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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

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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!


> See the Men's Launch

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

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Launch
 
4.7

(based on 190 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (155)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (19)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (11)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (2)

96%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Lightweight (86)
  • Durable (68)
  • Comfortable (66)
  • Easy to use (39)
  • Compact (27)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Distance / endurance (106)
    • 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

         

        80% 

        (24 reviews)

        Feels half size too big

         

        Feels full size too big

         
      • Width:
      • Feels too narrow

         

        Feels true to width

         

        97% 

        (29 reviews)

        Feels too wide

         
      • Arch Type:
      • Average arch (16), High arch (8), Low arch (4)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Enthusiast (91), Competitive athlete (60), Casual/ recreational (18), Gym rat (16)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (163)

    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

    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

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    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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      2.0

      Something is different

      By runnerK

      from Ann Arbor

      About Me Avid Athlete

      Pros

      • Lightweight
      • Responsive

      Cons

      • Narrow / Tight

      Best Uses

        Comments about Launch:

        A previous reviewer confirmed what I suspected: the turquoise and coral model is a smidge narrower than previous models. I had the previous model - ruby red and maize - and enjoyed them from the first run - the drop, the cushioning, the fit. This updated fit is just narrow enough that I'm afraid I will run into foot problems on longer runs. I wish Brooks would consider going back to the older last.

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

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        3.0

        EMEA review #2

        By Shoe reviewer

        from Great Brtian

        About Me Gym Rat

        Pros

        • Good Cushion
        • Great fit
        • Pretty Color

        Cons

        • Nothing To Say Here

        Best Uses

        • Running

        Comments about Launch:

        I ran very far in this shoe - note that first time I entered a review there was no "Describe Yourself" section or "Sizing, Width, Arch Type" section.

        • 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

        love love love!!!!

        By mommyof2

        from WENATCHEE, WA

        About Me Gym Rat

        Pros

        • Comfortable
        • Good Arch Support
        • Lightweight

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Endurance Training
          • Gym

          Comments about Launch:

          I have every color in the launch!! my go too shoe!!! Hoping brooks makes a different color!!!

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

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