Brooks Levitate Shoe Review

Brooks Levitate Shoe Review

Brooks Levitate

The Brooks Levitate may be the most highly anticipated shoe of 2017. I feel like I have been receiving emails and seen articles about this shoe for months.

I have been a big fan of Brooks running shoes over the years so I was excited to try the latest and greatest from them. The name is also interesting as the definition of levitating is to rise or cause to rise and hover in the air, especially by means of supernatural or magical power.

According to, the Levitate went through “Nine rounds of development. Seven rounds of wear tests. Thousands of runner trials. Every feature is designed to give the most energy return of leading performance running shoes.”

The Brooks Levitate is available in 2 color options for both men’s and women’s. The shoe retails for $150.

Brooks Levitate Shoe Verdict

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With the incredible hype of the Brooks Levitate, I would say that I like the shoe, but am not blown away by it. 

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.

If you prefer a responsive and comfortable shoe that is a little heavier, I would definitely check this shoe out.

One thing to note, the longest run in the Levitate was around 10 miles. Felt great, just a little heavier than I would prefer. Make sure you order a 1/2 size up if you go with this shoe.

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Pros Cons
  • Supportive
  • Comfortable
  • Responsive
  • Expensive ($150)
  • Heavy
  • Sizing (order 1/2 size up)

Here are a few pictures of the Brooks Levitate that I wore for this review.

Brooks Levitate Shoe Initial Thoughts

I was really excited to try to the Brooks Levitate shoe. Brooks has been promoting this shoe for a few months now highlighting the benefits including energized cushioning, FitKnit upper, and an innovative sole that helps you move forward.

When I first opened the box I was impressed with the colors and design of the shoe. The grey sole was almost metallic, something that I haven’t seen before.

The first thing I noticed when picking up the shoe was the weight. It felt much heavier (11.3oz) than most of the shoes I currently run in. The majority of the weight seemd around the heel and sole.

The shoe has an 8mm drop, which is consistent with most of the Saucony shoes I have recently reviewed.

Brooks Levitate Shoe Specifications

  • Shoe Type/Category: Neutral
  • Weight: 11.3 oz (Men’s size 9D)
  • Shoe drop: 8mm
  • Shoe Height: 26mm (Heel), 18mm (Forefoot)
  • Sizing: Order 1/2 size up
  • Heel: Medium width
  • Forefoot: Medium width
  • Previous model: First Version

Brooks Levitate Shoe Overview

The Brooks Levitate neutral running shoe is a new Brooks model that offers a luxurious upper and a responsive sole, making it a great shoe for daily training runs.

The bouncy sole combined with an all-new FitKnit upper conforms to your foot to provide an excellent fit. The main feature of the new shoe is the energy return that comes with the new sole, making it feel lighter than the actual weight.

Both men’s and women’s have 2 great color options, both a lighter and a darker option. As mentioned the men’s shoe weighs in at 11.3oz (size 9D) and the women’s shoe weighs in at 9.7oz (size 8B).

Brooks Levitate Shoe Sole

The Brooks Levitate shoe sole is really the central part of this brand new shoe. Not only does it have a brand new look, but the DNA AMP midsole is a true game changer when it comes to responsiveness.

The Brooks DNA AMP midsole is the most advanced midsole compound on the market. It combines polyurethane foam with an encased TPU skin to provide one of the most responsive running shoe soles.

If you look at the pictures of the sole below you will see the arrow-pointed outsole. Something that is similar to some of the Saucony EVERUN outsoles.

The updated outsole is expected to promote a more efficient running motion with increased sole durability.

Below are a few pictures of the Brooks Levitate shoe sole and heel.

Brooks Levitate Shoe Upper

One of my favorite things about the Brooks Levitate is the upper of the shoe. Earlier in the post, I mentioned that the FitKnit material was not only soft but very comfortable allowing the shoe to conform to my foot.

I usually have issues with shoes being narrow, but the FitKnit expanded to fit my feet, which made me appreciate the design of the shoe.

I hope that Brooks continues to use the same FitKnit upper in some of their upcoming shoes. Probably one of my favorite uppers on any shoe I have run in.

Below are a few pictures of the Brooks Levitate upper shoe area.

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Brooks Levitate Shoe Ratings
  • 9/10
    Overall Rating - 9/10
  • 9.3/10
    Upper - 9.25/10
  • 9/10
    Sole - 9/10

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