Brooks Launch 4 Shoe Review

Brooks Launch 4 Shoe Review

The Brooks Launch 4 has quickly become a staple in my running rotation.  A month ago, my second pair of Launch 3 were getting beat up, so I needed a new pair of shoes.  I enjoyed the Launch a lot, so I decided to introduce the Launch 4 into my rotation.

Brooks is not paying me to review their shoes and I purchased the shoe myself.  All thoughts are my own!

The fit of the Launch 4 has a few significant updates including fewer seams and it’s wider!  I barely wore a women’s size 10 in the Launch 3, and now a size 10 in the Launch 4 feels great.

Brooks Launch 4 Shoe Review

The Launch 4 includes an entire extra strip of rubber at the bottom.  There are now 5 rows of rubber versus 4.  This means it’s more responsive to different forms of running. Brooks Launch 4 Shoe Review

The extra strip of rubber helps forefront cushioning as well as a smoother roll from the toe off.  What does this mean?

It feels like a smoother, less clunky shoe from the 3 (not that it ever felt clunky).

Weight: 9 ounces
Drop: 10 mm


  • Cheaper: The Launch 3 was 110, and the Launch 4 is 100
  • More forefront cushion and deeper treads


  • I have yet to find any

Current Shoe Rotation:
Saucony Freedom ISO (Long Runs, daily runs)
Brooks Ghost 9 (Long runs, daily runs)
Brooks Launch 4 (daily runs, tempos)
Saucony Type A (workouts)

Question for you:
What shoe are you currently running in?
What is your all time favorite shoe?

7 thoughts on “Brooks Launch 4 Shoe Review”

  1. currently i’m in mizunos, but i’m not really into running right now. brooks used to always be my go-to running shoe – such a great brand!

  2. Thanks for the review. I love the Launch 2 and 3, and the 4 “Shamrock” edition is so fun! I tried the 4 on in the store and liked them, but I never thought to look at the bottoms and compare. A price drop is also nice and not something you see often in the running shoe world these days.

    I feel like the Launch shoes are a GREAT value. For me, they work for everything from faster runs to easy days. I like lighter shoes for track but I could easily race a 5K-marathon in the Launch (they were going to be my marathon day shoe). But my all time favorite are probably the Mizuno Wave Precision, which were circa 2012 and discontinued!

  3. These are also my go to shoes! Unfortunately I had to leave my latest pair in Cuba (long story!) and when I went to buy another pair here, they only had a size 8 and I wear a 7.5. I bought them anyway and, so far, they have been fine. I think the only drawback would be blisters but since I only run about 25 miles a week it’s probably a non issue. We shall see…

  4. So happy to hear it’s wider! I have very wide feet and bunions….so this is great news. Yay.

    Is it heavier than the 3? You said it feels less clunky but I seem to recall the 3 was lighter. My only issue with the 3 was after about 10 miles, the bottoms of my feet would just throb. So maybe the extra rubber strip will help. Looking forward to trying this.

  5. I’m a huge fan of the Launch! I probably wear it once a week. I would love to wear it more often, but like you said, it gets beat up easily, and I’d be hesitant to go longer than 10 miles in it. Still one of my faves though.

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