The Best Saucony Running Shoes For Every Type Of Runner
Even if you’ve never worn Saucony shoes before, it’s a brand you should definitely be considering if you’re in the market for a new pair of trainers to run in. That’s because it’s firing out hit after hit, including some of the best new running shoes of 2020.
Top of the tree is the Endorphin Pro carbon plate racing shoe, which is one of the only shoes able to match up with the hitherto dominant Nike Vaporfly. But Saucony isn’t just providing brilliant shoes for hardened runners – the range caters to all levels and preferences.
We’ve been running in, and reviewing, Saucony shoes for several years and have picked out the best options for different types of runner below. It should be noted that none of the options below are especially cheap but many of them are the latest in a long-running line, so you will be able to find past editions of the shoe – or even the latest one – in sales, often with sizeable discounts.
The Best Saucony Running Shoes
Best All-Rounder: Saucony Kinvara 11
The Kinvara 11 is a cushioned, lightweight shoe that’s both comfortable and fast, making it a great option for runners who want one shoe to do it all. The shoe has a relatively low heel-to-toe drop at 4mm, but despite generally using 8-10mm drop shoes we found the Kinvara easy to swap to. The latest version of the Kinvara feels a little softer and bouncier underfoot than its predecessors, and is slightly better for training than racing, but rest assured you can still log fast times in the 11 especially over half marathon and marathon distance.
Best For Beginners: Saucony Triumph 18
The Triumph is an expensive shoe, especially if you’re new to running, but it’s a great investment and you’ll reap the rewards as you get faster. The stack of bouncy PWRRUN+ cushioning underfoot both protects you from the impact of pavement-pounding and helps you to quicken the pace when you want to. Though it’s not a lightweight shoe, the Triumph 18 is quick enough for long races, and experienced runners will find it a great option to have in their rotation for long and easy runs.
Best Racing Shoe: Saucony Endorphin Pro
Like the all-conquering Nike Vaporfly, the Endorphin Pro has a carbon plate and PEBA-based foam in the midsole. Both are incredible racing shoes, but the similarities largely end there. Where the Vaporfly is very soft and springy, the Endorphin Pro’s magic comes from the Speedroll technology, which helps you to move from heel to toe and then push off your toes in an efficient and beautifully-smooth manner. The result is that the Pro feels more like a traditional shoe than the Vaporfly but with similar running economy benefits that will help you chalk up new PBs, especially over longer races like the marathon. That’s if you can find the shoe in stock anywhere – unfortunately it’s in short supply at the moment.
Best Value: Saucony Endorphin Speed
Calling a £155 shoe great value might seem a little odd, but hear us out. The Endorphin Speed is cut from a similar cloth as the Endorphin Pro, with the same PWRRUN PB+ foam and Speedroll technology in the midsole. It’s also very light, but instead of a carbon plate it has a nylon one, which makes for a slightly softer ride that’s better suited to logging a lot of training miles. However, the Speed is still a lightning-fast shoe for speed sessions and races, and because it’s both cheaper than a full carbon plate shoe and more comfortable for regular training, you’ll get a lot more use out of it. All of which means it’s terrific value, even at £155.
Best Stability Shoe: Saucony Guide 13
Stability shoes are for runners who overpronate and the Guide 13 is one of the best available from any brand, offering just enough support to guide your foot into a neutral position as you run without being excessive. The springy PWRRUN cushioning underfoot is also light, meaning the Guide 13 comes in under 300g, which is not that common in stability shoes. If you’re looking for an out-and-out racer with stability try Saucony’s Fastwitch 9, but the Guide 13 is a great all-rounder.
Best Trail-Running Shoe: Saucony Peregrine 10
Although it doesn’t have the deepest outsole lugs, we’ve always found the Peregrine line a reliable option for gripping even on muddy tracks in the heart of the British winter. It’s also comfortable to use on harder, rockier trails or even short stints on the road, a versatility that makes it a trail shoe you can use all year round in the UK. The Peregrine 10 ST has more grip on boggy ground, but is less useful on firmer trails and any roads you come across on your run.