We spent 6.6 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

5 reasons to buy

  • Most testers believe that the Brooks Levitate 3 LE offers noticeable breathability for all-day running.
  • The underfoot experience is considered highly responsive and supportive, particularly during extended runs.
  • Some consumers have noted that the shoe's materials are durable.
  • The aesthetics of this neutral running shoe are welcomed by those who desire functionality and stylishness in one package.
  • ‘Comfortable’ is a word that people have used to describe each step taken with this product support the foot.

2 reasons not to buy

  • For some testers, the collar is not able to secure the foot properly; they experienced some in-shoe slippage.
  • The stretchy collar rubs against the skin of the ankles and heel uncomfortably, according to several consumers.

Bottom line

The limited-edition iteration of the Brooks Levitate brings style and performance together as it provides top-notch energy return in a sleek-looking unit. This running shoe makes use of Brooks' tried and tested technologies for maximum comfort and protection throughout the run. Additionally, the shoe's design contributes to an efficient and energized running performance.

Fans of road running shoes that are stylish yet performance ready are the ones who are likely to have fun with the Levitate 3 LE.


The Levitate 3 LE is a Brooks running shoe that has been constructed for those who desire performance-ready footwear that doesn’t skimp of stylishness. The design of this update is similar to its counterpart, the original Levitate 3 model, but subtle changes, such as the inclusion of a printed heel counter for extra heel security and flattened gripping lugs for balance, aim to expand on the foundation that was set by what came before.

The standard sizing scheme was used when the Brooks Levitate 3 LE was made. Runners can get a pair with their usual choices of size as their basis for their choice. Still, it would be helpful if the shoe is tested first or if reviews about this shoe are read. Having more knowledge about the in-shoe experience could make or break the runner’s overall experience.

The external pad of the Brooks Levitate 3 LE features a rubber compound. The job of this layer is to protect the base of the midsole from the abrasive nature of the surfaces. It is also a means of getting traction over the surfaces.

An arrow-point outsole design helps the foot to transition through the gait cycle smoothly. A slightly convex forefoot also helps with the heel-to-toe transitions.

Heightened flexibility is afforded by the flex grooves that follow the arrow-like pattern of the rubber.

The midsole unit of the Levitate 3 LE is made of the full-length DNA AMP cushioning technology. The goal of this feature is to provide a responsive and movement-accommodating performance on the roads. It returns energy to the foot, thus allowing energized toe-offs to take place.

A fabric-topped sockliner is placed above the primary cushioning technology. This thin piece of foam offers a bit more oomph to the underfoot experience. It can be removed or replaced with a new one if the wearer wants to do so.

A flat-knit upper offers a secure and form-welcoming wrap. The seamless construction of this material prevents hot spots while its bevy of breathing holes encourages airflow. Many running shoe series feature knitted uppers, including the revered Adidas Pure Boost family.

A printed heel counter helps in maintaining in-shoe balance and wobble prevention. The thinness of the print doesn’t cause the upper to look bulky.

A pull tab is stitched onto the back of the collar to help the runner when it comes to the on-and-off experience.

Jens Jakob Andersen
Jens Jakob Andersen

Jens Jakob is a fan of short distances with a 5K PR at 15:58 minutes. Based on 35 million race results, he's among the fastest 0.2% runners. Jens Jakob previously owned a running store, when he was also a competitive runner. His work is regularly featured in The New York Times, Washington Post, BBC and the likes as well as peer-reviewed journals. Finally, he has been a guest on +30 podcasts on running.