Staff Pick: Brooks Glycerin 11

The most comfortable ride, ever? Chris Letourneau, post-collegiate runner and running shoe aficionado, reviews Brooks’ cushy neutral trainer.

Brooks Glycerin 11 running shoe

RUNNING SHOE: Brooks Glycerin 11

Category: Cushion, Neutral

Best for: Training and racing, Roads

Weight: 11.7 oz. (men’s size 9)

Heel-to-toe drop: 10 mm

Price: $149.95



By Chris Letourneau, store manager at Greater Boston Running Company – Newton

In the eyes of this shoe reviewer, the Glycerin is the most comfortable shoe on the market. Using its patented DNA cushioning, Brooks has unleashed one of the softest neutral shoes into run specialty. The Glycerin 11 uses a full ground contact plate, allowing for a smoother ride from heel to toe and more comfortable run for those who love to pound pavement with their heels.

A shoe review wouldn’t be worth reading if it only claimed how great a shoe is, so we must also offer a few negatives heard from both staffers and customers. Two of the biggest complaints we hear about the Glycerin 11 is its bold color schemes and “crowded” uppers.

For women, GBRC – Newton offers a baby blue, accented by royal blue and white, whereas the men can choose from a dark royal blue throughout or an orange with gray accent.  The design on top involves a lot of moving lines, which sometimes can distract the customer from its plush feel.

But remember this: a runner should never choose a shoe based on color.  The shoe buying process should be about the comfort and support that your individual foot needs.

The Glycerin is a neutral shoe with no added medial post, but offers a more cushioned feel than almost any shoe.

Like most Brooks, the toe box is naturally a bit wider than other brands. Plus, Glycerin offers a 10 mm drop, which is lower than the average running shoe, but higher than more minimal models, and ideal for a cushioned ride.

Check out the Brooks Glycerin 11 here, and a video from Brooks on the shoe here: 


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