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The Brooks Launch is a popular lightweight daily trainer among neutral runners, offering moderate cushioning and a semi-soft ride.


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Left foot, right foot. Repeat. Now faster. Faster! The Brooks Launch is a lightweight trainer, which is great for tempo runs, racing and even daily training for some. The ride is smooth, soft yet responsive and the minimalistic upper provides secure comfort.

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Weight: 9.1 oz (size 9)

Stack Height: Heel (27mm), Forefoot (17mm)

Available Widths: D=Medium

How It Fits (based on width D)

  • Sizing: Standard running shoe length
  • Heel: Narrow to medium
  • Midfoot: Low to medium volume
  • Forefoot: Medium to narrow
  • Toe-Box height: Medium-low
  • Arch Structure: Medium-low
  • Shoe Shape: Semi-Curved


The Launch is a moderate feature, minimal neutral shoe designed for speedwork and daily training.


  • Hydroflow ST cushioning in the heel uses a chamber filled with viscous fluid to attenuate shock, dampen impact forces, and add heel stability.
  • BioMoGo full-length midsole offers resilient cushioning and is made of environment-friendly, biodegradable materials.
  • Cush Pod Configuration is a cushioned midsole/outsole design that sets the foot up for an efficient, balanced heel-to-toe transition.
  • Air Mesh upper consists of a breathable mesh material.
  • Synthetic Overlays are strategically located to provide a snug, secure fit.
  • Traditional Sockliner offers additional underfoot comfort.
  • Strobel Last with the upper stitched to full length BioS-257, a material which releases a non-toxic, natural additive when placed in active landfill that helps break down the midsole faster.
  • HPR Plus is a high abrasion-resistant rubber located in the heel for durable traction.
  • Blown Rubber in the forefoot offers durability, responsiveness and flexibility.
  • Cush Pod Configuration is a cushioned midsole/outsole design that sets the foot up for an efficient, balanced heel-to-toe transition.

Footwear Performance Characteristics

Pronation Control: What's This?

  • Neutral
    • Min
    • Mod
  • Support
    • Min
    • Mod
    • Max
  • Motion Control
    • Mod
    • Max

Heel-Toe Offset (mm): What's This?

  • 0
  • 1-2
  • 3-4
  • 5-6
  • 7-8
  • 9-10
  • 11+

Stack Height:

  • Barefoot
  • Minimal
  • Low
  • Medium
  • High
  • Maximal


  • Road
  • Road-Trail
  • Hard Trail
  • Varied Trail
  • Soft Trail

Shoe Type:

  • Premium
  • Standard
  • Performance
  • Racing

Customer Reviews

Comments: I am a huge fan! I am 6'01 and about 210 lbs. For a bigger runner I am fairly efficient and am midfoot runner. I am using these shoes to train for the Lakefront Marathon in Milwaukee. I have run two prior marathons in the Nike Free. I really enjoy the fact these shoes are wearing really well. They are soft enough, yet I can feel the road. My longest run so far has been 12 miles and I my legs felt great after the run. I just ordered another pair because it is hard for me to find a good shoe.
From: Jason, Dubuque, IA, USA. July 9th 2014

Comments: You need to buy this shoe. Seriously, buy it because its absolutely incredible. Just look at all the reviews praising the Launch's majesty! I run collegiately anywhere from 60-80+ miles a week and I absolutely love my two pairs. Seriously, buy the shoes already.
From: Zachary, Dallas, TX, USA. May 1st 2014

Comments: Glad Brooks saw the light and decided not to discontinue this excellent no-frills-or-gimmicks shoe.

From: Bruce, Ashburn, VA, USA

Comments: My favorite trail ultra shoe for distances longer than 50km. Forgiving and rock absorbing. Never get blisters in these.
From: Joel, Denver, CO, USA

Comments: Perfect shoe for a neutral runner who needs a high milage trainer. Much better for training in than the Kinvara or the NB 890.  I have recently trained in all three, and would definitely buy this again and again. It's too bad they are discontinuing the shoe. There's not another shoe on the market that compares.
From: Kurt, OKC

Comments: I love mine!!!!!!!
From: Chris, Columbus, GA USA

Comments: Bummer that Brooks is discontinuing this shoe, especially since I just discovered it. If you like this shoe as much as I do, get 'em while you can. This is a great shoe, especially for easy and long runs. The ride is cushy, but not overly so. Brooks, please reconsider your decision to terminate the Launch.   
From: Bruce, Manassas, VA

