Saucony Ride 9 Shoe Review
This is a great shoe for runners who prefer a very soft, cushioned shoe that offers a smooth ride. The Saucony Ride 9 has a very flexible upper material that contributes to the ‘non- bulky’ feel on the foot. For someone who is looking for a more responsive shoe, the amount of cushion provided in the Ride 9 may not ideal.
Many of Saucony’s different styles of shoes typically provide a wider toe box for an individual with a wider forefoot, however this version of the Ride 9 caters to a more average width foot (e.g. ‘B’ width). The forefoot is not super close fitting, but within the mid-foot, the shoe hugs the arch comfortably. The hind-foot of the shoe is narrower, which can also cater to an individual with a narrower heel. The additional heel lock eyelet can also pull the shoe closer to the heel to reduce heel slippage.
Some individuals may find that choosing half a size larger than their regular shoe size may provide more room in the forefoot and provide half a thumb width at the toes for foot lengthening when walking or running.
Saucony has made this shoe adequate for a runner training anywhere from a 10k to a marathon. By providing sufficient shock absorption, less impact will be received on joints, and accompanied with an orthotic or insole, the Ride 9 can help a run last longer. The removable insole accommodates OTC insoles as well as custom orthotics.
The strong shank and heel counter make for a plush neutral running shoe with some structure.