Fall 2013 Road Running Shoe Buyer’s Guide

  • By Brian Metzler
  • Published Sep. 5, 2013
  • Updated Sep. 27, 2013 at 10:51 AM UTC

Brooks Ghost 6, $110

weights: 10.7 oz. (men’s); 9.0 oz. (women’s)

heights: 31mm (heel), 20mm (forefoot)

Fit: The plush Ghost is secure and snug in the heel and midfoot with a hint of roominess in the toe box.

Feel: Soft and sublime. The Ghost 6 continues on the soft and luxurious trend of its previous models, only now in a lighter and more flexible package. Our testers praised the step-in feel and long-wearing comfort.

Ride: This luxe high-mileage trainer is soft (but not mushy) and secure from heel to toe. While it has a more traditional design (both in terms of height off the ground and heel-toe slope), the foam and gel midsole components give it an energetic feel. It’s best for longer and slower training efforts, but a hint of liveliness makes it versatile enough for speedier efforts like tempo runs.

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Brian Metzler

Brian Metzler

Brian Metzler is the editor-in-chief of Competitor magazine. He has raced every distance from 50 yards to 100 miles and run in more than 700 pairs of running shoes in the past 25 years. You can reach him at

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