Who should buy the Saucony Omni 20

Take the 20th edition of the Saucony Omni if: 

  • you suffer from severe overpronation (excessive inward rolling of the foot)
  • you have flat feet or plantar fasciitis
  • you are looking for a moderately-priced motion control running shoe
  • you need a daily trainer for slow high-mileage runs 

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Who should NOT buy it

The Saucony Omni 20 is too heavy for tempo paces. For speedier runs, you can consider its younger, faster sibling instead — the Saucony Guide

Saucony Omni 20 midsole

Saucony Omni 20 vs.19: A smoother ride

The 20th edition of the Saucony Omni features updates on the upper, midsole, and outsole, creating an overall feel of amped-up comfort and a much seamless ride. Here are the applied changes: 

  • the midsole now features a new PWRRUN foam, layered with EVERUN foam for a cushy sensation with optimal energy return;
  • there are added flex grooves in the outsole, and; 
  • lastly, the FORMFIT upper uses new materials

Saucony Omni 20 formfit upper

Support is what makes this shoe a standout

It corrects overpronation and provides sufficient arch support for those with flat feet. It does so excellently that numerous flat-footed runners say that it keeps their feet pain-free; they can run 130+ miles every month. 

Saucony Omni 20 stability

Not your ordinary motion-control shoe

"It's got some spring to it."

This is what runners have to say about the Saucony Omni. Unlike other motion-control running shoes, the Omni 20 has a great blend of responsiveness and firmness.

Saucony Omni 20 pwrrun midsole

This makes it a comfortable choice for easy, long runs on the road. 

The Saucony Omni 20 locks the foot in place

The midfoot has a sock-like fit; it prevents the foot from rolling far to the sides. 

Saucony Omni 20 lockdown

Ready for constant abuse

This shoe's outsole is THE definition of heavy-duty. Reviewers share that even after tens of miles on pavement, it "barely has any scratch."

Saucony Omni 20 grip

Expect an easy, seamless ride

Because the outsole has some flex and the forefoot is a tad stiff, heel-to-toe transitions are smooth and easy. 

Saucony Omni 20 traction

Will keep your feet cool and dry

The shoe's engineered mesh upper lets in enough air to keep the foot sweat-free and dry, especially during warm days. 

Saucony Omni 20 engineered mesh

Quite the looker

With its "vibrant" and "bold" colorways, the Saucony Omni 20 has a  "strong visual appeal," remarked numerous experts. 

Saucony Omni 20 upper

The Saucony Omni 20 is bottom-heavy

At 11.7 oz (US M 9), the Omni 20 from Saucony is very heavy. Critics even compare it to combat boots.

Saucony Omni 20 motion control running shoe

This is also the reason why it's better suited for recovery runs. Although it's got some spring to it, its weight hinders it from becoming a fast shoe. 

Warning: Heel slips ahead

There is not much structure in the heel; many have reported that the heel counter is too "flexible" to provide a decent hold.

Saucony Omni 20 heel collar

What's more is the heel counter is low, adding to the shoe's poor rear lockdown. 

Take the noise down a notch

Saucony Omni fans claim that this iteration is becoming more like a Hoka. It has so much cushion; it's becoming annoyingly "squeaky." 

Facts / Specs

Terrain: Road
Weight: Men 11.7oz / Women 10.3oz
Drop: 8mm
Arch support: Motion control
Update: Saucony Omni 21
Forefoot height: 26mm
Heel height: 34mm

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