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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
$120
Weight
Men: 9.5oz
Women: 8.2oz
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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 8.2 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

6 reasons to buy

  • Many runners noticed the impressive cushioning of the shoe.
  • The upper of the shoe is breathable enough to keep the foot well ventilated while running.
  • Many runners mentioned that the shoe is durable.
  • It has great, comfortable fit according to some testers.
  • Some were happy with the shoe’s new design.
  • Available in different color options.

2 reasons not to buy

  • The overlays caused blisters to some runners.
  • Not comfortable just like the previous versions.

Bottom line

The Ride 7 is a road running shoe that is made for neutral foot movement. It delivers a great combination of flush cushioning, comfort, protection and durability. This shoe is great for daily training and short distance runs.


Rankings

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Ratings

4.6 / 5 based on 504 ratings

5 star
76%
4 star
12%
3 star
5%
2 star
3%
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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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92 / 100 based on 17 expert reviews

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

    Saucony has a real winner here. If I could only have one shoe in my closet this would be the shoe.

  • 98 / 100 by Believe in the Run • Meaghan • Level 5 expert

    Your feet feel just as good on mile 18 as they did on mile 1. Plus, it’s extremely durable.

  • 95 / 100 by Solereview • Solereview • Level 5 expert

    Lightweight neutral running excellence. Combines responsive cushioning, plush upper and drips with reflectivity. Thorn in the sides? Minor tongue slide.

  • 88 / 100 by Running Times • Running Times • Level 5 expert

    Our test team enjoyed the shoe as a high-mileage trainer that they used on a daily basis

  • 80 / 100 by Competitor Running • Brian Metzler • Level 5 expert

    The Ride 7 serves up a soft but moderately stiff ride, a combination most Competitor wear-testers thought added to the shoe’s versatility. (It’s ideal for slow and moderate distance runs but can also be used for some up-tempo workouts like fartleks or tempo runs.)

  • 100 / 100 by Running Shoes Guru • Thomas Caughlan • Level 4 expert

    There really aren’t competitors on the market that can provide the combination of lightweight cushioning, smooth transition, and price point in one shoe.

  • 97 / 100 by Run Oregon Blog • Matt Rasmussen • Level 3 expert

    I have felt ZERO foot pain, aches, or really any new blistered areas.

  • 90 / 100 by Tri Radar • Tri Radar • Level 3 expert

    These shoes are considerably lighter than previous versions as well as being nicely supportive.

  • 80 / 100 by Running Warehouse • Connor • Level 3 expert

    A daily trainer with an elemental feel, the Ride 7 is perfect for the runner looking for a cushioned shoe to pound out the miles in.

  • 98 / 100 by Marathon Sports • Stride Longley • Level 2 expert

    After taking the Ride out for a few runs this past week, I was impressed by the changes made by Saucony to improve upon the previous model.

  • 94 / 100 by This Running Life • Gordon • Level 2 expert

    Not too cushy, not too responsive.  They were just right.

  • 90 / 100 by Best Running Shoes • Best Running Shoes • Level 2 expert

    If you look through the market, there are really no competitors that can offer the combination of price point, smooth transition, and lightweight cushioning in one shoe.

  • 83 / 100 by Running Atom • Running Atom • Level 2 expert

    The only caveat or needs more improvement is that the tongue still slides sideways despite the presence of the two lace loops. Although it doesn't really affect your strides or the way you run, but it would be better if the tongue stays on its center alignment.

  • 96 / 100 by Active Gear Review • Active Gear Review • Level 1 expert

    It brought back my faith in getting what you pay for and at a retail price of $120, you are getting every dollar worth on this one.

  • 92 / 100 by Runner's World • Kelly Hartigan • Level 1 expert

    My feet feel happy after running in these. They are super comfortable, very roomy and durable.

  • 85 / 100 by Runblogger • Tyler Mathews • Level 1 expert

    Overall, the Ride is a great traditional, neutral trainer that seems to be well built. It did a nice job of keeping my foot locked down while giving lots of cushion and holding up well to lots of miles. Unfortunately, I did not like the way that the shoe fit in the toes (likely solved by sizing up) and didn’t appreciate the way the sockliner was completely shot after one humid run. I’m pretty disappointed in the shoe.

  • 84 / 100 by Running Diva • Roselle • Level 1 expert

    Saucony Ride surprises me—in a good way.

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Updates to Saucony Ride 7

  • The Saucony Ride 7 has undergone few changes in its upper. It comes with an improved collar and tongue that is designed for added comfort. It also comes with overlays for added support.
  • The cushioning of the shoe was also improved to deliver a softer feel and added underfoot protection. The cushioning was designed to deliver comfort especially on long runs.

Saucony Ride 7 size and fit

When it comes to sizing, the Ride 7 has a standard length. It has a snug fit in the heel, midfoot and forefoot area. It is available in medium and wide widths for both men’s and women’s, accommodating a wide range of foot measurements.


Outsole

Specifically located in the forefoot, the IBR+ is a lightweight and flexible material that gives a more responsive ride and better cushioning. In addition, this neutral shoe also has the XT-900, a carbon rubber material that is utilized primarily in the heel in order to increase the traction, as well as the durability.


Midsole

In the midsole of the Ride 7, it has the Saucony’s premium midsole material called the SSL EVA, which offers durability, comfort and rebound. For a more responsive and cushioned ride, it also features the Heel to Toe Powergrid that combines both the Grid technology and the Powerfoam material.

From the heel up to the midfoot, it has the Super Rebound Compound Impact Zone, which is a material that is designed to give shock attenuation for a smooth heel-to-toe transition. Also, it has enhanced forefoot flexibility with the presence of the Vertical Flex Groove.


Upper

An open mesh covers the upper portion of the Saucony Ride 7 that offers breathability and comfort. To avoid moisture while running, it has the RUNDRY Collar Lining, which secures the heel. For a soft underfoot feel and an enhanced cushioning, this shoe has the Strobel Last.

To secure the fit of this shoe, it has the Welded Overlays that create a seamless feel. Moreover, it has the ability to reduce pressure in the forefoot area through the Comfortline Sockliner, which contours the arch and heel.