second pair

Verified Buyer Reviewed by Woodlands runner from The Woodlands, TX on Monday, April 2, 2012
I switched to the Launch after some nagging injuries as a result of the minimalist movement. I have high arches and some leg length descrepancies, so these were a good compromise for support, speed, and utility. I run triathlons and marathons and the high road milage requires a thicker shoe - at least for me. The Launch is well structured, breathable and not too heavy or bulky that it makes them a liability. This is my second pair. What I have found is that you need a thich pair of socks to wear with them, so buy a half size larger than you need. When worn without socks, I get blisters on my small toe even after only 4 miles. As well, the high back can cause rubbing, blistering and even bleeding if you do not have socks to protect there. Knowing all of this, I am happy with this shoe as a heavy duty trainer and for higher milage races. I will still use minimalist shoes for shorter distance races. Brooks is a great brand.
  • Arch Type: Average Arch
  • Best Uses: Endurance Training
  • Cons: Poor Arch Support
  • Describe Yourself: Avid Athlete
  • Pros: Breathable, Comfortable, Cushions Impact
  • Sizing: Feels true to size
  • Was this a gift?: No
  • Width: Feels true to width
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