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Women's Glycerin 12

Women's Glycerin 12 New Worlds of Comfort

$150.00 $120.00

Style #120160

Every lace and stitch of the all-new Glycerin 12 running shoe goes above and beyond the standards of comfort. This neutral running shoe for women was inspired by the clouds and designed to feel like running in a meadow toward the one you love. New Super DNA provides 25% more cushioning than BioMoGo DNA, while Ideal Pressure Zones in the outsole optimize pressure distribution from heel to forefoot. And the upper? 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.

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  • Color: 540

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What's New

Glycerin 12

  • Super DNA midsole provides the ultimate adaptive cushioning
  • Rounded heel offers better alignment, minimizing stress on joints
  • Ideal Pressure Zones disperse impact for an effortless ride
  • Conformable saddle construction gives your foot a snug fit
  • 3-D Fit Print overlays on the upper add flexibility and structure
Great for road running

Great for road running

Ideal for Medium to High Arches

Ideal for medium to high arches

Weight

Weight 9.1 oz

Ideal for normal pronation

Ideal for runners with normal pronation

Midsole drop

Midsole drop 10mm

New colors available

Nightlife color available

Technology

3D Fit Print

Using a revolutionary process that uses screen-print technology to apply engineered structure to the uppers of our shoes, it maintains the shoe structure with increased flexibility and lighter weight.

Ideal Pressure Zones

Distribute pressure evenly under your foot, transforming your run into a more comfortable and effortless ride.

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Segmented Crash Pad

Made up of fully-integrated shock absorbers to provide cushion and smooth heel-to-toe transition, maximizing the efficiency of every stride.

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Super DNA

An adaptable midsole material that offers increased cushioning while providing peak energy return and support.

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Ideal Pressure Zones

What is it?

Ideal Pressure Zones distribute pressure evenly under your foot, transforming your run into a more comfortable and effortless ride from heel to forefoot.

How does it work?

When we take a step back to examine how runners run, we recognize that the highest amount of impact happens as you propel yourself forward. Knowing that this is the moment of highest impact, we’ve reshaped the outsole to disperse pressure evenly throughout your whole foot -- from heel to mid-foot to forefoot.

This means that impact is no longer felt in just one area of the foot which could cause “hot spots” (places that rub or cause pain throughout the run) but is instead dispersed evenly across the entire foot, leading to a smoother, float-like transition as you glide through your run.

Ideal Pressure Zones work in conjunction with our other shoe technologies to help runners maintain their most efficient and natural motion throughout the run.

Segmented Crash Pad

What is it?

The Segmented Crash Pad customizes your foot's lay-down to provide amazing cushion and smooth heel-to-toe transition throughout the run.

How does it work?

We know that a key component of maximizing your run is to provide the smoothest possible heel-to-toe transition. The Segmented Crash Pad is one technology we use to achieve this goal.

Shaped like a caterpillar, the Segmented Crash Pad is a midsole made up of independent, yet fully integrated shock absorbers. As your foot strikes the ground, the segments work together to customize your individual lay down to provide the right amount of cushion and seamless heel-to-toe transition for you – making the most of all that effort you put into each stride.

Super DNA

What is it?

An adaptable midsole material that combines plushness with adaptability and provides 25% more cushioning than BioMoGo DNA.

Traditional cushioning takes a one-size-fits-all approach, but we know that each runner is different. Super DNA was developed to continuously tailor the level of cushioning to your specific needs – even as they change during the run.

How does it work?

Super DNA is made up of a highly viscous non-Newtonian material or more simply put, a material that adapts to the specific force you apply to it. Part of the brilliance is that this compound was engineered to perform at the molecular level (picture millions of resilient 'nanosprings').

If you looked at Super DNA through a microscope, you’d see that it's made up of individual molecules connected in strands. These strands (which form chains) react to the amount of force placed on the foot, dispersing pressure and providing resiliency. Bottom line of this physics lesson: You get tailored cushioning that reacts to your specific weight, pace, gait, movement and running environment – "made-for-me" cushioning vs. "one size fits all."

And, as with all good technology, we’ve taken it a step further:

  • Super DNA is our latest stop on the DNA journey. Introduced with the Transcend and now found in the Glycerin, Super DNA combines the adaptability of DNA and adds 25% more cushioning than BioMoGo DNA while still maintaining the same energy return and biodegradable properties. Essentially you get the best of both worlds – adaptability and ultimate cushioning.

