The award-winning Ghost 5 is a frighteningly-fast shoe. At around 10 oz, this new refresh to the popular Ghost offers neutral runners a light, cushioned ride for runs around town and race-day performance.
While hundreds of thousands of runners call the Ghost 5 a favorite, few might know the back-story to this truly special shoe. Below are five little-known facts about the Ghost 5 (and a few new features we are excited about).
1. How the Ghost Got Its Name
The Brooks Ghost was named not for the scary science used to develop it in our biomechanics lab, but for a not-to-be-named Brooks executive. This runner and Brooks team member was an accomplished collegiate and former 10k record-holder. What struck his coworkers as odd was the fact that this runner stayed in tip-top running shape, and yet no one ever saw him training. What they later discovered was that their fellow staff member was running hundreds of miles a month…at night. Just like a ghost, this runner would float through the darkness with ease. This so inspired his coworkers, they named a shoe after him. This is how the Ghost got its name.
2. Look Ma, More Ground Contact
How do you make runners love the Ghost even more? Give them more ground to run on. More specifically, we reduced the heel shank on the Ghost 5 giving runners more contact with the ground with each stride. Mid-foot strikers in particular will enjoy this enhancement. As Brooks designer Zach Boteilho shared, “The half-shank on the Ghost 5 allows your foot to run the way it was meant to run—no mater your foot strike. It works with whatever foot-strike is most natural for you.”
3. Foaming at the Tongue
In the Ghost 5, we added perforated foam to the shoe tongue. This increases airflow to the foot and reduces the amount of glue used in manufacturing. Together this adds up to a more breathable and comfortable ride. If you feel like you’re floating, you’re right!
4. Europe Inspires
To develop the Ghost 5, our design team looked to some unique inspiration. During a research trip to Europe, our designers toured Rome, Barcelona and London, looking for inspiration on how to take a great shoe and make it even better. Their travels even included attended a Jack the Ripper walking tour, held on the very streets the infamous villain once stalked.
5. This Shoe is Packed with Tech