Brooks Glycerin 13

What they say:

Step into men’s Glycerin 13 running shoe and into new worlds of comfort. We’ve pushed the limits of our 3D Fit Print technology to create a newly enhanced, seamless upper for streamlined support. The dynamic saddle wraps the foot in secure comfort and the wraparound collar adds the finishing touch for a perfect blend of Ideal fit and plush comfort. Underfoot, the Super DNA midsole provides 25% more cushion than our regular DNA for the ultimate in smooth rides. Ideal Pressure Zones in the outsole optimize pressure distribution from heel to forefoot and the rounded heel helps keep your body in its Ideal alignment.

  Super DNA midsole provides the ultimate adaptive cushioning

  Rounded heel offers better alignment, minimizing stress on joints

  Ideal Pressure Zones disperse impact for an effortless ride

  Conformable saddle construction gives your foot a snug fit

  3-D Fit Print overlays on the upper add flexibility and structureBrooks Glycerin 13

What I say:

My overwhelming impression of Brooks Running shoes is the passionate loyalty they have from their users; it always appears that once you convert to Brooks you become a devotee, more so than other manufacturers. However, I have a confession to make… the only Brooks shoes I’d owned before I was given this pair of to test & review are a pair of Pureflow that I don’t really get on with that well.

So it was with some trepidation that I took the Glycerin 13 for their first outing, but I shouldn’t have worried, for a couple of reasons they immediately suit me very well.

  1. The heel to toe drop is 10mm which is in the region I’ve discovered over the last few years of running suits me very well. More than this causes me injuries & much below generally doesn’t have enough cushioning for the kind of distances I enjoy the most.
  2. They’re designed for runners with a medium to high arch – I have a (very) high arch & this again has caused me problems with some shoes leading to injuries & requiring orthotics.

The general feeling you get when running in them is smooth. Despite my best efforts I’m an out & out heel striker, particularly when tiring but the heel to toe transition in these remains smooth throughout, which translates to a comfortable ride. They have good flexibility in the toe box for long days out too.

The material they’re made from is unlike most other shoes I’ve worn recently. The outer is, like the ride, smooth & slick not the more common mesh materials used in my other shoes. I assume must be down to the 3D screen printing techniques applied in their manufacture. The lining as you would expect from a top of the line shoe is very soft, in fact the only area of the shoe that isn’t soft or smooth is the heel. This has a rigid support built into it, which I have to say, I love. It seems to stop any movement & helps the foot feel secure, a great touch.

I went half a size up from my ‘normal’ & I’m still not certain I needed too, but it hasn’t caused any problems.  I’m sure I’ll be thankful for it when I do start racking up serious miles in them & my feet swell.

All in all they feel well thought out & very well put together; they definitely live up to the label of premium.

But am I a newly converted Brooks devotee? It’s too early to tell, but these shoes are a great step in that direction.