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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 5.7 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what sneaker fanatics think:

6 reasons to buy

  • Many reviewers lauded the Saucony Freedom Trainer for its comfortability level, with one user remarking that you can wear it right out of the box with no break-in time needed.
  • Several noted how durable and well-constructed the shoe is.
  • A few noted the perfect fit. One user who wore the original version when it first came out said the fit has not changed over the years.
  • Some commended the shoe’s classic and versatile looks.
  • One individual commented that the shoe is perfect for running any distance.
  • A consumer said the shoe gave good value for money.

3 reasons not to buy

  • Two runners liked the overall look and performance of the shoe but complained that it felt a bit heavy.
  • One buyer disliked the narrow toe box.
  • One reviewer noted that the shoe has a neutral to slight pronation and would not be ideal for heavy pronators.

Bottom line

While the Saucony Freedom Trainer is now marketed more as a casual shoe, it is still a pretty solid runner that will take you the distance. Though not as lightweight as newer models, it is durable and can handle regular and rugged use. Whether walking or running, the Freedom Trainer will help you perform with comfort and ease.



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Saucony Freedom Trainer History

The Saucony Freedom Trainer is a reissue of the classic running shoe that was released in 1981. It comes in the original colorway (crimson) of the original. The Freedom Trainer was reissued as part of Saucony’s Freedom Pack.

The Freedom Pack is a mix of the old, the new, and a hybrid.  It was launched to celebrate the release of the Freedom ISO Runner (the new) which uses Saucony’s new foam technology called the EVERUN. The EVERUN lasts three times longer than EVA and not as temperature-sensitive. It also gives continuous cushioning for every stride and impact for reduced pressure at the forefoot and smoother landing at the heel.

The Freedom Pack also contains the Saucony Freedom Runner (the hybrid) which is a combination of the Freedom Trainer’s upper and the new EVERUN sole.

The Freedom Trainer (the old) kept its classic aesthetics intact but comes with additional features such as reflective material on the tongue, heel tab, and panels. The upper is made of pig suede paired up with mesh.

Saucony Freedom Trainer Style

The Saucony Freedom Trainer was initially designed for the legends of the sport of running. While it can still be used for running, fitness exercises, and other sports activities, it would look good as a casual shoe as well. The Freedom Trainer goes perfectly with sporty outfits such as track pants but looks trendy when paired with jeans, denim, and chino shorts.

Fit & Sizing

These low top shoes are available in men’s sizes which range from 3.5 to 14 with half sizes offered. The Freedom Trainer shoe runs true to size.

Notable Features

The Freedom Trainer features Saucony’s Ionic Cushioning system in the midsole for reducing impact. The midsole aids improvement of the gait cycle by helping correct pronation. The outsole, made of durable XT-600 carbon, offers outstanding road grip and traction.

Additional Info

  • Features flat laces.
  • Weighs 12 oz.