Other benefits include:

  • Significantly more cushioning than standard midsole materials
  • Increased energy-return for more pep in your step
  • Great performance no matter your weight or running pace
  • Smoother transition from heel to toe

Specifications

  • Shoe Category: Neutral
  • Arch: Medium, High
  • Body Build: Medium, Large
  • Platform: Universal Platform
  • DNA Layout: Full-length DNA Layout
  • Construction Type: Strobel
  • Water-Resistant: No
  • Waterproof: No
  • Launch Date: June 1, 2014
  • Weight: 9.1 oz

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Glycerin 12
 
4.4

(based on 106 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (76)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (13)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (8)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (3)

88%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Comfortable (90)
  • Lightweight (81)
  • Cushions impact (71)
  • Durable (52)
  • Arch support (51)

Cons

  • Poor cushioning (10)
  • Uncomfortable (10)
  • Wears quickly (7)
  • Narrow / tight (5)
  • Poor arch support (5)

Best Uses

  • Walking (60)
  • Gym (49)
  • Distance / endurance (46)
  • Dry conditions (42)
  • Trail running (26)
    • Sizing:
    • Feels full size too small

       

      Feels half size too small

       

      Feels true to size

       

      90% 

      (95 reviews)

      Feels half size too big

       

      Feels full size too big

       
    • Width:
    • Feels too narrow

       

      Feels true to width

       

      94% 

      (98 reviews)

      Feels too wide

       
    • Arch Type:
    • Average arch (77), High arch (14), Low arch (9)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Casual/ recreational (36), Enthusiast (33), Gym rat (28), Rarely work out (5)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (97), Yes (8)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

I've never felt better running!

I am using the product to train for a Mini Marathon. I was having really bad hip pains running in Nike so I decided to pay a little extra for a lot better quality!...Read complete review

I am using the product to train for a Mini Marathon. I was having really bad hip pains running in Nike so I decided to pay a little extra for a lot better quality! I love them, they are so lightweight and easy on my feet. They feel like they were made for the way I run.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Not a Cushioning Shoe

I bought these after researching "cushioning" shoes. I have developed some foot pain lately (heel pain, ball of foot pain, tingling) and wanted to find a high quality cushioning...Read complete review

I bought these after researching "cushioning" shoes. I have developed some foot pain lately (heel pain, ball of foot pain, tingling) and wanted to find a high quality cushioning shoe to help with some of my issues. I tried them on in a store and thought they felt pretty decent on their carpet but was unsure so I did not buy them. After more research, I kept coming back to the Glycerin because so many people talked about how cushioned they are. Well, I decided to give them a shot. Kudos to Brooks for getting these to me in 3 days. However, I am very disappointed with the shoes and will be sending them back. These Glycerin 12's are the hardest trainers that I have. Walking around the house on bamboo flooring (which is soft for wood) was like walking barefoot on concrete. My heel pain felt worse in these. I really wanted to like these shoes because they are very well made and a lot of people like them but I seriously would never call this a "cushioning" shoe.

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5.0

Love my Glycerins

By 

from Bismarck, ND

About Me Gym Rat

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Comfortable
  • Durable
  • Lightweight

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Dry Weather
    • Gym

    Comments about Glycerin 12:

    Started wearing Glycerins with the 10s. I love them, they are so comfortable. This is my third pair of 12s. I wanted to buy the 13s when they came out but when I tried them on, they fit nothing like previous versions, it was very disappointing. The toe area seems to have been narrowed on the 13s and so they did not fit comfortably at all. So, I purchased another pair of the 12s.

    • Sizing:
    • Feels true to size
    • Width:
    • Feels true to width
    • Arch Type:
    • Average Arch
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

    Comment on this review

     
    5.0

    Glycerin is my Solemate :)

    By 

    from Grand Rapids, MI

    About Me Casual/ Recreational

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Comfortable
    • Cushions Impact
    • Durable
    • Good Arch Support
    • Good Traction
    • Lightweight
    • Responsive
    • Supinate Support

    Cons

    • Loose In The Toe Width

    Best Uses

    • Dry Weather
    • Endurance Training
    • Gym
    • Trail Running
    • Walking

    Comments about Glycerin 12:

    Two words describe myself to a T: Moderate Supinator (Is that a word?). For those who don't know this is the opposite of pronating. And not being well educated about this I was wearing a shoe for pronators. As I became a more serious runner, I began to feel it in my feet, resulting in sore feet and wearing the soles right off my shoes in just a couple months span. I knew I was in the wrong shoe (support shoe) and was eventually recommended to switch to a neutral shoe & my feet are in heaven! I feel like I have more control running. My feet no longer hurt. And only after one run my times are improving with great ease. As for the Glycerin, this shoe has great colors & is well worth every penny. #BrooksorBust

    • Sizing:
    • Feels true to size
    • Width:
    • Feels true to width
    • Arch Type:
    • Average Arch
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

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    5.0

    Love my shoes!

