Brooks Launch 8

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Editor’s Conclusion
Hitting the open road is one of my favorite things to do and I do it often, so I’m super picky about what running shoes I wear, after all, I need to protect my feet. There’s no feeling quite like the one you get on a run or when you’ve finished; lungs full, sweat dripping from your brow, endorphins whizzing around your body like children that have had too much sugar, it really is a sweet feeling knowing that you’ve just completed that physical and mental challenge.

I love running for more than one reason, it means I can have a few more squares of chocolate, it helps my mental health, gives me some headspace from the chaos of normal life and I know that I am doing good things for my body. Whatever reason that you chose to start running, it won’t be a decision that you regret.

So, the most important thing about running is making sure you get the right attire for your feet, (you’re on them every day and running is no different). That’s right guys, let’s talk running shoes, and more specifically the Brooks Launch 8 neutral running shoe.
Brooks Launch 8 Review Facts
Editor's Pros & Cons
Pros

Breathable mesh material over upper foot

Wide sizes available – ideal for many women who have a slightly broader foot

Design allows for a quick transition from heel to toe

Available with/without guiderails support

Plenty of choices when it comes to color

Cons

Can fit on the small size

Not great for people with flat feet

Centered specifically towards speed rather than an all-rounder

Key Features

Durability

This neutral running shoe has a good amount of cushion so is welcomed by any runners’ feet on a speed run. That pounding your feet will take on a track means they need that added comfort to help them carry on. The mesh material won't last forever but it will provide your feet with a welcome breeze on your sweaty jaunts. The rubber sole will give you the comfort and bounce you need for a smooth stride.

Breathability

It is so important for your feet to feel comfortable (you’re going to hear me say this a lot, but it is IMPORTANT), and breathability means comfort, something the Brooks Launch 8 gives you undeniably. The mesh upper gives your feet that air that they so desire on a run. It also means your feet will have more room for when they swell, it happens to us all!

Design

With a whole range of different color options, they really do look the part. You may be running and not looking down at your feet thinking how pretty they look but that doesn’t mean you want your running shoes to look bland.

As I mentioned earlier about the mesh upper, this running shoe will provide your feet with easy access to air whilst your sprinting off around the track, so they certainly won’t feel confined. The added option for guiderails means these running shoes mean business.

Price

The price is always the big moment where everyone holds their breath, but I’ve got to say that the Brooks Launch 8, I think, is reasonably priced given its design and options for more support.

Bottom line, when it comes to paying for things, sometimes you get what you pay for so, I’d always rather pay that little bit more to ensure my feet are going to be well protected.

Who would suit this running shoe?

The big question, who is it for? Well if you are a track/short-distance runner then this design/style is the type of shoe for you. If you're a long-distance runner, then something more like the Glycerin 19 may suit you better. The key to picking your running shoe is to determine the type of runs you will be using it for.

There is no point in buying this shoe for long-distance, it will not give you the comfort you would need or expect. This is a springy shoe with a lightweight transition to give you the bounce you need to push off into your next stride. Fast, streamlined, and fun.

Compared to Previous Models

Compared to its predecessor, the Launch 8 boasts a newer air mesh upper enhancing ventilation and comfort. It also has added blown rubber in the forefront for that faster transition.

It is also slightly, and I’m talking 4.8g, lighter than the Launch 7. Apart from that, there isn't a massive difference to me, but this might be a big difference for you.

Verdict

Drum roll please … This shoe is a definite yes in my book for the short distance/track runner. The lightweight running shoe is sure to not disappoint. A trusted brand like Brooks, with a long list of running shoes, won’t let you down.

Added cushioning, guiderails, striking colors, breathability, and quick transitions, I mean what more do you want? Any running shoe you purchase is an investment for your feet. Don't cut corners, your feet will feel it in the long run!

Quick tips from me about purchasing running shoes

1. Know your running style – you don’t have to have one pair of running shoes to suit all your runs. If running is something you are going to really get into, then invest in a few different pairs that will be designed for the different runs you go on. You will thank me later!

2. Try out a few – Guys, don’t buy the first pair of shoes you see, shop around, read reviews and compare!

3. Don’t cut corners – I know that sometimes you don’t want to spend extra, but it is worth it. I’m not saying break the bank, but don’t think that a pair of running shoes that cost 10 bucks are going to give you the support you need, they won’t!