Summary

We spent 6.6 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

8 reasons to buy

  • Many runners commented that the Saucony Omni 15 felt comfortable right out of the box.
  • This running shoe looked visually endearing, according to those who have tried it.
  • Several testers wrote that the collar and heel sections didn’t rub irritatingly against the skin and that they kept the foot in place.
  • The upper fabrics received praise because they allowed air to ventilate the interior foot-chamber.
  • Some commented that the toe box was roomy enough to accommodate natural toe splaying.
  • The cushioning system was responsive and long-lasting, according to a number of reviewers.
  • A lot of runners stated that stability mechanisms that are present in this model actually helped in balancing the gait.
  • The traction capability of the outsole gained some recognition from those who felt that it was efficient.

6 reasons not to buy

  • A few runners felt that the Saucony Omni 15 was a bit heavy for their feet.
  • According to a tester, the outsole unit’s rubber material has started to come off after only 4 weeks of use.
  • It felt a bit wide for a purchaser.
  • The top section of the upper unit—the general area of the tongue and lacing system—tended to rub uncomfortably against the skin of a tester, preventing sockless running.
  • A consumer noted that the collar and rear section of the Omni 15 wasn’t able to keep his foot in the shoe because it kept slipping off.
  • A reviewer stated that it wasn’t able to support his collapsed arch as well as the other stability shoes in the Saucony stable.

Bottom line

Many of those with overpronated foot motion actually praised the Saucony Omni 15 and its components. They felt that it was truly able to support their feet and provide them with stability whenever they go for a run or do their daily tasks. Generally, they felt that this road shoe was efficient, reliable and uncompromising. On the other hand, it wasn’t able to deliver on the expectations of some consumers. But these complaints were overshadowed by positive feedback.

Facts

Update: Saucony Omni 16
Terrain: Road
Arch support: Stability
Weight: Men: 10.8oz | Women: 9.2oz
Heel to toe drop: Men: 8mm | Women: 8mm
Pronation: Overpronation
Arch type: Medium arch
Use: Jogging
Strike Pattern: Midfoot strike
Distance: Daily running | Long distance | Marathon
Heel height: Men: 27mm | Women: 27mm
Forefoot height: Men: 19mm | Women: 19mm
Release date: Jun 2016
Brand: Saucony
Type: Heavy | Big guy | Low drop
Width: Men: Normal | Women: Normal, Wide
Price: $130
Colorways: Black, Blue, Grey, Pink, Purple, Red
Size
Small True to size Large
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Rankings

A top rated Road running shoe
A popular pick

Expert Reviews

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83 / 100 based on 6 expert reviews

  • 84 / 100 | Motion Control Running Shoes | Level 5 expert

    The Saucony Omni 15, on the other hand, has a very cushy forefoot, but its heel is also quite cushy, so the Saucony Omni 15 displays more balance between the amount of forefoot and heel cushioning that it provides.

  • 80 / 100 | Runner's World | Level 5 expert

    For the 2016 overhaul of this stability stalwart, Saucony added a 3-mm-thick layer of its bouncy new cushioning material just below the sockliner. They also tweaked the soft foam wedge in the heel, making it slightly larger to better dampen heavy heel strikes.

  • 80 / 100 | Running Shoes Guru | | Level 4 expert

    This is a great stability shoe. While a little pricey, it offers a unique ride and has a huge amount of improvements over last year’s model. Trying to go fast in it proved to be somewhat difficult, but it really excelled in long, relaxed runs.

  • 84 / 100 | Runabees | Level 3 expert

    These running shoes offer extraordinary cushioning and stability suitable for those of you who have low arches and are active runners.

  • 89 / 100 | Runnerlight | Level 2 expert

    The Saucony Omni 15 is truly the complete overhaul of the sole and upper unit in order to give the fresh-air breath while still staying true and faithful to their foundation.

  • 82 / 100 | Comfort Hacks | Level 2 expert

    So, if you are looking for a shoe that excels in long and relaxed runs, and at the same time provides adequate cushioning, this model is certainly worth trying.

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  • The Saucony Omni 15 is a road running shoe that’s suited for those with overpronated foot motion. It features a robust underfoot experience that’s sure to support the arch and prevent it from deviating when going through the gait cycle. The cushioning is substantial in this model, but there is also flexibility to be had. High quality foam technologies make the ride springy and responsive.
  • Breathable mesh makes up the main upper fabric of the Saucony Omni 15. It is capable of encouraging environmental air into the foot-chamber. A mix of stitched and melded overlays cover the mesh material. They help in providing a snug, secure yet customizable fit.
  • The outsole unit of this running shoe features the XT-900, which is a high-quality rubber material that is highly resistant to abrasion. It protects the mid-sole from potentially getting damaged by surface exposure, friction, or continued use. The Tri-Flex design makes use of flex grooves in order to make the platform more flexible, but it doesn’t sacrifice the presence of the traction-capable rubber.

Standard measurements were used in the making of the Saucony Omni 15. The sizing schemes follow the regular preferences of runners. The available widths for men are medium and wide, while the widths for the women’s version are narrow, medium and wide. It has a semi-curved shape, which means that it accommodates the natural curve of the human foot.


XT-900 is a high-quality material made from durable carbon rubber. It protects the mid-sole foam from the abrasive nature of the asphalt. It also delivers traction, which is essentially in achieving surface control. The XT-900 is also used in the new Omni 16 running shoe.

The Tri-Flex design basically makes the underfoot platform more flexible. Flex grooves are present in the forefoot section. Aside from making the sole unit more bendable, they also provide optimum ground contact, which maximizes the traction capability of the XT-900 rubber.


The EVERUN is a responsive foam unit that runs the entire length of the Saucony Omni 15. It cushions the foot well, attenuating impact shock during the landing phase and lifting the foot up responsibly during the toe-off.

A medial post serves as a foundation that would correct over-pronation of the foot. It essentially balances the gait, keeping the stride neutral and consistently well-supported.

A foam insole adds a bit more cushioning to the underfoot. It can be replaced or removed entirely, depending on the preferences of the wearer.


Breathable mesh makes up the main cover system of the Saucony Omni 15. It is breathable, so it is able to accommodate airflow within the foot-chamber, thus making the coverage more agreeable.

The FlexiFilm is a lightweight but durable material that’s melded to the front section of the upper. It provides structure to the mesh, while also ensuring smooth, flexible and secure coverage for the foot.

The SAUC-FIT system utilizes stretchable components, which are stitched onto the upper unit. Connected to the lacing system, it adapts to the tightening or loosening of the shoelaces, essentially locking the foot in place and stabilizing it in the process. The mid-foot and the rear sections are the focus of this system.

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