Brooks Levitate 3 Reviewed Review Facts
Would you believe us if we told you that Brooks started way back in 1914 and that they created bath and ballet shoes? That didn’t last for long though, as they realized that creating specialized shoes was their calling, and they turned their attention to baseball cleats. But it wasn’t until 1972 that they saw true potential in running sneakers. Ever since then, they have been creating amazing running sneakers, fueled by the experience they had under their hats. The Levitate line is a new one, and Brooks did their best to constantly improve the design. The Levitate 3 is their newest model, with an improved upper, and revised outsoles that make this pair even better than its predecessor!
The upper is the biggest difference between these Brooks running shoes
and the Levitate 2
. The Levitate 2 also had an upgraded upper when compared to the original version, which should tell you that Brooks constantly strives to perfect the little details. The upper is still made with Fit Knit, but this time the threads are flat, and they can wrap around your feet better, offering an improved and secure fit. The pseudo-integrated tongue prevents friction burns and pinching, and it makes the Levitate 3 fit like a sock. The integrated wraparound collar makes the shoes feel like socks, as the collar will act almost like a top band, stabilizing the ankles and preventing dirt and other debris from entering the sneakers. The plush interior optimizes in-shoe comfort, giving you the chance to wear the shoes even without socks if you feel like it!
The midsole has not changed. It's still that very same cushy, responsive foam that we're used to seeing in the Levitate. Made out of polyurethane foam, or PU, it will return energy and bounce back to its original shape in no time. The foam is wrapped around in a thermoplastic coat, and that coat prevents the foam from expanding too much, returning it back to its original position. The midsoles are called DNA AMP, and this amazing blend of materials is still one of the best currently out there, which is why Brooks decided to leave it unchanged. The midsoles create a very bounce response, making your runs energized and vigorous.
The outsoles have been changed slightly, all to improve the traction and grip. The outsoles are made out of a naturally sticky rubber compound, and it gets even stickier when the surface is wet. Brooks kept the arrow-point pattern, as the grooves between offering a good level of flexibility and support. The outsoles will help you move from toe-offs to heel-strikes without exerting a lot of energy, so don't worry about fatigue! The midfoot transition zone transfers the weight and pressure from the forefoot to the heels, which also generates a better energy return. The heels are wrapped in foam and faux-suede, gently supporting the Achilles tendon
and preventing pain. If you look closely at the outsoles, you can see that the only real difference is the lug patterns. Their updated design makes them flatter, which improves the traction and grip, as mentioned above.
The Levitate line is a super heavy one. All three models featured in this line are hefty, and the Levitate 3 is even heavier than the previous model! Instead of weighing 11.3 oz, they now weigh 11.6 oz, which is not a considerable change, and you shouldn't feel the difference when trying both the models on. Don't let that weight scare you off though - Brooks made sure to create a pair where the weight won't even be noticed. They implement a lot of features that outweigh the heaviness of this pair, and you should have no issues with wearing the sneakers during daily runs and long-distance running, although you might feel a bit tired after wearing them the whole day.
The Levitate 2 was not such a breathable pair. Their upper was made out of fly-knit, completely, and even though there were some perforations present, many users reported feeling hot and clammy
after wearing them. Brooks knows how to listen though, so they integrated mesh zones in the knit on areas that are most likely to sweat. The top of the shoes is covered in mesh, and once you start moving, all of that hot air will be expelled through the perforations, leaving you dry and happy. The upper on the previous model was also very absorbent, so you had to deal with being wet, and if the shoes absorbed any of that, you'd have to wait for a day or even more until they dried up. The mesh zones solve this issue, and they leave room for sweat and water to evaporate, so you won't have to wait that long until they are dry!
The Levitate 3 runs true to its size, and the roomy forefoot offers the same amount of support for wide and narrow feet. These sneakers are super comfy, all thanks to that updated upper. The previous model had breathability issues, and no one can feel comfy with sweaty feet and blisters
. The refreshed upper really helped to make these sneakers comfortable, as the fly-knit upper with flat threads gently hugs the feet, securing them in. The integrated tongue and wraparound collar are soft and help prevent friction and blisters, plus the heels have a foam layer that fixes tendon issues. The outsoles are grippy and flexible, while the interior is soft and luxurious, making the Levitate 3 a very comfortable sneaker.
The Levitate 3 really tries to look like a sock. The fly-knit upper looks refreshed and urban, and the only thing that shows you that these sneakers are not, in fact, socks, are the laces and the chunky outsole. The outsoles may out off some users, as they really are a prominent feature. These sneakers are good looking, with colorful options and threads that help the colors pop. Rarely anyone thinks about looking good while working out, but the Levitate 3 leaves you with no options, as you will look good and perform even better!
The Levitate 3 is made using high-quality materials, and that can really be seen when you put the shoes to the test. The sneakers may last you for miles to come. The midsoles are arguably the most resilient feature, as the foam retains its shape and responsiveness for as long as you wear them. The updated outsoles grip better, but the sticky rubber is resistant to wear and tear damage. The fly knit upper might seem flimsy, but it will fight off the debris and rough terrain like a champ. It might not perform that well when wet, as the sneakers will become heavier, but there's no need to worry about the Levitate falling apart in the middle of your run!
Levitate 3 offers a solid level of protection. Your Achilles' tendons are the first parts of your body where you will really feel the difference. The faux suede and foam wrapped around the heels help stabilize this very important tendon and alleviate pain and fatigue. The upper adapts to the shape of the foot, enveloping it gently while protecting it against all kinds of debris. The upper does a good job of shielding you from wind, although the mesh zones might let it chill you down. The outsoles and midsoles cushion sensitive feet, and it's unlikely that you will even feel the uneven ground beneath you!
These sneakers feature all the right technologies to make them one of the more responsive pairs we reviewed. The smooth midsoles with the TPU skin bounce and propel you forward, while they return to their original shape as soon as you lift off, springing you into action once again as you make contact with the ground below. The feet will not suffer during mid-steps, as the AMP midsoles make sure to give support throughout the motions. Some users reported that the heel area feels more responsive than the front, and if the running form is broken in any way, you might not experience all the energy return you need!
Although the flexible upper and outsoles look like they can't offer the support and enthusiastic runner needs, we ensure you that they are more than capable of doing so. The upper is very stretchy, but once you pull the shoes on, the knit will adhere to your skin and stabilize your feet. The heels support the Achilles tendon, while the midsoles stabilize the feet
throughout every movement. The outsoles are grippy and firm, offering support even on slippery surfaces. The Levitate 3 was made for neutral runners that have normal or high arches, and mild overpronation. Their weight won't allow you to enjoy long-distance running, as their support will be lacking as soon as your feet start feeling tired.
Levitate 3 is not an affordable sneaker. It might not be as pricey as some newest models on the market today, as its price is very similar to the Levitate 2. It goes for about 200 dollars, and that might be a bit too much for some people. But if you need a neutral sneaker for your daily running
that will not disappoint you, we strongly suggest you save up and indulge!
The Final Word
The Brooks Levitate 3 is ideal for some endeavors, while won't prove to be so perfect for marathons and trail running. The fly knit upper is improved sporting breathable mesh zones. The previous model had breathability issues, so we're really glad that Brooks fixed this problem. The midsoles have remained unchanged, creating bounce back while absorbing shock and dispersing the pressure when you land. The outsoles have a flatter lug pattern, helping them grip the surface underneath better. If you need a good sneaker for your daily exercises, we suggest you go with Levitate 3!