Saucony Guide 8 Review
For runners who want more arch support, this is a relatively rare find: a good stability shoe that can be found for less than $100. Layers of cushioning and a seamless forefoot ensure comfort.
Saucony Guide reviews heap praise on this stability shoe designed for runners with a tendency toward "overpronation," or a pronounced inward rolling or flattening of the foot when it hits the ground. Both male and female runners swear by them, according to reviews posted on Amazon. Many are loyal fans of the line or converts from Asics or Nike. They report that no break-in period is necessary -- the shoe is comfortable right out of the box. Many mention the arch support, whether it's for hours spent on their feet at work, stints on the treadmill, or training runs outside. As a stability running shoe, the Saucony Guide 8 (starting at $85, Amazon) weighs slightly more than neutral models, coming in at 9 to 10.4 ounces, depending on gender and size. Yet the shoes feel sufficiently light, reviewers say, while providing ample cushioning.
The consensus is similar in reviews at Zappos and Road Runner Sports. Multiple reviews note the extra room in the toe box and one credits the shoe with supreme ankle support. About the only sour note is a couple of comments on Amazon that reference a tighter fit in the women's version; some users suggest buying a half size larger than normal.
Stability in this shoe comes from a molded and contoured sock liner, which cradles the arch while providing cushioning to the heel, and a medial post in the midsole to support the arch. High-density EVA foam provides a plush cushion. The shoe features a mesh upper and special lining to keep moisture at bay.
If you want a stability running shoe and your budget is limited, so, too, are your options. For a stability shoe in the Cheapism price range, this one stacks up well, with comfortable arch support and cushioning. The Saucony Guide 8 hits the cheap ceiling hard but is worth the investment. If you can't find a low price for your size and color choice, look for last year's version, the Saucony Guide 7. Solereview considers the two a 94 percent match.