Brooks Launch 8
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.
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
Can fit on the small size
Not great for people with flat feet
Centered specifically towards speed rather than an all-rounder
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.
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!
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.
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?
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
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.
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
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!