Facts

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
$150
Weight
Men: 11.2oz
Women: 9.7oz
Heel to toe drop
Men: 8mm
Women: 8mm

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.

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

7 reasons to buy

  • Many runners were satisfied with the bounce brought by the midsole.
  • The underfoot springiness worked incredibly in maintaining a fluid gait, one reviewer stated.
  • Some users agreed that the Levitate was great to use for long-distance running.
  • One wearer observed that there was enough cushioning to maintain a resilient form and a comfortable stride.
  • Running speed has increased because of the DNA AMP midsole, according to one user.
  • A tester stated that the bounciness of this product made up for its weighty nature.
  • A couple of wearers commented that the upper was efficient in giving a secure fit despite it using a soft fabric material.

4 reasons not to buy

  • Several users noted that the outsole did not grip well on wet and snow-topped roads.
  • One reviewer thought that the Brooks Levitate did not provide the level of responsiveness it claimed to have.
  • A couple of testers felt that the heavy weight of the shoe made it challenging to use for numerous running sessions.
  • A lot of users did not appreciate the narrow toe box, which felt uncomfortable.

Bottom line

The Brooks Levitate was considered an endearing shoe by many runners because it was able to fulfill the promise of comfort and responsiveness. But some users were not impressed with the shoe's outsole and hefty weight. Overall, the performance and ride offered by the shoe were well-received.


Rankings

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Ratings

4.7 / 5 based on 143 ratings

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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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84 / 100 based on 21 expert reviews

  • 80 / 100 by RunRepeat • Kayla Rose • Level 3 expert

    Miles later, I believe that this shoe serves runners best during moderate distance training days and is well suited for beginning runners.

  • 90 / 100 by Jamison Michael • Jamison Michael • Level 4 expert

    So when it comes to the Brooks Levitate, I do approve.

  • 87 / 100 by Running Warehouse • Running Warehouse • Level 3 expert

    After testing it out, I was excited to see that it performed right out there with my shoes with an ounce less.

  • 91 / 100 by Road Trail Run • Sam Winebaum • Level 5 expert

    Brooks has set a new bar for controlled, smooth energy returning cushion with its new DNA AMP midsole technology. This is a energetic, if heavier shoe, for long miles in great comfort. It is outstanding.

  • 83 / 100 by Fueled by LOLz • Hollie • Level 4 expert

    In all, I do like the Brooks Levitate. It’s not my favorite, nor least favorite shoe but it’s been a solid trainer so far. I’ve run about 100 miles on the shoe, with my longest being about 10 and it’s held up well.

  • 80 / 100 by Running Without Injuries • Brian Goldman • Level 4 expert

    The Levitate is a great shoe that has jumped right into first place for Brooks shoes in my opinion. While the price may be a little on the higher side at $150, they are an awesome pair of shoes that will really help you enjoy your run.

  • 73 / 100 by Believe in the Run • Believe in the Run • Level 4 expert

    I didn’t love the Levitate, but I didn’t hate it. I’ll likely rotate it in with my Pegasus for longer road runs.

  • 70 / 100 by Believe in the Run • Austin Bonds • Level 4 expert

    ...I’ve yet to decide whether I’m amazed or perplexed. As of this writing, I’m still perplexed as I continue to reconcile such a fabulous upper and a favorable drop (8 millimeters) with the enigmatic DNA AMP.

  • 100 / 100 by Kintec • Kintec • Level 3 expert

    I could honestly recommend these to most road runners, but people who love the Brooks Glycerin or who find that their feet expand while running will especially appreciate this new gem by Brooks.

  • 91 / 100 by The Active Guy • Scott • Level 3 expert

    The shoe is incredibly comfortable, responsive, and the sock liner really provides a great fit. The one thing that I can’t get over is how heavy these shoes initially felt. At over 11oz, it is much heavier than most of the shoes I currently run in.

  • 82 / 100 by RIZKNOWS • RIZKNOWS • Level 3 expert

    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.

  • 90 / 100 by SidScheckMarketing • SidScheckMarketing • Level 2 expert

    It is heavy, for sure, but when I walk around coz right now I can't run. I'm walking and doing exercising and like the bike. It doesn't feel like its holding me down.

