Brooks Glycerin 19 Review – Should You Buy It?

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Your day to day training shoe is the most important shoe in your rotation. Simply because you’re going to spend most of your time in it.

A well-cushioned, snug fit running shoe will not only allow you to run more, but it will also keep your joints healthy leading to longevity.

With that said, we’re gonna look at if the Brooks Glycerin 19 is worthy to fill that position in your running shoe rotation.

Brooks Glycerin 19 Full Review

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The Brooks Glycerin 19 is undeniably one of the softest shoe in all of Brooks shoes.

It has a super-soft DNA Loft cushioning which is Brooks’ softest midsole technology yet. This helps further decrease the impact on your joints from repetitive pounding.

It has a multilayer breathable mesh that hugs the foot just right making it comfortable to wear day-in and day-out. Plus, its gusseted tongue also helps provide a more secure overall fit.

Its outsoles are a bit similar to the Brooks Ghost 13 but are a little bit thinner, which tells me that this shoe will wear a bit faster than the Brooks. But still, I believe it will get to 450 miles no problem.

It’s less responsive than Brooks Ghost 13, but definitely more comfortable. As they say, ‘If Ghost 13 feels comfortable, you haven’t been in a Glycerin 19’.

Overall, this shoe is a great option if you want a very soft, very comfortable shoe to use for your day-to-day runs. Although I will not use it for tempo and threshold days, there are better shoes for that.

DNA Loft Cushioning


  • Support level: Neutral
  • Experience type: Max cushion
  • Stack height: 31mm / 21mm
  • Heel-toe drop: 10mm
  • Weight: 10.2oz / 289.2g
  • Surface: Road

Who are these for?

This shoe is best for runners looking for a cushioned daily trainers that could handle middle and long distances with comfort.

It is best to use in an easy pace, just looking to get a good training without putting on too much impact on the joints.

What’s Included?

The package includes a pair of Brooks Glycerin 19.

Overview of Features

Super Soft DNA Loft Cushioning

Brooks added more DNA Loft cushioning, their softest cushioning technology yet, to enhance the soft ride that is consistent with the Glycerin lineup.

Generally speaking, the softest material is also the ones that are easiest to wear off. Brooks found a way to solve that problem by combining a very durable EVA foam and their secret material that they call the Panda foam which created an extremely soft cushioning yet very durable midsole.

In short, you’ll feel the exact same feeling when you run your first mile into mile 300. This is what makes the DNA Loft midsole a huge advantage over another soft midsole.

Plush Internal Fit

The mesh upper and the plush internal lining offers a snug, comfortable fit all around the shoe.

Plush Transitions

The Glycerin 19 is equipped with full-length DNA loft cushioning through the midsole giving it a smoother and softer transition from heel to toe on the ride.

Perfect Fit

Brooks are crafted using smart technologies such as the 3D fit print that helps provide strategic stretch and structure to further enhance overall comfort and fit.


  • Smooth on the transition
  • Great overall fit and lockdown
  • Breathable upper
  • Soft yet durable midsole


  • For $150, this shoe is a bit expensive for a shoe that feels similar to the $130 Brooks Ghost 13.


In Summary

Brooks Glycerin 19

Runners Get Up

Price for Value


For a daily training shoe capable of middle to long distances, I score the Glycerin 19 4.6/5. Although it’s not a light shoe capable of winning races, this shoe does what it is meant to do with flying colors. It is incredibly soft, a little bit responsive, and just has an amazing overall plush fit. It’s simply the training shoes I’m looking for.

Once again, kudos Brooks!


Best Alternative

Asics Novablast

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If you’re looking for a running shoe that focuses on speed than comfort at the same price range, then you have to go with the ASICS Novablast. It’s equipped with FLYTEFOAM® Blast midsole technology and an enhanced toe spring that gives you more energy return on each stride.

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