Brooks Women’s Ghost 11 Running Shoe

Last updated date: September 12, 2019

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Overall Take

In our analysis of 45 expert reviews, the Brooks Brooks Women's Ghost 11 Running Shoe placed 5th when we looked at the top 6 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

Editor's Note October 4, 2019:
Checkout The Best Women’s Running Shoe for a detailed review of all the top women's running shoes.

Expert Summarized Score
6 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
2,075 user reviews
Our Favorite Video 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.
- Runner's World
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.
- Trail & Kale
Solid and dependable. Plush upper. Smooth ride. Comfortable fit.
- Running Warehouse
The Ghost 11 packs greater versatility at a lower cost. It’s lighter and better ventilated.
- Solereview
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.
- Running Shoes Guru
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.
- Runner's World
Some note the mesh upper is not as durable as claimed.
- RunRepeat
Heel to Toe Drop could be a bit lower.
- Trail & Kale
High heel-toe offset may not be right for all runners
- Running Warehouse
The shoe is heavy compared to current industry standards.
- Solereview
Narrow toe box. Not as soft as previous models. Upper lacks some structure.
- Running Shoes Guru

From The Manufacturer

Overall Product Rankings

1. adidas Women’s Cloudfoam Pure Running Shoe
Overall Score: 9.2
Expert Reviews: 5
2. NIKE Women’s Tanjun Running Shoes
Overall Score: 8.9
Expert Reviews: 5
3. New Balance Women’s FuelCore Nergize V1 Cross Trainer
Overall Score: 8.7
Expert Reviews: 9
4. ASICS Women’s Gel-Venture 6 Running-Shoes
Overall Score: 8.6
Expert Reviews: 7
5. Brooks Women’s Ghost 11 Running Shoe
Overall Score: 8.5
Expert Reviews: 6
6. Saucony Women’s Cohesion 10 Running Shoe
Overall Score: 7.2
Expert Reviews: 7

An Overview On Women's Running Shoes

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.

DYWM Fun Fact

If you want to extend your life, running may be a good hobby for you. Running at least 15 miles a week can reduce your risk of Alzheimer’s by about 40 percent, in addition to keeping your mind sharper and heart healthier. You’ll also burn calories ­— not just while you’re running but for a period of time after you’ve come to a stop. Studies have connected running to a reduced risk of cancer and an overall increased life expectancy, especially if you exercise five days or more each week. But perhaps one of the most attractive health benefits of running is its impact on the brain. Studies have found that even a short 30-minute run on a treadmill can lift the mood of someone suffering a major depressive disorder.

The Women's Running Shoe Buying Guide

  • When your running shoes are comfortable, it gives you one more reason to keep going, even when you feel as though you’re out of energy. The Adidas Women’s Cloudfoam Pure Running Shoe uses a memory foam sock liner and a stretchy mesh upper to support your foot while also keeping it comfortable the entire time you’re wearing it. The New Balance Women’s FuelCore Cross Trainer also uses memory foam to provide extra cushion to your feet.
  • The NIKE Women’s Tanjun Running Shoe has an outsole that absorbs shock to minimize the impact to your feet as you run. The padded heel collar around the ankle keeps the shoe from rubbing against your skin.
  • With the ASICS Women’s Venture 6 Running Shoe, the Rearfoot GEL Cushioning System keeps your foot comfortable throughout the transition from heel to toe, which also provides relief to your joints, including your knees.
  • Sizing plays an important role in your shoe of choice, but fit can vary dramatically from one person to another. The Adidas Women’s Cloudfoam Pure Running Shoe has been reported as too wide by some with narrow feet, while the toe box in the New Balance Women’s FuelCore Cross Trainer and ASICS Women’s Venture 6 Running Shoe have both been reported as too narrow by runners.
  • Support may be even more important than comfort, especially if you put a lot of running miles on your shoes. The New Balance Women’s FuelCore Cross Trainer is built to support runners, combining an ultra-lightweight midsole that both cushions and stabilizes the foot while you run. The ASICS Women’s Venture 6 Running Shoe uses the Rearfoot GEL Cushioning System to provide support exactly where it’s needed. The Adidas Women’s Cloudfoam Pure Running Shoe, on the other hand, is ideal for light runners, rather than for someone who pounds the pavement for hours each week.
  • Moisture buildup can become a problem with athletic footwear, particularly if your feet tend to sweat. The Adidas Women’s Cloudfoam Pure Running Shoe, NIKE Women’s Tanjun Running Shoe and ASICS Women’s Venture 6 Running Shoe are built with breathability in mind. This will keep moisture at a minimum and help your feet dry out more quickly if you do sweat.
  • If you’re concerned about occasionally needing to clean your shoes, the Adidas Women’s Cloudfoam Pure Running Shoe is easy to clean.
  • Another benefit of the ASICS Women’s Venture 6 Running Shoe is its suitability for a wide variety of terrains. Whether you’re running on a treadmill or an outdoor trail, you’ll get durability from this shoe.
  • Appearance is also important, particularly if you wear your running shoes while running errands or hanging out with friends on weekends. The Adidas Women’s Cloudfoam Pure Running Shoe offers two dozen color options, while the New Balance Women’s FuelCore Cross Trainer has a similar range of colors and patterns.