by John Davis, Marathon Sports staff member
As the name would suggest, the Brooks Ghost is a shoe that has haunted me for some time now. Since I began working in run specialty four years ago, I’ve watched as generation after generation of Ghosts have flown off the shelves. Up until now I had only ever slipped the shoe on in the store, and to be honest, really had no opinion on it one way or the other.
As a proud new owner of the Ghost 8 I was immediately impressed with a notable new feature: an engineered mesh upper. It brings a super airy and breathable feel while still giving a stable and secure fit through the midfoot. This new upper enhances the fit for a variety of foot shapes and sizes, and now that we carry the shoe in wide widths for both men and women, this shoe is a great option for many different people. The shoe gives ample space in the toe box and still features the excellent arch feel of past generations, making it ideal for neutral runners with medium to high arches.
Finding its way into my rotation as an everyday mileage trainer, this shoe brings a rare blend of cushion and responsiveness. Now, with a full-length segmented crashpad (as opposed to last year’s heel-to-midfoot crashpad), the ride feels smoother from heel to toe. It remains plush and stable through the gait cycle but provides a nice bit of snap to the toe-off.
I found it functioned surprisingly well throughout a track workout, feeling light, snappy, and smooth. It then functioned even better the next day when this exceptionally sore runner took them out for another spin.
At $119.99, the Ghost compares nicely to its counterparts in the lightweight neutral category – Mizuno Wave Rider 18 and Asics Cumulus 17, and offers a little more shoe underfoot for runners that find a lightweight trainer like the New Balance Zante [available in stores] or Saucony Kinvara 6 a bit too light for longer runs. With a heel-to-toe offset of 12mm, this shoe will give your achilles a break during those long runs. For me, it’s the perfect mix-in to my current rotation of Cumulus, Adidas Boston Boost [available in stores], and Nike Lunartempo [available in stores].
This shoe fits the bill for those looking for an everyday shoe that can go the distance while also feeling fast. It has the elusive combination of being light and flexible yet grounded and stable.
The Brooks Ghost 8 is available in men’s size 8-13 (standard and wide widths) and women’s size 6-11 (standard and wide widths) in all Marathon Sports locations. [CLICK TO FIND A LOCATION NEAR YOU]