Brooks Women’s Ghost 11 Balanced Running Shoes

Last updated: July 6, 2022

Brooks Women’s Ghost 11 Balanced Running Shoes

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We looked at the top Women's Running Shoes and dug through the reviews from some of the most popular review sites. Through this analysis, we've determined the best Women's Running Shoe you should buy.

Overall Take

In our analysis of 41 expert reviews, the Brooks Women's Ghost 11 Balanced Running Shoes placed 9th when we looked at the top 11 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

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Expert Reviews


What experts liked

Newbies love its comfy cushioning, marathon vets pick it for pounding out high-mileage weeks, and road runners like its quick, smooth ride.
I really like the meshed upper material that breathes well and stretches as your feet expand and shrink due to external factors and varying effort levels.
Solid and dependable. Plush upper. Smooth ride. Comfortable fit.
The Ghost 11 packs greater versatility at a lower cost. It’s lighter and better ventilated.
The Brooks Ghost 11 is an everyday trainer with enough cushion for most distances. At a competitive price point, the shoe delivers a of positives.

What experts didn't like

The only negative that cropped up in our test was that the Ghost 11 did fall a few points in stability from its 10th iteration.
Some note the mesh upper is not as durable as claimed.
Heel to Toe Drop could be a bit lower.
High heel-toe offset may not be right for all runners
The shoe is heavy compared to current industry standards.
Narrow toe box. Not as soft as previous models. Upper lacks some structure.

Our Expert Consultant

Stephanie Mansour   
Certified Personal Trainer, Health and Wellness Expert

Stephanie Mansour, host of “Step It Up with Steph” on public broadcasting, has been coaching women for over a decade on how to lose weight and make it last. She has a Bachelor of Arts in communications with an emphasis on women’s studies and psychology from the University of Michigan. She holds certifications in life coaching, personal training, yoga and Pilates.

Overview

Good support is essential if you spend significant time running each week. You’ll need a shoe that flexes with your foot, supporting your body whether your heel or forefoot is touching the ground. That means shopping for a running shoe will be a completely different experience than choosing a shoe for walking or everyday wear.

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Certified personal trainer and Step It Up With Steph founder Stephanie Mansour says you’ll want to make sure your new running shoes can support you on a wide array of terrains.

“Similar to a walking shoe, you should look for comfort in a running shoe,” she says. “However, instead of simply trying on the shoe and walking around, I’d recommend actually running in the shoe and, if possible, trying to walk uphill or on an incline and then also downhill to see how the shoe bends and supports your feet!”

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According to Mansour, the best way to ensure a comfortable fit is to have a thumb’s-width distance between the tip of your big toe and the edge of the shoe.

“Also, in the middle of your foot and arch, do you feel like your foot is being held by the shoe?” Mansour says. “You want to feel like someone is holding their hand around the middle of your foot and it feels secure and safe. Finally, make sure there’s no slipping at the back of the shoe at the heel.”

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In addition to comfort and support, you should also consider breathability when searching for the right running shoe. You’ll be shifting your weight from your heel to your arch to the ball of your foot, so it’s important to find a shoe that provides support at each point. This support will help not only your feet but also your body’s joints.

Breathability is also important in a running shoe. Runners are especially vulnerable to athlete’s foot, a condition that can be uncomfortable and difficult to treat. Prevention is the best option, and for runners, that means wearing non-cotton socks and shoes that are built for breathability. For daily runners, it could help to have two pairs of running shoes on hand at all times to let one pair dry out for 48 hours before wearing it again.

Lastly, there’s the issue of aesthetics. You’ll want a pair of running shoes that looks good, even if you only wear them for your daily run. Some shoes come in a wide range of colors and patterns to help you customize your look. Shop around until you find a pair that fits your personal preferences in every area.

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