Hey there! My coworkers used to tease me about my Brooks Shoes loyalty—so I definitely understand your decades-long relationship. Up until the time I was hired, every shoe I half-marathoned/marathoned in was Brooks. Of course, my job requires me to test other brands’ shoes, and though I feel slightly guilty adding other non-Brooks shoes into my regular rotation (i.e., shoes I’ve tested in months past, yet still run in), I’m glad I’ve broadened my racing-shoe repertoire. And I think my Brooks pairs have finally forgiven me. (My shoes have feelings, okay?)
Brooks began replacing its version of the medial post, the Progressive Diagonal Rollbar, with its GuideRails system in 2018. If you want that old tech and firmer cushioning for support, you’ll have to do something brave: run in another brand’s shoes.
Option 1: Saucony Guide 14
My first non-Brooks recommendation is Saucony’s Guide. The shoe has a medial TPU guidance frame. It’s subtle and stable. The surrounding comfort of the trainer also feels like a Brooks shoe. The Pwrrun midsole is moderately soft like Brooks BioMoGo DNA, so you won’t feel lost in the plush.