Brooks Levitate 2 | First Look

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Available August 2018 – MSRP $150.00

In Fall 2017 we saw the release of the Brooks Levitate, a responsive daily trainer that featured the newest cushioning compound within the Brooks line, DNA AMP. The introduction of this springy foam paired with a sleek knit upper sparked a lot of initial interest, but for many runners, the 11.3 oz weight was less than ideal. While the testers here at Running Warehouse were also apprehensive about the shoe’s weight, we found that the on-foot experience felt much lighter than the scale reading, and reviews from our customers have echoed that sentiment. Now, following the success of the first version, Brooks has unveiled the Levitate 2, which will continue to offer the same responsive cushioning while focusing on enhanced comfort and a further dialed-in fit.

Midsole & Outsole

The Levitate 2 offers identical tooling to its predecessor to maintain a smooth and responsive ride with plenty of durability. DNA AMP in the midsole delivers maximum energy return while an arrow-point outsole pattern creates a flexible running experience. If you were a fan of the ride of first version, or simply want a responsive feeling daily trainer, the Levitate 2 will deliver.


The major update to the Levitate 2 is the new Fit Knit upper. The soft material creates an adaptable foot wrap, while an internal bootie further enhances comfort. For a more natural feeling heel fit, the shoe receives a new knit heel collar that cups the heel. Paired with a suede heel tab to protect your Achilles from irritation, the Levitate 2’s upper upgrades are small but worthwhile.

Preliminary Tech Specs

Stack height*: 26 mm heel, 18 mm forefoot, 8 mm heel-toe drop

Weight*: 11.2 oz (men’s size 9), 9.7 oz (women’s size 8)

*Production stack heights and weights may differ from the preliminary data listed here.

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Brooks Levitate 2 Women’s Sample (subject to change)

Brooks Levitate 2 Men’s Sample (subject to change)

Connor, aka The Face of Running Warehouse, is our resident footwear guru and helps us keep a finger on the pulse of running trends and current events. A member of the local HOKA Aggies running team, Connor walks the walk, or should we say, runs the run.

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