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Kinvara 11s. I did a lot of research into which shoes I would buy next, and after much deliberation, I decided on the Saucony Kinvara 11. They would be my 5th pair of Saucony running shoes - I obviously like the brand - and I got them for my birthday last month.
I love my Saucony Ride ISO 2s but I was looking for a pair to complement them, shoes for faster, shorter runs, and the Kinvara 11 seemed to fit the brief.
First let’s look at the shoe upper, breaking it down into three areas.
Right out of the box they look really good. Very smart design, love the blue flash on the side. Really nice colours, I deliberated on which colourway for weeks. The choice was between the orange and black or white and blue styles. Although I should note they also do an all-black Kinvara 11 but this was never in the running for me, I like the bright color too much!
As you can see in the end, I decided to go for blue and white shoes. This was maybe against my better judgment, as I was worried about the amount of white on the shoes but they looked stunning on photos and in the flesh when they arrived.
The worry with the white was how long it would stay looking so fresh and my worries, unfortunately, have been confirmed in quite a short period of time.
The photo below shows how the white part looks now.
Already, that offwhite thing has happened to the fabric part of the backs. The outer sole is easier to keep clean by wiping.
Aside from the white issue, I have to say the shoe is appealing to the eye. The embroidered Kinvara 11 piece along the lace eyelets gives a classy look to the shoes.
The breathable mesh on the front upper is substantial. No problem with getting air to the forefoot. Only thing is that in wet conditions they don’t offer much protection. Tried them a couple of times in the rain and my feet got soaked both runs. They are flexible enough, probably about mid-range. Not stiff but not super flexible either.