Shoe Review: Brooks Glycerin 8

April 16, 2012

I’ve run in a lot of different brands of shoes, but I’ve never run in Brooks before.

I have to admit, I was a little worried I wouldn’t like them, but they are definitely one of the best pair of shoes I’ve run in.

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I bought the Brooks Glycerin 8 because they fit really well and they were slightly discounted since the 9s were out.

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My feet are odd in that I have wide feet plus a narrow heel, which makes finding running shoes a bit of a challenge.

With my wide forefoot, it is critical I find a pair of shoes has a mesh toe box area along the sides.

The narrow heel means I have a hard time finding a shoe that will not slip off my heel, but these fit like a glove.

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I have really enjoyed running in these and they have held up very well. I have about 400 miles on them so far and they still feel cushiony and well supported. (I usually wear my shoes until 500+ miles because I am a cheapskate.)

I honestly don’t have any legitimate complaints about them. The only thing would be the cosmetic design: they aren’t the cutest pair of shoes I’ve ever owned, but I’ll get over it.

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This was my 5th winter in Alaska and up until this winter, I have never put studs in my shoes to provide more traction when running on snow and ice.

I have used my YakTraxs previous winters, but I wore them on a 11-miler this winter and got two black toe nails from them. Since them, I’ve been giving them the silent treatment and ignoring them. Plus, all the hard-core runners up here give you the “stink eye” for wearing the YakTraxs, so I became a “real” runner and got some studs in my shoes.

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These studs are simply screws from the hardware store inserted in the bottom of my shoes.

I really wanted to install the screws myself, but I didn’t really know what I was doing, so I let the experts at Skinny Raven do it for me.

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Love the Brooks slogan on the bottom of the shoes.

Yes, I do believe running is in my DNA.

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Right now I am switching between these Brooks and a pair of Saucony Hurricane 14s, and I’m really loving the Saucony Hurricans as well. I think they may be my favorite pair of shoes I’ve ever run in!

4 Comments
    1. Whoa! Studs in your shoes! I definitely have never used those! You are hardcore. I’m a big lover of Brooks Adreneline. I have a wide foot and super high arch (and bunions!)- it is impossible to find well-fitting shoes, but my Brooks do the trick. I love them.
      When I started running, I wore Mizuno Wave Riders, and they were great for short distances. But when I did longer runs, I would have a lot of pain in my feet and shins- which was gone after I switched to Brooks.
      I bought a pair of Asics or Saucony’s (I can’t remember which) a year ago and ran in them once, and returned them. Glad that running stores let you do that!

    1. My feet are shaped like yours too and I think that Brooks fits great because of that. I’m in the Ghost, Launch and Cascadia (don’t really like the Glycerin, it feels too heavy and hurts one of my legs).

      1. I’ll have to try some of those other models out! I do agree the Glycerin feels kind of heavy.

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