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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.
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33 of 33 people found the following review helpful
on July 30, 2013
I have a high arch, under pronate, and severe plantar fasciitis problems. These shoes have enabled me to continue training for the 5k I am doing in the fall. They are very pricey, but well worth the cost if you need shoes that offer motion control and heavy cushioning. The best part is they are lightweight as well. \
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful
on August 13, 2013
The Ride 6 fits as I expected it to. I ordered my normal size and it fit perfectly. I do have a narrow fit though so maybe that is why I didn't need to order up a size like some other customers. The shoe is light weight while providing good cushioning and great support. I run about four miles five times a week and also walk my dog a couple miles a day about four days a week. I previously had the Ride 5, which were also great, but I highly recommend the Ride 6.
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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!
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15 of 19 people found the following review helpful
on November 1, 2013
I have been wearing Saucony running shoes probably 10years, at least. This is the only brand of running shoes that I wear. I wear a size 8.5 always no matter what the other reviews say about the size my size never changes! These shoes, the pair that I received was at least 2 full sizes too small. They cannot be any more than a size 6 or a 6.5! I couldn't even get might foot into it. I new I had a problem when I saw the box it looks like a child size shoe box. The box had women's size 8.5 on it and the inside of the shoe has 8.5 also. I read a review that said they run small and the person had trouble getting anyone to explain the problem or owning up to the defect. These are most definitely defective. I did not order a larger size after reading the review because so many people say the sizes aren't accurate and I always disagree with these people. With this shoe I have no idea what size to order, so I am returning them and going to get a totally different shoe. The shoe itself is awesome I have had at least 2 or 3 pair of Rides and they have always worked. I love the color, but I have no idea what size anyone would order and get it right the first time!!!! It would be really nice if someone from Amazon read these reviews and investigated into the problem!!!!
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on October 16, 2013
The Saucony Ride are the only tennis shoes I wear. This is my 4th and 5th pair of these tennis shoes. I accidentally double clicked and ordered two pair...whoops! I kept them both anyway, because these shoes are the best. A special thank you the The Lincoln Running Company in Lincoln, NE for pointing me in the direction of these shoes. I have had $20,000 worth of surgery on my feet (hammer toes) and ran my first 5k in the Ride 3 a couple of years ago. Woohoo!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on January 20, 2014
You can't go wrong with these shoes. Great support. They fit like a glove and are very light. Buy them with confidence.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on March 21, 2014
I am a long time customer. When the ride 5 came out it was very disappointing. The 6 is back to the old fit. Love it!!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on November 21, 2014
Wore these right out of the box to a three day gaming convention and they fit like a glove and felt great. I am so thankful that the shoe hasn't changed much since the Ride 2 although it does seem like the Ride 7 has undergone a complete overhaul although I shouldn't have to worry about that for another 700 miles or so. I have so many leg and foot issues, I'll keep it brief by saying that I have high arches and a narrow heel and have always found these shoes to be great meaning no slipping. I also need a fairly large toe box which these definitely provide without being too roomy. The only thing I did notice was that the first day I wore them with the insoles they came with and my feet seemed really warm. I really don't usually get sweaty feet. I then realized I had forgotten the final piece required for making this shoe the greatest shoe ever which was a separate cushioned insole that also helps cool from Road Runner Sports. I take the "default" insoles out entirely and keep them on hand just in case. I really am so happy to have found that the style still works for me years later. I had tried so many other brands before I found Saucony. Their shoes in my experience are very well made and the grey/purple colors are pretty mild compared to what else is out there for which I am also very pleased with. The photo is thankfully more gaudy looking than they are on my feet in my opinion. Clearly, I do not like flashy colors when it comes to running shoes nor do I require the safety features of a bright shoes since I do not run at night. Heck, I do not even run in these, I'm a walker but they still stride beautifully. Wow, I wrote a lot. I think that goes to show at least for me how genuinely I feel about these shoes!

One last note I thought I would mention; should you ever find that due to swelling or whatever that the shoe feels a bit tight across the top of your foot, go ahead and change the way you're lacing the shoe. I had to do this with my old pair for about two years due to health issues and at the time I thought I had to get rid of the shoes when all it took was adjusting the laces. Just look up how to tie shoelaces online and you will find some excellent resources and it was a great way to relieve discomfort and save a lot of my shoes!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on July 28, 2014
I already own a pair of Ride 6, but needed new running shoes. I tried the Ride 7 but didn't like them. In the store and during my short test run a pair of Zoots seemed to work, so I bought them. I ran about 20 miles in them and and had to return them. Heel started hurting, IT band started calling out. I've tried other neutral shoes with a minimum of 10mm heel to toe drop but none of them worked for me. I needed another Ride 6 pair quick, had a long distance race around the corner. The shoes were delivered promptly (well, I paid for the speedy delivery) but was very happy with that option. The price was also a lot lower than other sites that still offered the Ride 6.

What can I say.......I love these shoes, they work for me. I did a test run of 3 miles and they felt great just like my first pair. 4 days later I did an Ironman distance and they gave me no trouble at all during the marathon. I think I'll order more pairs....... :-)
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