Brooks Addiction 12 vs. 11 review

Brooks Addiction 11 already provided a stable platform to bigger runners who need lots of stability and support. Brooks Addiction 12 does the same with only a few minor tweaks...

NEW! Brooks Addiction 13 vs. Brooks Addiction 12

The Brooks Addiction 12 and the Brooks Addiction 11 are motion control running shoes that are geared towards runners who severely overpronate, and who require a lot of stability, support, and pronation control.


The Brooks Addiction 12 has not changed much when compared to the Brooks Addiction 11.

The biggest change has been to the upper, so that the Brooks Addiction 12 fits in the current style and line-up of Brooks running shoes.

While other Brooks running shoes have been moving towards having a no-sew upper, Brooks has maintained sturdy stitched-on overlays in the Brooks Addiction 12. And this is exactly what overpronators who needs lots of support require from an upper.

The only difference with the upper of the Brooks Addiction 11, is that the overlays have been moved around a bit in the Brooks Addiction 12.

Whereas the Brooks Addiction 11 had kind of like a fan shape going on with its overlays pulling the saddle towards the midsole and fanning out to really provide you with a good lockdown around the midfoot, the overlays on the Brooks Addiction 12 tend to pull the saddle backwards.

This includes the Brooks logo, which has also moved back a bit. However, the amount of overlays providing midfoot support has remained largely the same in both running shoes.

And whereas the overlay that used to connect the top of the saddle to the back of the shoe on the medial side of the Brooks Addiction 11 did not reach the midsole, it now does in the Brooks Addiction 12, to give you a more secure lockdown in that area.

In addition, there is an overlay that runs along the top of the midsole, which is somewhat broader on the medial side in the Brooks Addiction 12 than it is in the Brooks Addiction 11.

The bunion window was not so open and free in the Brooks Addiction 11 due to two overlays that ran towards the front of the shoe.

In the Brooks Addiction 12, one of the overlays now runs towards the back instead of the front, however, the overlay that was on the top of the toe box has moved down a bit to still not make the bunion window as open and free as it can be. So if you have big bunions, both running shoes might offer a somewhat constricted feeling in that area.

And finally, an extra small overlay has been added at the back of the Brooks Addiction 12 on the lateral side of the heel for added structure and support.

All in all, you can see the Brooks Addiction 12 as providing a similar amount of support in its upper as the Brooks Addiction 11.

Brooks has made a good attempt to open up the forefoot a bit to make the Brooks Addciton 12 feel a little bit more comfortable in that area.

The rest of the features of the Brooks Addiction 12 have not changed much compared to the Brooks Addiction 11. The Brooks Addiction 12 still uses a BioMoGo midsole with anatomical Brooks DNA cushioning just like in the Brooks Addiction 11.

Note that the cushioning of the Brooks Addiction 11 was a bit firm for both men and women, since the Brooks Addiction is a running shoe that is meant to provide support, and firmer cushioning tends to do that.

The bulk of the support provided by the Brooks Addiction 11 comes in the form of a big and long medial post that controls overpronation and stops your foot from rolling too far inward. This has not changed in the Brooks Addiction 12.

Stability is added to your runs with the crash pad under the heel to smoothen your landings and the full ground contact that both running shoes provide.

Finally, the outsole of the Brooks Addiction 12 has not changed at all compared to that of the Brooks Addiction 11, which has the exact same configuraiton and layout.

If you have already been running in the Brooks Addiction 11, you should not notice or feel much of a difference if you switch to the Brooks Addiction 12. The Brooks Addiction 12 is still a running shoe that offers lots of stability and support to severe overpronators who have flat feet.

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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