Brooks Ghost 12 Review: One of the Best Running Shoes on the Market

Brooks Ghost 12 Review

Looking for the perfect daily trainer? The Ghost has always been a fan favorite of avid runners and the Ghost 12 is no exception. 

If you’re looking for a shoe that features cushion, offers a responsive ride and holds up on both shorter, faster runs and longer runs, the Brooks Ghost 12 might be the right running shoes for you.

What Does the Brooks Ghost 12 Replace?

The Ghost model has been a runner favorite since its inception. Neutral runners enjoy its responsiveness, breathable mesh upper and superior traction. They can expect this and more in the updated Ghost 12. Brooks is well-known as one of the premier running shoe brands for serious runners and they always strive to improve upon even their best models. Let’s dive into the three most exciting features of the Ghost 12:

What’s New With the Brooks Ghost 12?

Men's Brooks Ghost 12 Running Shoes

More Heel Support

Expect extra heel support (get out of here, heel slippage!) and structure thanks to the internal heel counter. 

A More Structured, Supportive Upper

As previously mentioned, one of the most notable updates to the Ghost 12 is the newly updated 3D print mesh upper which not only enhances that perfect fit feel, but also provides an extra layer of security and support.

That Soft Cushion

Okay, so it’s not new, but it’s definitely a top feature. Whether your go-to mileage is a casual couple of miles every so often or you like to get after it on the regular, you probably like shoes that feel good to run in. Right? The Ghost 12 is especially comfortable. The combo of BioMoGo DNA and DNA Loft cushioning provides cushion that’s soft but also responsive and bouncy.

Who Are the Brooks Ghost 12s Best For?

Brooks Ghost 12 Running Shoes

These shoes are best for neutral runners looking for a great daily trainer and also work perfectly for high-mileage runners. Neutral shoes like the Ghost 12 are best for neutral runners but can also be used by runners who supinate. Not sure if you supinate? Look at the wear marks on your shoe. If they’re on the outer edges, you might be a supinator. If you pronate (the wear and tear will show on the inner edges of your shoe), consider a stability shoe. The Brooks GTS Adrenaline 19 is a great choice for pronators.

Why You Want These Shoes

If you’ve been searching for a shoe that offers the right amount of support, cushioning that’s responsive, and a smooth ride (the heel-to-toe transition on this shoe is super smooth), try the Brooks Ghost 12. Reviewers enjoy that this shoe is so versatile: It’s cushioned and supportive enough for a longer run and offers the flex and traction needed for speedier, shorter distances.

Brooks Ghost 12 Shoe Specs:

Cushion Level:

Cushion Level 4 – Plenty of cushion to support both shorter and longer distances.


10.4 ounces for men | 9.3 ounces for women


The heel-to-toe drop is 12 mm


5 colors for men | 4 colors for women

Men’s: Navy/Gold, Black/Grey, Grey/Black, Red/Black, White/Black

Women’s: Peacoat/Aqua, Black/Pink, Granite, White/Pink

Watch the Brooks Ghost 12 First Look Review

Want to know for sure if the Brooks Ghost 12 is the right shoe for you? Take 2-3 minutes to run through our online SHOE FIT FINDER. You can also call 800.551.5558 or drop by your hometown store and we’ll guide you through your personal fitting.


Pssst! Did you know that Road Runner Sports VIP Family Rewards members get to test run shoes for 90 days? Yup. You read that right. Test them and if you don’t love them, exchange them within 90 days. Learn more about our VIP Family Rewards Program here.

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