Brooks Glycerin 17 Shoe Review

Brooks Glycerin 17 Shoe Review

I seem to always some version of the Brooks Glycerin in my rotation. I’ve run in several Brooks models, and the Brooks Glycerin is my favorite.  It has the most cushion of any Brooks neutral shoe.

The Brooks Glycerin 17 is designed for training. It’s Desi Linden’s favorite training shoe.  With the amount of the cushion, it’s great for the bulk of mileage. For me, it’s an easy run, daily run, or even recovery run.  I’m not a Brooks ambassador or blogger or being paid to talk about the shoe.

Brooks didn’t update much from the Glycerin 16 to Glycerin 17 which is appreciated. The significant updates come with the shoe’s upper. There is more 3D printed overlays and fewer seams. I didn’t really notice a difference.  The 3D Print technology removes weight as well as seems. If you have bunions or a wider foot, you’ll appreciate it.

Brooks Glycerin 17 Shoe Review

Quick Stats:

Weight:  8.6 oz
Heel To Toe Drop:  9 mm

Brooks Glycerin 17 Fit:

The Brooks Glycerin 17 uses an engineered mesh upper and 3d fit print.  Basically, it’s two layers of fancy mesh to prevent toes from ripping through.  The Glycerin 17 is breathable and flexible while still having structure. The internal stretch bootie also moves and expands with your feet.

With the 3D fit print technology, there are less seams and less weight. The shoe surrounds your foot without feeling too tight. It has step in comfort and you don’t need to break the shoe in.

Brooks Glycerin 17 Shoe Review

The shoe is available in wide. I wear between a size 10-11 wide for women.  I’ve worn either a 10.5 or 10.5 in Glycerin depending on the year. This year, the 10.5 is fine. If you have bunions, I recommend the wide. For those who like the Brooks Ghost, it’s more cushion than the ghost but a more narrow fit. I always say, I wish the Brooks Glycerin had the fit of the Brooks Ghost. The Glycerin is still a secure fit.

Brooks Glycerin 17 Shoe Review

Brooks Glycerin 17 Ride:

The Brooks Glycerin 17 is plush feel with plenty of cushioning. It’s soft, so you feel as though your foot sinks in. The Glycerin 17 uses Brooks DNA Loft Cushioning foam.  The DNA Loft Midsole is designed for comfort and an effortless ride.

The Glycerin 17 Running Shoe is not a responsive shoe and not intended to run “fast”, although you could if you wanted. If you like the Hoka Clifton, you’ll appreciate the Brooks Glycerin and how it is able to disperse impact as well. You can feel the amount of plush cushion in ideal pressure zones. In my rotation, it’s fit in a daily or recovery trainer.

The traction is fine on inclement days and I’ve run outside in the rain, sleet, and snow, with no issues. My only issue is we’ve had all of that in the first week of March.

Brooks Glycerin 17 Shoe Review


Not much has changed between models which I’m thankful for! It’s still light and kept under 9 ounces for women.  If you like the previous versions of the Glycerin, the newest one feels very similar. If you’re looking for a high soft cushion trainer, it’s a great option too.

Current Rotation:

Easy Runs: Hoka Mach, Saucony Triumph ISO 5, New Balance 1080

Long Runs: Hoka Cavu

Workouts/Races: Nike Lt Streak, Nike Fly

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1 Comment

  1. Hi Hollie!
    I haven’t ran in the Glycerine 17’s, although I enjoy that model of Brooks’ shoes. Have you heard anything about the new Adidas Ultraboost 19’s? Supposedly they are better than any of the other boost models..considering trying those. Thank you!

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