Brooks Addiction 10 vs. 11 review

Brooks Addiction 11 and 10 provide a stable platform to bigger runners who needs lots of stability and motion control during their runs. Learn about their subtle differences...

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The Brooks Addiction 10 and the Brooks Addiction 11 are motion control running shoes that are geared towards runners who severely overpronate, and who may require a good dose of stability, support, and pronation control.

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The biggest change between the Brooks Addiction 10 and the Brooks Addiction 11 when you compare them side-by-side is in the uppers.

The first obvious change is in the look. The upper of the Brooks Addiction 11 has a combination of synthetic and suede overlays for structural support, while the upper of the Brooks Addiction 10 consists purely of synthetic overlays.

What has also changed is the placement of the overlays on both Brooks motion control running shoes. The Brooks Addiction 10 had the tendency to pull from the top of the foot towards the back of the shoe.

This direction has changed in the Brooks Addiction 11 with the tendency being a more uniform and symmetrical pull from the top of the foot towards the back, towards the center, and towards the front. This should keep your foot better positioned on the running platform.

A couple of overlays at the back of the running shoe around the heel of the Brooks Addiction 10 have been replaced by mesh in the Addiction 11. So all in all, the Brooks Addiction 11 should be a bit more breathable.

And there is a larger heel counter on the medial side of the shoe to give you the support you need when your foot starts to roll inward after you strike the ground.

The midsoles of the Brooks Addiction 10 and Brooks Addiction 11 are similar in that they both consist of DNA for cushioning and a Progressive Diagonal Rollbar (PRDB) on the medial side of the shoe to stop your foot from rolling in too far inward.

However, the Brooks Addiction 11 sits lower to the ground than the Brooks Addiction 10. Brooks has brought the forefoot closer to the ground by removing 3 mm in the women's version and almost 5 mm in the men's version of the shoe. Reduction in stack height generally means a reduction in midsole foam and cushioning.

While it is not visible when you compare the shoes against each other, lab tests have shown that the Brooks Addiction 11 has much less forefoot cushioning than the Brooks Addiction 10. The heel cushioning has also been reduced a bit, but not by much.

To counterbalance the reduction in midsole cushioning, Brooks has added a bit more comfort and cushioning inside the running shoe by providing a better sockliner in the Brooks Addiction 11, compared to the Brooks Addicton 10.

The outsoles of the Brooks Addiction 10 and 11 are exactly the same down to the configuration of the rubber compartments, the flex grooves, and the location of durable rubber.

So the amount of flexibility and traction that you already experienced with the Brooks Addiction 10 should still be present in the Brooks Addiction 11. And because of the height reduction, the forefoot of the Brooks Addiction 11 should even feel a little bit more flexible than that of the Brooks Addiction 10.

The weight difference between the Brooks Addiction 10 and 11 for women is 0.3 oz (9 grams) and 0 oz (0 grams) for men. The Brooks Addiction 11 is the lighter shoe of the two for women.

At first glance, the Brooks Addiction 11 does not differ much from Brooks Addiction 10. However, because of the change in height and cushioning, you might feel a difference in softness when running in the Brooks Addiction 11 compared to the Brooks Addiction 10. If nothing else, the Brooks Addiction 11 should feel a bit more responsive and firm.

Note: The weight of a running shoe depends on the size of the running shoe, so any weights mentioned in this review may differ from the weight of the running shoe you choose to wear. Running shoes of the same size were compared for this review.

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