How do the new Brooks Ghost 14 road shoes shape up against their predecessor?
BROOKS Ghost 14 running shoes | £120
Brooks have launched their first carbon-neutral shoe in the form of the Ghost 14s, with all future Ghost releases to follow in the same eco-friendly footsteps. The shoe giant aren’t just focussing on the manufacturing process – though they’re incorporating more recycled materials in the Ghost 14 – but they’re also purchasing carbon offsets from projects that meet strict criteria and make a meaningful difference in addressing climate change, that equal the residual carbon emissions.
The Ghost is the most popular shoe Brooks have created to date, and this latest 14th edition promises to be an exciting upgrade on a classic.
I’ve always been a fan of Brooks shoes, and adored my Ghost 13s, so this new release had a lot to live up to. I took the 14s for a (literal) spin at my cycling gym class, as well as for a gentle 5K run, and they fit me like a glove. In true Ghost tradition, comfort reigns supreme here, with soft cushioning that makes road running feel like cloud running. These new shoes have had an upgrade, with the midsole now entirely made from Brooks’ DNA LOFT cushioning, that definitely made my running smoother and offered miles of comfort before I felt even the slightest ache. They really made my running flow better, which sounds odd, but it’s the best way I can describe the softness these shoes added to my landing and toe-off.
I didn’t think I’d find a nicer colour way than the pale grey and neon green of my Ghost 13 shoes, but I really like the peacoat and berry pink of the new shoe. I’ll probably continue to wear the 13s for winter running, as they’re a bit more reflective, but the Ghost 14 is definitely going to be my shoe of the summer, you mark my words. There’s no comfier shoe for tough training runs.