• Discontinued
  • Terrain


    Shoes best for road, track and light gravel. See the best road shoes.


    Shoes best for trail, off road, mountains and other unstable surfaces. See the best trail shoes.

    Good to know

    As long as you stick to the road or path, and if you want just one running shoe, buy a road running shoe.

  • Arch support

    Neutral / cushion / high arch

    Shoes for runners who do not need any additional arch support (Around 50% of runners). Best for people with normal, high or medium high arches. See the best neutral shoes.

    Stability / overpronation / normal arch

    Shoes for runners who need mild to moderate arch support (Around 45% of runners). Best for runners with a low arch. See the best stability shoes.

    Motion control / severe overpronation / flat feet

    Shoes for runners who needs a lot of arch support. Best for runners with flat feet. See the best motion control shoes.

    Good to know

    - Rule of thumb: If in doubt, buy neutral shoes to avoid injuries.
    - More about arch support in this video.
    - Find your arch type by following steps from this video.

  • Use

    Daily running

    Cushioned shoes for your daily easy running. Great comfort. See best shoes for daily running.


    Lightweight shoes good for races, interval training, tempo runs and fartlek. Here are the best competition running shoes.

    Good to know

    If you want just one pair of shoes, buy a shoe for daily running.

  • Price
  • Weight
    Men: 9.8oz
    Women: 7.9oz
  • Heel to toe drop
    Men: 10mm
    Women: 10mm

    The height difference from the heel to the forefoot, also known as heel drop, toe spring, heel to toe spring or simply drop.

    There are many opinions about what a good heel drop is. We do not recommend any in particular. Lean more in this video.

  • Heel height
    Men: 27mm
    Women: 27mm
  • Forefoot height
    Men: 17mm
    Women: 17mm
  • Width
    Men: normal
    Women: normal
  • Release date
    Jan 2016
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We spent 8.7 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

8 reasons to buy

  • The upper fabrics were able to cover the foot securely and comfortably, wrote testers.
  • Reviewers generally appreciated the upper unit, which was soft and non-irritating to the skin.
  • Many runners enjoyed the vibrant color schemes of the Brooks Launch 3, noting that they enhanced its aesthetic appeal.
  • It felt adequately lightweight for a lot of those who tried it.
  • This model had become the ‘go-to’ running shoe for runners; they stated that it didn’t mar their performance in any way.
  • Several testers who frequently complained of knee and muscle pains when running actually commented that wearing this shoe prevented the occurrence of such discomforts.
  • The cushioning system was sufficiently responsive, according to many reviewers.
  • Many consumers were happy about the general durability of the Brooks Launch 3.

3 reasons not to buy

  • Some runners noticed that the upper unit began to lose its threading after a few uses.
  • Others noted that it was one size smaller than their regular choices.
  • A number of testers wrote that the toe box was a tad narrow, causing their toes to clump together uncomfortably.

Bottom line

Generally, the Brooks Launch 3 was lauded by its purchasers. It satisfied the cushioning needs of neutral runners. For most of them, it delivered well when it comes to its visual flair and its overall efficacy. But it felt small and narrow for a number of users. Some noted that the durability of the upper fabrics wasn’t able to leave a good impression. Still, a lot of runners were able to enjoy the service of this road shoe.


Expert Reviews

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87 / 100 based on 24 expert reviews

  • 96 / 100 | Frank DuCett

    My experience with the Brooks Launch 3

    the Launch.
    Sometimes less is more!

    Thank you for taking your time to read this review, now get out and run happy!

    This expert has been verified by RunRepeat. Reviews are neutral, unbiased and based on extensive testing.

  • 94 / 100 | Frank DuCett

    Brooks Launch 3 vs. Brooks Revel

    This is a comparison review, made necessary, by the failure of the very shoes I had intended to run with the incoming U.S. Air Force Half Marathon.

    As you recall, the 2017 Air Force Marathon Broll - Start/Finish Line

    Thanks for stopping by, now go run!

    This expert has been verified by RunRepeat. Reviews are neutral, unbiased and based on extensive testing.

  • 90 / 100 | Phidippides TV

    A nice, soft, luxurious upper to go along with its sleekness and its responsive feel.

  • 80 / 100 | Running Northwest

    While I had some nits, it's not bad in any way. This is a great shoe.

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Updates to Brooks Launch 3

  • The major enhancement of the Brooks Launch 3 was in its upper. It comes with a new 3D Fit Print upper that increases the shoe’s flexibility without adding weight and affecting the overall shoe structure. This enhanced upper offers a flawless fit.
  • The outsole was also slightly updated. New element was added in the forefoot area to deliver an extra-springy toe-off. It also gives added durability and flexibility.

Brooks Launch 3 size and fit

The Launch 3 has a true to size running shoe length. The heel, midfoot and forefoot are of standard measurements, accommodating those with regular foot shapes and measurements. Brooks is offering the shoe under the standard widths of D for the men’s and B for the women’s.


The outsole uses the HPR Plus technology that delivers impressive traction on the road. The rubber’s high-abrasion resistant capacity made the outsole to last longer. This works well with forefoot’s blow rubber material that gives added durability and flexibility.


The Launch 3 uses the brand’s standard BioMoGo DNA midsole cushioning which is believed to be more reliable than the standard MoGo midsole. It is an environment-friendly alternative that delivers a more flexible and softer running experience. The midsole also uses the durable S-257 Cushsole technology that is energy-efficient and serves as insole board for added flexibility and cushioning. The Segmented Crash Pad and midfoot transition zone offers customized cushioning and added stability for a smoother heel-to-toe transition.


The enhanced upper features the 3D Fit Print which is strategically stretchable for added flexibility and impressive fit. This works well with the shoe’s Air Mesh upper that keeps the foot well-ventilated. The synthetic overlays deliver a snug and secure fit.