- Comfortable with tremendous lockdown
- Superb energy return from DNA AMP midsole
- Breathable, lightweight upper
- Not lightweight
- More narrow fit
We really like the Brooks Levitate, especially for 3-8 mile runs. They are responsive and very comfortable, but we prefer other shoes for long distance running.
The Brooks Levitate are designed to provide superior energy return and speed. The outsole is a brand new technology that Brooks is calling its DNA AMP foam, which was created in a partnership with the chemical company BASF. We indeed think the shoes have fantastic energy return…better than that of the ASICS FlyteFoam and Under Armour Charged Cushioning. It’s very springy and has plenty of bounce back. The shoes made us feel fast.
The Levitate are also supremely comfortable, however, they do seem to have more of a narrow fit, despite fitting true to size. The lockdown is great though and the upper is breathable and lightweight. The Levitate will be a great running shoe for 3-8 mile runs, but if you’re going longer distances you may want a shoe that provides more cushioning like the ASICS Gel-Kayano 24.
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The Brooks Levitate also have an 8mm heel to toe drop, which we think is about perfect for faster running workouts. Any taller and you’ll feel propped up. Any shorter and we think it’s probably too minimalist. At ~11 ounces, however, the Levitate aren’t all that lightweight. We’ve definitely tested shoes that are more lightweight and that does make a difference for longer distance runs. With that said, overall, we felt that the Levitate were fantastic running shoes with plenty of energy return. We’ve enjoyed running in them.
Here’s the official video for the Levitate.
While this is admittedly a marginal, somewhat frivolous point, the silver midsole is really ugly. Not sure why Brooks went with the chrome look…it just looks odd. Clearly, this does not affect performance in any way, but other than for running I won’t be wearing these shoes around, purely based on that silver strip.
Closing thoughts on the Brooks Levitate Running Shoes
The final verdict with the Brooks Levitate is that we like them…a lot, especially for sub-10 mile runs. They’re springy and bouncy and make us feel quicker than with most shoes, despite actually not being that lightweight. They’re expensive and have an ugly midsole, but all-in-all, these are stellar running shoes.
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