Brooks Addiction 12

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Brooks Addiction 12Review Facts

Brooks was founded in 1914 and is an American company which manufactures running clothes, shoes and accessories for every type of runner, from those requiring stability shoes, to racing flats or even trail shoes. Brooks focuses on the end user in designing the shoes and their approach to the market is very customer centric, focusing on the needs of the user to design the ultimate shoe. They even let some of their top sponsored athletes get involved in the design process. Famous ultra runner Scott Jurek helped to design the Brooks Cascadia trail shoe, which has all the features he thinks runners look for when searching for an ultra distance trail shoe.

The Brooks Addiction 12 running shoe is a motion control shoe, ideal for runners with overpronation issues or flat feet. It has tons of grip but is best suited for road running. For runners with flat feet requiring a motion control shoe, look into this one, as it might be the shoe for you.

Pros
  • Featuring Brooks DNA adaptable cushioning, this shoe has the support runner need while also moving with your foot
  • A separate crash pad is great for runners who tend to land on their heels and require a little extra cushioning for hard, impact filled landings
  • A wide toe box is great for giving the toes a ton of wiggle room
  • Support features throughout the shoe encourage good form and a smooth, comfortable transition from heel to toe
Cons
  • This is a relatively expensive shoe and some testers reported durability issues with the upper
  • The tons of support features make for a heavy shoe
Outsole
Outsole

Outsole

This outsole is ideal for road running. The HPR Plus outsole material is more dense than regular outsole rubber to increase its resistance to wear and tear on hard surfaces, such as extended road use. The MC Pods run the length of the outsole and are great for adding flexibility without reducing motion control. The flex grooves run from one side of the foot to the other, providing great flex in one direction but not in the other. The pods in this shoe were also built for optimal road traction and the flexibility helps with that.
Midsole
Midsole

Midsole

The primary material in this midsole is Brooks BioMoGo EVA cushioning. It is completely biodegradable, while also being durable and great for impact resistance and warding off muscle fatigue with it’s good energy return. It’s a full length cushioning that runs the length of the midsole protecting and guiding the foot. This shoe also features the Extended Progressive Diagonal Rollbar which has tri-density EVA material in key places to help reduce the amount of twisting in the stride, this also reduces overpronation. There is additional cushioning in the heel as part of an independent crash pad, great for impact protection and smoothly guiding the stride from heel to toe. This midsole offers a responsive feeling but cushioned ride and sufficient motion control to prevent injury and contribute to a natural feeling stride.
Upper
Upper

Upper

This upper is primarily made up of highly breathable mesh material which is lightweight and has moisture wicking properties. Synthetic uppers give the shoe lots of structure and protection where runners need it most, around the toe box, while also providing a nice roomy fit in the toe box. The upper and lacing system do a great job of wrapping around the foot to provide a secure fit and good feeling shoe The lacing system utilizes flat, fatter style laces to achieve a customizable, comfortable fit. The heel cup fits snuggly around the foot, also helping to lock in the foot and give a nice secure feeling throughout the shoe.
Weight
Weight

Weight

The Brooks Addiction 12 weighs in at just over 13.5 oz for men and just over 11.8 oz for women, making for an incredibly heavy shoe. Because of all of the support features and cushioning Brooks designers have put into this shoe it has come to be a pretty hefty shoe, which is somewhat typical for motion control shoes. Runners with huge overpornation problems typically require a lot of support. At this weight, this is a great training shoe or everyday use shoe, it is not ideal for racing.
Breathability
Breathability

Breathability

The upper of this shoe is designed to be highly breathable and moisture wicking, great for keeping feet cool and dry in the hottest conditions. The way that the mesh and the synthetic overlays work together allows for air to enter the shoe from the top and pass through the shoe, cooling the foot and creating a comfortable inner shoe feeling.
Comfort
Comfort

Comfort

This is a motion control shoe and as such, it has a ton of cushion in the midsole. This makes it perfect for guiding the stride and protecting the body from impact. The upper also does a great job of locking in the fit and providing a snug fit and great feeling shoe. The breathable and moisture wicking upper are great for keeping the foot cool and dry, even on long runs. This shoe also has a nice wide toe box, which most runners prefer for toe splay, essential for a strong toe off, optimal comfort and speed.
Style
Style

Style

Brooks designers made a couple of different color options when it came to designing the Brooks Addiction 12, but most of them are very neutral. The colors of this shoe are geared toward a conservative runner or someone who is looking for a good everyday walking shoe that will go with any outfit. Because of the larger stack height and bigger heel cup area, both common for motion control runners, this shoe has a bit of a bulkier feeling.
Durability
Durability

Durability

This shoe has a great, durable outsole, the HPR plus technology that went into this outsole is made up of very dense carbon rubber, which is good for many miles on hard paved surfaces. Some runners did expereince durability issues with the mesh upper. In some cases, there was premature wear, especially in places where the shoe flexed. The wear was mostly superficial, so it didn’t affect the performance of the shoe.
Protection
Protection

