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For the first of the Saltine fall 2017 shoe reviews, I tested the Brooks Ghost 10. It’s a neutral, everyday trainer with a 12 mm drop and plush cushioning. It’s the most recent in the long, solid Ghost line and retails for $120.
I’ve been a Saucony Kinvara runner for years, but I haven’t been happy with recent changes. New models wore out more quickly in the soles and holes came pretty easily in the forefoot (yes, I tried a bigger size, same deal). Toward the end of last winter, I got a pair of the Brooks Launch 3 on clearance from Running Warehouse and fell in love. I wore them for about 300 miles before the sole was worn out on the left heel, which is normal for me, and when I updated to the Launch 4 this summer I loved those just as much.
Since the Kinvaras I also got last spring wore out, I needed a more cushioned, easy run shoe to rotate with my Launches. Enter the Brooks Ghost!
I tried the Ghost 9 last year and wasn’t in love, but thought they were a pretty solid shoe. The toe box was a little narrow for me, plus they hit a little harder and aren’t super cushioned, but are fine for an easy run or long run. So how did I like the update?
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Immediately upon running in the Ghost 10, I was in love again! I liked them tons better than the previous model.
I went up a half size in this shoe. They aren’t as narrow as the 9s and the toe box is a bit wider. I instantly noticed how plush the cushioning is! My first run was like running on clouds! Or probably what the lightweight Hokas feel like, but a much lower profile shoe.
I’ve been training for the Chicago Marathon, so I needed a shoe like the Ghost 10 to rotate in for longer efforts. They feel great for an easy five or six miles, but I’ve also done two 20+ milers in them and felt great for the entire run.
The only things I don’t love about the shoes are the weight (8.5 oz, size 8) and the color. Like I mentioned, I like more minimalist styles and these are heavier than I’m used to, which may be a trade-off for all that cushioning. I also prefer brighter colorways (like my hot pink and purple Launches) and the women’s Ghost 10 colors are in style, but a little more muted than other Brooks lines.
Fresh out of the box, the Ghost 10s felt really plush and comfy. I struggled a bit with tying them; the shoelaces are a bit stretchy, which is great, but I kept tying them too tight and the top of my feet got a little sore.
I usually have trouble with my heels slipping out with all running shoes, but not these! They stayed nice and snug. With about 60-70 miles on the shoes now they still feel just as nice as day one.
I think the Ghost 10s are best for long runs. I haven’t tried them for speed workouts, but they are the perfect shoe for a recovery run the day after speed work or a long run. For their first 20 miler my feet were happy for each and every mile! And same with my 22 miler last weekend.
I give the Brooks Ghost 10s a 4.5 out of 5 snails! I would definitely buy these again!