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Brooks Ghost 16 Review

With a small tweak here and a significant change there, Brooks has sensibly reimagined the new Ghost 16.

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Out of all the running shoe brands and models we have seen over the years, there probably hasn’t been a more consistent shoe than the Brooks Ghost.

Let's chat about sticking with a trusty shoe – the Ghost makes it a breeze thanks to its reliable fit over the years. Yet, the only downside we've noticed is that some of our dedicated Ghost fans are itching for a fresh look. After all, when a shoe stays similar for years, it can lead to a bit of monotony for those seeking a change.

As shoe fitters, we like it when a shoe brand has found those key ingredients in a shoe’s design and leaves them relatively untouched. It makes our lives, and the lives of our customers easier. Everybody wins!

With that being said, let’s talk about the macro.

The Brooks Ghost 16 has fully switched to the DNA Loft v3 midsole foam that has been a big success with the Brooks Glycerin 20/21. This material is a supercritical foam that is nitrogen infused and compared to the DNA Loft v2 that was in the previous Ghost it is way more responsive. Essentially the foam has a much easier time retaining its original shape, so when it compresses it will work like a spring to get back to that form.

You are going to feel WAY more “pop" with each stride. This material is also lighter than what has been traditionally used. So the Ghost 16 sheds a bit of that excess weight, which is always a bonus.

As for the micro, there are some subtle changes that you may or may not notice from the previous version.

The Ghost has a reputation for durability, and its outsole largely retains its sturdy design. However, we've added extra flex grooves to aid in the heel-to-toe transition, ensuring an even smoother stride. Side walls above the midsole offer added stability without sacrificing flexibility. As for the upper, it strikes a perfect balance: extra padding for comfort, exceptional breathability, and forgiveness in fit. If you have wider feet, you'll likely find ample space without any trouble.


Truth be told, I haven't been a fan of previous Ghost versions. I've often found daily trainers from other brands to be more comfortable. But after logging quite a few miles in the the big sister to the Ghost, the Glycerin 21, I've grown to appreciate the familiarity of the Ghost 16.

The midsole is way more plush and springy, and it competes well against the improvements we have seen in other shoes like the Asics Cumulus or New Balance 880. It has been not only comfortable to run in but also walk in. I have put more mileage walking around in this shoe than any of the other shoes I have reviewed this year. I think that gives the Ghost 16 a lot more traction so if you are someone who is running a fair amount but also uses the same shoe to walk around in this shoe is going to deliver on both fronts.

If the Ghost has been a staple in your shoe collection over the years, you can breathe a sigh of relief. It's still the reliable, lightweight, and cushioned trainer you've come to love, with some subtle tweaks that maintain its consistent design. But if you've never been swayed by Brooks shoes before, now's a good time to reconsider. The new Ghost 16 brings just the right touch of extra style to the table.


Key Takeaways

  • Midsole foam fully updated to DNA Loft v3 material with added cushioning and responsiveness
  • Plush upper maximises step-in comfort with enhanced breathability and space
  • Durable outsole provides great traction for many kilometres


  • Weight: 9.8 oz. / 277 grams (men’s size 9.0), 8.8 oz. / 249 grams (women’s size 8.0)
  • Stack Height: 24 mm Heel / 12 mm Forefoot
  • Drop: 12 mm 


If you want to try on a pair, come into the store and visit our awesome shoe fitters, or you can check them out online.

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