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Great Arch Support and Cushioning
on April 19, 2010
A fortyish female, 110 lbs, 5'2", run 25 miles a week currently. I have very high arches. My feet are narrow at the heel and arch but my toes fan out. Because of this, I need a generous tow box. I do not pronate at all and buy neutral+ shoes.
I had been running in Asics, they were great shoes but did not fit my feet properly. I purchased the Saucony shoes in order to correct toe problems I was having.
I have put 175 miles on my Saucony ProGrid Triumph 7 so I thought I had enough info to give a report. I bought these shoes along with a pair of Mizuno Wave Creation 11 which I alternate runs in. I also have a report on the Mizunos which I have put 150 miles on.
I wear a size 6 in non running shoes. I bought a size 6 1/2. I wish I had bought a size 7, or tried the 6 ½ in a wide width. The shoes fit well but I wish they were just a tad bigger. I wear very thin socks while running, if I wore thicker socks, they would be way too tight. If I buy another pair I will either get the size 7 or the 6 ½ in wide width depending on which feels roomier to me. My toe problem has healed and has not recurred. I no longer tape my toes as I had previously.
The two big selling points of this shoe are:
1) The arch lock system. I have high arches...VERY high. These shoes are awesome in supporting my arches. They just clamp up to them and support the dog mess out of them. My arches never tire during a run....NEVER.
2) The big toe box. The toe room is generous. It is a little smaller than the Nike Airs I have run in the past, but is adequate. I think the nice snug fit of the arch lock makes the toe box SEEM bigger to me than it is. I feel like my arches are so well supported and then when you get past the mid foot...BOOM it just opens up really wide for my fanning toes. I really like the feel of that!
I do have to be extra careful to not lace and tie these too tight. I had a similar issue with the Mizuno Wace Creation 11, but it is much more important to NOT tie too tight in these. At one point I irritated the inside on my pinky toe on one foot. During along run I ran the last 2 miles in a lot pain from pressure on the outside of my foot. The next day I laced up loose and it fixed my problem. (I have a habit of really lacing tight!!) This is one reason why I think I really need a ½ size larger than I have now. Tying loose is not a problem, I still have support and have not created a hot spot or blister, but even with thin socks I wish I had just a tad more room. I ran once with thicker socks on and that was NOT going to work. I blame this on me, not the shoe; I should have a larger size. It is not a problem for me to get 400 miles out of the shoe tying loose.
While running these shoes are very comfortable. They have a lot of cushioning and support. I do not feel the road much in these shoes due to the outstanding cushioning. On some days, that is just what I need. They do such a great job of arch support I could run a longer distance closer to my recovery day. Because of the cushioning, they do feel a bit sluggish to me. I do not feel I get as much power pushing off; like something is holding me back. They are still great running shoes, but I would not race in these or if I was doing a run trying to reach a certain time, I would wear my Mizunos instead (see my review of the Mizuno Wave Creation 11) I enjoy wearing these shoes on my easy long runs (7.5-8.5 miles currently) because they support and cushion so well. If I am running a long run at 10K pace, I go with the Mizuno Wave Creation for a lighter, less sluggish feel.
All in all these shoes are great for me. I use them for easy runs or runs where I am just feeling a little banged up and want more TLC on my feet due to the awesome cushioning they provide and arch support. I would not race in these shoes unless I had to. They are very comfortable and I do run good times in them, but they are heavier than the Mizuno Wave Creation 11.
I am the type of runner who needs a shoe to do easy training runs in where my feet and knees are pampered and another shoe where I can feel the road and haul it on some runs. The Saucony ProGrid are wonderful for my pamper days. They are fun to run in, support awesome in the arch and cushion my feet. They also have a durable tread that is good on slick roads but do not pick up annoying rocks in them.
I would buy these shoes again, but I plan to try on a ½ size larger and wide width first. Also, I may try a couple of other shoes just to see. I am happy with my purchase and have had 175 great miles so far, I know I will get 400 to 500 out of these shoes! Well worth the money.