As many of you know, I’m a fair-weather runner. I run once, every 7 to 10 days and for no more than 40 minutes at a time. And only when it’s not raining. Given that I live in Vancouver, and our 8 month rainy season has just started, there won’t be a lot of runs in my immediate future.
Regardless, I still wear running shoes almost every single day. Why? I teach group step and over the years, have discovered that a lightweight running shoe gives me better arch support and lateral agility than a cross trainer.
Last week, I was pleasantly surprised to find a pair of Saucony Women’s ProGrid Guide 6 running shoes on my doorstep.
That’s right. The NEWEST shoe in Saucony’s Guide series (not even available in stores until November!). Love, love, love the colours; red, orange and SILVER! (Hubby is already calling them my ‘Katniss’ shoes).
When I agreed to review these shoes, I had no idea how they would fit. I’ve never worn Saucony’s before.
Happily, the size 9 I requested (my usual size) fit me almost perfectly. Perhaps a tad more snug than my current running shoes, but lots of room for my toes to move around and no worry about my back heel slipping during movement.
Technical specifications? Saucony has made a few improvements to the ProGrid Guide 5, including
- lighter in weight (just under 9 oz)
- extra lug support to forefoot
- enhanced arch support
- a more secure toe box
- articulated heel
Technical specs are fine, but what you really want to know is “how do they feel?”
Yesterday, I wore them to teach a group step class.
- a quick practice run told me that even though the arch support was great, I’d still need to pop in my regular, over the counter insoles (I have high arches and almost always need a little help from Dr. Scholl’s)
- they felt extremely light (my class hates it when I tell them my shoes feel light; they know that only means more plyometrics…)
- although I was very aware of my feet during the warmup, I very quickly forgot that I was wearing new shoes once we started into the first pattern
- lateral movements felt safe and secure (there’s nothing worse than rolling your ankle while flying over the step)
- I was able to land softly (and quietly!) during box jumps and jacks (I’m still trying to teach my participants not to make so much noise on the step…)
- my feet sparkled and shone in the sunshine (not really a comment about performance, but we all know that looking great often leads to feeling great…and feeling great makes you work harder)
Will I be wearing my Saucony Women’s ProGrid Guide 6 running shoes to step class tomorrow? Absolutely! But you should really come and see for yourself… Monday’s, 9:15 at the Port Moody Recreation Complex!
Disclaimer: Saucony and FitFluential LLC provided me with a pair Women’s ProGrid Guide 6 for review. They had no idea that silver was my favourite colour and that I would wear them not for running, but for teaching group step class!