    By 

    from Cedar Rapids Iowa

    About Me Casual/ Recreational

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Comfortable
    • Cushions Impact
    • Durable
    • Good Arch Support
    • Good Traction
    • Lightweight
    • Pronation Control
    • Responsive

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Dry Weather
      • Trail Running
      • Walking
      • Wet Weather
      • With Orthotics/Inserts
      • Work

      Comments about Glycerin 12:

      I wear them with orthotics and they work very well.I wear them for work which requires much walking and they are the best shoes I've ever worn. Love them love them love them.I am also a walker and part-time runner and love them

      • Sizing:
      • Feels true to size
      • Width:
      • Feels true to width
      • Arch Type:
      • Average Arch
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

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      5.0

      Terrific shoe!

      By 

      from Asheville NC

      About Me Gym Rat

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Comfortable
      • Cushions Impact
      • Good Arch Support
      • Lightweight
      • Responsive

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Dry Weather
        • Endurance Training
        • Trail Running

        Comments about Glycerin 12:

        I run 3-4 times per week on relatively flat small gravel trail at a nearby park or on asphalt road in my slightly hilly neighborhood. These shoes have performed well in both locations, were immediately comfortable the first time I ran in them. Very pleased.

        • Sizing:
        • Feels true to size
        • Width:
        • Feels true to width
        • Arch Type:
        • Average Arch
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

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        5.0

        I would buy this product again.

        By 

        from Ohio

        About Me Casual/ Recreational

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Comfortable
        • Cushions Impact
        • Good Arch Support
        • Good Traction
        • Lightweight
        • Responsive

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Treadmill running
          • Walking

          Comments about Glycerin 12:

          I walk in these shoes and run on the treadmill. They are very comfortable shoes. Great support and cushions impact while running.

          • Sizing:
          • Feels true to size
          • Width:
          • Feels true to width
          • Arch Type:
          • Average Arch
          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

          Comment on this review

           
          2.0

          Not as comfy

          By 

          from Tacoma, WA

          About Me Gym Rat

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Lightweight

          Cons

          • Poor Cushioning

          Best Uses

            Comments about Glycerin 12:

            I loved the Glycerin 11. They were super comfy. I would definitely buy that version again. However, the Glycerin 12 was no good. My heels hurt after wearing them around the house for a bit. They went back to the store.

            • Sizing:
            • Feels true to size
            • Width:
            • Feels true to width
            • Arch Type:
            • Average Arch
            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

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            1.0

            Had unexpected issue

            By 

            from Reading PA

            About Me Casual/ Recreational

            Pros

            • Cushions Impact

            Cons

            • Uncomfortable

            Best Uses

              Comments about Glycerin 12:

              Was excited to get these, have been a Ghost wearer for several years, but wanted a bit more cushioning for running. Was surprised to feel these shoes pushing my foot inward, causing significant pain and discomfort in my arch and ankle area. Returning these and going back to my Ghosts.

              • Sizing:
              • Feels true to size
              • Width:
              • Feels true to width
              • Arch Type:
              • Average Arch
              • Was this a gift?:
              • No

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              4.0

              Well worth the money

              By 

              from Oregon

              About Me Casual/ Recreational

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Comfortable
              • Lightweight

              Cons

              • Narrow / Tight

              Best Uses

              • Gym
              • Walking

              Comments about Glycerin 12:

              After foot and ankle surgery I was having a great deal of pain walking. These shoes were recommended to me and they are well worth the money. I did buy the regular (size 7 B) width elsewhere, and the wide width (7 D) here. The wide is not a whole lot wider, but enough for me. Delivery was very fast.

              • Sizing:
              • Feels true to size
              • Width:
              • Feels too narrow
              • Arch Type:
              • Average Arch
              • Was this a gift?:
              • No

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              5.0

              I love these shoes!

              By 

              from Dayton Ohio

              About Me Casual/ Recreational

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Comfortable
              • Cushions Impact
              • Good Traction
              • Lightweight

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Glycerin 12:

                  I wanted to start running to lose some weight & I didn't even think about my shoes, so I just started running in my old gym shoes. Within a few days, my knees were sore and swollen and miserable! After some research on good running shoes, I decided to get these ones and they are wonderful! I'll run about 1.5-2 miles a day & my knees and feet feel so good in these!

                  • Sizing:
                  • Feels true to size
                  • Width:
                  • Feels true to width
                  • Arch Type:
                  • Average Arch
                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • No

                  Comment on this review

                   
                  4.0

                  great shoes

                  By 

                  from OBX NC

                  About Me Casual/ Recreational

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Comfortable
                  • Lightweight

                  Cons

                  • Poor Arch Support
                  • Poor Cushioning
                  • Too Stiff

                  Best Uses

                  • Walking

                  Comments about Glycerin 12:

                  has a wide toe box,usually wear a 8.5 , got a 9 and feels wonderful in toe box. Wish had a little more cushion in heel and arch support. but it is very neutral shoe as advertized.

                  LOVE colors

                  • Sizing:
                  • Feels true to size
                  • Width:
                  • Feels true to width
                  • Arch Type:
                  • Low Arch
                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • No

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