Brooks Ghost 13 Review – The Most Well-Rounded Training Shoe?

The Brooks Ghost 13 is one of the most popular day to day training shoes not only for the average runner but also for the pros.

Daily training shoes are probably the most important and the most used shoe in your rotation. You’re gonna spend most of your running miles in this shoe so you have to make sure you choose the right pair of training shoes.

Hence, this Brooks Ghost 13 review will help you determine if this is the right shoes for you.

Brooks Ghost 13 Running Shoe Full Review

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The Brooks Ghost 13 has a clean and seamless design that would look nice in and out of training.

It has a nice, fairly snug fit that should not give you any problems during mid to long-distance runs. Although, in my opinion, the part where the eyelet is could use a little bit more snugness.

The soft lining in the inner part of the heel helps improve its overall fit. Plus, it feels soft and adds more overall comfort to the shoes.

Its engineered mesh upper is breathable but not so much that will get your toes wet when you step on a puddle of water or run on slightly when pavement. Plus, it provides a plush fit that adds a bit more to its overall comfort.

The best thing about this shoe is actually the most important when it comes to daily training shoes. The DNA loft and segmented crash pad plus blends really well with the BioMogo midsole resulting in a soft yet slightly responsive shoe.

This makes the Ghost 13 very versatile. You can use it for long runs, speed work and if you’re not really trying to win the race then might as well race with this shoe.

It’s not the best in any of those areas, but it’ll get the job done. It’s like the mixed martial artist in the running shoe industry.

If you don’t have enough budget for a running shoe rotation, then this is your go-to shoe.

Courtesy to Brooks Running


  • Support level: Neutral
  • Running feel: Soft
  • Stack height: 32mm / 20mm
  • Heel-toe drop: 12mm
  • Weight: 249.5g (varies in size)
  • Surface: Road

Who are These Shoes For?

This shoe is recommended for runners looking for a versatile shoe that can do it all.

Best to use as a daily training shoe for mid to long runs but also decent with tempo days and speed work.

What’s Included?

The package includes a pair of Brooks Ghost 13 running shoes.

Overview of Features

Extended DNA Loft + Segmented Crash Pad Midsole

The extended DNA Loft and segmented crash pad midsole provides a softer cushion and smoother transition from landing to toe off.

Whether you you land on your heels, midfoot or forefoot, the extended DNA Loft will make it a softer ride.

Engineered Air Mesh Upper

The combination of knit and mesh gives the Ghost 13 a breathable airy feel that helps cool your foot when running. Plus, it provides a plush fit making it one of the most comfortable daily trainers.


  • Roomy toe box
  • Comfortable to wear
  • No heel slide occurred when running
  • Underpriced (In my opinion)
  • Premium feel
  • Soft yet there’s a little bit of responsiveness to it.


  • A little heavy for tempo runs


Is Brooks Ghost 13 a stability shoe?

Brooks Ghost 13 is a neutral shoe. However, it offers a decent stability despite not having hard material on the midsole.

What’s the difference between Ghost 12 and 13?

The whole Brooks Ghost lineup is best known for being well-balanced, soft everyday training shoes. The big difference between Ghost 12 and 13 is that the Ghost 13 now has an extended DNA Loft from the heel to the forefoot.

This makes the ghost 13 feel softer whether you land on your heels, midfoot or forefoot.

In Summary

Brooks Ghost 13

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Price for Value


This shoe is a daily training shoe favorite of numerous athletes both average and pro simply because it’s a well-rounded shoe. Despite not having the best responsiveness, you wouldn’t really expect that quality for a day-to-day training shoe that is also very soft.

It’s very versatile and I believe a lot of runners are gonna love having these shoes.

Compared to all the training shoes that I’ve reviewed, the Brooks Ghost 13 is a definite favorite. Hence, a score of 4.5/5 stars.


Best Brooks Ghost 13 Alternative

Saucony Triumph 18

If you’re looking for a day-to-day training shoe that is a little bit more responsive than the Ghost 13, the Saucony Triumph 18 is a great alternative. It has a slightly lower heel-toe drop at 8mm and has a slightly firmer landing feel.

Nicho Mauricio

Running wasn't always my favorite sport. I was a CrossFit athlete and I loved every bit of it. But since the pandemic began, I was forced to stay away from the gym and train at home instead. Things got boring. That's when I decided to trail run with my friends. I instantly got hooked. So I started training and researching all things running. As a beginner, I want to buy only the best running gear and do only the best practices. This blog is where I share what I've learned in my journey and my experiences as a runner.

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