Facts

Terrain

Road

Shoes best for road, track and light gravel. See the best road shoes.

Trail

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.

Arch support

Neutral / cushion / high arch

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

Motion control / severe overpronation / 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.

Competition

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.

Price
$160
Weight
Men: 9oz
Women: 8.1oz
Heel to toe drop
Men: 4mm
Women: 4mm

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.

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Road

Shoes best for road, track and light gravel. See the best road shoes.

Trail

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.

Competition

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.

Summary

We spent 6.8 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

11 reasons to buy

  • The Saucony Freedom ISO is super comfortable, according to many of the reviewers.
  • The new ISOfit upper wraps the foot in a sock-like fit with enough support.
  • The new Everun midsole delivers a responsive and smooth ride.
  • More than a few runners loved the aesthetic appeal of the Freedom ISO.
  • It is quite light, based on the comments of a handful of runners.
  • Some runners loved the close to the ground feel without compromising protection against the elements.
  • A handful has used it for a variety of distance runs and tempo sessions.
  • Several runners expressed how nicely cushioned the Freedom ISO is.
  • Some runners felt the need to go fast in this shoe.
  • A good number of users got compliments while wearing the shoe.
  • The durability is fantastic, particularly the new outsole.

4 reasons not to buy

  • The price tag is quite steep.
  • A handful felt that making turns or quick movements was not precise due to the lack of upper support.
  • More than a few runners noted that it runs a bit small.
  • A few users noticed that it is a little narrow.

Bottom line

Saucony ups the ante where their midsole cushioning is concerned by introducing a full-length Everun foam in the Saucony Freedom ISO. By giving this shoe its latest in midsole technology, runners can get a more responsive and consistent cushioning in this shoe. Also, the new ISO upper offers a minimalist feel that should bring a more glove-like upper fit. At a rather wallet-thinning price, runners can get a reliable, light, fast, good-looking, and dynamic shoe with tons of comfort and decent arch support.


Rankings

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Ratings

4.3 / 5 based on 74 ratings

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4 star
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2 star
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Expert Reviews

Experts are running shoe geeks, who post reviews at youtube, directly at RunRepeat or at their own websites. Each expert is categorized from level 1 to level 5 based on expertise. See stats on expert reviews and how we calculate scores here.

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88 / 100 based on 29 expert reviews

  • 94 / 100 by RunRepeat • Avery Smith • Level 3 expert

    The Freedom ISO defies categorization. It is cushioned and responsive; flexible and fast; durable and lightweight. This shoe can handle any run, from long runs to speed work, in any temperature.

  • 86 / 100 by RunRepeat • Samuel Chua • Level 3 expert

    The Saucony Freedom ISO is a do-it-all, decently lightweight, responsive and durable shoe. It is currently one of the best options out there in the market for those looking for a versatile shoe to perform workouts at any pace.

  • 90 / 100 by Believe in the Run • Thomas • Level 5 expert

    Durability, A+. Looks, A+. And [sic] just a solid shoe that's fun to run in.

  • 86 / 100 by Jamison Michael • Jamison Michael • Level 4 expert

    Overall, I enjoy [sic] my experience in this shoe, and which I will have to say I do approve.

  • 97 / 100 by Road Trail Run • Sam Winebaum • Level 5 expert

    While not particularly light at 9 oz it is definitely a performance trainer but one without the usual shock and vibration of conventional EVA based shoes and with a distinctly energetic, bouncy ride.

  • 93 / 100 by Solereview • Solereview • Level 5 expert

    The Freedom ISO is a veritable buffet of fit and ride character. At some level, the Freedom feels a bit like the Boston Boost. When viewed from another perspective, the 4 mm drop is straight out of the Kinvara territory. And when you consider the full-length, yet firm Everun cushioning, then the adidas Glide 8 Boost comes to mind.

  • 84 / 100 by Road Trail Run • Sam Winebaum • Level 5 expert

    Saucony first all Everun TPU midsole shoe is a beauty. Low slung with a soft minimal upper, it has considerable bounce and natural low to the ground fast ride. Every run in them brought a smile but they were a bit harder to tame than the typical perfomance shoe.

  • 82 / 100 by Runner's World • Runner's World • Level 5 expert

    While it has nearly an identical geometry to the Kinvara, (heel and forefoot heights are similar), the Freedom feels less squishy and bouncier on the run.

  • 100 / 100 by Running Shoes Guru • Frank May • Level 4 expert

    If you're ok with the price and previously do well with Saucony shoes, this is a no-brainer purchase.

  • 96 / 100 by Road Trail Run • Peter Stuart • Level 4 expert

    They transition nicely, pick up speed really well and are just invisible on the foot.

  • 83 / 100 by Road Trail Run • Jeff Valliere • Level 4 expert

    A late addition to the stable, and really a 2017 shoe. This is what the Kinvara should have become. I get a little beat up in these over 10 miles, but they are a super solid debut.

  • 75 / 100 by Believe in the Run • Thomas Neuberger • Level 4 expert

    The overall ride of the Freedom ISO gets its personality from the Everun. It is a smooth riding shoe with a bit of a bounce. I was able to run both regular training runs and speedwork in the shoe.

  • 88 / 100 by Canadian Running Magazine • Dan Way • Level 3 expert

    We've run easy runs, tempo runs, and even speedwork, and this shoe is really [sic] it really shows its versatility.

  • 70 / 100 by Believe in the Run • Meaghan Murray • Level 3 expert

    This model is not quite the right fit and a bit too heavy for my personal preference. However, you cannot deny the quality and durability -- the price point of $160 will be worth it.

