Shoe of the Week: Brooks Ghost 9

The Ghost is one of the premier neutral shoes in the high-mileage everyday trainer category, but it doesn’t come with an inflated price tag like some of the “premium” shoes with more glitz and features. The first thing you notice about this shoe is its plush interior and cozy fit. Then it’s the cushioned yet responsive ride. The biggest upgrade to this year’s model is the slightly modified engineered mesh upper, which offers optimal support while also allowing it to fi t a wider range of foot shapes. The ride is softly cushioned and well-balanced and rolls smoothly from heel to toe, making it versatile enough to use as a do-everything shoe, from long runs to modest speed workouts and longer races. Although it’s not one of the lightest shoes out there, it was still one of the most liked by our testers. Several testers said the Ghost 9 felt lighter than they expected when pulling them out of the box for the first time. Although it’s a neutral shoe, a few wear-testers felt the foam undercarriage felt a tad bit too big and controlling.

This is the shoe for you if … You’re looking for a soft and thickly cushioned shoe geared for 10K, half marathon and marathon training.

Price: $120
Weights 10.6 oz. (men’s), 9.1 oz. (women’s)
Heel-to-Toe Offset: 12mm; 30mm (heel), 18mm (forefoot)

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