Monday, January 22, 2018

Ready to Launch...or not

I have been running in Brooks Launch for over three years now. I don’t know why companies always feel the need to keep changing the make of shoes when the prior model works well. However I have been fortunate to be able to wear each new model that they come out with. I currently have three pairs of Launches, two pairs of the Launch 4s and one pair of the Launch 3s.  


It was just recently that I noticed that I have holes in my newest Brooks. I just bought these shoes in the beginning of Fall and I have not even been wearing them during every run since I have two other pair. I did not know these holes were even there until I didn’t wear black socks with them one day and saw the color of my sock poking out. 


I noticed that my other Brooks Launch 4s have major holes in them as well. Is it the shoe or maybe I need a wide width? I do not remember getting holes in the first few pairs that I had (Launch 1 and 2).  



I then looked at my Brooks 3 which are older than the 4s of course, and the hole is just starting. Could it be the company making a cheaper version of the shoe? I thought the shoe companies are supposed to change the shoes for the better when the newer models come out.   

I was not even thinking about posting about this but I was telling my friend about my problem and he said I should mention this and see if anyone else has had this problem with this particular shoe.  I know I put a lot of miles on my shoes but I still feel like they should be lasting longer than what they do. Is it time to try another brand?  I remember the days when I would run in the same shoe for 8 months straight without swapping out shoes between runs and never had holes in them. Now I am barely making it a few months and I am getting holes on both sides.  Maybe I need to go up a half a size? But I do not feel like these shoes feel tight on me.  Any suggestions?   

Has anyone else been running in Brooks Launch and have had this problem or is it just me? -L

We will be linking up with the gals from TOTR.


17 comments:

  1. I have some Brooks that I'm just not happy with personally.
    I always get holes in my shoes though. So I'm no help. I just assumed all shoes got holes in them easily. Haha

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  2. I cant comment on this particular shoe but I can say in general I have never developed holes in my running shoes. I hope you figure it out!

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  3. I don't think I have ever gotten holes in my shoes. Ive worn the Launches but I am not sure how many miles I put on them, I just stopped wearing them when I felt like they were losing their bounce.

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  4. I have only run in Nikes and Mizunos and have never gotten a hole. I have seen people with holes like that though (although I don't know what shoes they were wearing). Could it be that some people are just prone to getting holes?

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  5. I always get a hole in the back of my shoes, up by the ankle. I'm not sure why!

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  6. It looks like the holes are in the exact same spot on the left and right shoes...could it be a "hot spot" from the seam of your sock?

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  7. My mom has had similar issues with some of her Brooks Ghost sneakers. She has a few pairs of the Launch sneakers but she hasn't noticed any holes in those yet.

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  8. I have been wanting to try the Launch shoe - and will pay close attention to holes now! I have gotten a few holes in my Ghosts... but that's because they're super old. No issues with newer shoes!

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  9. I have never gotten a hole. I have many pairs that I rotate of the same shoe. I hate when they change a model that works for me.

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  10. I also have never gotten a hole in a running shoes (and Brooks are part of my rotation, although not the Launch). I've never had a hole in my socks, either. Maybe it's the way I run? My socks do tend to wear out in the heel, although they last a long time and I'm not really a heel striker (although sometimes it looks that way in photos.

    But it's soooooo frustrating when shoe companies change a good shoe. :( I think youre friend was right about posting though!

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  11. You can ask the employees at your LRS. If there's a problem, they've probably heard about it. When I started having issues with ASICS, I got refitted, and mentioned my issues. They said they were hearing about a lot of problems with ASICS.

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  12. Interesting. I don't wear Brooks so I don't know anything about the shoe but I'd be highly frustrated if that were happening to me. And I hate when shoe companies change a shoe and all the things I love about it change. So far, I've been lucky with my Saucony Kinvaras but I'm sure a change that doesn't work for me is right around the corner. :/

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  13. I've never had holes form on any of my running shoe tops - that is odd, and honestly, I wouldn't like it. Maybe you do need a wider size?

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  14. I have not ever developed a hole like that so I can't be much help.

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  15. Wow that's crazy! Knock wood, I've never had a hole in one of my running shoes. Sounds like a design defect to me.

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  16. I have never run in Brooks shoes but I think if you just got them recently I might think about returning them to the store. That is unacceptable!

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  17. I also wear the Launch 4 and love them. I have 3 pairs that I run in and 10 new in boxes. I loved the 2 but not a fan of the 3. That is a bummer about the holes in your shoes. Of all of the pairs I've worn, I've never had a hole in them.

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