The newest launch from Brooks is designed to put a spring in your step.

Brooks Levitate

Brooks LevitateCategory: Neutral

Type: Road/Track

Arch: Medium/High

Mid-Sole Drop: 8mm

DNA Layout: Full-Length DNA AMP Layout

Colourways: Men’s: blue/silver/black. Women’s: blue/mint/silver

Weight: 318g (men), 275g (women)

Cost: £140

Website: brooksrunning.com

The Tech:

This exciting new Brooks shoe is designed with DNA AMP – a polyurethane (PU) system with optimal energy return and a springy, responsive feel underfoot. You’ll literally feel like you are being pushed around the track. DNA AMP is uniquely designed so that the shoe adapts to your gait, weight and stride. The Levitate gives you the most energy return of leading performance shoes on the market, say Brooks.

The Fit:

Brooks LevitateComfortable straight away, the first thing I noticed about the Levitate was their ‘give’. They accommodated my foot shape and walking gait quickly, yet still felt firm and supportive. The toe box is roomy without being bulky, and despite being a neutral shoe, they felt very supportive under the arch. The tongue and back of heel are flexible yet also very supportive. One of the most comfortable shoes I’ve worn from the word go.

The Run:

My first run was through Lille, France, through the city streets and er, loads of cobble stones! Despite the uneven terrain, the shoes handled well, were supportive on the cobbles, and were comfortable on my one-hour run. I kept the pace steady though, so was keen to try them out in a speedier session. A session on the track later that week was where i felt they really performed. Light, with definite and impressive energy return, I flew through several 400m reps without feeling anything on my feet other than energy and power – they handled well on corners and are also a good warm up/cool down shoe due to their weight and flexibility. Play around with the tightness of the laces and also tongue position, then go for it, you won’t be disappointed.

The Verdict:

For any runner seeking a springy, responsive ride. Excellent tempo road running shoe and track shoe. They also look great so you’ll get away with wearing them all day! I’m keen to test them in standard distance triathlon and also trail running. Brooks, you’ve done yourselves proud with the Levitate.