  • 95 / 100 by Columbus Running Company • Evan Schwartz • Level 2 expert

    I am an avid runner but by no means a shoe geek, so I didn’t think or know about things like energy return. With the Freedom ISO, my world has changed. 

  • 85 / 100 by Competitor • Brian Metzler • Level 2 expert

    The Freedom ISO is not quite as light as Saucony's popular Kinvara model (the 2016 Kinvara 7 does have Everun foam in certain places), but it's slightly lower to the ground and it is definitely more inherently energetic-and that's saying a lot.

  • 100 / 100 by Go Syd Go • Syd • Level 1 expert

    The Freedom ISO’s slogan is “starts amazing, stays amazing” and from what I have seen that’s certainly the case.

  • 91 / 100 by T3 Triathlon: Training, Travels, & Tastes • Tskelton 3 • Level 1 expert

    I'm not planning to leave my Kinvaras anytime soon, but the more miles I put on the Freedoms, the more in love with them I fall.

  • 90 / 100 by Canadian Running • Dan Way • Level 1 expert

    The Freedom ISO is an impressively versatile shoe that feels good on everything from easy runs, tempo sessions through to speedwork. For many, it could become a go-to racing shoe in lieu of a true flat.

  • 90 / 100 by Runningwarehouse Blog • Connor • Level 1 expert

    A versatile performance shoe that boasts Saucony's top of the line technologies, the Freedom ISO delivers a responsive ride that can take on any pace. While I've found the shoe enjoyable for both slower and faster efforts, I will continue to bring it out more often for days when I'm looking to move a little quicker.

  • 88 / 100 by Start Fitness • Michael • Level 1 expert

    Overall, we think that, if you're a fan of having that plush and comfortable sensation on your long run, while feeling confident that they'll last from session-to-session, then you're going to love these.

  • 87 / 100 by Rhode Runner • Rhode Runner • Level 1 expert

    Lightweight, breathable, super cushy and yet super responsive it doesn't get much better than that.

  • 87 / 100 by Eric Johnson • Eric Johnson • Level 1 expert

    It feels great. Having run in it, I was a big fan of it.

  • 86 / 100 by Mikesk8s • Michael Lin • Level 1 expert

    With the first use of a full-volume Everun midsole, Saucony has put together a unique combination of cushion, response and low stack height in a snug, close-fitting package. There is a lot to like with the Freedom. The key drawback is price.

  • 85 / 100 by Run Steff Run • Steffany Rubel • Level 1 expert

    I like a firmer shoe, but sometimes I need a little cushion. This is exactly what I got in the Freedom ISO.

  • 85 / 100 by Accelerate Buzz • Accelerate Buzz • Level 1 expert

    Responsive when it ought to be. The ideal balance, if not transition between the deeper cushioning of Triumph ISO/Zealot ISO and the pure racing minimalism of the Type A.

  • 84 / 100 by Red Fox Outfitters • Red Fox Outfitters • Level 1 expert

    It feels like a fast shoe, though, even though it's not as light as a racing flat.

  • 80 / 100 by Fuel Your Future • Tina Muir • Level 1 expert

    I get that they are expensive, but they are well worth the money.

  • 80 / 100 by Runner's World • Jeff Dengate • Level 1 expert

    The Freedom ISO has a full midsole made entirely of the bouncy material, Everun. It is heavier than traditional foams, but it provides extra bounce and proves to be more durable over time.

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Updates to Saucony Freedom ISO

  • Saucony rolls out many of its innovative technology in the incarnation of the Freedom ISO. Although the ISO fit has been used many times over by Saucony, the Freedom takes this upper technology to a new level. Instead of being two separate pieces of the upper that are attached to the upper, this ISO tech is now fully incorporated into the shoe, which gives a feeling of a shoe that offers support while at the same time moving very well with the foot with every stride.
  • Another huge feature in this shoe is Saucony’s use of the Everun tech as a full-length structure in the midsole, instead of being just beneath the sock liner or hedged in the heel area. The result is a ride that has experts running for the best superlatives. It offers a resilient response, unaffected by temp, extremely light, powerful, and smooth.
  • For even more dose of lightweight, responsive cushioning, an Everun topsole also sits just beneath the standard industry sockliner.
  • The outsole is yet another new feature in the shoe. Instead of a mix of carbon and blown rubber, what runs in the underfoot is mostly hard rubber. Saucony improves the traction by placing arrow-shaped lugs all over the outsole, called the Tri-Flex.

Saucony Freedom ISO size and fit

The new ISO technology hugs the foot comfortably and securely. Runners can also get a sufficient space in the toe box to feel fast without being crushed. The heel also has excellent locked down hold. It generally runs true to size.


Outsole

Out of Saucony’s new bag of technologies is the new translucent outsole design called the Crystal Rubber. As the name suggests, the outsole lets the runner see basically the entire midsole, which is evident by the Everun name splashed across the midsole. This is made of firm carbon rubber as opposed to the hard and soft mixture of most shoes. The durability of the Freedom ISO is exceptional based on the rubber material and construction. For more traction, arrow-shaped lugs run from the heel to the forefoot. They are almost of the same size and depth as well.


Midsole

The expanded TPU midsole material of the Freedom ISO takes Saucony’s midsole business to be one of the most heavily-anticipated this year. With a firm, responsive, lightweight, and resilient ride, the shoe offers versatility in spades. The full-length structure gives the shoe a nice transition from landing to take-off.


Upper

The ISO tech is mostly integrated to the upper that creates a wraparound feel of comfort, support, and hold. To prevent the Freedom ISO from weighing too much, Saucony used little padding in many areas of the upper while seamless and ultra-light overlays are utilized for improved support and structure. A removable sockliner adds cushioning together with the Everun topsole.