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Terrain

Road

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

Trail

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 high or medium high arches. See the best neutral shoes.

Stability / overpronation / normal arch

Shoes for runners who need arch support (Around 45% of runners). Best for runners with a normal 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.

Daily running

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

Competition

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
$100
Weight
Men: 10oz
Women: 8oz
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Road

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

Trail

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.

Neutral / cushion / high arch

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

Stability / overpronation / normal arch

Shoes for runners who needs arch support (Around 45% of runners). Best for runners with a normal arch. See the best stability shoes.

Motion control / severe overproanation / 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.

Daily running

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

Competition

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.

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.

Summary

We spent 7.2 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

6 reasons to buy

  • The upper has a no-sew construction, which keeps the foot comfortable and free from irritation.
  • The overlay system has been fused directly to the fabric, keeping the cover system lightweight and flexible.
  • The different colorways present an eye-catching look.
  • Runners appreciated the mid-sole unit of the Brooks Launch 2, which delivered personalized underfoot support.
  • Additional cushioning is provided by a segmented crash pad, which also absorbs impact shock.
  • This running shoe doesn’t have an expensive price.

2 reasons not to buy

  • Some runners didn’t like that it took them time to break in the shoe and get their feet to acclimate to how it performs.
  • A few noted that the mesh upper tore apart after a few months of use.

Bottom line

The streamlined design doesn’t make the Brooks Launch 2 less appealing. It’s actually a great option for neutral runners who want to have a shoe for their daily running sessions and other activities. Its cushioning is dependable and its features work well.


Rankings

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Ratings

4.4 / 5 based on 230 ratings

5 star
64%
4 star
24%
3 star
5%
2 star
3%
1 star
3%

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Expert Reviews

Experts are running shoe geeks, who post reviews at youtube, directly at RunRepeat or at their own websites. Each expert is categorized from level 1 to level 5 based on expertise. See stats on expert reviews and how we calculate scores here.

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81 / 100 based on 15 expert reviews

  • 85 / 100 by Runner's World • Runner's World • Level 5 expert

    The all-mesh upper maintains the close-to-the-foot feel.

  • 75 / 100 by Runblogger • Peter Larson • Level 5 expert

    For me, the Brooks Launch 2 takes a step forward with the upper, and a step back with the midsole.

  • 65 / 100 by Competitor Running • Brian Metzler • Level 5 expert

    It doesn’t offer much support, but it does offer full ground contact with a decoupled heel and updated forefoot flex groves to aid the foot in stabilizing on the ground before the start of the next stride.

  • 90 / 100 by Believe in the Run • Austin Bonds • Level 4 expert

    This shoe is also dubbed a classic by many runners as a simple but wonderfully comfortable ride for miles on end.

  • 89 / 100 by Salt Marsh Running • Jason Saltmarsh • Level 4 expert

    It was supposed to be an easy run, but it soon became something closer to a progression workout as my pace kept dropping mile after mile. 

  • 90 / 100 by Running Maven • Derek Oxley • Level 3 expert

    I really adore the fit of the upper on the new L2 especially how it greets and hugs my feet as they settle into the shoe.

  • 80 / 100 by Crazy Running Girl • Lora • Level 3 expert

    When I put these on, I could immediately tell the difference. But, even with the lighter weight, the Brooks Launch 2 still has substantial cushioning throughout the sole of the shoe.

  • 80 / 100 by Gear Institute • Tom Poole • Level 3 expert

    The feel was not as efficient nor did it deliver the amount of cushioning compared to the Hoka One One Constant or Altra Paradigm but it was more comfortable than either.

  • 92 / 100 by Gear Patrol • Jack Seemer • Level 2 expert

    Highly breathable and lightweight air mesh upper; 10mm drop helps stabilize heel-first strikers.

  • 89 / 100 by This Running Life • Gordon • Level 2 expert

    It has enough cushion for a long run and it has the responsiveness to be something I would wear at the track or on faster, shorter runs.

  • 80 / 100 by The Middle Miles • Becki Pierotti • Level 2 expert

    The heel counter isn't overly stiff, though there's enough support there to cup your heel and provide some inherent stability.

  • 68 / 100 by Active Gear Review • Erik Johnson • Level 2 expert

    I liked the breathability associated with this design, but the shoes offers no water resistance whatsoever.

  • 80 / 100 by Fibromyalgia Athlete • Fibromyalgia Athlete • Level 1 expert

    The Launch 2 definitely isn’t a trail shoe (it’s not meant to be), but I haven’t had any issues getting a grip in firm-packed mud, loose sand, or wet pavement.

  • 80 / 100 by On the Road to a Half Marathon • Beanie • Level 1 expert

    I am a amidfoot striker but I still feel that this shoe propels me forward with every stride.

  • 80 / 100 by Tomioka • Tomioka • Level 1 expert

    Being an upgraded version, Launch 2 is slightly on the heavier side, although still weighing no more than 8oz which is pretty light, and has an added feature of BioMoGo DNA material in the sole. It still retains its soft and comfortable touch.

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Updates to Brooks Launch 2

  • The Brooks Launch 2 is a neutral running shoe that’s created for those who need adequate support and coverage throughout their daily activities. It’s a durable running shoe made for regular running purposes, but its appealing looks certainly make it a respectable part of casual clothing. The comfortable and ergonomic construction contributes to this model’s functionality and accessibility.
  • The upper unit makes use of a mesh material that’s actually made to encourage air to easily enter the foot-chamber. A well-ventilated interior greatly makes the coverage more agreeable to long-term running activities. The no-sew design of the fabric and overlay system allows the foot to stay comfortable and free from irritation.
  • The mid-sole of the 2nd version of the Launch from Brooks features a full-length foam technology that is able to conform itself to the shape of the wearer’s foot. Basically, each runner gets a personalized underfoot experience when using this model. The Cushsole also brings reliable cushioning while making the platform flexible.
  • HPR Plus is a highly durable rubber compound that’s placed in the heel area of this running shoe. It effectively shields the rest of the sole unit from wear and tear. The front of the shoe uses blown rubber, which adds a bit of cushioning & lift on top of its protective quality.

Brooks Launch 2 size and fit

The Brooks Launch 2 has a standard running shoe length. It comes in sizes that use the regular measurements for men and women. The available width is medium, so it is able to accommodate those with medium sized feet. Its semi-curved shape follows the natural curve of the human foot.


Outsole

The HPR Plus is a rubber compound placed in the heel area of the Brooks Launch 2’s outsole. Made to shield the mid-sole from wear and tear, it is abrasion-resistant so it remains effective even after many uses.

Blown rubber is a more responsive rubber compound that’s actually created to add a bit more cushioning to the forefoot strike and toe-off. That function blends well with its protective purpose.

The Segmented Crash Pad design is made up of individual sections in the external sole unit that are meant to absorb impact shock throughout the gait cycle. It also makes the cushioning feel efficient as it smoothens the transitions from the heel to the toe.


Midsole

The mid-sole unit uses the BioMoGo DNA, which is the amalgamation of cushioning technologies that have graced many Brooks shoes. It delivers customized cushioning by conforming to the shape, size and speed of the wearer’s foot. It’s also biodegradable, so it’s a good feature for environment-friendly runners.

The full-length Cushsole technology brings comfortable cushioning throughout the entire gait cycle. It’s flexible and long-lasting, too.


Upper

The air mesh is a material that has an open construction. It covers the foot responsibly, making sure that it stays well-ventilated at all times.

No-sew overlays are directly fused with the upper mesh. They provide structure to the upper, but their main purpose is to keep the coverage as snug and secure as possible. They adjust with the tightening and loosening of the lacing system.