The new Brooks Ghost 8 was made for road runners. The latest version of the best-selling Ghost series is incredibly comfortable, and yet it still feels zippy. This lightweight, neutral shoe is designed for pavement runners with medium to high arches.

Brooks Ghost 8 running shoe review

Brooks Ghost 8
Weight: 10.3 ounces
Heel-to-Toe Drop: 12mm
Neutral Shoe
Road Running

I am very careful about the shoes I run in, and the surfaces I run on. After my stress fracture last summer, I try to run on soft surfaces when I can. But, I find myself on the roads most of the time. So, the least I can do is try to protect my feet by wearing a shoe that will provide good cushioning. The Brooks Ghost 8 does that without feeling bulky or pillowy the way some other shoes do.

Brooks Ghost 8 running shoe review

The Ghost 8 features a new full-length segmented crash pad for ultra-smooth heel-to-toe transitions while it still boasts Omega Flex Grooves for optimized flexibility. The outsole is made of a rugged rubber tread that will keep you grounded and stable as you run through wet leaves, acorns, and whatever Mother Nature throws at you.

Brooks Ghost 8 running shoes

Brooks Ghost 8 running shoes

The stylish looks, superior craftsmanship, and attention to detail make the Brooks Ghost 8 a real head-turner. 3D Fit Print technology provides lightweight structure to the mesh upper, and the inside liner gives runners a breathable, comfortable fit.

Brooks Ghost 8 running shoes

Road Test: Brooks Ghost 8

I put these shoes to the test on the trails and the roads. The rail trail by my house is by no means technical, but it has loose gravel and knee-high weeds in many spots. The Brooks 8 held up well by providing cushion over the loose rocks.

On the roads, the Brooks Ghost 8 was a joy to run in. My post-injury soreness and lingering plantar fasciitis really made me apprehensive about returning to the pavement, but marathon training requires it. So, I set out on my first few runs with my fingers crossed.

The shoes did their job. As a neutral runner with high arches and a history of sore heels, the Brooks Ghost 8 really shined. I’ll continue to run in these shoes until I get fast enough to grab my Brooks Launch 2 for speed work.

These shoes were sent to me for review.

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