Comments: great shoe! i'm going on my third pair of these that i keep in rotation and they're a great all around shoe, road or trail. they're light enough with excellent cushioning but not so light that it becomes an issue in long distance runs.
From: joe, tarrytown, ny

Comments: Great shoe! My last shoes were Kinvara 2s, but these feel like there's a little more support and cushion, and I didn't really notice the larger heel-toe drop. They feel light and quick and there's no complaints. Btw I run xc and track for my high school, and these hold up well for speed and 70mpw weeks including an 18 mile long run during base.
From: Austin, Albany, OR, USA

Comments: Terrific shoe, Brooks basically gives you an unobtrusive lightweight upper just as something to hold in place a pair of phenomenally cushioned soles for your feet, then they get out of your way to do your thing. Magnificent!
From: Dorsey, Arlington, VA, USA

Comments: Superb shoe...light for speed work and racing, yet combines light stability with fine cushioning for easy to moderate workouts...accepts my custom orthotics easily and fits naturally...a 5 star shoe in every way...
From: Dino, Hollywood, FL, USA

Comments: This is it, this is the perfect daily trainer.  Took it for 13 miles straight out of the box, no blisters, no drama, no issues.  Sweet..
From: Victor, Leesburg VA, USA

Comments: This shoe has been around now for almost 3 years (unchanged save for the color choices - I don't think there are many shoes that can claim the same) - for a good reason obviously: it's absolutely great the way it is.This is my go-to shoe...and I've run the last 4 or so marathons in them. They last a long time, too - I have 2 older pairs with 400+ miles each and I'm not ready to get rid of them yet. Highly recommended - thanks to Brooks for keeping this one unchanged!
From: Bernie, Round Rock, TX USA

Comments: Echoing a common observation, these shoes do have what I describe as a marshmallowy feel to them at first, but they do break in nicely.  If you are used to wearing trainers all the time (I'm a Glycerin man), you'll be amazed at how light these feel and how much faster you feel.  At the same time, the impact cushioning is sufficient enough for routine use (although I personally only use them for speedwork and races).  Lateral support is lacking compared to the Glycerin (but that's not surprising) and traction on trail surfaces is mediocre (best used on the road/track).  This is a superb marathon shoe- striking a great balance between support and shoe weight.
From: R, Philadelphia, PA USA

Comments: I'm on my second pair of these Launch's, and I use them as a daily trainer for 10K/half marathon training. I have not found another shoe that offers this much cushioning at this weight.   Also, I think their 10mm heel-to-forefoot drop is perfect for midfoot strikers or people who are transitioning from a traditional running shoe to something lighter.  Though this 10mm drop is only 2 mm less than the Nike Pegasus 27 I was wearing, my calves are clearly doing more work. Consider this a word of caution for those who are transitioning to barefoot type shoes: transition slowly or your achilles may pay the price. I'm 5'11", 165 lbs, neutral runner, and run a 6:40 10K and a 7:40 marathon.
From: Emil, Northville, MI, USA

Comments: Transitioning to lighter shoes as my feet get stronger from barefoot training, I gave these a try. Moving from the Mizuno Wave Rider 13, which was great (don't like the 14's), I need a roomy toe box that allows my feet to pronate naturally. My initial impression was too soft, but otherwise they are perfect. The softness is retained throughout the wear cycle and isn't really a problem for a midfoot, Chi runner. This is now my go-to road shoe for all distances. I now have 13 marathons including a 51K plus lots of everyday runs on them now totaling over 600 miles! Of my vast shoe collection, currently these work best for me.
From: Ward, LBC, CA, USA

Comments: I love wearing these shoes for work. They are probably the best shoes for walking. I love the softness of the heel. However, this softness is also a hindrance when running. I feel like I am running on the beach. I feel that my feet get sucked into the soft cushioning and it does not bounce back. I can only describe it like running in soft sand.
From: Csaba, Los Alamos, NM, USA

Comments: I'm now on my fifth pair of the Brooks Launch.  Initially, I was running 70-80 miles/week in a single pair of these shoes.  I used them for maintenance, interval, tempo, and long runs.  I now use them for long runs and maintenance runs and rotate them with the Brooks Green Silence and the Adidas Adizero Boston 2. To date, they are the most comfortable pair of shoes that I've been able to find.   I've noticed some people complaining about the softness or perceived lack of responsiveness of this shoe and my personal opinion is that the shoe is very responsive but that the shoe has so little in the way of support or features that it feels less responsive.  I should mention that I'm a slight under pronator and that I weigh about 170 lbs and am 5 ft 9 inches tall.  If you are looking for a fast, light, versatile training shoe, give the Brooks Launch a try.
From: Jeremy, Indianapolis, IN, USA

