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


Important Shipping Note: U.S. sales only.


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: 8.1 oz (size 8)

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

Available Widths: B=Medium

How It Fits (based on width B) 

  • Sizing: Standard running shoe length
  • Heel: Medium to narrow
  • Midfoot: Medium to low volume
  • Forefoot: Medium
  • Toe-Box Height: Medium to low
  • Arch Structure: Medium
  • 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 love these shoes! They are so light and give just the right amount of support. I return my energy on every strike. I am not a good runner and am a bit heavy on my feet, but these feel great. I am buying a second pair for when these wear out.
From: Anonymous, Chelmsford, MA, USA

Comments: I absolutely love these shoes! I'm a definite Brooks fan ~ after returning to road/marathon running, this shoe is exactly what I was looking for... a lightweight, responsive shoe that provides just enough support. I'm on pair number two and plan on purchasing pair #3 before the new version hits.
From: Jennifer, Cambria, CA, USA

Comments: Love these shoes!!!! They are light, cushioned, and flexible. One of the best shoes I have ever
owned :)
From: Anonymous

Comments: Thank you RW staff for talking me into switching brands :)  As a Saucony loyalist, I was having trouble getting a good fit on the latest models (too stiff), so you guys recommended running on the treadmill wearing the Launch. THANK YOU!  I'm in love.  Not a fan of the color, but who cares when it feels like my feet are on vacation in Fiji?!
From: Bethany, San Luis Obispo, CA, USA

Comments: The 6th time is a charm...6 pairs of shoes later, I have finally found the perfect pair of running shoes! (Thank goodness for free return shipping!) Perfect combination of a minimalist shoe plus a durable road shoe.  My first run in them felt like I'd already broken them in...very comfortable!  Low heel rise promotes a mid-foot strike. I also like the low cut around the ankle. Too many shoes are cut too high and hit my ankle bone.  LOVE these shoes!!!!
From: Deana, Wisconsin, USA

Comments:  Love these shoes! So light and turn over is fabulous. Makes my long runs effortless. Mine were tru to size.
From: Sara, FL, USA

Comments: Just got back from my first run on my new pair of Brooks Launch, and I've never been more in love with a pair of shoes! Running Warehouse had them to me in 2 days, along with my new Running Warehouse sweatshirt.  You guys have the best merchandise at the best prices around!  Thank you for being a great resource for all types of runners, even the ones just getting back on the wagon :)
From: Brittney, CA, USA