Summary

We spent 9.8 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

6 reasons to buy

  • Runners who want to put custom orthotic inserts into the Brooks Addiction 14 claim that they are able to do so seamlessly.
  • The stability mechanisms that are present in this road running shoe are welcomed by severe overpronators.
  • The toe box is welcomed by most because it is roomy and accommodating of natural toe-splay.
  • Some heavyset consumers believe that the underfoot platform is able to support hefty body weights.
  • This Brooks running shoe does not require a break-in period, according to a couple of testers.
  • The breathability of the upper is appreciated by most consumers.

2 reasons not to buy

  • A few consumers have reported that the underfoot platform is a bit stiffer than previous iterations.
  • The Addiction 14 is a bit heavy for some testers.

Bottom line

Many runners have taken a shine to the Brooks Addiction 14. This motion control running shoe is welcomed by those with heavy body weights and those who require foot stability on their runs. The upper unit’s breathable fabrics and the roomy in-shoe construction that effortlessly accommodates custom orthotic inserts are are highlighted.

Fans of running shoes that target severe overpronation can enjoy this update to the revered series.

Facts

The Brooks Addiction 14 is an update to a roster of motion control running shoes that target excessive overpronation. The way that the materials are constructed together is similar to how they were done in the previous iterations. Still, a change to the upper unit’s configuration ensures heightened breathability in a package that doesn’t look too bulky.

Runners can get a pair of the Addiction 14 using their usual sizing expectations because it has been made under the guidance of the standard sizing schemes. It is important, however, to personally test the shoe first or study reviews that cover the aspect of size to fully welcome a pleasant in-shoe experience.

The sideways fit of the Addiction’s version 14 can feel marginally different from the previous version. While the Addiction 13 uses standard mesh and stitched-on overlays, the newer one moves to the realm of cloth-like engineered mesh and synthetic prints. The natural shape and motion of the foot are the target of such changes.

The external pad of the Brooks Addiction 14 is made of HPR Plus, a rubber compound that is touted to be long-lasting and able to properly protect the midsole from wear-and-tear. It generously shields the bottom part of the shoe from the abrasive nature of the surfaces.

A pattern of squares and rectangles offers extra traction over the asphalt. The edges of these individual nodes act like clamps that adhere to the ground. Each element also delivers constant surface contact whenever it is needed.

Flex grooves permit the platform to move naturally with the foot as it goes through the gait cycle.

A Segmented Crash Pad is a set of grooves that are deep enough that they also reach a part of the midsole. The individual segments, while becoming proponents of heightened flexibility, also act as the means of isolating the impact shock generated by the foot-strike to the area that is in contact with the ground.

Engineered mesh is used for the upper unit of the Brooks Addiction 14. This material is one of the standout technologies in the modern era of running shoes, with series like the Saucony Guide sporting it in style. It resembles woven cloth, and it has a seamless construction to deliver a form-fitting and non-irritating coverage. Breathing holes allow air to go through the foot-chamber and maintain a cool and dry in-shoe experience.

Synthetic overlays are printed onto the sides and back of this shoe. These elements are tasked with bolstering the structural integrity and upright position of the upper unit. They also adapt to the tightening or loosening of the fit together with the shoelaces.

A traditional lacing system helps in the attainment of a snug yet secure wrap. Semi-round laces go through discreet eyelets on the roof of this product, and they let the runner adjust the fit to match their liking.

The padded tongue and collar are created as a means of cushioning the topmost portions of the foot. These parts of the upper are how the foot remains steady and safe from accidental removals.

Author
Jens Jakob Andersen
Jens Jakob Andersen

Jens Jakob is a fan of short distances with a 5K PR at 15:58 minutes. Based on 35 million race results, he's among the fastest 0.2% runners. Jens Jakob previously owned a running store, when he was also a competitive runner. His work is regularly featured in The New York Times, Washington Post, BBC and the likes as well as peer-reviewed journals. Finally, he has been a guest on +30 podcasts on running.

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