Who should buy the Brooks Addiction 14

The 14th edition of the Brooks Addiction is the perfect fit if: 

Brooks Addiction 14 brooks addiction

Who should NOT buy it

If you're a neutral runner or a supinator (feet roll outward), you can pass up on the Brooks Addiction 14. Instead, consider these neutral running shoes

Brooks Addiction 14 stability

Brooks Addiction 14 vs. 13: Don't fix what isn't broken

The Addiction 14 is basically the exact same model as the 13. It only has an updated upper that amps up breathability, since runners love its predecessor so much.

Brooks Addiction 14 breathability

Welcomes orthotics

Severe overpronators who have to wear custom orthotics happily report that the Brooks Addiction 14 accommodates them so well. 

Brooks Addiction 14 orthotic-friendly

It has enough room that doesn't compromise a supportive fit. 

Slips are out of the question

Apart from its feet-stabilizing midsole, the Addiction 14 also encourages steady strides through it's "insanely grippy" traction. 

Brooks Addiction 14 grip

Several testers have noted that it "sticks" so well, even in wet conditions, they feel surefooted. 

Brooks Addiction 14 lockdown

On top of this, the upper has several overlays that add structure to the shoe, keeping the foot locked in position. 

Your toes can splay all they want

The shoe's toe room is so spacious, your toes can swell without feeling constricted. Even more, they have more than enough wiggle room for a comfortable fit. 

Brooks Addiction 14 toe room

The Brooks Addiction 14 is a friend to heavy runners

With so much cushion and support, heavy runners say they'd pick the Addiction any day. 

Brooks Addiction 14 highly cushioned

Run in it straight out the box

The engineered mesh upper of this shoe is what reviewers consider its "standout feature." It's flexible and soft, they say they didn't need any adjustment period. 

Brooks Addiction 14 lacing system

Can last a long time

Made with a solid rubber compound, the Addiction 14's outsole is more than ready to take a beating.

Brooks Addiction 14 durable running shoes

It's tank-like; road runners estimate it to go beyond 400 miles. 

Don't worry about the heat

Those who ran through humid conditions all agree that the Brooks Addiction is "perfect" for summer runs. 

Brooks Addiction 14 mesh upper

The Addiction 14 is not exactly feet-pampering

In contrast to past iterations, experts claim that this version is "a tad stiffer." 

Brooks Addiction 14 motion control running shoe

Although it's part of Brooks' cushioned running shoe family, along with the Glycerin and Ghost, it's still rigid on foot. This is because it doesn't have Brooks' plush DNA Loft cushioning. 

If you want a lightweight shoe, skip this

At 12.5 oz (US M 9), the Brooks Addiction 14 is just WAY too heavy. Even runners who are used to highly cushioned shoes find it "too hefty."

Brooks Addiction 14 heel clutch

The Addiction 14 is a bit heavy for some testers.

Facts / Specs

Terrain: Road
Weight: Men 12.6oz / Women 11.4oz
Drop: 12mm
Arch support: Motion control
Collection: Brooks Addiction
Pronation: Severe overpronation
Arch type: Low arch

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