Brooks Glycerin 17 Shoe Review

Brooks Glycerin 17

Brooks has made a few minor updates to the latest version of the Brooks Glycercin, which is a comfortable and popular neutral shoe. For those are unfamiliar with the shoe, the Glycerin model is built for high mileage providing a soft and cushioned feel. I have reviewed this shoe for the past few years and each year I am impressed with the look and feel of this shoe.

While I knew this shoe was popular, I didn’t realize that there would be a Brooks commercial with Des Linden promoting the brand and the shoe. I saw this a few days before the 2019 Boston Marathon. For those who watched it, then you know Des placed fifth this after winning the 2018 Boston Marathon.

This shoe is great for a number of reasons, but one of the things I like is that Brooks offers 4 solid color options to choose from. I like having an option when buying shoes, especially when they retail for $150.

I will update this review if my experience changes while running in the Brooks Glycerin 17.

Brooks Glycerin 17 Shoe Verdict

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The Brooks Glycerin continues to be one of the most popular Brooks neutral running shoe. The updates to this shoe improve the upper and overall comfort, something you will notice if you wore the Glycerin 16.

This years model is a little lighter than last year’s model and something I didn’t notice when wearing these during any of my runs.

The shoe liner by the heel continues to be very comfortable and provides a great fit. The redesigned upper fit great and looked great as well.

If you are looking for a responsive and comfortable neutral running shoe, consider trying the Brooks Glycerin 17. This shoe feels amazing, just wish it didn’t have a $150 price tag.

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Pros Cons
  • Supportive
  • Durable
  • Responsive
  • True to Size
  • Expensive ($150)
  • Heavier than some shoes

Here are a few pictures of the Brooks Glycerin 17 that I wore for this review.

Brooks Glycerin 17 Shoe Initial Thoughts

Knowing that this shoe was very similar to the Glycerin 16 I had a good idea that I was going to like the latest version. The redesigned upper was something I was looking forward to seeing how the shoe would feel.

When I first opened the box I immediately liked the classic grey color and could feel the updated upper of the shoe. The sole looked exactly like the previous version and just as soft as I remembered. Even just from walking around the house you could tell that these shoes were going to be great to run in.

The sole and heel portion of the shoe continues to have an incredible sock-like fit that was very comfortable. The padded tongue makes the shoe feel great when the laces were tied.

The shoe remains to have a 10mm drop (rear to front), which I like and is a little higher than the majority of shoes I run in.

Brooks Glycerin 17 Shoe Specifications

  • Shoe Type/Category: Neutral
  • Weight: 10.6 oz (Size 9 D)
  • Shoe drop: 10mm
  • Shoe Height: 32mm (Heel), 22mm (Forefoot)
  • Sizing: Standard running shoe length
  • Heel: Medium
  • Forefoot: Medium width
  • Previous model: Brooks Glycerin 16

Brooks Glycerin 17 Shoe Overview

The Brooks Glycerin 17 running shoe continues to be a top-rated neutral running shoe ideal for daily training and long distances.

The responsive sole of these shoes makes them great for daily training, long runs, and recovery runs. The updated one-piece upper improve the fit and feel of the shoe. While they are great for most runs, I would race in these. You are better off with something lighter.

There are a few decent color options for both men and women. The one worn for this review were my favorites.

Weighing in at 10.6 oz (.2 oz less than last year) for a men’s size 9, these shoes are very supportive for how much this shoe weighs.

Brooks Glycerin 17 Shoe Sole

The Brooks Glycerin 17 sole had no updates with the latest version of this shoe. Similar to my review of the Glycerin 16, I immediately noticed the soft feel of the DNA Loft midsole.

The sole of the Glycerin 17 continues to have a rounded heel, DNA Loft midsole material, and blown rubber compound improving durability.

The DNA Loft midsole continues to delight runners by adding air and rubber to their famous DNA foam, creating a soft and cushioned midsole. If you ask other runners who wear Glycerins, they love them.

The rounded heel and curved forefoot promote a natural running movement. In addition to the DNA Loft midsole, the shoe has IDEAL pressure zones on the sole that help distribute the pressure and increase the responsiveness of this shoe.

Below are a few pictures of the Brooks Glycerin 17 shoe sole and heel.

Brooks Glycerin 17 Shoe Upper

When I took the Brooks Glycerin 17 out of the box, I noticed the slits in the one-piece mesh upper. This not only looked great but really looked like it would help with the fit and comfort of this shoe.

The update with the Brooks Glycerin 17 is are an updated OrthoLite sock liner, which improves feel and support. Other than that the upper remains somewhat similar to the previous version.

One of my favorite thing about this shoe is the soft sock liner. The sock liner keeps your foot snug and is one of the most comfortable liners on the market.

The shoe continues to have a saddle structure that provides a great fit for all types of feet. The padded tongue feels soft and comfortable when the laces are tied.

Below are a few pictures of the Brooks Glycerin 17 upper shoe area.

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Brooks Glycerin 17 Shoe Ratings
  • 9/10
    Overall Rating - 9/10
  • 9/10
    Upper - 9/10
  • 9/10
    Sole - 9/10

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