Neutral / cushion / high arch
Shoes for runners who do not need any additional arch support (Around 50% of runners). Best for people with normal, high or medium high arches. See the best neutral shoes.
Stability / overpronation / normal arch
Shoes for runners who need mild to moderate arch support (Around 45% of runners). Best for runners with a low 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.
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Cushioned shoes for your daily easy running. Great comfort. See best shoes for daily running.
Lightweight shoes good for races, interval training, tempo runs and fartlek. Here are the best competition running shoes.
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If you want just one pair of shoes, buy a shoe for daily running.
WeightMen: 6.5ozWomen: 6oz
Heel to toe dropMen: 0mmWomen: 0mm
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.
Heel heightMen: 18mmWomen: 18mm
Forefoot heightMen: 18mmWomen: 18mm
WidthMen: StandardWomen: Standard
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It contains nothing but the essentials; perfectly simplistic.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.