The 7 Best Brooks Running Shoes 2021

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Here are our editors' choices of the best Brooks running shoes:

New runners and seasoned marathoners alike love Brooks running shoes. Why? Because Brooks' singular focus on running means every detail is tailored to helping your run happy.

The Seattle-based running company owns some of the biggest names in the industry, including the versatile Ghost and the formidable Adrenaline. From laid back everyday trainers to marathon shoes competing for podium spots, there’s a perfect pair of Brooks running shoes for every runner.

Click through our picks of the best Brooks running shoes to find the right pair for you.

[This is part of the Fleet Feet Buyer's Guide for The Best Running Shoes 2021. Find all the best running shoes from the top brands for all situations.]

Best Brooks Running Shoes for Everyday Training

Brooks Ghost 14

The Brooks Ghost 14 is everything you want from an everyday training shoe and more.

Brooks' award-winning trainer is at it again, this time, with an even bouncier feel. Designers updated the Ghost 14 to use only DNA Loft foam for a responsive ride and cushioned transitions.

Fleet Feet runners said the new Ghost is just a comfortable and versatile as it's always been, which makes it great for new runners and seasoned marathoners alike.

Read more in our Brooks Ghost 14 review.

Best Brooks Running Shoes for Stability

Brooks Adrenaline GTS 21

Stability, now even softer. The Brooks Adrenaline GTS 21 is one of the best stability shoes from the brand.

Brooks built the new Adrenaline GTS 21 with its GuideRails support system. The holistic approach to stability shifts focus to your knees to keep excess pronation in check, so you can run comfortably.

New this year is a bigger bed of Brooks' softest foam. Designers extended the DNA Loft foam all the way into the forefoot for an even softer, more buttery ride.

Covered in a breathable mesh upper for a secure and roomy fit, the updated Brooks Adrenaline GTS 21 brings more comfort to your favorite stability shoe.

Best Brooks Running Shoes for Cushion

Brooks Glycerin 19

The Brooks Glycerin 19 is a classic cushioned running shoe that just doesn't quit.

The most recent update to the Glycerin is the introduction of the Gylcerin 19 GTS. This stability model features Brooks' Guide Rail System that gently guides your foot toward the middle of the shoe and provides the necessary support for pronators.

Built on a bed of soft DNA Loft foam, the Glycerin 19 delivers the plushest feeling yet underfoot. An added plus, DNA Loft foam is super light for a cloud-like running experience.

Reviewers loved the comfortable upper, balanced cushioning and impact absorption the Glycerin 19 provides.

Read more in our Brooks Glycerin 19 review.

Best Brooks Running Shoes for Lightweight Stability

Brooks Launch 8

The Brooks Launch 8 is an affordable—and speedy—option for all runners.

Brooks built the Launch 8 atop a BioMoGo DNA midsole. The updated foam composition is lightweight and responsive so you can pick up the pace, while springy rubber under the forefoot propels you forward.

Designers used a simple, breathable mesh upper that streamlines the look and keeps you cool in warm weather.

Whether you're heading out for a few easy miles or putting in your speed work, the newest Brooks Launch 8 is a comfortable, no-frills running shoe that's easy on your feet and your wallet.

Need extra support? The Brooks Launch 8 GTS adds Brooks' GuideRails stability technology for lightweight support.

Best Brooks Running Shoes for Speedwork

Brooks Levitate 4

Lighter than before but as bouncy as ever, the Brooks Levitate 4 is one of the best Brooks running shoes.

Engineers took Brooks' DNA AMP foam used in previous versions of the Levitate but made it 20 percent lighter than before. The new composition turns in the same best-in-brand energy return as earlier iterations while making the shoe easier on your muscles.

While shaving some weight off the midsole, Brooks also took the opportunity to redesign the upper. The Levitate 4 boasts a knit upper that's softer and more breathable than before without compromising the secure fit you demand.

With an updated arrow-point pattern outsole that encourages quicker transitions, the Brooks Levitate 4 is a springy and comfortable all-around trainer.

Best Brooks Running Shoes for Road Racing

Brooks Hyperion Elite 2

Marathoners demand a lot from their shoes, and the Brooks Hyperion Elite delivers.

The Hyperion Elite 2 is Brooks’ answer to carbon-fiber plated running shoes. A precisely tuned carbon-fiber plate acts like a lever inside the shoe to propel you forward, and its stiffness reduces the amount of work your muscles have to do.

Packed around the plate, Brooks developed a brand new midsole foam called DNA Zero. The featherweight foam adapts to your stride and provides consistent cushioning from mile 1 to mile 26.

Best Brooks Trail Running Shoes

Brooks Cascadia 16

Brooks brings its trusted fit and comfort to the trails with the Cascadia 16 and made our list of best trail running shoes in 2021.

A favorite among beginner and experienced trail runners, the updated Brooks Cascadia 16 is full of pop and foot protection with Brook’s plush DNA Loft v2 foam and Ballistic Rock Shield.

The Cascadia 16 has everything you could want from a trail shoe: toe protection, heel support, a breathable mesh upper for ventilation and water drainage, and a stable midsole that gives you confidence on rocky or uneven terrain.

Plus, if you tend to have a wider foot or like to wear thicker socks on your runs and hikes, Brooks offers the Cascadia 16 in wide widths for both men and women.

Brooks Shoe Reviews

Brooks Running Shoe Technology

BioMoGo DNA + -

An adaptable midsole foam, BioMoGo DNA gives you a unique feel depending on you weight, stride, pace and running surface.

DNA Loft + -

The softest foam in Brooks’ arsenal. Brooks uses DNA Loft as part of a two-foam combination in some shoes and on its own in others.

DNA Zero + -

A new foam from Brooks designed to adapt to a runner’s stride and cut back on weight. Brooks first used DNA Zero in the Hyperion Elite.

GuideRails + -

A subtle stability system integrated into several Brooks running shoes. GuideRails act like bowling alley bumpers to gently guide your feet, knees and hips into their preferred motion path.

Segmented Crash Pad + -

An integrated system of shock absorbers that soak up impact to create easier landings.

3D Fit Print + -

Produced from a unique screen-printing process, 3D Fit Print creates strategic support and stretch for a seamless fit and feel.

How We Chose the Best Brooks Running Shoes

To pick the best Brooks running shoes, we combed through our Brooks shoe reviews, best-sellers lists and fit id data to find the shoes we think will work for most people in most situations. We also leaned on our expertise in the running industry to make recommendations.

You can shop Brooks running shoes with confidence at Fleet Feet: We offer free shipping and returns on all running shoes, and you have 60 days to return any gear if you don’t like the way it looks, fits or feels. Plus, with our price-match guarantee, you can make sure you never pay too much for a new pair of running shoes.

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