Shoe Review: Brooks Running Levitate

By Sarah R. 

The Brooks Levitate may have been one of the most highly anticipated shoes for the  fall 2018 training season. It did not disappoint. I understand that there is always a "break in" period for shoes and during this time, you want to feel out the shoe and not, you know go run a marathon in them...

 Photo via Brooks Running

Photo via Brooks Running

Shoe Specs:

  • Weight: 11.2 oz (Men's) | 9.7 oz (Women's)
  • Drop: 8mm
  • Mid - High cushioning
  • Neutral

When I received my Brooks Levitate I used a bike ride home and a quick walk to my local watering hole for a pint and then back as my "break in." The next morning, I was excited to experience my run. I ran a very comfortable and enjoyable first run 12 miler. 

The heel to toe transition in the Brooke Levitate is superb, I did not even notice any difference (or awkward drop). The arrow pattern on the out-sole of the shoe was designed to facilitate this process and the DNA AMP mid-sole executes without fail. The DNA AMP mid-sole is firm and responsive. The bounce back, or energy return is hard to beat. I really feel like I am getting the most out of my stride. I really enjoyed the feel, I cannot say that enough.

 Photo via Brooks Running

Photo via Brooks Running

The Intuitive Fit ring spun knit upper allowed my toes to absorb the shock as they should and expand without feeling too sloppy or wide. I thought the upper would be hot, or not a breathable, (it was a warmer than your usual October Sunday long run) but my feet felt comfortable the entire distance. The only gripe (if this even counts as one), I have would be the mid-sole in rear of the shoe albeit light is slightly bulky. 

The Brooks Levitate definitely delivers. I would suggest this trainer for the runner who often runs roads or sidewalks.