Review: Offering slightly less arch support than the Omni, above, the Guide 13 is a top-rated moderate stability shoe. This 13th version comes after the Guide ISO 2 due to a completely revamped upper which provides an even more secure fit.
Saucony has also stepped away using from using a medial post as the primary form of arch support and instead introduced the TPU Guidance Frame. This brings a slightly different feel but just as much stability.
New PWRUN midsole is soft and responsive.
TPU Guidance Frame replaces the dual-density medial post.
Super durable and well-structured jacquard mesh upper.
Not as breathable as it could be.
The completely new Guide is more comfortable, sleek and stable than ever before and is likely to become a super popular shoe.
Review: The Xodus ISO 3 is a trail shoe with stability features and good water resistance. The rugged outsole copes well with a range of terrains including dirt and mud and is cushioned enough to cope with sections of road.
They don’t have a rock plate so allow for a little more ground feel than most trail shoes. But, your feet are still adequately cushioned against the ground with a thick layer of Everun.
Toe guard is a nice protective touch.
Thick Everun midsole.
Nice wide toe box.
Integrated tongue makes putting the shoes on a little tight.
This is a well designed, comfortable and versatile trail shoe for overpronators.
Review: The Freedom ISO 2 is a highly versatile shoe. Snappy, lightweight, durable and really comfortable, it is an ideal all-rounder but performs best on mid-length tempo runs.
It’s known for having an insanely durable outsole with resilient EVARUN foam that together will last many, many miles without wearing out. The 8mm drop is well suited to both heel and midfoot strikers.
Full length EVARUN midsole.
Lightweight, well-cushioned and responsive.
TRI-FLEX Crystal Rubber outsole is super durable.
ISOKnit upper for a breathable, sock-like fit.
Laces could be longer.
An extremely comfortable, lightweight neutral option for daily running, known for its durable sole.
Review: The Liberty ISO 2 is a fast, neutral shoe with a low 4mm drop. Similar to the Freedom ISO 2 in use and performance but with added stability features, it has all the same plush cushioning and durability for high mileage runners in a lightweight package.
Full length EVERUN midsole foam.
TPU Guidance Frame for protection against overpronation.
ISOFIT stretch mesh knit upper.
TRI-FLEX Crystal Rubber outsole is extremely durable.
A little pricey.
Insoles are a bit of a letdown (maybe they’re expecting you to replace them?).
This is a fast and lightweight shoe with a little stability added in for mild overpronators. Just don’t waste them on off-road runs.
Review: The Saucony Echelon is a neutral shoe but is designed with plenty of space to take orthotics for customized arch support. It may feel a little stiff and heavy, but it’s a solid workhorse of a shoe, designed to cope with many miles of pounding the pavement.
If you appreciate a wide, stable platform underfoot with plenty of cushioning, this is your shoe.
Intro to Saucony’s Top Tech
Saucony has been making running shoes since 1898… and no, that’s not a typo!
Maybe it comes from experience, but Saucony can definitely be considered an innovative brand, and there are more exciting changes happening this year.
Saucony revolutionized upper designs with its ISOFIT technology in 2015. An innovative lacing system, ISOFIT shoes had the laces attached to flaps on either side of the shoe that wrapped around a stretchy mesh inner layer.
The idea was that this system of lacing would provide a more customized fit for each foot. But it turned out to be a design that runners either loved or hated.
Some people found that it worked fantastically for their feet while others could never quite get the ideal fit.
Enter FORMFIT. This technology replaced ISOFIT in 2019 and so far has proved really popular. It focuses primarily on the footbed, with three layers working together with the upper to provide a super comfortable, super supportive fit.
Saucony describes it as feeling like a bucket seat that encases your foot, keeping it centered and stable inside the shoe.
EVERUN was Saucony’s first proprietary midsole foam after EVA foam. Released in 2015, it incorporates a layer of TPU foam for more responsiveness and durability.
Saucony still uses EVERUN in many of its shoes, either as the midsole or as a top sole layer.
PWRRUN and PWRRUN+
PWRRUN was formulated after EVERUN and released in 2019. It’s similar to Adidas’s Boost foam, resulting in more responsiveness and resilience to compression over time while remaining soft and lightweight. It sounds simple but it’s no easy feat!
PWRRUN+ is the upgrade to PWRRUN and is even lighter, bouncier and resilient.
Saucony shoes are some of the best when it comes to comfortable, reliable stability. They have a line of stability shoes with varying degrees of support so even moderate overpronators can get a little support without needing to go the whole hog.
Some of their shoes use a medial post of firmer midsole foam to prevent overpronation, while their higher tier shoes are now using a new TPU Guidance Frame to provide smooth stability from heel strike to toe-off.
The combination of the TPU Guidance Frame and FORMFIT technology also make Saucony’s stability shoes great for people for flat feet. If you’d like to see more great options for flat feet then be sure to have a read of our guide to the best running shoes for flat feet.
All of their stability shoes are also really nicely cushioned with a plush feel so make excellent choices for plantar fasciitis sufferers. If this is you and you’re looking for more options, we have a list of the best running shoes for plantar fasciitis so you won’t have to go far.
Saucony doesn’t have any running shoes with the kind of support that would class them as motion control shoes.
Their stability options tend to lean slightly towards the more moderate stability end of the spectrum. If you know you need motion control shoes, check out our list of the best motion control shoes here.
If you’re after more stability options in general, we have a great article for that too, right here.
Saucony shoes tend to run a little small and a few of them have a narrow fit. But there are also those like the Echelon that suit wider feet, so there’s a bit of a mix across the board.
Some people find that they can stick to their usual size while others go half a size up. Go to a store and try some on to be safe if you’re not sure.
If you know you’ve got wide feet, look for Saucony shoes that have wide sizing available as some go as far as X-Wide.
Any of Saucony’s neutral running shoes, especially those utilizing FormFit technology, will be great choices for runners with high arches. The Ride ISO 2, Triumph 17 and Kinvara 11 are all excellent options.
What does ISO mean in Running Shoes?
ISO refers to the ISOFit technology that is used in some of Saucony’s running shoes. It works really well for low volume or narrow feet, creating a snug and supportive sock-like fit.
But, it didn’t work for everyone so Saucony is actually moving away from it now.
Do Saucony Shoes have Good Arch Support?
Saucony stability shoes have great arch support.
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