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Saucony lowers the heel drop - shoe isn't working for me.
on August 23, 2013
PRO's: wide toe box, no blisters, stable shoe, well constructed, support high arches, cute.
CONS's: reduced 8mm heel to toe drop, terrible thin laces, sand and dirt get in through the mesh, shoes causes me calf pain.
I have either ran in Saucony's or Mizuno's pretty much my whole running life through marathons and ironman races. When I progressed to a neutral running shoe, I went to lightweight Mizuno's, which I love, but they wear out very quickly. I was replacing them ever 3 months or so.
Fast forward 2 years, where life has got in the way, my running stopped and "a little" weight was gained. Well I can't imagine how many shoes I would go through being overweight in a pair of Mizuno's...plus I figured I was "starting over" with running. So hence, the reason for my purchase of these stability plus shoes.
The very first thing I noticed after I slipped them on was the lack of a "heel". Yes, Saucony in their redesign has eliminated the 12mm drop from all running shoes (as far as I can tell). These have a 8 mm drop which Saucony claims "you shouldn't notice". Well I do notice! So after major calf pain - working into shin pain - I purchased a pair of heel cups. Heel cups did lesson the pain somewhat.
Now I've been running in these shoes for 6 weeks (averaging 15-20 miles a week with my longest runs of 7-8 miles) and frankly I'm frustrated with them. I feel that I can never get a bounce in my step and my runs feel very flat like I'm trudging through mud. While I was at the mall today, I happened to see a pair a Mizuno's in my size on clearance so I quickly slipped them on. Wow, what a difference! I guess I'm going to just learn to replace my shoes often and hopefully loose more weight to make my shoes last longer. I will still wear these shoes for slooowww walking (BTW they hurt even for walking fast). On a positive note: the shoes are supportive for high arches and I feel that it keeps my foot from pronating and unfortunately, they seem like they will last forever.
I'm bummed - because they are really jazzy looking and fun.
Note: I was running "injury free" on old shoes for 6 weeks before I finally got new shoes. Calf pain started on day 1 of new shoes on a 2.5 mile run and it has never let up.
I hope taking the time to write this review will help assist someone in their quest for the perfect shoes...well at least until they change them on you with the next design.
UPDATE: I went back to Mizuno's and despite the fact you shouldn't run 10 miles on day 1 in a new pair of shoes, I felt I had no choice. Within 2 miles, the calf pain that had been bugging me since the 1st day I put on these shoes went away. I continued to run in my new shoes through a half marathon and I never had pain again. After inspection, I think it is the straight last on these shoes vs. Mizuno curved last which is truly making the difference. Running in shoes with a curved last helps me feel my toes grip and push off. I hope this helps!