Update: Cohesion 10
Arch support
Daily running
M: 283g | W: 227g
Heel to toe drop
M: 12mm | W: 12mm
Heel height
M: 29mm | W: 29mm
Forefoot height
M: 17mm | W: 17mm
Widths available
M: Normal - D, Wide - 2E | W: Normal - B, Wide - D
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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 8.7 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

9 reasons to buy

  • The Saucony Cohesion 9 was durable, according to many reviewers.

  • A lot of testers and reviewers wrote that the 9th version of the Cohesion was true to its size.

  • The different color schemes received recognition from runners, who stated that they made this shoe more appealing to the eyes.

  • The cushioning system was appreciated by a lot of consumers, and they thought that it was adequately soft and responsive.

  • According to several runners, wearing this running shoe staved off muscle pain or discomfort in the foot.

  • ‘Comfortable’ and ‘enjoyable’ were words that runners used to describe the Saucony Cohesion 9.

  • Most consumers acclimated well to its affordable price.

  • A runner commented that though it didn’t have a hefty price, its quality was still competent and reliable.

  • The outsole was able to deliver reliable surface traction, wrote many reviewers.

3 reasons not to buy

  • Some runners felt that the mid-sole unit wasn’t very flexible, and that it limited the natural movement of the foot.

  • A few testers didn’t feel comfortable while wearing this shoe; for them, the cushioning wasn’t very efficient.

  • There were runners who reported that it was half-a-size smaller than what they were used to.

Bottom line

The Saucony Cohesion 9 became a popular shoe because of its efficient components and features. Many neutral runners commended its comfortable cover system, it’s responsive mid-sole and its traction-capable outsole tread. On the other hand, a number of consumers didn’t like the performance of this road shoe. For them, it was stiff, it wasn’t responsive enough, or it didn’t fit well.

World wide, Cohesion 9 is in the top 5% most popular running shoes. The brand, Saucony, is the 6th most popular.

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    The flex grooves are more in number and deeper, which makes the otherwise thick outsole more responsive and forgiving to the natural movement of the foot.
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    Running Shoes Online ReviewsLevel 2 expert
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    The support and comfort level of this shoe is unparalleled by any other shoe in the market.
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    It is a versatile running shoe featuring a breathable mesh upper with cushioning and Heel Grid system.

Updates to Cohesion 9

The 9th version of the Saucony Cohesion increases the visual appeal of the series by putting more reflective detailing and additional designs on the upper. Each color scheme for this model now uses hues and shades that complement the main color theme, making the shoe stand out visually.

The overlay system has been refined. Most of the sides and rear section of the upper is now covered by overlays, but they’re thinner than the ones featured in the Cohesion 8. They help secure both the mid-foot area and the rear of the foot by reacting to the adjustments made with the lacing system.

The Cohesion 9 features a thicker outsole unit. The rubber layers are more prominent in this model, especially in the heel section. It’s a solid way to preserve the sole unit by greatly protecting it with durable rubber.

The flex grooves have been increased in number and they’re deeper this time around. This design makes the otherwise thick sole unit more responsive and forgiving to the natural movement of the foot. Flexibility is encouraged in the forefoot area.

Cohesion 9 size and fit

The Saucony Cohesion 9 is true to its size. It comes in a variety of sizes that complement the precise lengths of individual runners’ feet. It’s also available in medium and wide widths, which makes it capable of accommodating many foot types and shapes.


The XT-600 outsole material is made of high quality components that ensure durable protection against wear and abrasion. The rubber present in this technology is also meant to deliver traction over the roads. The material doesn’t shed off easily as it’s durable and dependable.

The Flex Grooves on the outsole are visibly seen. There are more of them in the Saucony Cohesion 9. They’re meant to provide flexibility to the wearer, especially in the forefoot area.


IMEVA or Injection Molded EVA is a full-length foam that provides shock management when landing the foot on the ground, as well as responsive cushioning and long-lasting structure.

The Heel Grid system in the rear section of the shoe carries the foot well and prevents injury and discomfort. The added cushioning offers more comfort and responsible cushioning because the heel is the one that mostly carries the weight of the body.

An insole has been included and it increases the cushioning. It can be removed to follow the preference of the runner when it comes to the thickness and robustness of the underfoot platform.


A breathable mesh material makes up most of the upper unit of the Saucony Cohesion 9. This material is more tightly woven in this model, but it still delivers a well-ventilated and comfortable coverage.

The Synthetic Overlays on top of the upper unit are able to adjust the fit as they are directly connected to the lacing system. In this model, they’re thinner and more lightweight, therefore making the upper slightly more unrestrictive.

The Plush Tongue and Collar secures the foot while providing additional comfort. They’re meant to lock the foot down, but they’re also there to keep the fit snug and reduce skin irritation.


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