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The new Brooks Glycerin 16 shoes are now more comfortable than ever before. Due to the updated DNA technology, the shoes are made with better support, especially in the midfoot area. The upper is also significantly different and better. Using a jacquard mesh, the upper is not more flexible, better for breathability and truly stretchable. Apart from these qualities, the upper also looks apart. So why are the shoes right for you and why should you buy them?

13 reasons to buy

  • Major improvements over the previous design, especially in the midfoot and in the upper

  • Comfortable overall running experience

  • Premium feel with plenty of cushioning in the ankle area, specific to new Brooks designs

  • Comfortable tongue made from breathable mesh

  • Tongue-pull design recommended for proper fit

  • True to size for immediate fit with no required break-in

  • Made with mesh materials for added breathability compared to the previous version

  • The sock-like fit of the upper enhances the natural stride

  • DNA loft midsole used instead of the older Super DNA cushioning

  • Outsole made with blown rubber for a softer feel and pressure zones to evenly distribute shocks across its surface

  • Great traction versatility for the outsole which is recommended on a wide range of indoor and outdoor surfaces

  • 10mm drop is in the average height for its class

  • Neutral support is made for most runners and not for those with low arches

2 reasons why not to buy

  • The outsole can be soft on certain surfaces

  • Pricing can be more competitive


89.5 / 2 ratings

July, 02.2018 90 / 100 by: Liam Grant

The shoes feel supportive and they are great for the daily run. They are not particularly fast, but with the slight roomier feel, they are not specifically made for top speeds. With an overall ride which feels soft due to the new foam design, the shoes might not feel as stiff as the previous versions. However, they are a top choice when it comes to running across the surfaces you might encounter around the city, such as cement or even light trails. The shoes also offer a mild overpronation support.

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July, 01.2018 89 / 100 by: Adam Wilson

As one of the most popular shoes from Brooks, I had high expectations of the Glycerin 16. They are among the most interesting options when it comes to durability and comfort and they just feel like a great solution for all types of running. With new foam in the midsole, the shoes are also softer now. If you need more stability, they might not be the best solution for you. But for the average runner, the new materials come with better flexibility and with the ability to focus on running as well, as the shoes are made with plenty of cushioning. The shoes are also durable, even if used multiple times per week.

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Features & Specs

Weight: Heavy
10.6 oz 301 g
57.63% of shoes are lighter
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Weight: Heavy
9.4 oz 267 g
61.54% of shoes are lighter
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Heel to toe drop: 0
10 mm
35.19% of shoes have less drop
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Heel to toe drop: High
10 mm
35.42% of shoes have less drop
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Heel height: Moderate
32 mm
72.34% of shoes are lower at the heel
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Heel height: Moderate
32 mm
76.19% of shoes are lower at the heel
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Forefoot height: Low
22 mm
68.09% of shoes are lower in the forefoot
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Forefoot height: Low
22 mm
73.81% of shoes are lower in the forefoot
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With a new look and new base technologies, the shoes are in a good position when it comes to the ultimate running experience. This means that you can enjoy its comfort both in the gym and out on the track, even on rainy days.


There’s little doubt that the updates to the midsole and the upper are worth the upgrade. Many Glycerin series fans are glad to see the series is moving towards a more premium approach with better identity in a crowded space.


The outsole has suffered some changes but in the end, they proved to be a good decision. It is now softer due to the blown rubber, especially in the forefoot. This approach has also been taken by Brooks with other shoes and it can only be an indication that the manufacturer is aiming for the ultimate flexibility. Even more, it’s also worth considering the extra traction the outsole comes with. It proves useful on many outdoor surfaces such as the track or pavement. But the shoes are perfectly capable to deal with the faster indoor surfaces, such as those in the gym.


With a new midsole technology, the Glycerin shoes are now more supportive. They offer the DNA Loft design which is actually just a combination of air, foam, and rubber. But this proves to be a winning combination as the midsole is one of the most comfortable from Brooks. With a great balance and transition from heel to toe, the new material is lighter and bouncier. This means that it can be used both for short and for long runs.


The upper is also considerably improved. But what strikes most runners is just how good the upper looks for a sports shoe which can easily transition into a casual shoe. With a distinct range of colors which give the shoes their own identity, the mesh upper is now made with the 3D Print technology which improves the overall fit and the overall comfort of the shoes.

Many runners also notice that the shoes actually come with the padded ankle area as well. This redesigned area has proven to be one of the main advantages when it comes to better overall comfort levels for all types of feet. With a tongue which can easily be adjusted on its own, the upper of the shoes prove to be truly innovative for Brooks.

Size And Fit

The shoes are true to size and they fit accordingly. There’s no need to worry unless you have a wide fit or low arches. But in this case, you can even consider using your own orthotics for a more custom approach.