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.

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.

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

10 reasons to buy

  • Most of the reviewers were thoroughly impressed by the comfortable ride of the Kinvara 7 Runshield.
  • It is really light, according to several runners.
  • The exceptional durability was greatly stressed by more than a few runners.
  • The first Runshield version of the Kinvara continues to be very responsive, based on a large number of reviews.
  • It is an unbelievable all-around trainer, as expressed by a handful of runners.
  • The introduction of the Everun technology gives the shoe more durability and spring.
  • Some runners valued the shoe’s traction, even in wet conditions.
  • More than a handful were very happy that the Kinvara’s flexibility was retained in the 7th version with water-resistant upper.
  • The water-repellent upper works as advertised, according to several reviewers.
  • A few runners loved the shoe’s ability to take on speed and distance.

4 reasons not to buy

  • A few runners noticed that the upper is a bit overbearing.
  • It tends to get warm when the temperature rises.
  • A small group of runners needed a break-in period to get the most out of the cushioning and upper fit.
  • It runs, at least, half a size smaller, based on the descriptions of several reviewers.

Bottom line

Saucony intends to make the Kinvara series even more versatile by coming up for the first time with a Runshield version in the line’s 7th iteration. Kinvara loyalists continue to get the same all-around performance that can handle all types of distances in different speeds, but with an upper that is highly-water resistant. It offers good arch support, superb responsiveness, great durability, and unbelievable comfort.


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Ratings

4.1 / 5 based on 27 ratings

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84 / 100 based on 1 expert reviews

  • 84 / 100 by RunRepeat • Avery Smith • Level 4 expert

    The Kinvara 7 Runshield is a great low profile road running shoe if you live in a wet climate, or if you want a shoe specifically for rainy days.

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Updates to Saucony Kinvara 7 Runshield

  • Saucony introduces several changes in the Kinvara 7 Runshield. The new twist in the Kinvara is made possible by the water-resistant upper. While this is not the same as an all-encompassing waterproof membrane, it does effectively keep off water without compromising breathability.
  • Another technology unveiled for the first time in this shoe is the Everun heel insert. It gives the shoe more durability and a kind of midsole foam that is not affected by changes in temperature. The shoe gets a slightly firmer ride with this inclusion, but it remains supportive and even more responsive.
  • The outsole is totally revamped in the 7th version of the Kinvara with the Runshield technology. Saucony is incorporating its latest in outsole layout that offers more ground contact, traction, and exceptional flexibility.

Saucony Kinvara 7 Runshield size and fit

The fit of the Kinvara 7 Runshield is on the generous side of the spectrum without being sloppy. It has a secured heel, snug midfoot, and a spacious, but not overly so, forefoot. The fit can basically accommodate different types of foot dimensions. Runners can expect a comfortable fit that still hugs the foot in the right places. It runs true to size.


Outsole

The outsole highlights the new Tri-Flex design that is characterized by several grooves for exceptional flexibility. Saucony uses angled rectangular pods to add more traction and better ground contact with this shoe. The tough XT-900 carbon rubber in place in areas susceptible to wear and tear while iBR+ is located around the midfoot for more cushioning, traction, and smooth transitions.


Midsole

Saucony uses a combination of old and new in the midsole of the Kinvara 7 Runshield. Covering the entire midsole is the SSL EVA or Saucony’s own upgrade of standard EVA that makes the foam very light with more than enough cushioning and durability. The latest in midsole technology is a small wedge of midsole foam inserted in the heel called the Everun. It is significantly more durable than any of the midsole foams in Saucony’s arsenal, has substantially more bounce back features, and never gets affected by weather changes. This is what makes the new ride a bit stiff, but with more responsiveness and durability.


Upper

What differentiates the Runshield version of the standard Kinvara 7 is the water-resistant upper. It uses a FlexShell fabric that helps keep the shoe dry with still enough breathing room in the interior. The entire upper is covered with DWR water-repelling technology to combat wetness. Saucony uses FlexFilm overlays for lightweight support. The plush interior begins with the Rundry collar lining, which is also included because of its moisture-wicking features.