  • 87 / 100 by The Hungry Runner Girl • Janae • Level 2 expert

    These shoes are all about ENERGY RETURN. That was goal of the shoes and I think they nailed it. Even with my pregnant running, I do feel the difference between these and my other running shoes.

  • 83 / 100 by Gear Diary • Carly Z • Level 2 expert

    Brooks isn’t necessarily a household name in running shoes, but the Levitates should be at the top of anyone’s list who needs a neutral running shoe.

  • 71 / 100 by Coach Mag • Nick Harris-Fry • Level 2 expert

    The Levitate is a solid all-round training shoe with a great upper. However, it’s not as comfortable as the Brooks Glycerin 15 (which to be fair is insanely comfortable – like running with pillows strapped to your feet) and I found the ride was lacking in spring, especially during easy pace runs.

  • 70 / 100 by Running Shoes Guru • Andrew Leibowitz • Level 2 expert

    The Brooks Levitate is a new trainer, and the first by Brooks to use their DNA AMP midsole. The shoe promises to give ‘endless energy’ to the runner due to the new midsole material but falls short on its promises, delivering a comfortable albeit heavy trainer.

  • 90 / 100 by Running Warehouse • Will • Level 1 expert

    All in all, I think the Levitate performs really well as a daily training shoe.

  • 90 / 100 by Running Warehosue • Connor • Level 1 expert

    For the runners seeking a highly responsive daily trainer that combine cushioning and comfort, look no further than the Brooks Levitate.

  • 89 / 100 by MileSpilt • MileSpilt • Level 1 expert

    This maybe my last marathon but I tell you what, training for it its been so much easier with Brooks Levitate.

  • 88 / 100 by Running Warehouse • Juli • Level 1 expert

    All in all, actually I love the Levitate. My one downsideon it is it's a liitle bit heavy when I was running.

  • 82 / 100 by RIZKNOWS • Jefferson • Level 1 expert

    So at the end of the day, really like the shoes. I typically run 3 to 8 miles right around there. So these are about perfect for me.

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Updates to Brooks Levitate

  • The Levitate is a new addition to Brooks' road-running shoe line, with the brand spending seven years to develop its technology. This shoe was designed for neutral pronators. The structure of the shoe is durable enough to use for everyday running and lightweight enough to appeal to beginner runners who are after comfort.
  • The upper consists of 3D Fit Print and FitKnit, which work together to accommodate the foot as it moves and expands, thus resulting in a natural fit.
  • DNA AMP is a brand-new cushioning system that promises a higher level of energy return – ‘infinite energy,’ to be exact. Meanwhile, the outsole delivers flexibility and a comfortable ride, allowing the runner to move from heel to toe quickly without losing energy.

Brooks Levitate size and fit

The construction of Brooks Levitate comes with a standard running shoe length. The width profiles are available in medium for both men's and women's versions. The structure of the shoe works best for runners with a low to medium-volume foot.

Outsole

The outsole makes use of rubber and features an arrow-point pattern. This design is intended to enable quick movements from the heel to the toe without losing energy, therefore creating an elastic effect. The arrows are pointing towards the toe area to indicate the direction of the heat pressure movement of the foot.

Midsole

Brooks Levitate is the first shoe to feature the DNA AMP midsole from the chemical company BASF. DNA AMP asserts to be the perfect blend of cushioning and energy return, as it uses polyurethane foam wrapped in TPU to capture energy from each foot strike and push it up back to the runner. While it is heavier than EVA, it is also easier to compress and thus more likely to be springy.

The insole is removable and can be replaced by custom inserts for a more personalized fit.

Upper

An integrated FitKnit upper is structured to comfortably accommodate the runner’s foot as it moves and expands, generating a soft and adaptable ride. This technology utilizes a circular-knit process to produce an engineered upper that provides breathability and flexibility where needed.

The overlays are made with the 3D Fit Print technology, which Brooks claims as its revolutionary process with a strategic application to ensure the shoe’s structural integrity while adding elasticity. They possess a thin diagonal design that results in an equal support across the foot.