5 Stars By D. Long on 2016-01-03
Nedd comfortable shoes? This ones for you - Especially for us extra wide widths-
These are shoes that keep my plantar fasciitis and knee problems at bay- I needed to add the Dr. Scholl gel inserts for better arch support in place of the factory insole. I wear these every day! Only weak spot is the small toe area ay the crease point- See Photo. My set before this also failed at the same area. - I still have 50 % of the sole left of the shoe and use them as my around the house shoes
5 Stars By Ranger on 2016-05-16
I am pleasantly surprised at how comfortable they are
I was skeptical about purchasing such an expensive pair of shoes, but my Plantar Fasciitis demanded it. I must say, I am pleasantly surprised at how comfortable they are. The do fit smaller than a typical shoe (both length and width), but they really do seem to help my foot pain. My flat feet really appreciate the arch supports and the insole, while not terribly soft, works very well. This is the only shoe where I won't need to hunt around for orthotic inserts.
[Update 6/29] I just walked 46 miles in one week in these shoes, around Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks. They are truly fantastic-- I previously couldn't walk more than a few miles per week. My feet feel better than they have in a long time.
5 Stars By Peter J. Mello on 2018-02-16
The shoes the Universe had always intended me to wear, obviously
I buy a lot of things on BTA-MALL, let me tell you, but these shoes may be my favorite out of all of them, and without question in my Top 5.
Wearing a size 13EEEE shoe since the middle of high school, I learned early to have measured expectations about shoes. Much like the infamous contractor's triangle of good/fast/cheap, where you are only ever permitted to have (at best) two out of those three on any given project, I was generally pleased anytime I could find a pair that offered any pairing of stylish appearance, genuine comfort or durability. For the decade-plus prior to finding these shoes, I'd generally settled on whatever New Balance's walking shoe du jour was as my best option, and with three pairs in rotation I could expect a year of wear out of each with pretty good comfort for the first 60% of that timeframe. Thankfully, those days are over and even if I have to buy the Brooks company to keep it in business, I will never go back.
When I got these shoes in 2014, I was hitting my stride with online shopping and resolved to purchase my first pair of shoes that way since the devil-may-care attitude towards shoe comfort I'd had through my 20s was giving way to the creaks and groans of my 30s. After combing through online reviews and foot pain forums, my decision was to try a pair from a brand I'd never even heard of despite over 15 years of shopping in specialty footwear stores. After receiving these shoes, I no longer believe in any benefit to buying shoes from a brick-and-mortar store, because there is no excuse for letting people throw money away on New Balance and Dunham when the Brooks Addiction Walker exists in the same size. The difference in experience is as striking as going from walking barefoot to wearing sandals: you go from seeing some discomfort as inevitable to being very surprised in the rare occasions when it occurs. After the first week with them, I threw all three pairs of New Balance that I had in the trash with that smug sense of satisfaction that you only find when overcoming an obstacle after years of wrestling with it, the kind that makes animated leprechauns jump in the air while clicking their heels together.
It was 38 months ago, to the day, that I bought my first pair of these shoes, and I am just now back to replace them. ... You heard me right, that single pair has lasted me through over three years of daily wear, and it's only the separation of the soles from the uppers that is prompting that because otherwise they still look fantastic and feel like clouds under my feet. Living on a dirt road in a very rural area that regularly requires walking on coarse gravel and forest trails that kind of longevity is something I'd only seen before from the most premium of hiking boots, though I expect those to start lasting much longer now that I have far less cause to wear them. The first day I wore them I was actually uneasy with how much more natural they felt against my feet than any shoes I'd worn before, to the point that my gait changed a bit to what I now realize is how my body always wanted to move. By the second day I was strutting around like John Travolta in the opening scene of Saturday Night Fever complete with invisible Bee Gees soundtrack in my head; I've never received so many compliments on new shoes from friends and family all at once. Most people never even noticed when I'd worn new shoes before.
They check all the boxes for me, from having a broad toe box without looking too angular in front, to simply amazing tread and grip that has never once left me nearly losing footing or even slightly rolling an ankle no matter how rugged the terrain, to remaining as comfortable in the 16th hour of wear as they were when I put them on in the morning. They also breathe as well as the last pair of running shoes I had (an Asics model I've since forgotten though they were awesome), which shouldn't be possible since those were mesh above the toe box and these are solid, but it's true. I have low arches almost to the point of non-existence, and even the insoles they came with gave good support, but after replacing them with my trusted Powerstep insoles, I knew instinctively that I had found the footwear the Universe intended for me to use. If forced to find something to gripe about I would go for the fact that they squeak on highly polished floors, but as I find that's a function of high grip soles, I'm fine with occasional squeaking over occasional pratfalls.
If you made it this far, then just scroll up and buy these shoes. There are too few things in the world that:
a) are so incredibly good that they merit a review like this, and
b) can improve your quality of life more than having good shoes.
