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Ombre Brooks Glycerin 12 Review

You guys, feast your eyes upon the most beautiful running shoes I’ve ever seen…

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The New Ombre Glycerin 12 by Brooks

When Finish Line contacted me and asked if I’d be interested in trying out and promoting a new Ombre dyed shoe for Brooks, I jumped on board as fast as I could! The only catch was, I wouldn’t know which shoe model I was receiving until it arrived on my front porch. I had literally just picked up a brand new pair of Ghosts, so I was secretly hoping I would end up with a second pair to use as a backup. But, I got the next best thing! Imagine how excited I was when the NEUTRAL Glycerin was what I actually received! Since the Ghost is also a neutral shoe, I was pumped to test out another neutral shoe that Brooks makes and switch things up a bit!

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So what do I mean by, a “neutral shoe?” Well, not all running shoes are created equal, and there are several different categories of shoes that basically designate what their overall fit is like. Categories such as neutral, control, stability, and guidance all have to do with what kind of feet they are best suited for. Are you a big pronator? Do you have high arches? Do your ankles roll easily? Do you need to wear orthotics with your shoes? What is your stride like? Do you have wide feet or narrow feet? How much cushioning do you prefer? How do your feet strike the ground when you run? Things like this can determine what kind of shoe is best for you, and you should never pick your shoe out based on color and cuteness alone.

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A neutral shoe is pretty straightforward. It is designed for someone with exactly what it suggests, a neutral gait. There is just enough cushioning, and the shoe keeps your foot as close to its natural positioning as possible. There aren’t a lot of bells and whistles attached, such as tons of motion control or over pronating correction which will help alter the motion of your foot while you run. Basically, a neutral shoe is kind of in the middle of things. It keeps your foot in as close to the same position as you naturally run as possible. I wear neutral shoes because I ALSO wear custom orthotics. It’s generally overkill to add orthotics to a shoe that’s already correcting your foot mechanics. (I over-pronate and have pretty flat arches, but my orthotics help me enough to not need a stability shoe). I’ve experienced that silliness firsthand! Flashback to last year’s marathon training – new shoe- fiasco! You can read more about that here, here, and here.

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The Glycerin 12 is a neutral shoe. So if you don’t need any extra pronating correction, support, or control, then the Glycerin might be a good fit for you!

The Glycerin uses new Super DNA, (Brooks’s awesome cushioning technology) and gives you 20% more cushioning than previous models! The shoe also helps to distribute the pressure on your foot more evenly, definitely a plus!

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From the Brooks website, “A conformable saddle wraps the foot, while 3D Fit Print creates a custom fit without adding weight. At just 9.1 ounces, the Glycerin 12 is lighter than ever, but full of new technologies to elevate your run.” 

Ya’ll, it is SUPER light weight. And, as if you haven’t seen me mention it enough on Instagram, it is super comfortable and cushy! Like, could wear it around all day and not want to take it off, cushy.

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I really enjoyed running in these, and could definitely tell they had more “bounce” than my Ghosts. They were also so much lighter, which I knew ahead of time, but I had no idea how much of a difference that makes! Running in a lighter shoe may not sound like a big deal, but overtime, it really just equates to hauling less weight around on your tired feet as you become fatigued. I know I’ve tried on running shoes in the past that have felt like bricks on my feet. Lighter = totes the way to go.

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They also felt a little more “bare bones” than my Ghosts. But maybe that’s just in my head. I know I’m probably harping on it, but I just really loved how comfortable they were, and how it felt like my stride was still natural, but oh so easy and springy! I didn’t feel like my feet were trying to do something they aren’t used to, or like the shoe was trying to position them weirdly. My feet felt protected, but still free to move how I wanted them to. Confession: I also wore these barefoot a few times, as well as on my bike a few times, and they were perfect!


Now, for the color combo…


Brooks nailed this one on the head. No doubt. I am obsessed with these, and think they are the prettiest running shoes I ever did see! A hot pink and orange ombre running shoe?! I mean, come on! LOVE! (Ignore the jungle that is my backyard. We have a rock problem, ok?)

Even the laces are ombre. Did you notice that? Too. Stinkin’. Cute.

I felt like I could run lightning fast in these. Brighter colors make you run faster, right?? I can’t tell you how many people have asked me where I got those “pink and orange tie-dyed looking running shoes.” Ombre, people. Ombre. Get with the lingo 🙂

If I had to say ONE negative thing about them, it would be that I wish they came in a “narrow” fit. The normal width is fine on me, but if I had the option, my tiny feet could probably go just a hair narrower.

Finish Line and Brooks, thank you so, so much for letting me try out these shoes!

