Arch support
M: 241g | W: 210g
Heel to toe drop
M: 8mm | W: 8mm
Heel height
M: 23mm | W: 23mm
Forefoot height
M: 15mm | W: 15mm
Widths available
M: Normal - D | W: Normal - B
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Shoes best for road, track and light gravel. See the best road shoes.


Shoes best for trail, off road, mountains and other unstable surfaces. See the best trail shoes.

Good to know

As long as you stick to the road or path, and if you want just one running shoe, buy a road running shoe.

Neutral / cushion / high arch

Shoes for runners who does not need any additional arch support (Around 50% of runners). Best for people with high or medium high arches. See the best neutral shoes.

Stability / overpronation / normal arch

Shoes for runners who needs arch support (Around 45% of runners). Best for runners with a normal arch. See the best stability shoes.

Motion control / severe overproanation / flat feet

Shoes for runners who needs a lot of arch support. Best for runners with flat feet. See the best motion control shoes.

Good to know

- Rule of thumb: If in doubt, buy neutral shoes to avoid injuries.
- More about arch support in this video.
- Find your arch type by following steps from this video.

Daily running

Cushioned shoes for your daily easy running. Great comfort. See best shoes for daily running.


Lightweight shoes good for races, interval training, tempo runs and fartlek. Here are the best competition running shoes.

Good to know

If you want just one pair of shoes, buy a shoe for daily running.

The height difference from the heel to the forefoot, also known as heel drop, toe spring, heel to toe spring or simply drop.

There are many opinions about what a good heel drop is. We do not recommend any in particular. Lean more in this video.


We spent 8.9 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

8 reasons to buy

  • Its responsive low-type of cushioning is admired greatly by many neutral runners who already tested it.

  • Its outsole is still amazing for many runners who love the softer IBR and XT-900 carbon rubber.

  • It is light enough for tempo runs.

  • Many runners find it stiffer, offering a firmer and more responsive ride.

  • Stability is enhanced with the POWERGRID to distribute and reduce impact.

  • There is no bulky overlay observed with the Breakthru 2’s new FlexFilm over the toe box.

  • Stylish use of the reflective material is an attractive design for many testers.

  • The price is affordable.

2 reasons not to buy

  • Some testers find messy stitching on top of the sole when the insole is pulled up.

  • Durability is not reliable as the FlexFilm wears out easily, making it ideal only for training and other routines.

Bottom line

The Saucony Breakthru 2 is a versatile shoe that was built using high quality technologies. Its construction allows for an easy transition from softer running shoes to much firmer ones with its firm yet responsive midsole. Most of the materials and construction are pretty similar to its previous version, with a slight change in the upper. At its price, this shoe offers more, making it a worthwhile choice.

World wide, Breakthru 2 is in the bottom 50% most popular running shoes. The brand, Saucony, is the 6th most popular.

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Expert reviews

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84 / 100 based on 6 expert reviews

  • 80
    DavidLevel 3 expert
    by The Ultra Running Company
    It's not gonna last you as long as the Triumphs, but it's gonna give you a nice, firmer, responsive feel.
  • 82
    Nathaniel FriedmanLevel 1 expert
    by Flo Track
    For runners looking to make that step down to the lightweight shoes training cycle, the Breakthru is a good transition.
  • 90
    Frank MayLevel 4 expert
    by Running Shoes Guru
    Although it’s lightweight, it’s durable enough to be used for daily training.
  • 80
    David HenryLevel 4 expert
    by Runblogger
    I haven’t run in the Breakthru, but it looks like a great all-around platform with very good outsole coverage, and v2 puts a new more streamlined upper on it that I was told would have a roomier forefoot.
  • 85
    WebmanLevel 2 expert
    by Midpack Gear
    My feet felt like they had plenty of room, yet they were a stable and supported enough ride for 13.1 miles.
  • 81
    The Sockless RunnerLevel 1 expert
    by The Sockless Runner
    It makes sense that it bites back a little.
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Updates to Breakthru 2

A new Flex Film upper that does away with substantial overlays gives the Breakthru 2 a very nice upgrade where irritation-reduction and better toe room are concerned. This is also one of the reasons why the shoe is a bit lighter than the past version.

Saucony made the sole a bit firmer and more responsive to make it a doable race day shoe while it functions primarily as a lightweight trainer.

The upper is a more relaxed mesh that improves the breathability of the former tightly-woven version of the original.

More reflective materials all over the shoe, including parts of the outsole enhance the shoe’s visibility in low-light areas. This will be of great help when running after work or just before dawn where lighting is less than ideal.

Breakthru 2 size and fit

Saucony makes the Breakthru 2 of standard fit like the previous model, but has added a bit more room in the toebox. Runners with medium measurements from the heel to the forefoot will find the fit very comfortable. Available widths are D and B while sizes are 6.5 to 17 for the men’s and 5 to 13 for the women’s.


The outsole is a mixture of Saucony’s technologies in the softer IBR+ rubber for better traction and the very sturdy XT900 for superb durability. Saucony uses moderate treads for versatile grip on the road.


The midsole houses the Powergrid foam for shock attenuation and cushioning properties. There is also Saucony’s Super Lite EVA or SSL EVA for lightweight cushioning with superb bounce back features.


A mesh upper with thin, welded overlays called the Flex Film deliver great breathability and very nice foot-wrapping comfort. The RunDry collar is moisture-wicking and helps with the plush feel.


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