Saucony introduced their popular EveRun foam last year with the Guide 9, then proceeded to implement it into the rest of their line. The new technology was well-received. So what to do with the year after a major revolution in shoe design and materials?
Well, on the plus side, the Guide 10 is the closest a shoe will feel to being a brand new premium model while only paying $120. The upper is super plush, especially around the ankle. The toe box has some pretty good room, too, minus any rubbing. There might be too much padding, in fact, since even with special heel-securing lacing, I experienced slippage to the point of being unusable.
That said, the transition on the Guide 10 is fantastic, even better than last year. It felt super comfortable to walk around in and had solid responsiveness without sacrificing cushioning. The support is barely noticeable, but you never feel unstable. It’s the best kind of guidance shoe.
If you have a wider foot, this shoe is going to feel fast, but a narrow ankle makes this shoe a waste of time, unfortunately. I’ll go on the record that I love that Saucony has capped the heel-to-toe drop of all its shoes at 8mm. I find this strikes a solid balance between cushioning the heel (helping the pain a heel or midfoot strike can bring) and balance (0mm being the natural foot on flat ground). Their design mantra stays consistent in this newest iteration of their basic stability model, but it’s just not for everyone.
Verdict: 8/10 (4/10 if you have a narrow ankle)
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