5 Stars By Carlos G. on 2018-01-05
Shoes works great but..
Shoes work great but if you have custom orthotics, donâ€™t expect the shoes to feel comfortable right away (if youâ€™re lucky they might be perfect from the start) but this review is for the ones who might run into some issues. Some reviews pointed out that the insoles the shoes have work great, so great they didnâ€™t have to go see a podiatrist and thatâ€™s great! But like me, I have custom orthotics and when I got these shoes my heels would hurt so much and I remember that perhaps the insoles could be causing this pain so I took them off and again, my pain was still there. So at this point I thought the shoes were the problem but then I remember my doctor saying something about Spenco insoles (they are green and black) so I bought those and put them inside these shoes, replacing the ones that they come with and then inserted my orthotics and the pain magically went away! So that fixed my issue. But just a heads up, you need to play with the insoles. Itâ€™s not the shoes. Some may run into the issue that only the left foot hurts, so just replace the insole on the left. Some people might need to place the spenco insoles on top of their orthotics, so do that. I know, itâ€™s a lot of hassle but trust me, once you figure it out, these shoes will help you, specially if you stand up most of the time at work like me.
5 Stars By R. Berger on 2016-12-19
Quality, fit and comfort
As other reviewers have noted, these shoes as currently marketed, run a bit small. I took the advice of one reviewer and returned the shoes I bought for a pair 1/2 size larger and quadruple E instead of double E. They fit well and are quite superior in fit and comfort to New Balance Walkers of a similar style for half the price. I find some New Balance shoes to be quite good, but the walkers were not. The Brooks Addiction Walker seems to be sturdy and well-made. Buying two pairs of one shoe is not better if your feet pay a price as well. I did buy two pairs of the Brooks, one black and one brown, because of how well they fit when properly sized. They are priced a bit higher, but there are times when I don't mind paying for quality.
5 Stars By BTA-MALL Customer on 2016-03-04
Best shoe for Mail carrier
Fantastic shoe... I love it... As a postal worker.. I walk a lot.. These shoes are the best... Highly recommended for anyone that stays on their feet 10hs a day.
5 Stars By donna on 2010-12-25
Great walking shoe; be careful about sizing
(This is my husband's review.) I love these shoes. They're the best walking shoes I've ever had (though my old 1991 vintage ASICS Tiger Gel Strikers, no longer made, were close). I don't think too many people would be disappointed with these shoes. I am writing this review, though, to reinforce a point made by several other reviewers -- that the sizing tends to run a bit small on these shoes and when buying online it can be very important to know that and take it into account.
My normal shoe size seems to fall right in between 9 1/2 and 10. Since a shoe that is a little too small is no fun, I always buy size 10. Some 10's fit me perfectly, and with some I need to wear two pairs of socks. But normally a 10D fits me pretty well. I had read the reviews here before purchasing these Brooks Addiction walking shoes and therefore had a clue that I might need to order a wider size than normal. So instead of the 10D, I ordered the size 10 in the 2E width and I'm very glad I did. The 10 is on the small side, which fits me perfectly, and the 2E width is the equivalent of a D width in other shoes.
Since I was helped so much by the "heads up" on the sizing I got from other's reviews, I decided to add my own to reinforce the point and make it more likely that another potential buyer might get the hint before ordering. If you get the size right, I'll bet you'll like these great shoes!
5 Stars By sabina w. on 2017-03-06
STOP LOOKING AND PURCHASE NOW
Please purchase these shoes! I cannot express how happy it has made me! I purchased these shoes for my father as he is with plantar fasciitis and practically flat foot. I am concerned about him coming out here to visit me in Europe as there is a lot of walking here. He is a tall large man with a size 15 shoe- 66 yr 290 retired vet. He sent me this exact email: "I was walking around in Lowe's and I notice that I weren't wobbling. Then I started feeling for my wobbles as I walked. It was a strange feeling walking normal again. I'm still in shock. Thanks!" I am hoping to find sandles in his size from this company :) thank you!
2 Stars By Ian J. Hayes on 2017-07-28
Not A Good Experience
These shoes arrived and had obviously been recycled. They were placed into a plain brown box with no logo, no brand name, no size, no model number - nothing. The laces were already inserted into all the eyelets and left untied with loose ends. New shoes usually are unlaced and the ends are tied together. Additionally there was no wadding of any sort in the toe cavity. As for fit, the shoes had no arch support at all. I have been a user of hard plastic orthotic inserts for many years, and when I tried to insert them into the shoe, the shoe became very binding in all dimensions. After trying to break them in and attempts to stretch them enough, I ended up returning them.
1 Stars By BTA-MALL Customer on 2017-09-07
Terrible craftmanship and no support
I bought this and owned it two weeks before the glue started to come apart. They must use very poor glue or assembly. I contacted them and two weeks later they replied saying 6 months is usual wear. I had use it for walking for 2 weeks! The customer service is terrible. I advise you buy another brand!