Saucony Running Shoe

12 Best Saucony Running Shoes for 2018

Saucony has been in the shoe business since 1898, but don’t write them off as old fashioned. Saucony has a well-deserved reputation for making shoes for serious runners, and over the last five years they have redesigned nearly all their models. If you had to sum up their redesign effort in one word, you could call it: aggressive. Even Saucony’s daily trainers are lighter and bouncier than most competing models, and with less heel-toe drop. The best Saucony running shoes include several uptempo/daily trainer crossovers, not to mention racing flats designed with just one thing in mind: speed. And with its new Everun sole technology, Saucony has a serious competitor to Adidas’s Boost rubber. Based on a survey of 11,000 runners, here are the top Saucony running shoes.

Number 12

Saucony Fastwitch 8

Saucony Fastwitch 8

Running fast is not just for young, testosterone-drenched men – the Fastwitch 8 is actually the number one model on our list of best Saucony women’s running shoes. At just 6.5 ounces in a men’s size 9, the Fastwitch is a fast, light racing shoe with moderate support for runners who need some stability features.

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Number 11

Saucony Guide ISO

Saucony Guide ISO

The Guide and the Ride are highly popular sibling models serving overpronators and neutral runners, respectively. Both the Guide and the Ride are daily trainers that have won loyal fans through their dependability, and now that they feature an Everun layer in their soles, these daily trainers also boast some of the highest energy returns in the whole Saucony lineup. The Guide has recently gotten the ISO treatment, Saucony’s shorthand for a re-engineered upper whose breathability and comfortably snug fit has earned rave reviews. With the stability features that overpronators need, the Guide may be the best Saucony for flat feet.

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Number 10

Saucony Ride 10

Saucony Ride 10

The best Saucony running shoes for men who need neutral shoes would have to include the Ride, the Guide’s neutral twin. There may be some sibling rivalry developing, however, as the Ride isn’t due to get Saucony’s ISO upper until later this fall. That doesn’t mean that the Ride 10 is stale, though. Even before the ISO retrofit, Runner’s World selected the Ride 10 as its best update.

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Number 9

Saucony Triumph ISO 4

Saucony Triumph ISO 4

How is Everun different from regular EVA soles? Think of EVA as the angel on your shoulder telling you to run a sensible pace, know your limits, and get plenty of recovery. Meanwhile, Everun is whispering, “C’mon, it feels good to run fast. Feel how bouncy these shoes are? Just try a little uptempo surge to see what these shoes can do. You’ll like it. It’s only a little bit faster...” For its best running shoes, Saucony combines a perfectly-fitting ISO upper with not just a layer of Everun, but a full Everun midsole as well, making the Triumph something like the Ride’s premium big brother.

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Number 8

Saucony Kinvara 9

Saucony Kinvara 9

The Kinvara, a highly popular uptempo trainer, is a good example of how for Saucony, “best running shoes” and “fastest running shoes” are nearly synonymous. At just 7.6 ounces, the Kinvara 9 is responsive and light enough to race in for some runners, while for other runners, it’s cushioned, comfortable, and stable enough for daily training. For a lot of runners, it’s both. No need to change shoes in between warming up and lining up at the starting line (or collecting the trophy at the finish).

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Number 7

Saucony Hurricane ISO 4

Saucony Hurricane ISO 4

Just like the Guide and the Ride siblings, the Hurricane is the Triumph’s twin, adding stability features to a full Everun sole and ISO upper to create Saucony’s premium support trainer. With plush cushioning and support where it’s needed, the Hurricane belongs to the best Saucony running shoes for supination.

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Number 6

Saucony Type A8

Saucony Type A8

The top rated Saucony running shoes include several uptempo trainers and racing shoes, but the Type A stands out even among Saucony’s jet set. Weighing just 5.7 ounces, the Type A’s mission is to be the ultimate no-compromise, no-excuses performance shoe. Do you need some extra support? You’ll have to look elsewhere (at the Fastwitch, specifically). Do you need some extra cushion for longer road races? Sorry, try the Kinvaras. What the Type A’s offer is unparalleled flexibility and a firm ride that adds zero unneeded weight to your feet and no obstacles to your next PR attempt.

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Number 5

Saucony Breakthru 4

Saucony Breakthru 4

The best Saucony shoe for you depends on your feet and your goals, but Saucony has an unusual number of uptempo/daily trainer crossovers like the Breakthru and the Zealot. The Breakthru occupies the space in between the Kinvara and the Ride, but with a more traditional 8 mm heel drop like the Ride rather than the Kinvara’s more aggressive 4 mm.

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Number 4

Saucony Zealot ISO 3

Saucony Zealot ISO 3

The Breakthru and the Zealot both come in at a sleek 8.6 ounces in a men’s size 9, but the Zealot opts for a sportier 4 mm heel drop. The Zealot also puts its Everun topsole to good effect to provide higher energy return, and it’s notably well cushioned in the heel and forefoot. The high cushion/low drop formula seems to be working, putting the Zealot high on the list of best Saucony running shoes for neutral runners.

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Number 3

Saucony Peregrine 8

Saucony Peregrine 8

The best Saucony shoes aren’t all found on the roads. The Peregrine combines Everun responsiveness and an aggressive 4 mm heel-toe drop with the sensitive ground feel, midfoot lockdown, and grip of an aggressively lugged trail shoe. That’s a lot of aggression for one shoe. The Peregrine is for technical trail and mountain running (and possibly for runners with a few anger issues as well).

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Number 2

Saucony Echelon 6

Saucony Echelon 6

Like the highly popular Brooks Ghost, the Echelon is a neutral trainer with moderate stability features. The Echelon was also specifically designed to accommodate custom orthotics. With their very soft heel and forefoot and stability features, the Echelons may be the best Saucony shoes for flat feet.

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Number 1

Saucony Freedom ISO

Saucony Freedom ISO

Based on runner’s votes, the best Saucony running shoe overall (and second best women’s Saucony running shoes) is the Freedom ISO, Saucony’s top of the line crossover uptempo trainer. It features the 4 mm heel-toe drop and flexibility of the Kinvara and other uptempo Saucony shoes, but the Freedom’s soles are bouncier, thanks to its full-length Everun sole and outstanding energy return. The Freedom is relatively light for a full size daily trainer, but it’s highly responsive cushioning feels even lighter on the feet. Can there be one running shoe that’s good at everything? Saucony nominates the Freedom as its candidate, and a lot of runners agree.

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