Over the years, I have surveyed the sneakers of each of my Orangetheory classmates. In doing so, I’ve watched people wear nearly every brand under the sun, many of which I’ve personally tested. One brand I’ve seen many times but never tried is Brooks, a well-known – if not the most famous – running shoe brand.
In summary, when searching for the best cross-training shoes for OTF in 2021, I tested the fan-favorite Brooks Adrenaline GTS 21 ($110) and I’m not personally a huge fan. , both due to the stiff heel and the pale color. offer for sale. With these memories in mind, I couldn’t help but be surprised to see the new Brooks Ghost 15 Women’s Running Shoe ($140), which was released last month (November).
What makes them special is that they’re engineered with an innovative midsole that’s specifically designed to feel soft underfoot. Needless to say, I grabbed a pair of running shoes and tested them out.
Brooks Ghost 15 Running Shoe — $140.00
Available sizes: 5-12
- Cushioned tongue and heel collar for added comfort
- Breathable mesh, upper support
- removable lining
- Cushion, shock-absorbing midsole
- Super light design
- Sold in six colors
- The reinforced toe is noticeable even in the correct size
- From heel to toe: 11mm
- Above: Breathable mesh construction
- sole: Removable
- midsole: LOFT v2 . DNA Buffer
- outside: Segmented rubber to ensure flexibility and a smooth ride
- Weight: 9.1 ounces.
- Size/Fit: True to size
- Color: 6
From heel to toe
The Ghost 15 is a women’s neutral running shoe, which means it’s designed to allow your foot to move freely, rather than being manipulated to improve pronation and gait. Like most running shoes, it has a high drop zone, measuring 11mm. For the uninitiated, the drop zone (or heel-to-toe height) is the difference in height between the heel and the forefoot of the shoe. Running shoes typically have a drop zone of eight millimeters or more (usually between 10 and 13 millimeters, according to NYC-based podiatrist Nelya Lobkova, DPM). This is important because many athletes land on the forefoot, and the steeper slope will provide more cushioning in the heel, which helps absorb shock and make for smoother transitions.
When I tested the Brooks Ghost 15, I found that the drop felt so comfortable and natural that it eased my existing heel pain. Over the past few months, my heels have been so sore that I even had to take a three-week break from running to see if that was the problem or if I had persistent plantar fasciitis. While a verdict has yet to be made, I’ve found that running and even just walking around in these high-drop running shoes has helped ease my heels. What’s more, they’re one of the few sneakers I’ve worn that provide cushioning so effectively that my shin splints don’t trigger. That in itself feels like a miracle.
The lining in the Ghost 15 Running Shoe is thin but molded and provides a little extra support for an already stable shoe. Best of all, they’re removable, so if you find them starting to smell, you can take them out or even wash them before putting them back in place.
The midsole is key when it comes to the Ghost 15 Running Shoe. It’s made with DNA LOFT v2 cushioning, which balances rubber, air, and foam for a luxurious yet lightweight feel. Every step feels like walking on clouds. They are so comfortable. It’s also not a pity that the shoe is made with a padded collar and tongue, which only adds to the overall cloud-like comfort of the shoe.
The Ghost 15 Running Shoe features a segmented rubber outsole designed to flex with your stride. I think it’s because of this that the shoes don’t get stiff when walking or running. They flex comfortably with your foot while still feeling completely stable.
Brooks Running Ghost Dimensions 15
The running shoes are true to size. That said, my one complaint about the shoes is that the reinforced toe is, of course, on purpose — to protect your toes from snagging if you stop. However, because the toe section is stiffer than the rest of the mesh upper (which helps support the foot and keeps it comfortably but firmly in place—even when diving), at first, I pay attention to it (it’s a bit bigger for me now). Still, it’s noticeable enough that I initially wondered if the shoes were too small, but when I straightened and pressed on my toes, I found that there was still the recommended finger-width gap. (Just keep something in mind if you think it might upset you.)
They are the best for
The Ghost 15 Women’s Trail Running Shoe is best suited for casual runners who don’t have high deflections, such as rolling in. They’re also great for anyone looking for comfort without the wobbly side effects of many high-cushion sneakers. While these running shoes aren’t technically supportive, they feel very stable while walking, running, and working through HIIT and lap training classes. Suffice it to say, I’ve officially understood why Brooks’ Ghost style is the one that consistently wins acclaim for being the ultimate everyday running shoe—it’s really good.
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