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