Our verdict

The Addiction Walker 2 from Brooks is an upgraded version of the famous Addiction Walker. Like the original version, we are provided by this iteration a lasting comfort, for comfier strides all day. It also offered excellent support that made us forget about foot pain.

Pros

  • Lasting comfort
  • Awesome for standing all day
  • Alleviates foot pain
  • Improved aesthetics
  • Provides arch support
  • Can match formal work attire
  • Accommodates natural foot transition
  • Great lockdown
  • Custom-orthotics friendly

Cons

  • Stiffer than the original model
  • Lacks breathability

Audience verdict

86
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Who should buy Brooks Addiction Walker 2 

Much like the original Brooks Walker, the 2nd edition is meant for people who need extra support for overpronation and flat feet. Its improved design makes it a better choice, which lets you pair this with formal work outfits.

This is also ideal for the colder season; it provides comfort during colder days and drizzly weather.

Brooks Addiction Walker 2 label and laces

Who should NOT buy Brooks Addiction Walker 2

If you like what the Addiction Walker 2 has to offer but are not fond of the leather upper, then Allbirds Wool Runners is an option to consider. 

You can also choose from our selection of best slip-resistant models, like the Hoka Bondi SR, if you are not satisfied with the grip of the Addiction Walker 2.

Brooks Addiction Walker 2 side logo

Get addicted to walking with the Addiction Walker 2 

We highly recommend the Addiction Walker 2 for those who spend many hours on their feet, as this one has lasting comfort.

We discovered that the shoe's supportive construction makes it suitable for daily errands, athleisure, and long periods of walking and standing.

Brooks Addiction Walker 2 leather upper

Its upper unit is also made of a full-grain leather upper, which we realised provides a supportive embrace for our feet and gradually adapts to our foot shape. That way, it gets more comfortable with time.

Its inner side is lined with mesh fabric which we observed to create a comfy feel for the skin and keep the foot chamber aerated.

Pain-free walking experience with this Brooks shoe

The shoe has helped in alleviating our foot pain.

Brooks Addiction Walker 2 thick midsole

This walking shoe features a thick midsole layer that provides cushioning. It uses the proprietary BioMoGo DNA material, which we noticed to adapt to our stride, weight, and speed. It also reduces the amount of impact experienced by our joints.

Helps in motion control

Deep horizontal grooves are placed in the forefoot area of the trainer. Several more are added around the perimeter of the unit. We felt that these notches helped make the shoe's bottom more pliable, which allowed us to have a more natural foot transition.

Brooks Addiction Walker 2 forefoot outsole

Supports the arch in the right areas

We appreciated the presence of arch support in this walking shoe.

The Addiction Walker 2 embeds an Extended Progressive Diagonal Bar (PDRB) into the midfoot area. We found that this sturdy post supports our arch in the right spot as it minimises our foot's inward rolling (overpronation).

Brooks Addiction Walker 2 insole part

It also has a lightweight foamy component that adds a tinge of padding when retained. It can also be easily removed when a custom orthotic insert is needed.

Your feet won't wobble while walking

A heel cup at the back firmly holds our rear foot in place. We found that it prevents our heels from slipping out of the shoe and doesn't let them wobble from side to side either. We confirmed that the padded collar and tongue contribute to the rearfoot support, while the lace-up closure tightens the fit.

Brooks Addiction Walker 2 heel part

Firmer than the original version

We noticed that Addiction Walker 2 is stiffer than the first and original Addiction Walker shoe.

Certified slip-resistant but not as much as expected

The Addiction Walker 2 receives a new rubber outsole. It also comes with a certified slip-resistant characteristic but has been made more flexible in the forefoot. We learned that the more prominent flex grooves help the shoe bend together with our foot.

This is equipped with a certified slip-resistant outsole (SATRA TM144:2011) which delivered even more grip. We found that it is especially useful for people who walk on tile floors and wet surfaces and for senior citizens and people with health conditions.

Brooks Addiction Walker 2 slip-resistant outsole

Toned down design of the Brooks Addiction Walker 2

This time around, we observed that Brooks has put an emphasis on the shoe's appearance. The shoe still uses a full-grain upper but has a cleaner and more streamlined shape. The foam midsole also has a visibly less aggressive design.

Brooks Addiction Walker 2 upper

The second iteration has significantly improved the aesthetics department. We experimented with the basic colour options of this model with formal work outfits and uniforms, and they easily matched.