Shoe Review – Brooks Adrenaline

This week I recommended Brooks Adrenaline running shoes to three different runners, each having narrow, shallow feet. One runner was a female, the other two runners were male.

Not surprisingly, each runner had a different injury (neuroma, Achilles tendonitis, plantar fasciitis), which wasn’t getting better, because their running shoes didn’t fit right . For these anatomically challenged feet, few running shoes fit.

Most running shoe uppers are made too wide and/or deep for narrow feet. Unfortunately, this is true, even if the running shoe is sized in a narrow width. Given this frustrating state of affairs, what’s a narrow foot to do?

Enter Brooks Adrenaline GTS to the rescue…



On the left is the Adrenaline and on the right is the Addiction. Even though both shoes are made by Brooks and both are sized medium width, they are entirely different shoes. The Adrenaline is narrow and shallow. The Addiction is wide and deep.

If your foot is narrow and you are a runner, then the Brooks Adrenaline is definitely a shoe you should try. Women with narrow feet usually do better in a 2A width and men with narrow feet usually do better in the D width of this shoe. Unsure of what width to get, try both in narrow and medium and let your feet decide!

3 responses to “Shoe Review – Brooks Adrenaline

  1. I wore the Adrenaline for several months because it did seem like a good choice for someone with narrow feet and slight pronation. But I can’t wear them now that my neuroma has flared up — the upper is way too stiff and crushes the area where the neuroma is. The shoe salesman I talked to today said they are not a good choice for someone with a neuroma (he has one too and seems well versed on the subject). I just bought the Infiniti, a lighter stability Brooks style, and I’m hoping that works better.

  2. I just ran the NYC Marathon 2009 with the Adrenaline GTS 8 and it worked pretty good. I finished it in 4:00:12, not bad for my first Marathon. No pain at all in 42.3 K. GreaT Shoes!!!!!

  3. Dr. Sanders,

    Yes, I was going to buy the Adrenaline GTS 9, but after reading your blog, I bought the Adrenaline GTS 10. Thanks for your information.


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