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Just can't go wrong w/ the Saucony Ride!!
on July 27, 2016
Even though Amazon has dropped the price of these since I ordered in June, of course I still highly recommend them. Saucony running shoes are my holy grail shoe for absolutely everything. I started wearing them close to ten years ago with some form of this style (maybe the Ride 3?) and then got the Ride 6 a couple of years ago which lasted 750+ miles (granted, these were not all running miles, but mileage nonetheless). While I still had the Ride 6, I even tried the Saucony Cohesion (way cheaper and albeit still a decent shoe but you really do get a better shoe with the price jump, meaning to these). I have very high arches and as a rule, high arched runners can underpronate so do best in a neutral-cushioned shoe that encourages a more natural foot motion which these are. Do not go with stability, which a lot of Saucony shoes in prettier colors are.
I also suggest an additional cushioning insole...don't waste your money on "custom" the $70+ ones that are out there; the generic $20 cushioning work just as well. I do not know if you can get these on Amazon as I buy mine at Roadrunner Sports. I noticed that with the Ride 8 though that I went a good two months with just the provided insole and was very comfortable. It is only now because it is getting hot that I switched to a different insole as they help cool a bit more than the standard ones and I do not have especially sweaty feet but anything I can do to be just that more comfortable i will do.The Ride 8 also feature the better CoolMax liner which is awesome.
The toe box is quite adequate even when I do swell a bit more (I have primary lower extremity Lymphedema which actually starts at my ankles, extending to my thighs so my feet really aren't that affected but on the occasions that my feet do also swell up a bit more, I merely lace my shoe differently and it relieves any pressure across the top of my foot. It's amazing what changing the lacing technique can do so I check out this guide [...] (The site is actually called Ian's Shoelace Site or if you just search for lacing methods, it will pop up since I don't know if the link will work).
I would also poke around online in regard to pronation - that really is the most essential factor in getting the right fit for a running shoe. Finally, the Ride 8 have an 8mm heel to toe offset and I know at some point in the recent past I either had a shoe or tried a shoe that was a 12mm heel to toe offset and the 8mm are SO much better! Once again, read up on the specifics of what exactly this means but for me, it made a noticeable improvement in comfort, etc.I tried going back to Asics as well since I wore those in high school and college but I'm a Saucony girl now and of course to each is own, but if you're not certain, treat yourself to the Saucony experience.