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More than the foot: the science behind how GuideRails® technology supports your run

Illustration of a left foot in a Brooks shoe with highlights on the outer heel.

Shoes with our GuideRails® system help the knee and the foot work more effortlessly together.

What does GuideRails® support technology do for runners?

Do you remember the first bike you got when you were a child? Chances are that bike had stabilisers on it. These little wheels attached to the back wheel help stabilise the bike, allowing for a smooth, straight ride.

Similar to how stabilisers keep a bike from falling over to one side or the other, GuideRails® support reduces excess shin and heel rotation to keep your natural knee motion in a safe range so you can run with more comfort and less pain. This holistic support system allows your body to embrace its natural motion path while limiting excess motion.

Illustration of leg bones with heart graphics over knee and foot demonstrating healthy relationship between the two body parts.

So, what is the GuideRails® support system?

While the idea of tiny shoes attached to each side of your pair of Brooks Adrenalines is pretty funny, it’s not visually accurate — the stabiliser analogy is happening inside the shoe.

The system is made of two firm pieces of foam on either side of the heel. On the inside of the heel, the foam reduces the rolling of the foot inward. On the outside of the heel, the foam is both firmer and higher, reducing the shifting of the heel in the outward direction.

Illustration of a cross section of a Brooks shoe with GuideRails® technology demonstrating placement of foam on each side of the heel.

Central to the GuideRails® support system is the relationship between the knee and ankle, or what we call “coupling”. The system focuses on alignment and ensures the right parts are in the right places during your run.

We created the GuideRails® technology to work with your Run Signature, which is how your body moves while on the run. We recommend neutral shoes for runners whose running motion is in line with their baseline movement. For those whose running motion deviates from their own personal baseline, we recommend shoes with GuideRails® support.

Which shoes have GuideRails® technology?

We currently have six shoes featuring GuideRails® technology: 

Close up photo of the legs of two runners wearing Brooks Adrenaline GTS shoes with GuideRails® technology.

Looking for cloud like cushion? Find lasting comfort in the new Glycerin GTS 19. Its reconfigured midsole with DNA LOFT provides our softest-ever ride without sacrificing responsiveness or durability. Glycerin GTS 19

Close up photo of the legs of two runners wearing Brooks Adrenaline GTS shoes with GuideRails® technology.

Our go-to shoe for more than 20 years, the Adrenaline GTS offers a blend of DNA LOFT and BioMoGo DNA and more support than ever. Adrenaline GTS

Close up photo of the legs of two runners wearing Brooks Ravenna shoes with GuideRails® technology.

The perfect blend of support and speed, the lightweight Launch GTS 8 features streamlined design and extra comfort without the extra weight. Launch GTS 8

Close up photo of the feet of a runner wearing Brooks Bedlam shoes with GuideRails® technology.

With the Bedlam, you get what you give. Packed with DNA AMP technology – the cushioning in these energy return shoes is now 20 percent lighter. Bedlam

Close up photo of the legs of two runners wearing Brooks Beast shoes with GuideRails® technology.

The Beast men’s running shoe and Ariel women’s running shoe are lighter than ever and offer a soft, cushioned ride. Men’s Beast Women’s Ariel

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