Who should buy the Brooks Addiction 14
The 14th edition of the Brooks Addiction is the perfect fit if:
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 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.
Severe overpronators who have to wear custom orthotics happily report that the Brooks Addiction 14 accommodates them so well.
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.
Several testers have noted that it "sticks" so well, even in wet conditions, they feel surefooted.
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.
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.
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.
Can last a long time
Made with a solid rubber compound, the Addiction 14's outsole is more than ready to take a beating.
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.
The Addiction 14 is not exactly feet-pampering
In contrast to past iterations, experts claim that this version is "a tad stiffer."
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."
The Addiction 14 is a bit heavy for some testers.