shoe is also the Ghost! I agree that the shoe does a lot of the work – I’ve had nothing but happy feet since I got them.
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45 Corrie @ Blurb Column March 18, 2013 at 8:16 pm

Thank you so much for this post! I so badly need new shoes, but am having a heck of a time finding anything that fits well and I like here in S. Ore. Lots of Nike, Addidas and Asics, but none of them fit my narrow heel well or they just don’t fit in general. I am going to try the Brooks Adrenaline line and see how they do. I have to buy online because I don’t have a Brooks retailer local. This post was so helpful in figuring out which of the Brooks like I should look at. Thank you!
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46 Katie March 24, 2013 at 2:08 pm

Love the ghosts! I have the exact same pair and have been running in ghosts since the Ghost 3. I got fitted for the adrenalin after wearing out my ghost 3’s and it completely wrecked my training, I was out for 3 weeks with an injury from the change in foot position. I’ll never switch up my shoes now because of it.
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47 Meri @ Run, MeriG. Run. July 18, 2013 at 11:01 am

Been a Ghost fanatic for years since I started wearing the Ghost 4 after an injury. Since I’ve worn, I’ve had no ankle problems (knock on wood), so I have been hard pressed to change. I upgraded to the 5 and LOVED and now am trying to do research on the Ghost 6 that just came out. Heard anything? I don’t want to fix it if it ain’t broken…but I said that about the 4 to 5 transition!
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