Brooks Ghost 9 Review

I have been a huge fan of Brooks running shoes for a long time. I have tried many different models of Brooks running shoes and settled into the Ghost 7 a couple of years ago. The shoes ended up becoming my best friend - long training runs on trails or pavement, speed sessions on the track, tempo runs on the road. I truly felt excited to lace up those babies and take them for a run. After knee surgery, they were literally my comeback shoe.

Then suddenly, just like that - they were gone. Poof. Discontinued. 
What? How can that be possible? I simply couldn't imagine running in another shoe. Right before the Boston Marathon this year, I bought a few pair to stock up (there was no way I would be switching shoes before Boston) and they lasted me for a good while.

This summer, I finally had to make a decision - what shoe would take me down the road this time?

Elevate your happy

I took a trip to a local running store (LA friends - Top to Top running store in Santa Monica is THE BEST! They love the sport of running and they will truly go out of their way to help you find the best shoe. You can also try a shoe for seven days, and if you don't like it, you can return it. That to me is priceless.)

I walked out that day with a shiny new pair of Ghost 9's in my hand, and I couldn't wait to give them a try.


The Brooks Ghost 9 is a neutral shoe, has a 12 mm midsole drop, and weighs 9.1 ounces

Things I love about this shoe:

- Wide toe box. 
The toe box on the Ghost 9 is wider than the Ghost 7 and wider than any other running shoe I have ever experienced. It felt a bit strange at first, but I quickly got used to the extra room for my feet.
There is so much room for your toes to move and the mesh fiber is extremely breathable to keep your feet cool and happy.

- Excellent heel cushioning
The feeling is like running on a firm cloud. A nice amount of cushioning, but not squishy or too soft. My feet and legs feel protected in this shoe for long runs, yet I know I could run a fast tempo in this shoe.

- Midsole drop
I have come to realize that a higher heel to toe drop is a better choice for me. Especially as I am dealing with the tail end of Plantar Fasciitis, a shoe that puts less strain on my plantar and achilles is better for my foot. That said, it is very important to work on the strength and flexibility in your feet and legs.

Check out THIS article on finding your sweet spot. :)

If you need a neutral shoe with a higher heel to toe drop, I would highly recommend this shoe!

**I purchased this shoe and all opinions are my own.

What type of shoe do you like to run in?

Happiness Is Running Life.


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