Verdict from 24 experts and 46 user reviews

8 reasons to buy

  • Speed: Droves of runners recommend this carbon-plated shoe for races and tempo runs. Some people even ran 15-30 seconds faster per mile and set new PRs in the Endorphin Pro.
  • Cushioning: Its firm midsole feels highly responsive and lively, according to many users.
  • Transitions: A lot of athletes can feel the rocker design encouraging their foot to roll faster and smoother.
  • Fit: The shoe has minimal padding but molds nicely and locks the foot down securely, most users state.
  • Weight: There is no dragging the foot down in this shoe, according to plenty of wearers.
  • Breathability: More than a few runners say that the ultra-thin mesh upper provides ample airflow.
  • Durability: Those who have put the shoe through over 50 miles say that there are no signs of wear.
  • Traction: A few experts praise the outsole grip on wet ground and grass.

2 reasons not to buy

  • Not for slow runs or walking: Some people warn that the model feels awkward at slower paces and regular walks.
  • Heel slippage: A couple of narrow-footed testers experienced slippage due to the lack of a heel counter. However, they fixed it by tying a lace lock.

Bottom line

The Endorphin Pro is an elite race-day shoe from Saucony and is among the closest competitors to Nike’s stellar Vaporfly’s. The shoe delivers a smooth and snappy ride, making it hard to go slow. Perfect for both sprints and marathon distances, it is one of the most recommended super shoes on the market.

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Saucony Endorphin Pro: Run faster not harder 

Adding to the long list of carbon-plated running shoes, the Saucony Endorphin Pro dons integral technologies such as the PWRRUN PB cushioning system, the S-curved carbon-fiber plate, the Speedroll, and the FormFit upper.

In short, the fusion of these technical features permits the running shoe to deliver high energy return with less bulk. It also heightens the pace of the racer and gives that feeling of continuous momentum for an effortless run. 

Who is it for? The Endorphin Pro from Saucony is ideal for neutral runners who want to experience maximized speed and endurance without expending much energy, thanks to the shoe's carbon-plated midsole.

What is it for? The Saucony shoe is ideal for marathons and other long-distance races. Although it is also touted as an everyday running platform, its midsole might be a little too firm to pass as a daily trainer. 

Endorphin Pro vs. Nike ZoomX Vaporfly Next%

Saucony has created its reactionary release Endorphin Pro release to respond to Nike's game-changing Vaporfly Next% model. Here are some of the reasons why you may want to like the Endorphin better:  

  • Cheaper: The MSRP price is $50 less
  • Smoother transitions: The Speedroll rocker design makes for fast and effortless heel-to-toe transitions
  • More stable: The slightly wider platform of the Endorphin helps to feel more sure-footed

The Endorphin family

Saucony Endorphin Pro: an elite race shoe

  • stiff carbon plate
  • thinner and reduced upper
  • the lightest (7.5 oz / 213 g) compared to Speed (7.8 oz / 221 g) and Shift (10.1 oz / 286g)
  • the most expensive ($200 compared to Speed ($160) and Shift ($140)

Saucony Endorphin Speed: a versatile shoe for races and speed training

  • flexible nylon plate
  • softer version of the Pro
  • more padded upper

Saucony Endorphin Shift: a daily trainer for easy and long-distance runs

  • hard-wearing
  • highly cushioned
  • stable and supportive

How Endorphin Pro compares

This shoe: 87
All shoes average: 81
54 94
This shoe: $200
All shoes average: $119
$40 $350
This shoe: 7.5oz
All shoes average: 9.5oz
3.5oz 15.4oz
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.