Women's BROOKS® GHOST 5 :: The only thing scary about women's Brooks® Ghost 5 running shoes is how comfy they make your feet feel. You may never want to take them off! You'll love the smooth ride that these trainers provide, and your legs will appreciate the superior shock absorbing ability the Ghost 5 delivers, thanks to a blend of gel and foam that cushions without feeling squishy. Ideal for everyday runners looking for a high-mileage training buddy. You're in good company when you pick the Ghost 5; these popular shoes were selected as an "Editor's Choice" for the Fall 2012 shoe guide in Runner's World. 8.8 ounces
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Features & Benefits:
Do you want a balanced ride? Then you'll love the Ghost 5's Caterpillar, a full-length crash pad that uses segmented cushioning to both improve flexibility and create a smooth heel to toe transition with each step
Enjoy natural flexibility with the OmegaFlex Grooves at the midsole
Get a cushy layer of comfort that's also eco-friendly and biodegradable with the BioMoGo™ midsoles that stretch from your toes to your heels
Your feet will snuggle into breathable, comfy layers of Element mesh and lining, all secured by strategically placed synthetic upper overlays
Treat feet to an extra layer of cushioning with sock liners made from BioMoGo™
Expect a smooth, shock-free ride, thanks to DNA cushioning gel at the forefoot and rearfoot; this highly viscous liquid adapts to your body's unique weight, stride and pace
Experience improved traction and stability with outsoles crafted from lightweight and durable high abrasion-resistant blown rubber
About me: Run 20 miles per week. Had Plantar Fasciitis Release Surgery in 11/10. Wear custom orthotics to run in. Trained and ran a half in these shoes nailing a PR. Have about 225 miles on these shoes.
I had never tried Brooks before and was a Peagus Nike girl. Hubby had some Ghost 3 that I heard all the time how awesome they were. I needed a wide shoe which limits my options. Once I saw the Ghost had a wide I gave it a try.
The shoe is very comfortable and fits my custom orthotics very well. I feel they have more cushion than the Pegasus. I run on pavement and also on a dirt median and have had no trouble bringing these on this dirt surface.
The shoe hugs my orthotic keeping it where I need it for support. I have not had issues with Plantar Fasciitis with this shoe. It seems pretty light but with my orthotics they are more heavy but I still feel pretty light with them on.
Overall this is a good work horse type shoe. I did lots of long runs training for my half and wore them at my race. I also placed in my age group in a 5K recently with them so you can move in them.
I feel I got a lot for my money. They are not exciting or sexy, but they get me down the road and back with cushion and support.
I plan to get another pair soon since I am getting up in miles on them fast.
Disappointed by this Ghost version
I have been a Ghost fan since the 3 model - owning 3 pairs of 3's, 1 of the 4th and tried the 5's. I did feel that the update from the 4 was better in that the shoe has more cushion and is a little bit lighter, but it pinched the top of both of my feet near my instep and I could never get a comfortable lace going. One shoe would be too loose, the other too tight. I had to stop several times to readjust the lacing during runs, which I have never done with any Brooks shoes before. The shoe also is heavier than I would like after using the Launch as a second pair to rotate/race-day-shoe. I am disappointed enough with the shoe, that even though I had been using it for marathon long-run training, I have returned it and am now trying out the Mizuno Precision. I hate to leave Brooks, but with the Launch being discontinued, I had to move on with the hope of returning some day.
Love running again because of this shoe!
I have over 100 miles on these so far training for my 6th marathon and am in love with this shoe. Before this shoe I suffered from plantar fasciitis off an on for years and then was completely sidelined with a stress fracture...minimal shoes are not for me. This is the shoe I bought to start running again after being injured and I've never felt better, legs aren't as tired and PF pain is gone. I don't even need my inserts anymore with this shoe. I run on trails and pavement and this shoe performs well on both surfaces. Excited but a little nervous to try the 6, would hate to be disappointed after the 5. I measure an 8.5 and wear an 8.5 in all Brooks shoes.
Heaven on your feet!
