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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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Reviews

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Launch
 
4.7

(based on 187 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (153)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (19)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (11)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (2)

96%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Lightweight (83)
  • Durable (67)
  • Comfortable (64)
  • Easy to use (39)
  • Compact (27)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Distance / endurance (104)
    • 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

         

        78% 

        (21 reviews)

        Feels half size too big

         

        Feels full size too big

         
      • Width:
      • Feels too narrow

         

        Feels true to width

         

        100% 

        (27 reviews)

        Feels too wide

         
      • Arch Type:
      • Average arch (13), High arch (8), Low arch (4)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Enthusiast (88), Competitive athlete (60), Casual/ recreational (18), Gym rat (16)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (160)

    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!

    VS

    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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    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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      5.0

      LOVE them

      By Liz

      from Seattle, WA

      About Me Avid Athlete

      Pros

      • Comfortable
      • Lightweight
      • Responsive

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Launch:

          I mainly run on trails and wear semi-minimalist trail shoes. However, I signed up for a all-pavement city marathon and wanted something equally light and responsive, but with a little more support. After an extensive search (and returning quite a few pairs of shoes back to the store), found these! Fit was perfect - I tried the "Pure" line shoes, but they were all too narrow for my (average width) feet. Ran the marathon after just a couple short break-in runs and have zero complaints! No blisters, and no foot soreness whatsoever after 26.2 miles of pounding pavement! Probably won't wear them daily for training runs, but will definitely use them for city racing!!

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

          Comment on this review

          (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          3.0

          Comfortable, but lacks heel support

          By Jean

          from Columbia, SC

          About Me Casual/ Recreational

          Pros

          • Comfortable
          • Lightweight

          Cons

          • Not Enough Heel Support

          Best Uses

            Comments about Launch:

            I wish I could have kept this shoe, as I liked the overall comfort and the fact that the shoe was not heavy. I did not like the color, which was the only selection available in my size. When I tried it out on my home treadmill I did not feel like my heels had adequate support. Maybe it will work out for others.

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

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            (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

             
            1.0

            Don't Mess with a Good Thing

            By Sore Feet!

            from Midland, TX

            About Me Casual/ Recreational

            Pros

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Launch:

                  I have previously suffered from severe plantar fascitis and the Launch was my savior! I am on my feet all day, and was routinely (3-4 times a week) walk/running a 3 mile circuit at the local college, so I replace them religiously every 3 months. In May, I purchased my 8th pair. Unfortunately, just a few weeks in to the new pair (this years model), my feet begin to hurt, and I could no longer make it through the work day without sore and tired feet, much less the 3 mile walk at lunch. I called my local running store where they were purchased from, and was told that they had made some changes to this years model and that the shoe was slightly more narrow and that they had been experiencing a lot of complaints from long time Launch fans. I was so very disappointed! This shoe in its previous years has been a life saver! Why change what was working??? Bring the old model back please!

                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • No

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