**I received these shoes free of compensation from Finish Line. All opinions are my own.**

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Before you go, be sure and follow Finish Line on the socials. You can find the full Ombre line for sale, HERE, plus Finish Line will give you free shipping!

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What do you think about these? Like, love, or not so sure on the “ombre” color? Have you ever tried the Brooks Glycerin? Where do you buy your running shoes – a store like Finish Line or online?

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  • Reply
    September 10, 2014 at 11:34 am

    Where did you get your custom orthodontics? I am an over pronator as well and I never considered doing that so that I could still wear the lighter neutral shoes! The stability shoes are so heavy on long distances.
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      Sweet Miles
      September 10, 2014 at 11:55 am

      My dad is a chiropractor back home and had them custom fitted for my feet and ordered them for me! And I agree, I tend to find stability shoes pretty cumbersome too!

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      September 10, 2014 at 4:19 pm

      That’s great!! So if I get this done at my chiropractor do I need to specify differences for running vs regular use? I know there are running stores that do this specifically for running shoes, but unfortunately not anywhere around here!

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        Sweet Miles
        September 10, 2014 at 5:51 pm

        Your chiropractor may not even offer custom orthotics, so you’ll have to ask! My dad has worked with the brand, Foot Levelers, for YEARS though! And yes, the ones I have in my shoes are made thinner so they fit in running shoes easier! He uses a machine that scans your feet, then he takes a custom mold and sends them off to their lab!

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    Audrina @ Mindfully Audrina
    September 10, 2014 at 2:32 pm

    This is so gorgeous! The color really stands out. I usually buy my running shoes from big outlets, but I am definitely going to get this pair for my next one – it just caught my eye!


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      Sweet Miles
      September 25, 2014 at 1:01 pm

      I think you’ll really like them, Audrina!

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    Kristen @ Glitter and Dust
    September 10, 2014 at 3:15 pm

    I run in the purple and blue ombre Glycerin and absolutely LOVE them. I didn’t realize they had a pink and orange option. I may just have to splurge and add some color options to my Glycerin collection. I buy all of my running shoes at our local running store. They do a lot for the community and put on a lot of great events, so I try to buy from them when I can.
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      Sweet Miles
      September 25, 2014 at 1:00 pm

      It’s pretty new so the Ombre line probably wasn’t out yet when you bought yours! And I’m the same way, I typically buy all my shoes local unless I order them online (if I’ve gone to the store first and confirmed sizing!)

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    September 10, 2014 at 4:31 pm

    These are so pretty! I run in their minimalist PureProject shoes but have eyeing these up just for the color!

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      Sweet Miles
      September 25, 2014 at 12:59 pm

      You should try them out!

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    September 11, 2014 at 3:11 am

    I recently did a review for these shoes (not the same colour though) too. I love these as an everyday walking/gym shoe, or for short distances. I didn’t like them for my long runs. I prefer the pure project for longer distances.
    Can I just say I totally LOVE this colour, love love love.
    The other thing I love about these shoes, are the soft laces, they just spongy and grip iykwim.
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      Sweet Miles
      September 25, 2014 at 12:59 pm

      I haven’t run much in any of their ‘Pure’ line shoes! But, most of my friends who are super fast prefer them for racing!

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    Stacie @ SimplySouthernStacie
    September 11, 2014 at 7:29 am

    These shoes are so stinkin pretty! Can I just wear them out for a night on the town? They are too pretty to get dirty.
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      Sweet Miles
      September 25, 2014 at 12:57 pm

      I think so too!

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    Brooks “Ombre” Collection Makes Serious Runners Cute | FinishLine
    September 23, 2014 at 5:25 pm

    […] “The Glycerin 12 is a neutral shoe. So if you don’t need any extra pronating correction, support, or control, then the Glycerin might be a good fit for you!… I am obsessed with these, and think they are the prettiest running shoes I ever did see! A hot pink and orange ombre running shoe?! I mean, come on!… I felt like I could run lightning fast in these. Brighter colors make you run faster, right?? I can’t tell you how many people have asked me where I got those ‘pink and orange tie-dyed looking running shoes.’ Ombre, people. Ombre. Get with the lingo” Read the full post here. […]

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    Coralie Scott
    September 16, 2015 at 8:17 pm

    Hey! I just wondered how these come up size-wise? Usually I go up half a size for running, but I can’t buy these here in Aus so I’ll have to order them online… Thanks! Coralie

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      Sweet Miles
      September 16, 2015 at 11:15 pm

      Hi! I felt like they ran a little wide and maybe just a hair bigger than other Brooks models!

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