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Brooks Levitate Performance Review

If my memory serves me right, I bought a pair of Brooks Ghost 7 at the beginning of my running “journey” when I had not tried the shoes of this brand before. Then I gradually got to know Brooks’ technology and its history. And actually, before the launch of Levitate, the protagonist today, I had been wondering whether to pick Glycerine 15 or not. But as it turned out, Brooks Levitate, with its new technology, really stunned me.

Honestly, I did prefer showing more details of the shoes rather than focusing on some secondary things. So let’s have a check of the shoes together.

This colorway is one of my favorite since I am especially fond of blue. And as a blue lover, I was astonished oneday at founding that I did not have a pair of blue running shoes. So this is one reason I picked Brooks Levitate. But what is more fascinating is that the shoes, with a silver midsole, looks more stylish and not so monotonous. However, if you don’t like blue this much, there is also a grey one which looks as much fashionable as the blue one.

This new cushioned shoe is the first of its kind with a seamless Fit Knit upper, offering even more breathability  but slightly less support.

The midsole has also been updated with a diamond-shaped design instead of a double layer. And most importantly, the foamy midsole which is thicker can offer runners more comfortableness and sense of security. But for those who are not used to this kind of sneakers, they may worry about the shoes being too heavy. But it is not although it looks somewhat bulky.

For the actual wearing experience, I feel the shoes are much softer  than the previous EVA  and they do feel better when I stepped on them.According to official data, there is 72% of energy rebound, but this, for me, is immeasurable and I can only feel the rebound from my feet.

And I also want to mention that the wrapping of the shoes is really good. But there is also a break-in period if you just newly picked the shoes.

As is shown in the image, the overall look of this shoes is reminiscent of Brooks’ classic collection: the fore parts are actually a little wider, which can be friendly to people with wide feet. Besides, the nice wrapping at the thick heel does help protect our feet, especially the heel tendon, which is probably the reason why the shoe weighs as much as most flagship running shoes.

As is mentioned above, this product adopts the new DNA AMP, so the overall shock response function will be enhanced compared with EVA (although Brooks still uses EVA the most and best at present).

Although the two sides of the vamp are strengthened, the overall feeling of support is slightly weak. However, the TPU in the middle can provide excellent support which can make up for the deficiency mention above.

For the outsole, it adopts a design different from the previous ones. And in addition to the improvement of technology, runners can enjoy the pleasure of acceleration of speed in the process of running. But personally, I feel that the sole is still not perfect: when it is used on wet grounds, it can not grip that nice as it usually does.

As for the durability, the shoe can be a reliable comrade; it is durable enough that you will feel it deserves the money.

Overall:
In short, Levitate is designed to be more technical in its appearance; with good feedback in the midsole and enough cushion, it’s quite good as a training shoe. But the problem is it might be insufficient for people who are in pursuit of more shock absorption. So you might as well take this into consideration when you are thinking of picking it.