Brooks Ghost 12 running shoes placed on rocks outside.

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If you’re going to buy a new pair of running shoes, it’s best to get an expert’s opinion, which is why we talked with David Ribich and Katie Mackey, two members of the Brooks Beasts Track Club, to get their thoughts on the new Ghost 12. As professional athletes, these two know what they’re talking about, so without further ado, here’s four reasons to buy the new Brooks Ghost 12 running shoes.

1. There’s no break-in time required.

If you’ve done your fair share of running, you’re familiar with the break-in process of shoes. It usually takes a couple days of wearing them around the house before they feel comfortable enough to run in. Right out of the box, shoes can often be stiff and harsh on your feet but not the Ghost 12s. This is because of the unique upper made from engineered mesh and Brooks 3D Fit Print which uses a screen-printing process to add strategic stretch for a seamless structure.

“They form to your foot,” David said. “They’re one of those shoes you put on and don’t have to get the blisters or the sore feet. They feel good right off the rip.”

2. It has a perfect balance of cushioning.

As mid-distance runners, both Katie and David want some cushioned comfort but also want structure to keep their paces up. With durable cushion near the heel and a more responsive layer near the forefoot, the Ghost 12’s dual cushioning gives runners a just-right feel.

“The Ghost is the shoe I do the majority of my training miles in because it’s a good, cushioned, neutral running shoe,” Katie said. “It gives protection to my feet when I’m pounding out all my base miles.”

3. It’s versatile for miles.

Designed with traction pads for durability, lightweight mesh for speed, and responsive cushioning for comfort – these shoes are ready for anything, and both Katie and David testify to this point.

“Whether it’s for a 40-minute run, or a 16-mile run, the Ghosts are my shoes,” David said.

“It’s lightweight enough that I can hop into a hill workout on the roads or do a quality long run in it,” Katie said. “And sometimes I use it in place of a training flat.”

4. It’s got a good record.

The Ghost shoes have been renewed 12 times with slight changes throughout the years to make each rendition better than the last. So, if you liked a previous version of the Ghost, chances are you’ll love the Ghost 12. In a sport where minimal gear is required, it’s best to know that you can count on your shoes to be the best at what they do – enhancing your run and protecting your feet. The Ghost 12s will do just that.

“The Ghosts have come a long way. I remember running in the Ghost 10 in college,” David said. “They’ve gotten incrementally better.”

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