Comments: Got the Launch when I was trying out a bunch of other brands, and really took a liking to this "no nonsense" shoe.  Fit is great, super flexible, lightweight(ish), and feels great without socks!   I train mostly in Saucony, and rotate this shoe in on my easy/recovery days with the Kinvara for most all my other mileage.
From: Seth, ME, USA

Comments: I am compelled to provide a little more information beyond my first review. After wearing some other shoes, I bought another pair of the Launch in the new colors. I've been doing a lot of my runs in the 7:xx per mile pace range and these shoes seem to handle it quite well, as I'm engaging my midfoot a fair amount at that pace and the shoes allow for plenty of ground contact through the midfoot. I think for heel striking it is too soft, but it's extremely comfortable in the midfoot. I never liked the shoe when I tried to use it on my recovery days, but I really like it now that I'm using it only for general running and workouts.
From: Joe, Lexington Park, MD, USA

Comments:  I've been with this shoe for a lot of miles now.  I'm currently on my fourth pair and I've been getting about 300-350 miles out of each.  I'm about 165 pounds and run with a midfoot to forefoot strike.  These shoes are very lightweight and comfortable.  They feel somewhat soft at first, but everything seems to settle in nicely after they are broken in.  I use this shoe for 8 out of 10 runs.  Tempo, distance, racing, it seems to work well for everything.  I'm hooked on 
From: Brett, Washington DC, USA

Comments: I was really excited about the shoe, but when it arrived the arch support for me was just a little off.  I had to return them but Running Warehouse as usual was great.
From: Greg, Dacula, GA, USA

Comments: I use this shoe as an everyday trainer and racer.  I am not a heel striker, so I cannot comment on the durability of the heel, however, the midfoot seems to wear very well.  I bought the Ghost II thinking it might have a softer ride, but found that the forefoot on the Ghost wore out very quickly with my midfoot striking.  Ghost also seems to have too much unnecessary mechanical parts.  Not so on the launch.  I will probably buy a 3rd pair.  By the way, they aren't as soft if you use them every day.
From: Joe, Duluth, MN, USA

Comments: I found these shoes to be somewhat soft. I bought them hoping they'd feel minimal, but they felt about the same as other trainers and the heel rubber wore faster than most of my other shoes that supposedly have a higher heel. I did find myself running comfortably in the shoes when going fast, so I prefer them for faster running over something like the Glycerin, but they just don't hold up as well as something like the Glycerin. Like a previous poster mentioned, my heel counter mesh on the inside wore down quickly caused blistering. I was fairly pleased with these shoes overall, but probably won't buy them again.
From: Joe, Lexington Park, MD, USA

Comments:  I love this shoe. The mesh upper is comfortable, and the sole has the perfect amount of cushion and flex. Unfortunately, I wore through the lining on the heel of the right shoe in the first 100 miles, which led to a huge blister as the heel counter rubbed my foot raw. Running Warehouse was extremely helpful and quickly replaced the shoes under warranty. Unfortunately, after 120 miles the exact same hole developed in the replacement pair. I've never heard anyone else complain about this (and my wife has put more than 300 miles on hers with no problem), so it's very possible the problem is with my heel and not with the shoe. Then again, I've never had this happen with any other shoes. It looks like two strikes and out--I won't be buying the Launch again. Which is too bad, because otherwise these might be my favorite running shoes ever.
From: Eric, Salt Lake City, UT, USA

Comments:  This is my second pair of this shoe, and I'm very happy with them.  I moved to training and competing in a flatter shoe about two years ago, but was unhappy with many of the weak shoes in this niche.  I practice Chi Running, and while I don't strike the heel, it is nice to have a small heel for balance.  I have run up to a half marathon in the Launch, and would recommend it for all runners who want a quality running shoe.  And...the shoe is priced right!
From: Mike, Austin, Texas, USA

Comments: Feels like the heel is a little higher than my other shoes (Asics DS-T's, Mizuno Elixer's, NB 905's, Saucony Tangent's, Nike Lunar Racer's). It wants to make me heel strike. Have to pay attention and shorten stride to keep mid foot strike...esp. down hills. Thought the extra cushioning might be nice on 20+ milers but...ball of foot still feels the pounding. I'll run them out but won't buy another pair. Still searching for a comfortable 30+ mile training run shoe. 
From: Ben, Dreseden, TN, USA

