Who is this running shoe for?
This is a stability running shoe, specially designed for runners who overpronate. If your ankle rolls in when you run, these shoes will help to keep your ankle stable and prevent this from happening. All without the need for insoles or orthotics.
These shoes are also very much designed with comfort in mind rather than being engineered for speed, so they are more for long-distance runners than those looking to run a 5k PB.
How does this shoe fit?
When I first put the shoes on, I made sure to undo the laces so they were as loose as possible. Even having done this, the upper part of the shoe felt incredibly tight on my feet.
Despite this, my heel was slipping in and out, indicating to me that the length of the shoe is more than ample, but the top was still too tight.
Is this shoe comfortable?
Unfortunately for me, I did not find these shoes comfortable purely because they were too tight across the top of my feet. This is an issue I have had with some other running shoes, but not with all. I’ve never had to buy ‘wide’ shoes in my life, but perhaps a wide-fit version could have helped in this case.
I found that after only a few minutes of running, my little toes had gone numb. The bane of any runner’s life. Usually, sizing up would solve this problem. But I’m afraid that going by the way my heel was readily slipping up and down, this wouldn’t have helped.
However, if you were to buy these shoes and they weren’t too tight for you, I expect the comfort would be unbeatable. The sole is firm but very well cushioned and the grip is excellent.
Saucony Guide 16 Review
Finding a good pair of stability shoes used to be an almost impossible task. They were relatively uncommon, as most shoe brands opted for the shiniest, sleekest, most highly technical speed shoes they could manufacture.
Thankfully these days, stability shoes are far more popular and there’s a lot more choice on the market.
One of my usual gripes with stability shoes is their weight. By their nature, they need to be heavier than other types of shoes. Take the ASICS Gel Phoenix 10 for example, a comparable stability shoe to the Saucony Guide 16.The ASICS come in at 310g, a very weighty shoe.
These Saucony Guide 16 shoes are only 221g, nearly 100g lighter than the ASICS. And this really shone through for me when I wore them. It felt like a real breath of fresh air to be able to run in stability shoes that didn’t make me feel like I was running through treacle.
Next onto the stability itself. I have tried so-called stability shoes before which actually made my pronation worse. I was delighted with these running shoes, as they kept my ankles completely aligned on every step, and I could really feel the support.