• Terrain


    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.

  • 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.

  • Price
  • Weight
    Women: 6oz
  • Heel to toe drop
    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.

  • Heel height
    Women: 13mm
  • Forefoot height
    Women: 9mm
  • Width
    Women: normal
  • Release date
    Feb 2017
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We spent 9.4 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

7 reasons to buy

  • Many liked the lightweight construction of the Saucony Ideal.
  • The Ideal is a comfortable shoe as noted in some reviews.
  • The upper mesh is very breathable, according to some users.
  • The Saucony Ideal is a versatile shoe. Users used the shoe not just for running but also for gym workouts.
  • A few liked the stylish look of the shoe.
  • A lot of runners liked the affordable price of this shoe.
  • This shoe cushioning system apparently reduced the occurrence of foot fatigue and discomfort during all-day activities, noted some consumers.

6 reasons not to buy

  • Some users mentioned that the shoe was half-a-size smaller than the usual.
  • A few number of users complained that the toe box was too narrow for them.
  • Many runners were not happy with the shoe’s poor arch support.
  • Not great for long distance runs due to thin sole, according to some reviews.
  • Several consumers didn’t like the mid-sole, writing that its mid-sole was too thin and uncomfortable.
  • The material used in the upper unit received a few negative remarks because it apparently ripped apart easily.

Bottom line

The Saucony Ideal is a lightweight road running shoe that is best for runners with a narrow forefoot. This neutral running shoe designed for women, delivers all-day comfort and breathability for all-around running performance.


Expert Reviews

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Updates to Saucony Ideal

  • The Saucony Ideal features a lightweight construction and breathable upper through the one-piece engineered mesh. The upper also comes with thin film overlays that delivers a more secure and flexible fit.
  • For all-day comfort and responsive ride, the Ideal made use of the FORM2U cushioning technology. It is an innovative cushioning system that delivers reliable underfoot protection, high energy-return and effective shock-absorption.
  • For a more durable and lasting grip on varied surfaces, the shoe uses a high-abrasion resistant EVA outsole with reliable lugs.

Saucony Ideal size and fit

The Saucony Ideal runs a half size smaller than the standard running shoe length. The heel, and midfoot provide a snug fit and the forefoot is narrow. The shoe is only available for women.


The Saucony Ideal uses a High-abrasion EVA outsole that is specifically designed for durability especially on high-wear areas. The outsole lugs are designed for a lasting grip while running on the road.


The midsole of the shoe features the innovative FORM2U cushioning technology that is designed for all-day comfort. This memory foam offers a soft underfoot protection with efficient shock-absorption and high-energy return.


The upper of the Saucony Ideal utilizes a single-piece engineered mesh that is designed for maximum breathability. The mesh material has a moisture-wicking capacity, keeping the feet cool and dry all throughout the run. The thin film overlays welded to the upper is designed for a more secure and flexible fit.

The lace-up close gives added security and the plush tongue and collar give added comfort and enhance the overall fit of the shoe.