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

5 reasons to buy

  • The shoe has great cushioning according to some reviews.
  • The upper is light and breathable.
  • The shoe provides a good and comfortable fit.
  • Many runners mentioned that the Mirage 4 is a fast shoe perfect for competition.
  • Available in different color options.

3 reasons not to buy

  • The shoe is heavier than the previous version.
  • Some runners noticed that the outer materials of the shoe wear off quickly.
  • It was also noted in some reviews that the shoe is a lot stiffer than the usual.

Bottom line

The Saucony Mirage 4 is a road running shoe that is designed for neutral foot movement. It is light and fast perfect for high mileage runs and competition.


Rankings

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Ratings

4.4 / 5 based on 128 ratings

5 star
61%
4 star
26%
3 star
6%
2 star
4%
1 star
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Expert Reviews

Experts are running shoe geeks, 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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83 / 100 based on 13 expert reviews

  • 84 / 100 by Believe in the Run • Meaghan • Level 5 expert

    I’m a little torn on this shoe. I’ve personally grown to love it, but I’m hesitant to recommend it. If you prefer a firmer ride you will absolutely love the Mirage. If you’re into that softer more flexible feel on your feet, you should probably opt for another shoe in the Saucony line, like the Virrata

  • 76 / 100 by Runblogger • Peter Larson • Level 5 expert

    If you’re looking for a firm, stable, roomy shoe to eat up miles the Saucony Mirage is a great choice. Just keep an eye on the upper in the medial forefoot. It’s a bit too firm for me as a running shoe, but I’ll likely keep my pair for causal wear since it’s a slick-looking shoe.

  • 75 / 100 by Believe in the Run • Thomas • Level 5 expert

    The upper fits great but the firmness and lack of flexibility did not work for me. If you love firm shoes, I think that you would be thrilled with the Mirage. For my tastes there are other Saucony shoes I prefer.

  • 90 / 100 by Running Shoes Guru • Frank May • Level 4 expert

    The Saucony Mirage is a superb lightweight stability shoe that feels ready for tempo runs. Although stiffer than some may like, it still provides decent responsiveness.

  • 86 / 100 by Running Competitor • Running Competitor • Level 4 expert

    This lightweight stability trainer offers plenty of pep, making it ideal for progression runs, fartleks and racing from 10K to half marathons.

  • 79 / 100 by Run Pals • Run Pals • Level 4 expert

    If you are a neutral to minimal overpronation runner this specific shoe is perfect for you. But if you have any issues with the pronation of your feet you want to be sure you have the right kind of support and enough of it.

  • 89 / 100 by Running Magazine • Running Magazine • Level 3 expert

    I run in the Kinvara and loved that the Mirage had that same soft, flexible ride, but the Mirage has more support, although it still feels light and fast.

  • 84 / 100 by Runner Choice • Mike Hout • Level 3 expert

    A stylish shoe that offers great all round comfort and performance. 

  • 82 / 100 by Believe in the Run • Stein • Level 3 expert

    It is firm, plush and snazzy. The upper is fantastic but the sole just doesn’t mesh with my running style. 

  • 82 / 100 by Believe in the Run • Jenny • Level 3 expert

    With some added durability and a little color makeover, if you were happy with the previous version, you’ll love the update.

  • 94 / 100 by Relentless Forward Commotion • Heather • Level 2 expert

    They’re light enough but also sturdy enough to support my fat ass. I have yet to feel any unwanted lateral movements.

  • 91 / 100 by Running Warehouse • Daniel • Level 2 expert

    The low-to-the-ground, responsive feel is what I look for in a shoe that can do mixed duty for training and longer races.

  • 89 / 100 by Runner's World • Leiah DeVito • Level 1 expert

    I enjoyed the overall ride and feel of the shoe. It was lightweight and performed well in various running conditions.

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Updates to Saucony Mirage 4

  • Combined with a low profile ride, the Saucony Mirage 4 offers a mild support. It has a 4-mm heel-to-toe drop, allowing you to experience barefoot running along the way. When running for long mileage, the PowerGrid cushioning provides enough protection from impacts. Moreover, it secures your foot by locking it inside the shoe using the FlexFilm overlays.

Saucony Mirage 4 size and fit

The 4th version of Saucony Mirage follows the standard running shoe length. It gives comfortable and medium fit on the heel, forefoot and midfoot area. This shoe is available in medium widths for both men and women version.


Outsole

There is no need to worry about slipping off the ground because the outsole of the Mirage 4 has XT-900 that is made of a carbon rubber material. For a smooth ride and an enhanced cushioning, this shoe also has the lightweight and flexible material in the forefoot called the Blown Rubber.


Midsole

On the midsole of the Saucony Mirage 4, it features the EVA+, which is a full length composite foam that is ideal for providing a durable and lightweight cushioning. Moreover, it has the Grid technology that is combined with Powerfoam material through the Heel PowerGrid, which offers a responsive ride, as well as great cushioning.


Upper

The Saucony Mirage 4 is composed of different materials that provide utmost comfort during running. On its upper portion, it offers additional cushioning through the EVA sockliner. In addition, the Strobel Last that is stitched to the full length HRC Strobel Board improves the cushioning, and also provides a soft underfoot feel.

Cupping the heel is the Hydrator Collar Lining that gives great comfort and ensures that the foot remains dry while running. Lastly, it has Flex Film Overlays made of a thin film to provide a snug and secure fit.