I have average to high arches and have a small frame, and run low-average mileage on pavement. I need a neutral shoe. This is my first pair of Brooks. I used to wear Adidas Boston Classic and then they stopped making those. Then, I switched over to Asic Cumulus and used them for years. However, Asic's latest version (Cumulus 14) were just awful (read the reviews!). I researched the Ghost on Runner's World and they gave them high marks. These are like pillows on your feet. Great cushioning, great arch support and very stylish. I would like to buy a 2nd pair just to wear around the house because they are soooo comfortable. You will need to buy a 1/2 size up like they recommend.
runnin' wild, lost control
I run 40 miles a week at 58 years old with back, hip and knee problems, I also pronate. I need really GOOD shoes. I knew after trying a pair of these on they might be good but until you start running in them you never know. Truly one of the best shoes I've ever worn, still new so hoping they wear well and keep the cushion. A super shoe, thinking about buying another pair and sitting them on the shelf for next time.
RRS is one of the most efficient, courteous and decent online sports companies I've dealt with through the years, as good as the shoes they sell.
small town Pa. (body) NYC (soul)
Sad to see this is endangered!
I have been looking for a new go-to shoe - my old go-to has been redesigned (or my foot has redesigned itself) so that it no longer worked for me. Tried another brand, which was a total failure, and tried this almost out of desparation. And wow, what a pleasant surprise! It's a perfect mid-distance road shoe for me; light enough, but with enough cushioning that it keeps my feet happy. It's fast enough for tempo runs and supportive enough for longer runs. A real winner. I am, however, sorry to see it's endangered. I hope the redesign is extremely limited in scope; I've been looking for this shoe for a while!
Southern New Jersey
Go back to the Ghost 4 design
I run about 36 miles per week with my longest run averaging 11 miles. I've had the ghost 3,4 and 5. I loved the 3s. The 4s were even better than the 3s. I can't say the same of the 5s. Although it is still an awesome running shoe overall, the 4s were superior to these because they didn't break down as fast and there was something in the support of the 4s that kept a better neutral gait. The inner supports of the 5s broke down before the treading, odd.... Needing new shoes after ~130 miles in the 5s and the indicator was the pain/numbness in the plantaris.
Better than the Ghost 3
I have a wide foot and a high arch. I tried the Ghost 3 about 2 years ago and struggled to find a good running shoe since then. I skipped the Ghost 4, but could not resist trying the Ghost 5. Have tried it on a few 3 and 5 mile runs and it does not disappoint. No break-in period required and very comfortable from minute one. Has the cushioning of the Glycerin 9 which I liked at first but then could not run in - the Glycerin 9 felt too clunky after a few weeks. I think I am Ghost runner for as long as they make it. I am enjoying this shoe so far. Have had it about 3-4 weeks.
Brooks Ghost 5 Running Shoe
I use the Ghost as a neutral running shoe. I have switched from Ghost to Adrenaline (both Brooks) and back to Ghost again. I prefer the Ghost as it is not as much support and therefore does not aggitate tight hamstrings, Achilles, etc. I run around 300-400 miles in the shoe before I switch it out. I have been running in this shoe for two years and have had no problems with overwear or tearing. I run about 30-40 miles per week. When I am finished using them for running, I use them in my job and also in the gym. Great shoe!
Janelle the running fanatic
I am SO disappointed!!! I've worn Brooks in the past and have loved them... These shoes are horrible. There is extra material inside from the tongue of the shoe that rubs on your toes. I could barely run 2 miles in them before I had to end my run!! Unfortunately I put them in my closet with the intention of returning them... Too much time passed. Now I'm stuck with an expensive pair of running shoes that feel like a knock off. I can't even wear them around town because they are so uncomfortable. DON'T BUY!!!!!
Find another shoe
I have only run in the Ghost series shoe for the last several years. The Ghost 5 is highly cushioned but throws your gait in the wrong place as compared with the Ghost 4 and 3. In trying them out over the course of a month, I would wear the 5s for short and mid mileage runs. They completely changed the way my legs feel and I began to have leg and foot pain. After going back to my 4s, all the pain went away. I don't know what they did, but the shoe designers need to go back to the drawing board, this is no longer the running shoe for serious running.
Needed a change for more cush!
previous to my Brooks Ghost 5, I had the Brooks cascadia 6 and ran through 2 pairs of them, but I started aquiring a achilles tendon and forefoot problem, so I got advise from our local running store in town and they introduced me to the Road Runner "Brooks Ghost 5". I ran a about 20 miles previously to my half-marathon race and noticed that the toe box is roomy and has the catapillar crash pads and it felt like I was running on cotton with each stride. I hope they last long.
