The first thing when we look at these Saucony Women’s Guide 9 Running Shoes, is just how appealing they seem.
Unlike some running shoes, these seem to have been designed with the eye in mind, as well as the foot and for that reason you should have no trouble in finding a pair to match your wardrobe.
With colors ranging from blue/pink/ purple and other varying combinations on these themes, these are nothing if not colorful.
But they aren’t just a pretty face – these also are designed to offer considerable support whilst running as well.
The manufacturer’s Saucony seem to have pulled out all the stops with these running shoes.
With an EVA midsole, Tri-Flex Outsole (this is the grips, basically) EVERUN top-sole, these are designed as a successor to their other running shoe, the Guide 8. With Flexi-film, these promise a lightweight fit which still allow for flexibility.
Additionally, the manufacturer’s think they have got foot conditions like mild pronation (walking inwards) covered. With a firm, balancing base, these should help correct any minor problems with your feet, as well as support your arches to a reasonable degree.
Saucony promise that these won’t make your feet sweat like pigs whilst you put yourself through the paces – they are well aired and breathable.
Because they are lightweight too, they shouldn’t weigh your feet down, making them light and easy to run in. Well, it does help you run if your shoes aren’t like lead weights!
Finally, the cushioning on these is second to none. These should not be subjecting your heels or arches to any pain or harsh treatment, anytime soon.
All this and they look pretty too!
The first thing that you need a pair of shoes to do is, well, fit on your feet.
So how well do these fit and will you need to think about sizing up with these Saucony Women Guide 9’s?
Well, this depends on who you ask. Overwhelmingly, though, most people think that the sizing of these running shoes is spot on. With 77% of respondents stating that they fit perfectly. This is not a bad statistic in our opinion!
But we must say that in a small, but significant minority of cases, people think that they run a little small. Approximately by a half size. Fortunately, these come in half sizes, so this is an option if it should happen to you.
More specifically, people think that it is the toe box area which runs a little narrow. But this, we must remind you, is a minority view. However, it is a large minority, which is something worth bearing in mind. So if you have wide feet, it might be worth scaling up a half size.
Fortunately, these are available in more than one width, so hopefully you should be able to find something that will fit.
Once you have got your sizing right, we think that the comfort offered by these running shoes should be pretty good.
If you have anything other than a moderate podiatric issue, these may not be the pair designed specifically for you. But for minor ailments, including mild pronation and some arch issues, these should work a charm.
Being comfortable, getting a pair to fit and having something pretty on your feet are all a good start. But there is a bit more to what makes a great pair of running shoes than just that.
We want to know about their longevity, the support they offer, whether they are water resistant and whether they will send you skidding into a pile of doggy poop, the minute you run over a puddle.
On most of these, they score highly.
They are not indestructible, it is true. But in most of the instances that people have reported of bits wearing through, it has usually been after they have been put through their paces, somewhat.
They are also very lightweight, which makes them easy to run in and comfortable to have on – however, they are not destined to run forever and will eventually wear through.
As we mentioned, in terms of support, the cushioning afforded by these Saucony Guide 9’s is excellent and the grips won’t let you down, either.
But these are not a waterproof shoe. Although they have been designed for both track and tarmac use, they aren’t going to be our first choice for a cross country run.
This is probably because they are so well aired; one of the compromises in running shoes is generally a trade-off between being able to air the foot, generously and being completely waterproof.
To put it in layman’s terms, if it has holes in it, for letting air into the shoe, then it is also going to let moisture in.
However, these are not advertised as being water resistant, so we think this is absolutely fine. Moreover, the nice, lightweight feel to them make them the ideal training shoe for the gym – and you won’t sweat to death as you work out, either!
These are the ideal, lightweight pair of running shoes, which we wouldn’t hesitate to wear to either the gym or out on the open road – as long as the conditions were reasonably dry.
If your heels and arches need a little support, we think these should provide it adequately, as long as you don’t have a severe podiatric problem.
All in all, the problems with these running shoes are extremely few and we wouldn’t hesitate to recommend the Saucony Women Guide 9’s as your next running shoe.