Summary

We spent 6.4 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

10 reasons to buy

  • A tester commented that it was comfortable right out of the box.
  • A runner noted that this shoe did not need a break-in period; it delivered well from the get-go.
  • The stability mechanic of this model was appreciated by those who needed aid in overpronation.
  • The upper unit was able to hug the foot snugly and securely, commented a purchaser.
  • The responsiveness of this shoe’s platform impressed several reviewers.
  • Based on consumer feedback, the cushioning system was suitably soft yet long-lasting.
  • The overall quality of the Saucony Guide 10’s components and parts was appreciated by those who have tried it.
  • A reviewer was able to use it on light trails, and they said that it still performed agreeably.
  • A couple of users wrote that the Guide 10’s performance has greatly improved from its predecessor.
  • Some buyers thought that the Saucony Guide 10 is an affordable shoe.

7 reasons not to buy

  • Some runners felt that the forefoot area was a bit narrow.
  • According to a purchaser, the footbed of this version placed pressure on the ball of her foot, causing some numbness. Another experienced forefoot pains and numbness in the big toe.
  • The interior cover system has caused some blistering to the foot of a tester.
  • One runner felt that the cushioning of the Guide 10 was not thick enough for the underfoot.
  • Several reviews stated that the sizing of the shoe runs small.
  • A user complained that the threads of the upper had come undone easily.
  • The Guide 10 might not be comfortable for wearers who are not overpronators, according to a tester.

Bottom line

Overall, many runners agreed that the Saucony Guide 10 was a solid update to the long-running series of stability shoes. Many were pleased that the shoe has delivered an excellent performance that is consistent with the previous years. Although some had a negative reception with the updates—especially sizing—others argue that these are subtle and did not affect their running experience. They noted that the supportive mid-foot section reduced pronation tendencies, while the plush cushioning system offered reliable responsiveness.

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  • Saucony pointed out the changes in the 10th version of the Guide for a better, more adaptive fit and enhanced support for overpronators. One clear change is the introduction of a new engineered mesh. It is now seamless and slightly more flexible than the past model. The new upper offers a more form-fitting fit.
  • Another apparent change in the upper is the removal of the thick and stitched overlays, including the ones that support the eyelets. With a no-sew construction, there should be lesser risk of developing blisters or hot spots.
  • Breathability should also go up a notch as the engineered mesh has slightly bigger and more holes all throughout the upper.
  • Saucony made the midsole and the heel a bit firmer than before. For minimal overpronators, this is a welcome development as it adds a little more stability to their runs. With a firmer heel and midsole, there is also a quicker transition from landing to take off.
  • A minor change in the rubber placement in the outsole improves ground contact for better stability and enhanced flexibility.

Fans of the Guide series will be delighted to know that the fit of the 10th installment of this popular series largely remains the same. There is adequate toe room, secured heel and midfoot. The shoe length is standard as well. Similar to the previous edition, the Saucony Guide 10 is available in Medium and Wide versions to accommodate runners of all foot volumes.


The Tri-flex outsole—a material unique to Saucony—features numerous flex grooves for superior flexibility. With a very unique underfoot layout, the Guide 10 has optimal ground contact that disperses impact upon landing and delivers a more effective transition in the gait cycle. In the latest version of the Guide, the heel has more articulation for shock attenuation.

IBR+ rubber is located in the forefoot and midfoot for improved traction. The tip of the forefoot, the heel, and other areas use XT-900 carbon rubber for added protection against wear and tear.


The Saucony Guide 10 continues to utilize the EVERUN technology as the top sole for a springier and more resilient ride.

Providing added cushioning is Saucony’s SSL EVA. This modified version is a bit firmer for enhanced transition and better stability for runners.

Both the Everun and the SSL EVA are quite durable while still minimizing weight.


The new engineered mesh gives a more adaptive fit and optimal breathability. Delivering lightweight support and are the FlexFilm overlays, which are melded into the upper. This heat-induced technology allows Saucony to deliver excellent support without the added weight or the risk of irritation.

The tongue and the collar provide a luxurious feel all throughout the run.

A RunDry technology, which has moisture and sweat-wicking capabilities, make every ride as cool and dry as possible.

The Saucony Guide collection of running shoes was fueled by the idea to create a footwear that delivers the perfect blend of stability, flexibility, lightness, and cushioning—aimed towards overpronators—to act as a counterpart to their Ride series, which was targeted towards neutral pronators. When constructing the Guide model, Saucony’s target market was runners who wanted a durable running shoe that is perfect for long-distance runs. That, coupled with comfort and stability, is what inspired the makers to name it Guide: because the shoe is designed to “guide” the runner via a support structure.

In this latest release, the Guide series continues to offer a durable and responsive ride, as well as providing a steady unit for runners who need the added stability. The continued upgrades of the Guide 10 enable the shoe to be ideal even for half and full marathons. Many users of the Guide series find this shoe a success because the adjustments made in consideration of the previous versions were done accordingly.

With 10 editions under its belt, Saucony Guide continues to surprise by constantly providing new technologies for runners. One of the most notable improvements of the Guide series was when they introduced the EVERUN midsole material to their shoes, which started with the Guide 9. This update proved to be a good move as it was received favorably by users, especially those who are loyal to the Saucony brand.

