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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
$90
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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 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

7 reasons to buy

  • The quick-drying mono mesh wicks off moisture while maintaining a well-ventilated environment for the foot noted several runners.
  • The interior bootie construction of the Virrata 2 makes the fit sock-like, thus enabling a more comfortable wearing experience, according to some testers.
  • The added heel support was welcomed by many runners because it helped them secure their feet more responsibly.
  • Some reviewers appreciated the lightweight nature of this running shoe.
  • The Ethylene vinyl acetate compound that’s used in the mid-sole is 18mm thick and very capable when it comes to providing great underfoot cushioning.
  • Better range of motion of the foot is given by a flexible platform.
  • The 2nd version of the Virrata has an affordable price.

3 reasons not to buy

  • The toe box of this update is narrow.
  • There were testers who noted that it wasn’t as resistant to the elements such as water or dirt.
  • Some runners felt that it was one size too small for them.

Bottom line

The Virrata 2 from Saucony offers service that is dependable to runners who need flexibility, a bit of arch support, and responsive underfoot protection. It’s a daily shoe for neutral runners who want a quality shoe for trainings.


Rankings


Ratings

4.4 / 5 based on 316 ratings

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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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88 / 100 based on 36 expert reviews

  • 91 / 100 by Gearist • Brandon Wood • Level 5 expert

    This is a great companion shoe to something like the Kinvara and I can see a lot of people who’ve tried to get their drop to zero really enjoying the ride and feel of this shoe.

  • 90 / 100 by Believe in the Run • Thomas • Level 5 expert

    I saw that Road Runner Sports called the Virrata a “Bare Foot” shoe. I almost laughed. This shoe is very similar to a stripped down Kinvara.

  • 89 / 100 by Runblogger • Peter Larson • Level 5 expert

    I’ve really enjoyed running in the Saucony Virrata over the past few months. As a fan of the Kinvara, this shoe feels like a close, zero drop cousin with better cushioning under the forefoot. All good things. 

  • 86 / 100 by Running Times • Running Times • Level 5 expert

    Saucony's Virrata holds a unique position in the shoe world, "a minimalist shoe with maximalist cushion,"

  • 82 / 100 by Gearist • Brandon Wood • Level 5 expert

    This shoe offers great ground feel while simultaneously not making the foot hyper-aware of every grain of sand or pebble on the road.

  • 70 / 100 by Runner's World • Runner's World • Level 5 expert

    The shoe encouraged a mid- or forefoot strike, and the outsole traction was deemed sufficient for light trail running.

  • 100 / 100 by Believe in the Run • Meaghan • Level 4 expert

    It contains nothing but the essentials; perfectly simplistic.

  • 93 / 100 by Believe in the Run • Believe in the Run • Level 4 expert

    More flexible and lighter than the Kinvara, more cushioning than the A5—sounded perfect—like the holy grail of marathon shoes. Sadly, it just didn’t fit me that well.

  • 84 / 100 by Running Competitor • Running Competitor • Level 4 expert

    Our testers universally liked this shoe, even though a few admitted the zero-drop profile was too little for their running needs.

  • 100 / 100 by Running Shoes Guru • Brian O'Connor • Level 3 expert

    With a cushioned but slimly-designed sole, a dual-layer mesh upper, and a lightweight feel, the Virrata is a shoe which provides a bit of softness in a category not typically known for anything but outsole-rubber protection.

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

    I freaking love this shoe. In an age of lower drop shoes, the Virrata is my choice–even at a ~0mm drop, my body doesn’t feel wrecked after taking ‘em out for a spin.

  • 96 / 100 by Fellrnr • Jonathan Savage • Level 3 expert

    I've been impressed with the level of comfort the Virrata provides, and I highly recommend it.

  • 88 / 100 by Holabird Sports • Greg Jubb • Level 3 expert

    For my running brethren who aren’t quite at peace with striding full-time in natural or minimalist shoes, I’d feel very comfortable recommending these.

