The Brooks Ghost 14 is the most recent model of the popular road running shoe, which Brooks claims is now smoother and softer than ever. The Ghost shoe is designed for people that need neutral support and want a moderately cushioned feel. The Ghost is available in sizes 5.0 to 13.0 with half sizes and three widths: wide, medium and narrow.
The Ghost 14 is Brooks’ first carbon neutral shoe, which Brooks achieved via recycled materials, decreasing manufacturing waste, and purchasing carbon offsets.
Brooks states that the Ghost 14 has softer cushioning, smoother transitions, and an improved fit. A big change from the previous Ghost model is the midsole cushioning. Now the entire midsole uses DNA LOFT technology, rather than a combination of DNA Loft and BioMogo DNA foam.
This creates an even softer run because DNA LOFT, a combination of EVA foam, rubber, and air, is Brooks’ softest midsole technology. Smoother transitions are achieved with the softer midsole and a segmented crash pad. The segmented crash pad is a series of shock absorbers shaped like a caterpillar to help heel-to-toe transitions regardless of your foot landing. The improved fit is achieved via 3D-printed upper, which helps add structure to the upper while maintaining flexibility.
The Ghost 14 has mixed reviews. Many reviewers loved that the Ghost is available in three widths. Additionally, they loved the soft, cushioned feel. However, long-time Ghost users disliked the 14. Many even say this is the worst Ghost ever in their reviews. They complained that the toe box felt too narrow and they experienced joint pain after going for a run in the 14s.