Arch support
Motion control
Daily running
M: 383g | W: 337g
Heel to toe drop
M: 12mm | W: 12mm
Heel height
M: 32mm | W: 32mm
Forefoot height
M: 20mm | W: 20mm
Widths available
M: Normal - D, Wide - 2E, Extra wide - 4E | W: Narrow - 2A, Normal - B, Wide - D, Extra wide - 2E
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Shoes best for road, track and light gravel. See the best road shoes.


Shoes best for trail, off road, mountains and other unstable surfaces. See the best trail shoes.

Good to know

As long as you stick to the road or path, and if you want just one running shoe, buy a road running shoe.

Neutral / cushion / high arch

Shoes for runners who does not need any additional arch support (Around 50% of runners). Best for people with high or medium high arches. See the best neutral shoes.

Stability / overpronation / normal arch

Shoes for runners who needs arch support (Around 45% of runners). Best for runners with a normal arch. See the best stability shoes.

Motion control / severe overproanation / flat feet

Shoes for runners who needs a lot of arch support. Best for runners with flat feet. See the best motion control shoes.

Good to know

- Rule of thumb: If in doubt, buy neutral shoes to avoid injuries.
- More about arch support in this video.
- Find your arch type by following steps from this video.

Daily running

Cushioned shoes for your daily easy running. Great comfort. See best shoes for daily running.


Lightweight shoes good for races, interval training, tempo runs and fartlek. Here are the best competition running shoes.

Good to know

If you want just one pair of shoes, buy a shoe for daily running.

The height difference from the heel to the forefoot, also known as heel drop, toe spring, heel to toe spring or simply drop.

There are many opinions about what a good heel drop is. We do not recommend any in particular. Lean more in this video.


We spent 8.7 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

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. The 12th version of the Brooks Addictions offers enhanced cushioning, support and stability.

World wide, Addiction 12 is in the top 20% most popular running shoes. The brand, Brooks, is the 5th most popular.

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82 / 100 based on 2 expert reviews

  • 82
    Motion Control Running ShoesLevel 5 expert
    by Motion Control Running Shoes
    Brooks has made a good attempt to open up the forefoot a bit to make the Brooks Addciton 12 feel a little bit more comfortable in that area.
  • 81
    Ruggero LodaLevel 5 expert
    by Running Shoes Guru
    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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  • Drive By Reviews
    The Brooks Addiction 12, one of the best shoes on the market this year. They utilize what we know the human foot and body interact with the ground.
  • BJ Shop Zappos
    This shoe is built for the moderate to severe overpronator, who requires a combination of reinforced stability and cushioning.
  • Richard Shop Zappos
    We have a really shock absorbing full-length BioMoGo midsole that'll give you excellent energy return with every single stride.

Updates to Addiction 12

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 .

Addiction 12 size and fit

The Addiction 12 has a standard running shoe length. The fit of this version is identical with 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 a 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) 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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