I’m going to start this post by saying that despite what you may read here, Saucony is still my favorite brand. They were the first sneakers I was formally fitted for in the Virginia Running Store and have helped me through three half-marathons, numerous 10K’s and countless 5K’s and hundreds of runs in between (not all the same pair as you will read shortly).
So what prompted me to write a review today? Back in October, I was preparing for the Marine Corp 10K and looking down at my sneakers, I decided that I needed to replace the pair I was wearing, despite the fact that I had just bought them a few months before. Now I could see if I was one of those runners who put in miles and miles of miles per week, but face it, I’m not. On a good week, I will put in twenty, most weeks it’s less, so why the problem?
As you can tell from the photo, I get toe holes (the new official term). Every single pair, every single time. Now seasoned runners always give the advice – you need to size up for your running shoes. Sound… makes sense… I get it, they don’t feel tight, but I’ll give anything a try. I decided to buy a pair of men’s instead. Roomy toe, the edge of my toes were nowhere near the top of the shoes, running or standing still. Did I mention that I JUST bought this pair in October? Well it’s the end of December. I’ve been on a couple of 11 – 12.5 mile runs. An 8 miler, a few 10k’s and looking at the toe of my sneak last night….NOOOO! What is with this brand? Another toe hole developing, this time on a sneaker I have so much room, my toes literally swim. I’m not understanding. Now three weeks away from the Disney World Half Marathon and I’ve got another hole in the making. What gives?
I’ve tried on other brands. Brooks and Asics are too narrow. Hokas make me feel like I’m running on stilts. Nike aggravates my (always lurking in the background) plantar fasciitis. Why can’t my favorite brand last longer than a couple of months? Who has $100+ to put down on sneakers that don’t last? I’m going to give my favorite brand one more try. I’m always open to advice though…
I do have to give a positive plug though. I did spend $49 for a pair of Saucony and have had them for a couple of years. They are the ONLY pair that lasted before developing a toe hole. I feel there is a message in there somewhere.