- One of the best cushioned shoes on the market
- Very comfortable – soft without feeling mushy
- Shoe works well on pavement, dirt trails
- Built to withstand both long and short runs
- Shoelaces never come untied
- Smaller toe box than predecessor (which many people loved)
- Mesh netting can heat your foot up
- Fairly neutral
Brooks has continued to upgrade their Glycerin line and this will be another popular model of neutral running shoes. These shoes are some of the most cushioned on the market right now, but are a bit expensive.
We were pretty excited when the Brooks Glycerin 16 shoes arrived on our doorstep. The Glycerin line has been a very popular neutral running shoe for years, and is built to withstand long distances. This runner’s favorite is now on its 16th iteration— and there are some big upgrades to this model from the Glycerin 15.
Like its predecessors, the Glycerin 16 is a neutral road-running shoe, although it will also work for people who tend to supinate (underpronate), because it is so cushioned. Brooks just unveiled their proprietary DNA LOFT cushioning midsole in this shoe. It’s softer than the midsole in the Glycerin 15, but doesn’t feel mushy when your foot hits the pavement. According to Brooks, DNA LOFT is made of rubber, ethylene vinyl acetate (otherwise known as EVA), and air. Books says this mixture gives the runner a soft and protected experience, without making the shoe any heavier. The deep groves in the sole and the rubber on the sole provide for a stable and safe run in a variety of conditions. Although the shoe is technically .2 pounds heavier than the Glycerin 15, it should not be enough to actually make a difference on mile 10. However, it’s not one of lightest shoes in the neutral running shoe category. The men’s shoe weighs 10.6 oz, and the women’s shoe is 9.4 oz.
Glycerin 16 vs Glycerin 15
The shoe’s fit has also been changed from its predecessor. A new bootie and double-knit upper makes the mid-foot and toe box fit more snugly. The material is known as “Jacquard Warp” and is meant to provide increased breathability, flexibility, and hold, but we found it actually makes the shoe a bit thicker and less breathable than the Glycerin 15’s. This could lead to a very warm run, on hot summer days. The bootie comes with a two-directional stretch, which enables it to fit a variety of foot shapes. The heel collar is also lower, so as the shoe is being broken in, there shouldn’t be any chafing. One aspect of these shoes that we love is, believe it or not, the shoelaces. It is incredibly annoying as a runner to have to stop, and re-tie your shoes. These shoelaces don’t budge. Once they’re tied, they stay tied.
The Glycerin 16 shoes are pretty expensive, with an MSRP of $150. This pricing is in line with other Glycerin shoes — which are a top-of-the-line shoe. $150 is pretty expensive for running shoes, but the Glycerin 16’s should be effective in almost any running situation, whether it’s a long slow distance run, or a 5K.
The women’s Glycerin 16 shoes come in a narrow, medium, and wide width while the men’s come in medium and wide with options.
Overall, we liked these shoes a lot – but they are quite expensive for a pair of shoes you are only wearing a couple hours a day. We’d think it’s worth it to buy a pair if you are a regular runner and want to try something new, or if you are really looking for an extra cushioned neutral shoe. But if you aren’t comfortable with dropping that much money on a pair of shoes, we recommend looking into the Glycerin 15’s. They have been discounted – and can be found around $100 on sale. They are a close second to the Glycerin 16 as far as cushioned, neutral running shoes go.