Protection

The most protective feature of this shoe is the cushion and the motion control. As a shoe that was designed for runners that tend to overpronate, it has additional cushioning and anti-roll features throughout the midsole that guide the stride. There is also an independent crash pad that is great for warding off impact related injurie,s which occur regularly for runners who tend to strike the ground heel first. The highly breathable and moisture wicking upper are great at keeping feet dry and comfortable, and provide blister protection on long days in shoes.
Responsiveness
Responsiveness

Responsiveness

The BioMoGo cushioning is a nice responsive cushion that offers great energy return. In this shoe, there is a lot of cushion to protect against impact, and although this cushioning style is very responsive because of layering, this shoe is closer to a cushioned shoe than it is a responsive one. Great for impact protection and a smooth ride without tons of ground feel.
Support
Support

Support

This shoe is designed with support in mind. The Extended Progressive Diagonal Rollbar prevents runners from twisting their foot or following through with the overpronation common for people with flat feet. Instead, the tri-density EVA cushion is placed throughout the midsole in strategic places to keep runners from injury by supporting a natural, injury free style of stride.
Terrain
Terrain

Terrain

This shoe is designed for road use. The HPR plus technology featured in the outsole is great for standing up to extended use on hard surfaces such as pavement. The outsole design features flex grooves in essential locations, which is great for lightly wrapping around surfaces and moving with the foot to provide a good grip on hard, unforgiving terrain.
Price
Price

Price

Initially priced at 160 USD, this is an expensive road shoe. But, for runners who are looking for a comfortable, durable, supportive shoe, this is an acceptable price, especially if it will ward off injury and get them comfortably on the road. You can now find this shoe for as little as 90 USD on sites such as Amazon. This is a great price for a shoe that will keep you injury free in the long run.
Traction
Traction

Traction

While the dense carbon rubber outsole is built for durability, the MC pods are built for comfortable traction. These 2 features of the outsole work together to make this shoe ideal for road use. The pods are very grippy and because of the design, have a certain amount of flex, which is not usually available in an outsole of this type. The flex grooves really help the shoe to bend around and grip hard, unforgiving surfaces.
Flexibility
Flexibility

Flexibility

Flexibility is not a common trait in a motion control shoe, mostly due to the amount of cushioning required in the midsole and the stiff outsole that gives the shoe a smooth consistent ride. This is a surprisingly flexible shoe, thanks to the MC pod outsole design. It has flex grooves in key places throughout the outsole that give flex from heel to toe, but not side to side. This lack of side to side flexibility is great for supporting a natural stride while also controlling any twisting of the foot.
Stability
Stability

Stability

This shoe has a nice wide base and a good lacing system that really locks down the foot. These work together to give the shoe a very stable feeling throughout the stride. The Extended Progressive Diagonal Rollbar is comprised of wedge shaped components that deliver stability and minimizes pronation. The EVA or BioMoGo material in the midsole is designed to give support and stability during every step for runners who tend to overpronate.
Drop
Drop

Drop

The heel to toe offset is 12mm, which is typical for a motion control, stability shoe like this one, this also allows the space for an independent crash pad for impact protection. There are a ton of protective and stability features, and the outsole design with this 12mm offset works great to support a natural stride and get runners off their heels an onto their toes, quickly and smoothly.
Key Features of the Brooks Addiction 12
Key Features of the Brooks Addiction 12

Key Features of the Brooks Addiction 12

• Adaptive DNA cushioning provides great support and a soft landing, great for warding off overuse or impact related injuries DNA cushion adapts to the runner’s stride to give the right amount of cushioning right where they need it
• BioMoGo midsole is great for energy return, making it fast and responsive, and it is completely biodegradable
• Heel segmented crash pad works wonders for runners who tend to land heel first and require extra cushioning and an extra smooth landing
• Extended Progressive Diagonal Rollbar gives the shoe and the runner a more controlled feeling and supports the foot throughout the stride
• Outsole is made of HPR plus technology, a rubber which has a high abrasion resistance capacity
• MC-pod outsole design is great for adding flexibility without giving up motion control, flex grooves run from one side of the foot to the other to increase flexibility and decrease the side to side motion
• A highly breathable and moisture wicking upper is ideal for keeping feet comfortable and dry
Bottom Line
Bottom Line

Bottom Line

This is the 12th edition of an already successful line. The Brooks Addiction 12 has some great features for runners who tend to overpronate, have flat feet or just require a little extra support and cushion on their run. This is a highly comfortable road shoe with lots of impact protection. The design also encourages good form and has ample room in the toe box, great for runners with wide feet. The neutral colors make it a great choice for conservative runners or for someone who is looking for a comfortable, supportive walking shoe for everyday use. Brooks shoe designers always have the satisfaction of the users in mind when they design a shoe, and this one is no exception.