Brooks Levitate. I’ve had my eyes on these babies since the 2017 Chicago Marathon. I proclaimed I would buy a pair post-race as a celebration but the higher price point had me keep pushing back the purchase – why spend that amount of money when I could get my favorite Launches for half the price? Boy was I wrong and I’m kicking myself for not committing sooner. And here’s why:
First of all, from the website, the Brooks Levitate will provide you with…
The most energy return of leading performance running shoes, for runners looking for a springy, responsive ride.
With the most energy return of leading performance running shoes, Levitate’s DNA AMP midsole technology gives energy nowhere to go but up, straight back to you.
A flexible, arrow-point pattern on the outsole helps you move from heel to toe quickly, without losing energy.
The 3D Fit Print and FitKnit upper comfortably accommodates your foot as it moves and expands.
That’s a lot to live up to, however, the shoe absolutely did.
Upon first impression, they were about the same weight as my Launches (so relatively light) but much cushier. However, they weren’t so cushy that they weren’t also supportive. They are also a neutral shoe. I will admit I was hesitant about the color because black is always my go-to but the brightness has slowly warmed up on me and I’m actually hoping the second rendition will have more colors since blue was the only option besides black and white.
To get a true feel for the shoe, I wanted to use them on all types of runs: recovery, speedwork and long runs. Typically, I switch up my shoes for each run to keep my feet guessing but after the first two weeks, I found myself reaching for the Levitates for every single run – so much so that I already bought a second pair because I loved them THAT much! They truly are an all-around shoe. And as I mentioned, I’m anxiously awaiting the second rendition to come out so I can add them to my collection.
So if you’re looking for a neutral, relatively light yet cushy shoe that is also responsive, the Brooks Levitate are the way to go. Thankfully, they are also on sale right now – hollaaaaaa! So get your butt to the website and order them before they run out in your size. Your feet will thank you.
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