Women's Launch

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Brooks Launch Women's Neutral Running Shoes

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Runner's World Best Debut Dec '09

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$100.00

Style #120060

Houston, we have an honor! Runner's World has awarded the Launch "Best Debut" in the Winter 2010 Shoe Guide in its December 2009 issue, on newsstands Nov. 4, 2009.


With an incredibly flexible outsole and seamless transition, this lightweight neutral trainer will get you from start to finish, whether for a tempo run or in a race. Add to that the lower-profile midsole and minimal upper, and it's 3, 2, 1 . . . blast off!


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  • Shoe Category: Neutral
  • Arch: Medium, High
  • Body Build: Small, Medium
  • Platform: Universal Platform
  • DNA Layout: No DNA
  • Water-Resistant: No
  • Waterproof: No
  • Competition: Road racing
  • Weight: 7.5 oz
  • Midsole Drop: 9.5 mm

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Launch
 
4.7

(based on 193 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (158)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (19)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (11)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (2)

96%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Lightweight (89)
  • Comfortable (69)
  • Durable (68)
  • Easy to use (39)
  • Responsive (28)

Cons

  • Wears quickly (3)

Best Uses

  • Distance / endurance (108)
  • General fitness (49)
  • Outdoors (39)
  • Sports training (35)
  • Strength training (19)
    • Sizing:
    • Feels full size too small

       

      Feels half size too small

       

      Feels true to size

       

      82% 

      (27 reviews)

      Feels half size too big

       

      Feels full size too big

       
    • Width:
    • Feels too narrow

       

      Feels true to width

       

      97% 

      (32 reviews)

      Feels too wide

       
    • Arch Type:
    • Average arch (18), High arch (9), Low arch (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Enthusiast (93), Competitive athlete (60), Casual/ recreational (19), Gym rat (16)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (166)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

great for marathons

I used my bright blue Launch shoes for marathon training going into the San Antonio Marathon. The shoes were lightweight but had just enough cushioning to support me during long runs. Seems that with...Read complete review

I used my bright blue Launch shoes for marathon training going into the San Antonio Marathon. The shoes were lightweight but had just enough cushioning to support me during long runs. Seems that with other shoes, you have to sacrifice support for lightweight, I didn't feel that at all with these shoes. When I first started using them, the tongue did bunch up on me around mile 10 and would put pressure on the top of my foot. This happened twice, but relacing my shoes by looping through the top two laces (apparently, there is a *right* way to tie your laces for marathons) and this pulled the shoe around my foot better and kept the tongue from scrunching up. The shoes have lasted since October (it's currently the middle of January), while I have racked up long long long runs, including the November San Antonio marathon. I don't feel like they've broken down yet and am actually hoping they take me through spring training and into my next race. Additionally, tying up my shoes and seeing the shoelaces remind me to "Dig Deep" always puts a smile on my face!

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Trying really hard to like these shoes

I run about 30 miles a week and bought these shoes to run the Cowtown Marathon. My heels have hurt from the first run. I thought they needed to be broken in but the...Read complete review

I run about 30 miles a week and bought these shoes to run the Cowtown Marathon. My heels have hurt from the first run. I thought they needed to be broken in but the pain continued after many miles both indoors and out. I ran a 10k this morning in a competetive brand and realized the Launch has very little cushion in the heel (comparitively). I LOVE Brooks and have worn the Ghost 3 & 6 and the Glycerin but I found this shoe to be disappointing. I'll keep it for strength training but I won't continue to run in them.

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5.0

Love, Love, Love them

By Hyper V

from Denver, NC

About Me Avid Athlete

Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • Comfortable
  • Cushions Impact
  • Good Arch Support
  • Lightweight

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Endurance Training

    Comments about Launch:

    The Brooks Launch are great for medium-long runs (hey they're good for short runs too). I use them running sprints, uphill sprints, medium runs or long runs (all on roads or blacktop (macadam) trails.

