THE ALL NEW LEVITATE FROM BROOKS
EXPERIENCE INFINITE ENERGY
Life is 99% Journey, 1% Destination. With that in mind, it makes sense to desire a shoe that makes the journey enjoyable. The journey is where we spend our time, training, mile after mile, a mission that only becomes exhausting once our energy has been depleted.
With infinite energy, the journey IS the destination. We are not trying to run away from, or run to anything. The running itself is why we are here. When we have the energy to go forever, the process feels effortless, timeless, and so, so good.
Brooks created the brand new Levitate for this journey. Powered by the all-new DNA AMP technology, the primary function of the midsole is to return energy straight back to you, creating a closed loop of infinite energy.
WHAT IS THE BROOKS LEVITATE?
Before we jump into the details of this shoe, we have to state the obvious: This shoe looks awesome. The exterior, sitting atop a multi-faceted metallic sole, looks like a futuristic geodesic dome, forged in a dimension where concepts like space and time don’t exist.
The shoe looks dynamic just sitting still. It looks like an electronic rave by my favorite DJ, sending me into a euphoric trance state – but in shoe form. It looks like I’d lace these up in Denver, and then wake up moments later, smile-running through Central Park in Manhattan, unsure and uncaring how I arrived.
To provoke this feeling of perpetual run, the shoe features three core elements:
- – Energized Cushioning of the new DNA AMP midsole technology
- – Quick Transitions provided by the arrow-point pattern on the outsole, moving from heel to toe quickly
- – Intuitive Fit from a knit upper that comfortably accommodates your foot as it moves and expands
If you consider yourself a goal-seeker, or an explorer, looking to discover the world around you as you approach your destination, this is the shoe for you. Just don’t be surprised if you get so caught up in the thrill of it, you end up surpassing your destination, and continuing the journey.
THE EXPERIENCE REMAINS INFINITE
I’ve been running in the Brooks Levitate for 5 months now. That’s enough time for initial excitement to wear off and know if a shoe really holds it salt. I’ve had time to transition through the seasons, taking me down sunny paths that turned to rainy roads and later snowy slush. I’m happy to report these shoes continue to deliver.
The feeling is something I would describe as firm comfort. If the Brooks Levitate was a person, they would give you a firm, full handshake, while looking you directly in the eye with a kind look. If they were interviewing for a job, you would hire them based on the confidence and ease they would instill.
Comfort is a big discussion among running shoes, with many brands going full “plush”, implementing all-knit sock-like uppers. While something that feels like a blanket your grandmother knitted is great for cuddling up on the couch, it’s not always the best feeling when you’re trying to move fast.
These shoes are not like that. They are comfortable, to be sure, but they have the support and rebound that makes you feel confident in burning up the road. The upper makes the whole foot feel locked down, without being squeezed. After 5 months, the midsole remains elastic not squishy.
Brooks Levitate Snaps Back
The timing of my update is fortuitous as Brooks is releasing new limited-edition colors of the levitate. I initially got the cobalt blue ones back in September, and the bold color looks great and makes a statement. Now with the new colorways, I can diversify my look while continuing to be energized by my favorite brooks running shoes!
FEATURES OF THE BROOKS LEVITATE
- – Runner Type: Neutral
- – Men’s Colors: Black/Blue/Grey/Red
- – Women’s Colors: Black/Mint/Silver/White
- – Weight Men’s: 11.2 oz
- – Weight Women’s: 9.7 oz
- – Drop: 8mm
- – Price: $150.00
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About The Author
Lance has previously been fat, weak, and injured. As a multi-sport athlete, his application of data and science has produced some pretty awesome personal results, such as bench pressing over 500 pounds in competition. As a professional Strength and Conditioning Coach he’s helped enhance the performance of NFL athletes, olympians, ironmen, and improved the race-day performance of hundreds of runners.
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