Comments: Feels like the heel is a little higher than my other shoes (Asics DS-T's, Mizuno Elixer's, NB 905's, Saucony Tangent's, Nike Lunar Racer's). It wants to make me heel strike. Have to pay attention and shorten stride to keep mid foot strike...esp. down hills. Thought the extra cushioning might be nice on 20+ milers but...ball of foot still feels the pounding. I'll run them out but won't buy another pair. Still searching for a comfortable 30+ mile training run shoe. 
From: Ben, Dreseden, TN, USA

Comments:  Really good shoe.  Probably the most versatile shoe I've ever worn.   Running in it is proof of it's value...the Launch should be around for a long time at the top...long runs, tempos, distance racing.  I use Asics hyperSpeed for 5k-15k races, and faster speedwork.
From: JJ, Lockport, NY, USA

Comments: Dude, I love this shoe and it loves me.
From: James, Reno, NV, USA

Comments: A very good trainer with enough protection and to me good support for such a light shoe. The fit is a bit more generous than the ghost which I like, now if a more subdued colour was available in the selection it would be better!  Very smooth and comfortable ride at a variety of paces.
From: Brent, Abbotsford, BC, Canada

Comments: I completed my first 26.2 in the Launch- Simply a great shoe- no blisters, no worries, no pain. I just ran a comfortable, smooth pace. Great fit. I have both the Ghost 2 and the Launch and I love them both... The Launch seemed like a better choice for the longer distance.
From: Jeff, San Diego, CA

Comments: I thought this shoe was soft initially The first three or four easy runs seemed like running in sand. After about fifty miles though, I really love the shoe. It is built to run faster workouts. That's when the midsole seems the most responsive. The best think about the shoe is that my legs feel great after any workout in the Launch. I'm a long-time adidas wearer, especially models like the adizero CS, Ace, RC with a high arch. I've raced in the books T4's and the adidas RC's and will definitely buy another pair of the Launch's.
From: Bill, Springfield, TN

Comments: I have about 80 miles on these so far and like them. I'm running anything from long easy runs to races in them to try them out. Cushioning is very good for a lightweight trainer and they are responsive. They are a little higher off the ground than some other lightweight trainers (like the DS Trainer, Speedstar or Precision). I'm glad I bought them.
From: Steve, Greenfield, IN

Comments: First time running in a pair of Brooks and I am very pleased with the responsiveness of the Launch. The shoe is on the softer side compared to my normal training shoe, the ASICS Speedstar. Would recommend for longer tempo runs and long midweek and weekend runs to reduce wear and tear on the body. 
From: Anonymous, Los Angeles, CA

Comments: Amazing feel right out of the box. Originally thought the shoe might be too soft in the forefoot, but once I got on the road, they preformed very well, with plenty of energy return. The wider toe box feels great. I think the solid sole (versus a break in between the heel and forefoot) allows for easy forefoot running.
From: Mike, Austin, TX

Comments: I have always run in Mizunos, but ran into some problems when I got into the marathon distance. I was looking for a change and was pointed to the Launch. THey are certainly soft, which is what I've grown to love about them. I am a forefoot runner and these have complimented my style nicely. They are light too. I just bought my second pair. 
From: Justin, Austin, TX

Comments: I too thought this shoe would be like the Asics Speedstar. They are certainly comfortable, but after several near misses with a twisted ankle, it's perhaps to soft. I had no ankle problems with the Speedstar 3's. I'll still work this into long runs on pavement, but will stay away from trails and uneven terrain. I don't think I'd buy them again.
From: Craig, Port Townsend, WA

Comments: Not at all what I expected. Thought it would be like the Asics Speedstar, but it's very soft, almost mushy in the forefoot. Doesn't feel fast or responsive and for that reason I would not race in this shoe. It's a great trainer, especially for longer distances. Has that great Brooks fit and the forefoot cushioning is exceptional for training.
From: Carl, Oakland, CA

Comments: Agreed with the softness in the heel area -- and it's the softness that initially caused me to heel strike a lot more than with other shoes. Now I've gotten used to it and adjusted my style a bit. I do think that this shoe is a great everyday trainer, but I run up to half-marathon distances and it does really well there too.
From: Bernie, Round Rock, TX

Comments: This is the closest reincarnation to the Brooks Burn in recent attempts. It's pretty much as advertised: smooth, soft and responsive. It's almost a tad too soft at times, nevertheless a great addition to Brooks' lightweight line-up. For anyone looking for a responsive, yet cushioned training shoe, the Launch should definitely be on your short list.
From: Paul, SA, TX