The Guide 9 has received quite a favorable response, that Saucony has opted to make minimal changes with the Guide 10. However, it isn’t to say that there is very little to compare between the two shoes. To better distinguish the previous and latest Guide models from each other, here are a few of their differences:

The upper received an entirely new look in the Guide 10. Coming from a traditionally constructed upper, the Guide 10 now presents a no-sew overlay set that aims to lessen skin irritations with the seamless finish. This design works best for wearers who prioritize comfort, while the Guide 9 would appeal more to those who are after support.

When it comes to the amount of cushioning, the Saucony Guide 9 would suit those who want a plush, cushy unit, while the Guide 10 is more ideal for runners who prefer a firm underfoot structure. Although the difference might be negligible for some, it would be noticeable to runners who place importance on the sole unit, particularly overpronators.

Another significant update in the Guide 10 is the removal of the SRC crash pad, which was located in the heel area of the Guide 9. The result is a running shoe that offers a more centered feel for the foot. Instead of a crash pad, the Guide 10 features a hard foam, resulting in a new design. The deep groove left by the crash pad improves transition and adds support, responsiveness, and flexibility.

Albeit a small detail, the weight difference between the two Guide models remains a significant factor. The 8-gram gap between the two shoes is certainly apparent, especially to those who run long distances and would perform best with a lighter shoe.

Although the outsole still uses the same chevron tread pattern, there are still a few tweaks made from the Guide 9 to the Guide 10. One of these is the set of flex grooves that the Guide 9 has, but loses in the Guide 10. Instead, the Guide 10 uses a solid rubber in the medial side where the flex grooves used to be; this gives the outsole more ground contact and a wider forefoot flare. This design is well-appreciated by users who want more feel of their running surface.

Because the stability shoe category is relatively smaller compared to the neutral shoe category, there are fewer shoes for comparison with the Saucony Guide 10. This could be considered an advantage as the choices would not be too overwhelming. Here are some examples of running shoes that are similar to the Saucony Guide 10:

Saucony Omni 16 - Both the Guide 10 and the Omni 16 fall under Saucony’s line of stability running shoes, with the Omni 16 possessing a higher stack height and heavier structure. The shoes also utilize the same outsole techs, which are the XT-900 rubber and the IBR+. When it comes to differences, the Saucony Guide 10 is more ideal for runners who prefer a secure fit; it has a narrower structure compared to the Saucony Omni 16.

Under Armour SpeedForm Europa - Although both are stability shoes, the Under Armour SpeedForm Europa might appeal more to experienced runners because of the number of shoe technologies it has under its belt. Despite this, the Saucony Guide 10 remains to be the more popular choice between experts and new runners alike. The reputation established by the Guide series has allowed itself to earn a following. Thus, for users looking for a trusted shoe with a simple and straightforward design, the Guide 10 is a good choice.

Adidas Supernova ST - Runners who are after a lightweight shoe would definitely prefer the Guide 10 over the Adidas Supernova ST, as it has a substantial difference of around 30 grams. This added weight is translated from the sizable amount of boost™ in the midsole; the Supernova ST uses dual-density foam to help in overpronation. The Supernova ST might also be more appealing to runners who frequent long distances.

Asics Gel Kayano 25 - In its 25 years of “service” in the shoe industry, the Asics Gel Kayano 25 is undeniably more famous, and well within reason. Almost all of the components of the Gel Kayano 25—from the outsole to the upper—are praised by users because of the unique technology used. Meanwhile, the Saucony Guide 10 prides itself with fewer but nonetheless effective features, which focus on the sole unit, to give a resilient ride and protective fit.

Brooks Ravenna 10 - Right off the bat, the Brooks Ravenna 10 and the Guide 10 have different levels of stability offered to runners. The former is geared towards mild overpronators, while the latter is more suitable for moderate overpronators. The Saucony Guide 10 is a bulkier structure, primarily due to the substantial amount of midsole to aid overpronation.

If you have used the Saucony Guide 9 and have been satisfied with its performance, then the Guide 10 is definitely an even more worthy investment, as it was able to tweak and improve the factors that seemed to be lacking in the previous edition. The technologies that were used in the Guide 9 are still present, but now on their latest versions.

The Guide series is considered a mid-range shoe, so if you found the Guide 9 to be a bit expensive, you might prefer lower-priced alternatives because the Guide 10 costs the same as its predecessor did when it first came out.

In addition, the Saucony Guide 10 might not be as versatile as some runners would consider. There are other options for running shoes that are more cushioning, as well as running shoes for race-days or track workouts. The Guide 10 might not fulfill these activities to the runner’s expectations.

Author
Jens Jakob Andersen
Jens Jakob Andersen

Jens Jakob is a fan of short distances with a 5K PR at 15:58 minutes. Based on 35 million race results, he's among the fastest 0.2% runners. Jens Jakob previously owned a running store, when he was also a competitive runner. His work is regularly featured in The New York Times, Washington Post, BBC and the likes as well as peer-reviewed journals. Finally, he has been a guest on +30 podcasts on running.

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