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 normal, high or medium high arches. See the best neutral shoes.

    Stability / overpronation / normal arch

    Shoes for runners who need mild to moderate arch support (Around 45% of runners). Best for runners with a low 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.

  • Use

    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
    $120
  • Weight
    Men: 10oz
    Women: 8.7oz
  • Heel to toe drop
    Men: 8mm
    Women: 8mm

    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.

  • Heel height
    Men: 27mm
    Women: 27mm
  • Forefoot height
    Men: 19mm
    Women: 19mm
  • Width
    Men: normal, wide
    Women: normal, wide
  • Release date
    Nov 2016
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Summary

We spent 6.4 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

9 reasons to buy

  • The Saucony Guide 10 was true to size, according to many reviewers.
  • A tester commented that it was comfortable right out of the box.
  • A runner noted that this shoe didn’t need a break-in time; it performed well from the get-go.
  • The stability mechanic of this model was appreciated by those who needed guidance.
  • The upper unit was able to hug the foot snugly and securely, commented a purchaser.
  • The responsiveness of this shoe’s platform impressed several reviewers.
  • Based on consumer feedback, the cushioning system was suitably soft yet long-lasting.
  • The overall quality of the Saucony Guide 10’s components and parts was appreciated by those who have tried it.
  • A reviewer was able to use it on light trails, and they said that it still performed agreeably.

3 reasons not to buy

  • Some runners felt that the forefoot area was a bit narrow.
  • According to a purchaser, the footbed of this version placed pressure on the ball of her foot, causing some numbness.
  • The interior cover system has caused some blistering to the foot of a tester.

Bottom line

Overall, many runners agreed that the Saucony Guide 10 was a solid update to the long-running series of stability shoes. They noted that the supportive mid-foot section reduced pronation tendencies, while the plush cushioning system offered reliable responsiveness. But for some, it was a bit narrow in the toe area; others experienced various forms of discomfort while wearing it.

Rankings

Expert Reviews

Experts are runners, 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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82 / 100 based on 22 expert reviews

  • 95 / 100 | Dan Biagi

    Guide 10: Stability and Cushioning in a Lightweight Shoe

    If you are looking for a supportive and well-cushioned shoe, you don’t need to look further.

    I tried these shoes when I was looking for two main things: A supportive shoe for mild pronation and good cushioning for high mileage on hard surfaces, especially in the forefoot area, where I had developed some issues. With Guide 10 in another shoe, especially of this weight and flexibility. 

    The shape is comfortable overall, and the outsole is suitable for different kinds of surfaces, from asphalt to grass and terrain. Definitely, a shoe to consider if you are looking for a moderate supportive and cushioning trainer.

    This expert has been verified by RunRepeat. Reviews are neutral, unbiased and based on extensive testing.

  • 87 / 100 | Alexander Alvarado

    Saucony Guide 10: The Overprotected Child

    "You are a neutral runner", they said. "You can use any running shoe", they said.

    So I did for almost two years until my old neutral shoes started to beg for replacement. (Ok yes, and Black Friday was coming). Then I began to look for options.

    This time, I took a real foot pronation test to be sure I'd do the right purchase. Surprise! Left foot neutral; right foot moderate pronator!

    So you tell me I have to narrow my choices down to heavy, boring, stability shoes?

     

    The Breakpoint

    I knew about great discounts in a store near home. They represent Guide 10.

    But, Saucony? Really? Heavy, bulky, conventional design?

    Persuaded more by the generous discount than anything else, I decided to face my new reality: I needed stability shoes and a Saucony model seemed to be a good choice for its price, features, and light weight!

     

    The Experience

    The very first steps didn't feel any heavy.

    There was a spongy response, smoother than expected, but nothing special yet. However, the fun started when I defied the shoes to engage “race mode”.

    You only need a more aggressive break step, and the Guide 10 wakes up and simply drives you forward. The Everun cushioning system provides an additional layer of impact absorption between insole and midsole and boosts you to a funnier, confident and faster run.

     

     

    But going downhill was my perfect first date with my not love-at-first-sight new shoes. There it was when I got the charm. I even forgot to be too cautious about my iliotibial band syndrome pain.

    The Saucony Guide 10 just responds with agility and protection to your foot strike and pushes your joyride. Unlike the toe box, it has a wide outsole that counts on the Tri-flex feature to disperse landing forces, which results in a reliable platform to land and then lift off.

     

     

    However, maybe I got too excited when I got really fast downhill.

