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5 reasons to buy

  • It features the Brooks DNA technology for adaptive cushioning.
  • The Addiction 12 has a segmented crash pad for a smoother heel-to-toe transition.
  • Some runners liked the comfortable construction of the Brooks Addiction 12.
  • Many loved the simple and neutral colors of this shoe.
  • Many wide-footed runners liked the shoe’s roomy toe box.

3 reasons not to buy

  • This shoe is slightly expensive.
  • Others found this shoe heavy.
  • Some were disappointed by the shoe’s upper mesh because it wears out quickly.

Bottom line

The Brooks Addiction 12 is a motion control shoe that is great for road running. It is ideal for flat arches and runners with severe pronation. It received positive comments that are geared toward the shoe’s cushioning, ride quality and comfort. Though some considered the shoe as expensive, others are still willing to purchase a pair because performance-wise, it is indeed a good investment.


Update: Brooks Addiction 14
Terrain: Road
Arch support: Motion control
Weight: Men: 13.5oz | Women: 11.9oz
Heel to toe drop: Men: 12mm | Women: 12mm
Pronation: Severe overpronation
Arch type: Low arch
Use: Jogging
Material: Vegan
Strike Pattern: Heel strike
Foot Condition: Flat feet
Distance: Daily running | Long distance | Marathon
Heel height: Men: 32mm | Women: 32mm
Forefoot height: Men: 20mm | Women: 20mm
Release date: Aug 2015
Brand: Brooks
Type: Heavy | Big guy
Width: Men: Narrow, Normal, Wide, X-Wide | Women: Narrow
Price: $120
Colorways: Grey, Purple
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81 / 100 based on 1 expert reviews

  • 81 / 100 | Running Shoes Guru | | Level 5 expert

    The Addiction sits between the Adrenaline and the Beast in terms of stability, even though its construction and ride is more similar to the Beast - the main difference being the use of DNA instead of SuperDNA. 

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  • The major update has been to the upper of the Brooks Addiction 12 wherein the overlays were moved around, pulling the saddle backward to provide a secure and snug fit around the midfoot. Additional overlays were also added on the lateral side for added support .

This Brooks running shoe has a standard running shoe length. The fit of this version is identical to its predecessor. The heel, midfoot and forefoot are of standard measurements. Those who experienced a good fit with the Addiction 11 will have the same experience on this updated version.

The outsole unit of the shoe uses the HPR Plus technology. It has high-abrasion resistance capacity, offering durable traction while running on the road. This works efficiently with the shoe’s MC Pod Configuration, a pattern specifically designed for all Brook’s motion-control shoes for an efficient and more balanced heel-to-toe transition.

The midsole of the Addiction 12 uses the BioMoGo full-length cushioning that delivers an efficient energy-return. It adapts to every stride for a customized responsive ride.

The Extended Progressive Diagonal Rollbar (PDRB), which is also seen in the Addiction 13, serves as the tri-density BioMoGo foam in the shoe’s midsole. It was extended from the heel to the forefoot in order to reduce overpronation.

It also utilizes the Caterpillar Crash Pad that efficiently flexes with the foot, offering a customized cushioning and improved stability for a more stable and smoother heel-to-toe transition.

The upper uses a lightweight mesh that is highly breathable and has a moisture-wicking capacity to keep the foot cool and dry. The overlays are strategically placed for a snug and secure fit. It also has internal support saddle purposely placed in the midfoot for a more secure fit.


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