Not quite what I expected
Looking for a replacement for my Pegasus 28s (29s didn't cut it and can't wait for the 30s to come out in August) I tried these because they worked for a friend who has often been happy with the same shoes I run in. Did not quite fit me right. I have a fairly wide toe but these were still sloppy in the toe box. Also, the collar seemed a little too short for the shoe and the laces were much too short (I like to do the heel-lock lacing using the extra holes). Overall not comfortable enough for me to even take out for a run, so I sent them back.
Ghost womens running shoe
I have only been running with them for three weeks, but so far they are working out great. I mainly run on pavement with them. The comfort and support is great. I haven't tried them on trails or gravel yet. My feet don't hurt when I'm done running. I don't get shin slints anymore. I knee hurts sometimes, but I think that is because I am just starting to run. So far I haven't had much to complain about for this shoe.
300+ Miles in This Shoe and...
I've been running eight years with 10 half marathons under my belt. I have FINALLY found the shoe! After eight years of running with knee, shin and hip problems, I put on these shoes and quite literally have had NO injuries or pain! I purposely waited to get some big miles in on this shoe before I reviewed.
Lightweight and comfortable from the first day I put them on. I am Brooks Ghost 5 fan!
Good middle of the road trainer
I've been a Brooks fan for some time since they seem to have attributes that I like - wide toe box and good arch support. The last Ghost I had was the 2, and these are similar to that version. I would recommend these for trainers up to marathon distance, however, I've recently developed Plantar Faciitis, and because of this I am switching to a shoe with a bit more cushioning.
Dealing with Plantar Faciitis
San Diego, CA
I did not realize that I had been wearing the wrong size running shoes for years and had been having toe pain as a result. When I tried the Ghost 5 in the right size, it was incredible. Now I can run with no pain. I cannot say enough about these awesome running shoes. They are the most comfortable shoe I've ever worn and they make running fun again.
Was real concerned about changing brands, but lots of research brought me to Brooks. The toe box is simply the best and short of them messing with that, they'll have a customer for life. They got me through training and completing my first full Ironman; if they can do that, there's no reason for me to not buy more. Wisest choice I made.
lightweight but great on pavement
I run mostly on pavement - 10-15 mi/wk; I started out in an Asics Cumulus, transitioned to the Brooks Glycerin, and then the Ghost - which is perfect - lightweight but enough cushioning to prevent joint problems. I also have a pair of minimalist shoes (Innov8), but I just use those for travel.
No more pain...
Suffered from pain in my arch that made running very uncomfortable for me. It was suggested that I try the Brooks Ghost, and I was finally able to run again without pain. I was very grateful to find a shoe that worked for me after suffering for over 3 years.
Perfect shoe for me
My husband and I changed to Brooks Ghost running a couple months ago, and we both love them! I have a narrow heel but need room in the forefoot. The 2A width fit me perfect.I had been running in Asics Nimbus for several years but had problems with the Nimbus 14's.
I bought these shoes and the next week ran a 1/2 marathon. These shoes were higher up on my feet and I tied my laces too tight and got a small bruise (my fault) other than that I laced them up differently and now they are great!
Wear so much due to having foot and ankle issues. Have bought several pairs and these aren't made anymore. Sometimes these shoe companies keep remaking shoes over and over again and start ruining them just to "get" a style updated.
love these shoes!
These are my favorite running shoes. I wore out my first pair and tried other models but ended up returning the others and buying 2 pair of these! They are great and I don't want to run in any other shoe!
I am usually a Nike geek only, however, I LOVE these. They way they look and feel is great and I never thought you would get me to convert to another shoe type! great so far for my runner chick training.
I run outside several times a week on rolling hills of pavement and have been struggling to pass the the three mile mark before tendinitis gets the better of me. Bye bye tendinitis and bye bye Saucony Hurricanes. Love my Ghosts
They are absolutely perfect!!! Amazing shoes!! Highly recommended! I had ankle pains, now I barley have an irritation with them and have ran 8 miles non stop feeling great!!!
Brooks Ghost 5 Review
I would like to say that the shoes make me jump higher and run faster, but they don't - however, they are very comfortable and support my plantar fasciitis. These are my second pair.
Very comfortable shoes
I had the Ghost 4 prior to these and loved them but had read some not so great reviews on the 5, but I love these just as well. They have good cushioning and a roomy toe box which is important to me.
st louis, mo
was training for my first half marathon...got my first pair to use during our training and got the same pair right before race day. has never given me a blister or any soreness. love them!
Womens Brooks Ghost 5 Running Shoe
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