    I experienced a disappointing pressure in the joint of my big toe and foot. Toe box too tight or narrow? Yes, a little.

     

    Ups

    Comfort. A lot.

    Despite the tight toe box, Guide 10 breaks in almost in the act and you can easily enjoy your miles ahead. It can support your smooth ride with no trouble but also knows how to push race mode button.

    There is a “neuronal” connection between the cushioning and protective features and the considerable low weight. It feels like it´s just one thing. It senses when you want to have fun, and the midsole and outsole know it.

     

     

    Downs

    A solid but fun and responsive package that doesn´t look like it. The appearance is a little bit too shy and traditional to declare it at first sight.

    There´s more material than needed. You can already trust enough to push your run further in distance or intensity, but the unnecessary grams of textile around your ankle come to mind at some point.

    Finally, the model wants to deliver more, but its toe box is a little bit too narrow to let you go.

    The eager spirit of Guide 10 is in some way retained by its overprotective parents.

     

    Overall Verdict

    Certainly, Saucony Guide 10 is not the most attractive model and can´t boast of innovating aesthetics. The pair looks simple, quiet, “Sauconish” and doesn´t take risks in that field.

    I would thank a more sporty and aggressive style according to the spirit of the shoe; besides, less material in the tongue and ankle support; thus, less weight.

     

     

    We know, by far, it´s not intended to be a competition featherweight shoe, (Fastwitch and Type A6 are), but, come on, Guide 10 has the attitude. It delivers a firm and safe ride, but lets you have fun from the very second you strike your foot more aggressively.

    It's indeed a solid but fun and responsive pack; a widely versatile shoe for your apparently regular training session.

    A receptive and willing moderate pronator shoe placed between the light fast-paced models segment and the more protective and cushioning segments. A model you can not only like and enjoy, but also trust.

    And that's just priceless.

    This expert has been verified by RunRepeat. Reviews are neutral, unbiased and based on extensive testing.

  • 81 / 100 | Runner's World

    It's a shoe that still delivers good stability for moderate overpronators and a really soft and go fast ride.

  • 83 / 100 | Canadian Running Magazine

    This shoe performs really well, especially those long runs that lead to a marathon.

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Updates to Saucony Guide 10

  • Saucony pointed the changes in the 10th version of the Guide for a better, more adaptive fit and enhanced support for overpronators. One clear change is the introduction of a new engineered mesh. It is now seamless and slightly more flexible than the past model. The new upper offers a more form-fitting fit.
  • Another apparent change in the upper is the removable of the thick and stitched overlays, including the ones that support the eyelets. With a no-sew construction, there should be lesser risk of developing blisters or hot spots.
  • Breathability should also go up a notch as the engineered mesh has slightly bigger and more holes all throughout the upper.
  • Saucony made the midsole and the heel a bit firmer than before. For minimal overpronators, this is a welcome development as it adds a little more stability to their runs. With a firmer heel and midsole, there is also a quicker transition from landing to take off.
  • A minor change in the rubber placement in the outsole improves ground contact for better stability and enhanced flexibility.

Saucony Guide 10 size and fit

Fans of the Guide line will be delighted to know that the fit of the 10th instalment of this popular series largely remains the same. There is adequate toe room, secured heel and midfoot. The shoe length is standard as well. Runners with average to slightly wider feet are tailor-made for the shoe.


Outsole

The Saucony-unique Tri-flex outsole features numerous flex grooves for superior flexibility. With a very unique underfoot layout, the Guide 10 has optimal ground contact that disperses impact upon landing and delivers a more effective transition in the gait cycle. In the latest version of the Guide, the heel has more articulation for shock attenuation. IBR+ rubber is located in the forefoot and midfoot for improved traction. The tip of the forefoot, the heel, and other areas use XT-900 carbon rubber for added protection against wear and tear.


Midsole

The Saucony Guide 10 continues to utilize the Everun technology as the top sole for a springier and more resilient ride. Providing added cushioning is Saucony’s SSL EVA. This modified version is a bit firmer for enhanced transition and better stability for runners. Both the Everun and the SSL EVA are quite durable while still minimizing weight.


Upper

The new engineered mesh gives a more adaptive fit and optimal breathability. Delivering lightweight support and are the FlexFilm overlays, which are melded into the upper. This heat-induced technology allows Saucony to deliver excellent support without the added weight or the risk of irritation. The tongue and the collar provide a luxurious feel all throughout the run. A RunDry technology, which has moisture and sweat-wicking capabilities, make every ride as cool and dry as possible.