  • 88 / 100 by Active Gear Review • Zachary Rodasti • Level 3 expert

    What I liked about the Virrata is that the shoe actually felt more comfortable on firmer surfaces. The cushioning actually felt a bit much when running on a plush surface, and seemed truly at home with firm terrain under foot.

  • 86 / 100 by Active Gear Review • Zachary Rodasti • Level 3 expert

    The Saucony Virrata combines lightweight, even cushioning with industry leading durability - it's fast feeling and lightweight with a race inspired set, but comfortable enough for the long haul.

  • 86 / 100 by Believe in the Run • Stein • Level 3 expert

    With minor updates, Saucony has produced another shoe that’s great for daily training runs. They are also light enough and offer enough protection for both short and long distance road racing.

  • 86 / 100 by Competitor Running • Competitor Running • Level 3 expert

    Sublime. For a shoe with a modern low-angle geometry, it has a smooth, soft and nimble interaction with the ground.

  • 79 / 100 by Ginger Runner • Ethan Newberry • Level 3 expert

    In the end, I appreciate Saucony’s attempt to bring us a zero-drop cushioned shoe, but I don’t think they knocked it out of the park with the Viratta.

  • 92 / 100 by Gear Selected • Charles • Level 2 expert

    The sole is a strange beast. It has triangular shaped lugs that allow it to flex and bend in all directions. This does an amazing job of letting the foot map to surfaces

  • 84 / 100 by Trail Runner Nation • Trail Runner Nation • Level 2 expert

    I would call it a shoe with a better than average gusseted tongue. The shoe fit just right and not too snug.

  • 83 / 100 by Marathon Sports • Stride Longley • Level 2 expert

    Due to its exposed outsole and yoga-like flexibility, its life expectancy is somewhere at the bottom end of the normal range of 300-500 miles.

  • 96 / 100 by Cotter Crunch • Lindsay • Level 1 expert

    After a week of trying out the Virratas, I switched back to my other running shoes to see if there was a huge difference. Yes, there was, and yes, it was HUGE!

  • 93 / 100 by Vita Runner • Vita Runner • Level 1 expert

    I was struck at how light the shoe felt, and found it reasonably flexible despite a rather thick midsole and the mesh upper attracted me. 

  • 92 / 100 by Run Pretty • Presley • Level 1 expert

    It felt like my shoes were grabbing my feet and helping them land.

  • 90 / 100 by Running Shoes Guru • Ashley Massis • Level 1 expert

    Weighing in at a slim 6.4 ounces, the Saucony Virrata gets you as close as you can to barefoot running with all the protection of a running shoe.

  • 89 / 100 by Tyler Mathews • Tyler Mathews • Level 1 expert

    I enjoy these shoes for easy miles, but will not reach for them as a standalone training shoe.

  • 89 / 100 by Running Divas • Erica • Level 1 expert

    I have tried them on - sand, road, trails, tracks and ovals over the past few weeks. They were excellent on any hard surface when doing sprints or short distances.

  • 89 / 100 by Jess Runs • Jess • Level 1 expert

    I loved how light the shoe felt on my foot, and I could barely tell I was running in a minimalist shoe.

  • 89 / 100 by The Run Streak • Matt Marcella • Level 1 expert

    The weight of the shoe was tremendously light on my feet, the support was incredibly strong! 

  • 88 / 100 by Running Technique Tips • Brian • Level 1 expert

    The plushness in the cushioning is a good match for these unyielding surfaces.

  • 88 / 100 by Runner's High • Tim Baks • Level 1 expert

    The combination of flexibility and also a good damping which is what appeals to me in this running shoe.

  • 88 / 100 by Mommy Run Fast • Laura Peifer • Level 1 expert

    I only used them for slow and easy recovery runs, and I was surprised to find that my legs were fine and had no extra aches or pains!

  • 88 / 100 by 300 Pounds & Running • Martinus Evans • Level 1 expert

    To anyone who’s working their way up to a 10k but any distance after that you might want to look for an another shoe as it gave my problems for the longer distances, but that’s just my two pennies.

