Verdict from +100 user reviews

5 reasons to buy

  • Most runners found the DNA Amp midsole cushioning of the Brooks Levitate 2 LE very responsive in returning energy throughout the run.
  • A couple of reviewers were happy with the breathability provided by the new Fit Knit upper.
  • Some users mentioned how they liked the new arrow-point outsole pattern which gives the shoe flexible traction.
  • The color variations, mixed texture and leather combination are some of the shoe details that a lot of consumers are happy about.
  • A lot of users liked the combined flexibility and comfort of the Brooks Levitate 2 LE.

3 reasons not to buy

  • Some users did not appreciate that the shoe comes with a narrower toe-box compared to the Brooks Glycerin 16.
  • One reviewer noted that the area around the back heel feels a little too stiff for his liking.
  • A few runners mentioned that the sizing in the Levitate 2 LE is not as accurate as published in comparison to the Brooks Levitate 2.

Bottom line

The Levitate 2 Limited Edition is Brooks’ next iteration of unstoppable energy return in a neutral running shoe.  Despite the sizing issue, the Levitate 2 LE still does not fail to prove its cushioning update by delivering a springy ride with responsive energy return in every stride. The Brooks Levitate 2 LE will most likely be one of the fanciest-looking performance running shoes out in the market.

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Good to know

  • Brooks yet again delivered after implementing feedback from the running community and thus the Levitate 2 LE was designed.  The Levitate 2 is back with its limited edition, and it is made better than ever. The Levitate 2 LE is a result of Brooks’ in-depth research on the original model.  This limited edition shoe is a fusion of high performance and high fashion making it much coveted by most Brooks enthusiasts.
  • The shoe is now equipped with a new Fit Knit upper with internal cleatie that adapts to the foot shape and provides a snug fit.  The Fit Knit upper is complimented very well by the DNA Amp midsole cushioning, Brooks’ most responsive midsole. It gives the cushioning support and the right amount of energy return to help power every run.
  • Something new with the Brooks Levitate 2 LE is the Achilles Guard which is added to protect the Achilles Tendon with its soft foam wrapped in faux-suede.  The soft and stretchy Fit Knit heel collar wrap and the integrated knit eye stay for a more adjustable fit, are also new details found on the Levitate 2 LE.  The shoe’s outsole is also updated with an engineered arrow-point pattern that helps users move from heel to toe quickly with sacrificing energy return.

The Brooks Levitate 2 LE is made in standard sizing and runs true to size.  This means the user can go with his/her usual running shoe size. For width reference, it comes in a medium width for men which is D and for women, it is in medium width B.  The updated adaptive Fit Knit upper also makes the shoe fit snug and more secure producing a sock-like fit.

The outsole for the Brooks Levitate 2 LE is made with durable crystal rubber sole and has been updated with an arrow-point pattern for better flexible traction.  This enhancement helps in transitioning from heel to toe faster and effortlessly without losing energy. This also gives the forefoot a springy push-off, and the Heel Segmented Crash Pad provides cushioning, increasing the efficiency of every stride.

The Brooks Levitate 2 LE’s midsole is now updated with Brooks’ best midsole technology, the DNA Amp.  This engineered technology aids in better shock absorption, cushioning and energy return. The improved responsiveness of the midsole returns the amount of the energy the runner puts in, fueling a more enjoyable run.  The DNA Amp midsole cushioning material also gives a specialized ride experience for all runners of different speeds and sizes.

The limited edition of the Brooks Levitate 2 is made with a Fit Knit upper that features an internal cleatie which adapts to the user’s foot shape for a more comfortable and supported ride.  The Fit Knit upper is made up of material that follows the foot’s movement and expands seamlessly together with it. It also gives the shoe snug, sock-like fit and at the same time making it feel more secure.  

The shoe upper also features a suede heel tab that wraps around the heel collar to provide the runner’s feet plush comfort.  The soft heel collar wrap was added to the Levitate 2 LE’s upper to protect the runner’s Achilles from irritation throughout the run.

The Brooks Levitate 2 LE’s upper uses lace-up closures, and integrated knit-eye stays to give the shoe an adjustable and comfortable fit.


How Brooks Levitate 2 LE ranks compared to all other shoes
Bottom 48% road running shoes
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Bottom 26% Brooks running shoes
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Top 49% neutral running shoes
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