Shoe of the Week: Brooks Glycerin 14

The Brooks Glycerin 14 serves up a plush fit, feel and ride. Photo: Oliver Baker

Are you the type of runner that appreciates a plush, cozy fit and a soft and cushy ride? Get your feet into a pair of Brooks Glycerin 14’s. The Glycerin was developed to be the ultimate neutral-riding cushioned cruiser and our wear-testers generally liked the updated edition. It’s definitely not just a marshmallowy plodder though. The step-in feeling is incredibly soft and plush from all sides, and the ride is smooth but also very dynamic—thanks to pressure zones and outsole flex grooves—as it adapts to the precise movements of every footstrike. The Glycerin’s revised 3D stretch print overlay upper does a great job at providing an adaptable but secure fit for the various shapes and movement patterns of your feet. If you want a cushy, articulated ride for short or long mellow to moderately paced runs, this is the shoe for you. The cushioning level borders on what might be considered “maximalist” but the design characteristics keep it from being unwieldy or unstable. Although it’s definitely not the lightest shoe in its class, it is one of the most comfortable, and the cushy tongue and ankle collar are sublime. It’s more expensive than the Brooks Ghost 9, a cushioned neutral shoe with less of a soft and plush feel and also a tad more inherent responsiveness.

For more choices, check out our Fall 2016 Road Running Shoe Buyer’s Guide.

This is the shoe for you if … you prefer a soft, cushioned shoe that makes it feel like you’re floating over the roads.
Price: $150
 10.6 oz. (men’s), 9.2 oz. (women’s)
Heel-to-toe Offset: 10mm; 29mm (heel), 19mm (forefoot)

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