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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
$120
Weight
Men: 9.9oz
Women: 8.4oz
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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 8.6 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

4 reasons to buy

  • Some mentioned that the Guide 8 is durable.
  • It has reliable grip especially while running on wet surfaces.
  • Many liked the new looks of the shoe.
  • The Saucony Guide 8 provides enough support.

4 reasons not to buy

  • Some runners mentioned that the shoe's cushioning is too firm for them.
  • The tongue is annoying because it keeps moving while running.
  • Some runners mentioned that the shoe is too narrow for them.
  • Not a fast shoe.

Bottom line

The Saucony Guide 8 is a daily trainer that delivers right amount of stability, support and durability. It is a well cushioned shoe that is highly reliable when used for short distance runs and daily training.


Rankings


Ratings

4.5 / 5 based on 978 ratings

5 star
71%
4 star
15%
3 star
6%
2 star
4%
1 star
3%

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Expert Reviews

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81 / 100 based on 8 expert reviews

  • 85 / 100 by Runner's World • Runner's World • Level 5 expert

    While it scored superlow in flexibility, the upturned toe helps you roll off the well-cushioned forefoot.

  • 84 / 100 by Solereview • Solereview • Level 5 expert

    Guide 8 carries forward the near entirety of Guide 7’s form and character, making both of them virtually indistinguishable during runs. There’s a nip here and a tuck there, but none too major enough to sway the boat.

  • 74 / 100 by Gear Institute • Tom Poole • Level 3 expert

    The Saucony Guide 8 is a durable and stable everyday trainer with minimal updates in the new edition. It is best for runners looking for a highly durable and well cushioned shoe.

  • 70 / 100 by Holabird Sports • Greg Jubb • Level 3 expert

    After trying on the Guide 8, we felt that the fit and feel was very similar to the Guide 7. The weight had only been reduced slightly, which wasn’t noticeable at first.

  • 84 / 100 by Cheapism • Raechel Conover • Level 2 expert

    Stability in this shoe comes from a molded and contoured sock liner, which cradles the arch while providing cushioning to the heel, and a medial post in the midsole to support the arch.

  • 93 / 100 by Active Gear Review • Joanna Oomkes • Level 1 expert

    They have served me well on my long distance runs and short sprints. I’ve even taken them “off road”, along gravel paths and up sides of hills. There are of course better options for going off-road, but these can handle the less technical trails without any issues.

  • 82 / 100 by Tips 4 Running • David Tiefenthaler • Level 1 expert

    The upper is what I though was very nice. The open mesh breathed well but still felt warm enough in the cold weather of Wisconsin.

  • 82 / 100 by Newfangled Dad • Newfangled Dad • Level 1 expert

    The upper is neither too meshy nor too constricting.

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Updates to Saucony Guide 8

  • Updated feature of the shoe is the plush cushioning system. Both the forefoot and the heel areas are designed with a plush cushioning system. The Super Rebound Cushioning Impact Zone in the midsole is updated also by extending it to the mid-foot.
  • Another update made in the Guide 8 is its upper design by placing seamless overlays on the sides and top to accommodate runners with bunions. There is a bunion window in this version that is open and reduced constriction.

Saucony Guide 8 size and fit

The Saucony Guide 8 has a size availability of 7 to 14 for men’s version and 5 to 12 for the women’s version. For the width, the Guide 8 is available in standard width for men’s version and narrow to wide for the women’s version.


Outsole

The outsole of the Guide 8 is designed with IBR+ materials. This construction provides a durable and more responsive outsole, and with the use of rubber lugs under the heel and forefoot area, this shoe is a versatile one for a wide range of activities on different terrains.


Midsole

The Saucony Guide 8 still has the dual density SSL EVA foam midsole on the medial side of the shoe and this is for added firmness and responsiveness. This is intended to provide pronation control.

The full-length PowerGrid is also used and placed in the center of the midsole and this is intended to keep the shoe responsive while it helps reduce pressure by absorbing shock.

The midsole is also equipped with the same SRC Impact Zone, but it is extended to the mid-foot in this version.


Upper

The upper has the spacer mesh, synthetic overlays, and hot melt overlays. The seamless design maintains a lightweight upper material while the mesh materials and overlays provide breathability, comfort, and support, as well as accommodation for runners with bunions.

The toe box is a bit wider in this version, making it very enjoyable, especially for runners with large sizes. Saucony also make it less constricted for added comfort.

There are also some reflective details on the synthetic overlays in the heel and vamp part for visibility when running even on low-light locations.