  • 87 / 100 by NYC Running Mama • NYC Running Mama • Level 1 expert

    I would highly recommend the Virrata if you are a neutral runner looking to try a lightweight, natural shoe – and especially if you have been turned off by the lack of support in other 0mm drop shoes.

  • 85 / 100 by Running Warehouse • Joanna • Level 1 expert

    I noticed a mild hotspot where the heel collar meets the tongue. At first I was worried this would be bothersome but after dialing in the lacing, the hotspot went away.

  • 82 / 100 by Healthy Heddleston • Katie Heddleston • Level 1 expert

    Although not a true minimalist shoe, it’s lightweight and flexible design is the next best thing with additional protection from the running surface and the elements.

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Updates to Saucony Virrata 2

  • The 2nd version of the Saucony Virrata is a neutral running shoe that follows a ‘barefoot’ style of running. It allows the foot to be perfectly in sync with a natural stride. It’s also made to deliver high quality protection, support and comfort. The fabric coverage is even secure, but its seamless design keeps the foot safe from discomfort.
  • The upper unit uses a lightweight mesh material to serve as the primary layer of covering to wrap the foot. An internal bootie allows the foot to feel a sock-like fit, so wearing the Virrata 2 feels very responsive and comfortable. The minimalist upper design also caters to those who don’t need too much features on their running shoes.
  • The mid-sole unit uses an 18mm thick foam material to give plush underfoot support and cushioning. Made from high quality compounds, this platform is tuned to the movements of the foot. Though it’s durable, it doesn’t limit the natural flexibility of the runner.
  • The outsole unit uses a very durable rubber material to give the platform a layer of protection when it comes to abrasion and wear. The lugged design of the sole unit gives a bit more cushioning and traction, especially when handling uphill climbs and downhill descents.

Saucony Virrata 2 size and fit

The Saucony Virrata 2 has a standard running shoe length. It follows the regular measurements when it comes men and women’s sizes. Its available width is medium, so runners with feet that are medium-sized can acclimate well to it. It also has a semi-curved shape, which easily accommodates the natural curvature of the human foot.


Outsole

The XT-900™ is a protective layer that shields the critical sections of the sole unit from wear and tear. Made from high quality carbon rubber, it doesn’t wear off easily and it also delivers responsible traction over the surfaces.

The part of the sole unit that’s exposed to the ground uses triangular-shaped gripping lugs. It gives the platform flexibility, cushioning and traction, so it can handle flat surfaces and slopes with ease and sureness when it comes to surface control.


Midsole

The highly abrasion-resistant Ethylene vinyl acetate is a very lightweight material which serves as the main cushioning system of the Saucony Virrata 2. It has a thickness of just 18mm. It delivers flexible and responsive performance for neutral runners and those who prefer a close-to-the-ground running experience.

The drop from heel to toe is 0. The platform is essentially balanced when it comes to these two sections of the foot. It allows runners to experience a more barefoot style of running. Total surface control and movement is handled by the runner and this drop factor assists in that respect.


Upper

Mono mesh is the material that’s used for the Saucony Virrata 2. It’s a lightweight and breathable material, so air is constantly introduced to its interior to keep a dry and cool environment for the foot. It also dries quickly, so concerns about water retention should be staved off.

Lightweight synthetic overlays are stitched onto the upper fabric. They give the material structural integrity while also adding appeal to the overall look. Their primary purpose, though, is to guide the upper fabric in wrapping the foot securely because they’re directly connected to the highly adjustable traditional lacing system.

An Internal Bootie Construction allows the runner to sense a sock-like fit that’s comfortable and non-irritating to the skin. It follows the dimensions of the foot, letting off a next-to-skin comfort that’s reliable and flexible.

The HydraMAX™ is a collar lining technology. While keeping the foot comfortable, it prevents the inner fabric from absorbing moisture, thus keeping the environment odor-free.