40 of 41 people found the following review helpful
on July 25, 2013
I've been a Saucony fan for about 4 years now. I began with the Ride 4, which is the best running/walking shoe I've had to date. Alas, after 3 pairs of those, they were discontinued and replaced with the Ride 5. The design of the 5's were very different. Less cushioning, much narrower (bad for a wide footed gal like me), and the feel was just different--in a bad way.
The Ride 6 is better than the 5 for sure. Close to the old Ride 4, but not quite. The cushioning is still less than the 4, and I'd say that is my only disappointment in this shoe.
This is still a nicely-cushioned shoe, and the width is roomy in the toe box. I think the arch support is not quite as good as previous versions, but still ok.
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on May 25, 2014
I have been a regular exerciser since 1996. Heaven knows, I have owned MANY pairs of workout shoes in that time. Typically workout shoes last me anywhere from three to six months, with a schedule of working out forty to sixty-five minutes a day, six to seven days a week consistently. I've had many good pairs of shoes, and many awful ones. The best pairs of shoes I've owned (either for workout or wear-a-day) have ALWAYS come from Saucony. Obviously, one cannot wear sneakers all the time in life, but I wear these when I can get away with it! Not only are they designed to keep your feet breathing (thanks to the mesh upper in most of their designs), but they are always fashionable in looks, and feel good on from the second that they are taken out of the box. Very rarely have I ever experienced the need to "break in" Saucony shoes. This is not true for the New Balance brand with me, as a comparison in workout shoes. While initially Saucony shoes can cost a bit more money than some other sneakers out there, this brand consistently tends to wear out much less quickly than others, at least in my case. Workout shoes almost consistently follow the rule that you get what you pay for, especially if you have anything but a completely pain-free body, no injury history, and perfect feet.
My stats (for you to compare your stats to mine, seeing how these shoes might work for you): I wear a size 11W, and this is my true size in every shoe that I have ever worn since I was a teenager. I have average-sized ankles for a full-figured woman; I'd say about they're about 10" around. I am plus-sized, so I require some padding in my shoes to keep my feet, joints, and lower back happy. Yet I am big enough that I definitely do not want extra heft in my shoe- and it can be tough to find the right shoe meeting those two conditions. I have problems with under-pronating (supination)- evidenced by the fact that I always wear the outside tread of my shoes out before any other part of the tread. I have an average instep, and my arches are basically normal, with a little bit of tendency towards flat feet (especially if I'm stuck wearing low-quality shoes, like for a friend's wedding...)
My point is that I know if the shoes are right for me IF they give me a spring in my step. These definitely achieve that goal! Before I switched to supination-correcting shoes, I had really given up on high-intensity exercise. But I do brisk walking, aerobics (both floor and step), plyometric exercises (jumps and high-impact moves, but in moderation), light-to-moderate strength-training, lots of floor-based exercises for the abdominals/core/spinal erector/glutes/hips/thighs/, some Pilates, some Yoga, and lots of athletic stretches. So in other words, I need a combination of stability AND flexibility in my shoes. I need something that will flex when I do lunges, but won't make me wobble when I require extra balance, such as when I'm doing high-step aerobics. This shoe is amazing in that it allows for both of these requirements to be met! And they are lightweight. Honestly, it's like "barefoot, but better". I never feel like these shoes are "in my way", adding weight and too much motion control to get full range-of-motion in exercises. For the daily exerciser, they know how important this is!
They are also great as day-to-day shoes. I walk so much faster in them than I do even my other sneakers. I spent an eight-hour day recently touring NW Washington, D.C. (mostly on foot), pounding the concrete as I toured the city, climbing steps to get in, on, and out of the Metro a zillion times. I took the long trip past the Navy's Memorial Fountain, the National Lawn, walking up the National Gallery steps and around its marble floors towards the end of the day. Yet I felt great all day and into the night, and had no fatigue or pain the next day, either! I had very severe knee problems at one point, and I can tell you that these are fantastic if you have those problems in your history.
A hint that may help in doing exercise shoe-shopping: Do not automatically buy shoes labeled for flat feet or high arches, if you have either of those problems. Instead, look at the tread of a pair of your well-worn shoes. If they are shoes related to the activity you're buying a new pair for, all the better. My tip is to remember that your arch type is only a part of the equation in shoe-shopping. If you wear out the inner tread of shoes, then you'll likely need motion control to move more safely, and will probably need a shoe designed for over-pronators. But here's the thing to watch out for...Many times it is the standard recommendation to buy shoes for over-pronation automatically, if one has flat feet. I took that advice for years at face value, and doing so slowed down my workouts, and was hard on my knees and back. I was doing the exact opposite of what I needed, as despite being flat-footed to a degree, I am actually a supinator. The tread on my shoes was the clue. (Although it must be stated that I've regained my arches significantly through losing a lot of weight and by doing exercises/stretches to strengthen and regain normal arches.) While supination is allegedly more common in people with high arches and/or very high insteps, don't automatically assume that you need the kind of motion control which shoes for over-pronators are often designed for. Regardless of your type of foot- look at the tread. Everything starts with the feet- the wrong shoes lead to ankle, knee, back, and foot problems. No one needs MORE wear and tear on their body! :)
Once I addressed my true issue- supination- I FINALLY found the shoes that give me the spring in my step needed! I could finally do the high-impact aerobics, running in place, jumping jacks, deeper lunges, deeper squats, tall-box climbs, and plyometric jumps without feeling pain in the knees and/or lower back. It was also more comfortable for my feet. If you do the type of workouts that I do, you probably need a shoe with a lot of flexibility- almost like being barefoot- but cannot take the "barefoot shoes" currently in vogue due to high-impact movements. Some people do well with the "barefoot shoes", but my shoe size, body type, and level of physical activity make wearing those type of shoes less-than-ideal. So this sneaker is a godsend to me! I love to exercise, and these make that easier and more enjoyable. Saucony excels in giving me a flexible, supportive, strong shoe with good looks, and just enough motion control that I never feel like I'm losing my balance in them. It was so important to my body, that it actually lessened the fatigue I felt post-workout to invest in these shoes! I work harder than ever in my workouts, but experience far less achiness from my workouts since wearing these shoes. They are truly awesome! I hope that anyone who buys these has the same wonderful experience with them.
To the Saucony Co.- PLEASE expand your availability of this shoe in the various colors for ladies like me with wide feet! 11W is now a very common shoe size. I would buy a pair of these in every color if I could, but you only make one color available to me in that size. And keep your best shoes (like these!) available for purchase. Please don't change these- they rock!