    • Sizing:
    • Feels true to size
    • Width:
    • Feels true to width
    • Arch Type:
    • High Arch
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

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    5.0

    First Brooks Purchase

    By Casual Runner

    from Omaha, NE

    About Me Casual/ Recreational

    Pros

    • Comfortable
    • Cushions Impact
    • Good Arch Support
    • Good Traction
    • Lightweight
    • Responsive
    • Supportive

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Dry Weather
      • Gym
      • Walking
      • Wet Weather

      Comments about Launch:

      I have slowly been working toward running more. I have tried several types of shoes, but found with the other shoes that my feet would often hurt after a fairly short run. I found the Launch and fell in love. These shoes are great! They are comfortable and work great for a casual runner who is looking to continue improving this year.

      • Sizing:
      • Feels true to size
      • Width:
      • Feels true to width
      • Arch Type:
      • Average Arch
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

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      5.0

      I've bought this shoe over and over!

      By iRUN2BFree

      from Texas

      About Me Avid Athlete

      Pros

      • Comfortable
      • Cushions Impact
      • Good Arch Support
      • Lightweight
      • Pronation Control
      • Responsive

      Cons

      • Wears Quickly

      Best Uses

      • Dry Weather
      • Endurance Training
      • With Orthotics/Inserts

      Comments about Launch:

      I love this Brooks Launch shoe so much that when they ran out of the other 2 color options, I bought the ugly pink/orange and green color! That's how awesome this shoe is! Lol. I love it because it is so lightweight and has great cushion and support. It does wear fairly quickly, but for me, it's in a certain spot because I land more on the outer part of my foot (underpronate). I feel like I can run so much faster in this shoe. I've gotten five 1st Place Finishes in a 5K in this shoe and 2 Half-Marathon PRs! It's a sweet choice!

      • Sizing:
      • Feels true to size
      • Width:
      • Feels true to width
      • Arch Type:
      • Average Arch
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

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      5.0

      Fantastic Marching shoes

      By SAS

      from Columbus, OH

      About Me Avid Athlete

      Pros

      • Comfortable
      • Cushions Impact
      • Good Arch Support
      • Lightweight
      • Responsive

      Cons

      • Wears Quickly

      Best Uses

      • Dry Weather
      • Endurance Training
      • Walking

      Comments about Launch:

      This is a non-conventional use, but I use these in marching band practice for Ohio State's marching band. I have never, EVER found shoes that respond so well both on and off the field. They practically propel you forward and push your foot up as it comes down. This is also the first time in weeks I haven't had shin splints or severe arch pain this late in the season. I tried these after destroying my feet on a pair of free runs....I will NEVER go back. Thank you Brooks!

      • Sizing:
      • Feels true to size
      • Width:
      • Feels true to width
      • Arch Type:
      • Average Arch
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

      Comment on this review

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      On my 14th pair

      By Launchess

      from London, UK

      About Me Avid Athlete

      Pros

      • Comfortable
      • Cushions Impact
      • Durable
      • Lightweight
      • Responsive

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Endurance Training
        • Racing
        • Speed work

        Comments about Launch:

        I adore this shoe. I went into shock when I learned Brooks was discontinuing it and have stockpiled them since it came back. I am very nervous of the prospect of a Launch 2 - this shoe makes running feel like running should feel!

        These were originally recommended to me as a fast trainer for speedwork, but I found them so comfortable I started wearing them all the time. That was almost 4 years ago now.

        I'm a light runner with a small frame, I supinate and am a forefoot striker. This means the heel of shoes is no use to me - and this is one of the first pairs I've had that does not have an over engineered heel that gets in the way of my running.

        I use these to train for anything from 5K - marathon, fast, slow, short, long, treadmill, whatever.

        I have tried out other shoes in preparation for the time when these shoes will no longer be available, but there is simply no substitute. They are the best.

        • Sizing:
        • Feels true to size
        • Width:
        • Feels true to width
        • Arch Type:
        • Average Arch
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

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