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Why Saucony?

That's right. We like us some Saucony.

We get it. They're legendary. The people who wear them are legendary. You see Saucony shoes in vintage pictures. You see them on the podium at the largest international races and the smallest local fun run. You see their advertisements in the major running magazines, and you see their ads on TV. But you know us for the brands no one else carries. And now you're concerned we're selling out.

Let us tell you about our Saucony. The Saucony we pursued for over a year before their shoes graced our shelves. The Saucony that was more concerned about staying true to Charlotte runners than about gaining a new point of sale. The Saucony that looked at the science a few years back and retooled their entire manufacturing line to ensure not a single shoe in their lineup had a heel-to-toe "drop" of more than 8mm.

And why are these big deals? Because they make it clear that Saucony is a company dedicated to doing the right thing: putting their running community ahead of their economic gain and creating the best shoes and the best network of stores to sell those shoes. And even though it took us a while to convince them the Ultra Running Company should be a part of that network, we're very happy to have them on board!



Saucony at the Ultra Running Company

The Road is Saucony's bread and butter, and when we say butter we mean that's how they feel on your feet. Like butter. These shoes are amazingly light and share a comparatively low drop (between 4-8mm differential from heel to toe) throughout the family, but retain some of the familiar characteristics of the "traditional" shoe feel. If this is your first time experimenting with shoes that are actually good for you, Saucony's Road offerings are a fantastic place to start. And maybe end. They're that good.

But choose to stop there and you'd be missing perhaps our most pleasant surprise of 2015. While you won't find it most anywhere else, we think Saucony has created one of the purest Mixed-Use shoes on the market today...a rare combination of excellent on-road and off-road traction, a low heel-to-toe-drop and a shape that both hugs your foot and allows it to do what it should be doing. All at the same time.

So check out our Sauconys. You'll be as happy you did as we are to provide them. The Ultra Running Company stocks full size runs of the following Saucony shoes.

 


Saucony Road

Kinvara 6: A Low Drop, Transitionally Cushioned Road Shoe. We jumped on the Kinvara bandwagon pretty early. Like 6 generations ago when we met the former Saucony VP of Sales at the USNWC and he told us they had a new concept on the way (and don't even get on us about the nuance of the store only opening up in 2013...we've been running a LOT longer than that!). This was one of the first shoes on the market to combine a more "natural" drop (the difference in cushion beneath the heel vs. the cushion under the forefoot) with anything other than a thin layer of rubber, meaning it was a shoe that promoted a more efficient foot strike without sacrificing a reasonable amount of cushion for the runner who had not trained their feet for the stresses of barefoot running. We were excited at the time and went through a number of pairs of those original shoes. They were winners and launched a whole new category of "mainstream minimalist" shoes.

Six iterations later, we think the Kinvara 6 is better than ever. It runs a bit narrower than some of our other low-drop offerings, meaning it provides a more sporty and familiar feel in the toe box for those transitioning from traditional, elevated heel shoes. Its incredibly lightweight, meaning the only thing between you and your fastest run yet is sacrificing a month's worth of Starbucks vente coffees to plunk down the coin for a new pair.

So start taking advantage of free refills and get over here. You'll get your buzz as you speed by in the new Kinvara 6s.

The Kinvara 6 is Currently Available ($100).

Zealot ISO: A Low Drop, Comfort Cushioned Road Shoe. It has been our general experience that when a runner chooses to pursue shoes with a more "natural" drop (in our world ~6mm or fewer difference between the amount of cushion under the forefoot and heel) they often follow quickly with wanting "less" shoe around their foot as well. The result is that "minimalist" shoes have less supportive uppers, fewer layers, and less of a traditional feel to them. That's all well and good, but what if you want to become a more efficient runner and actually liked the way your old shoes felt?

Well, the answer is you give the Saucony Zealot ISO a shot. We're pretty confident you'll be happy you did.

To us, the feel of the Zealot is a combination of two things: a sock-likematerial providing comfort and crease-free fit with an external support system that adapts to the exact shape of your foot. The marketing term is "ISO-Fit", but we try to avoid that type of propaganda. What it means to us is that our customers can get the secure feeling of a rock-solid heel cup and dialed-in instep while taking advantage of a very responsible 4mm drop that allows them to land in a manner more conducive to a long, injury free running career.

It's the best of all worlds for folks who were happy before but have realized that most of the major running companies care more about marketing giant air/gel heels than looking out for their customers. Saucony is looking out, and the Zealot proves it. Did we mention how awesome it feels on the foot? Yup. We just did.

The Zealot ISO is Currently Available ($130).

Breakthru: A High Drop, Transitionally Cushioned Road Shoe. This is the one with POP(!!). This is the shoe you put on and just know you're going to get everything out of your run. It offers no excuses and no apologies. You are what you are and it is what it is, which can be a really good thing.

We like the Breakthru for runs ranging between speedwork at the track and a half-marathon. Longer than that and we think you'll want something that coddles your feet a bit more, but up to that point..who-hoo. This is not a sloppy shoe - it wraps your foot in a continuous layer of seamless upper and lets you know that when you make a move, it will be ready for you. The midsole (you know, the part beneath your foot) is well cushioned - meaning you won't feel every pebble as you run down the street - but remains extremely responsive - meaning you won't be wasting any energy when you land in this one.

While we consider this shoe for fast running, some of our most appreciative customers have been shorter distance runners just making the transition to the sport. You certainly don't need to be a professional to appreciate the nuances of these shoes, and we've received excellent feedback from folks at the front of the pack and those running with the mayor just ahead of the sweep car. The shoe looks good, feels great (especially for lower-volume feet...if you think you have a narrow foot, this may be your panacea) and provides one of the most nuanced rides in the store. Get in here. Get it on your feet. Then get out there.

The Breakthru is Currently Available ($100).

Triumph ISO 2: A High Drop, Comfort Cushioned Road Shoe. Its always good to identify the shoe a company is really, really excited about. The one they can't stop talking about. OK, yeah: the one they won't shut up about. It's generally the shoe they're throwing everything at - all their technology, all their marketing, all their...all. Folks, this is that shoe.

The original Triumph ISO was one of our most satisfying surprises when we brought in the Saucony line. Folks who really know us know we suggest runners choose the lowest amount of heel-to-toe offset (drop) and cushion appropriate for their running style, and people are often very surprised to hear such an approach would also embrace a high drop or high cushioned shoe. But it does (within limits, folks...this still clocks in at a mere 8mm drop - over 30% less than a traditional shoe, but the most Saucony offers and the highest offset we support). We were big fans of the Saucony Triumph ISO, and we told everyone who would listen.

Well, 2016 brings the first update to this franchise shoe, and we can tell you the folks at Saucony are even more excited about this one. They've introduced a new material - optimistically called "EveRun" (Get it? Get it?), and placed just beneath the foot - that actually provides a bit more bounce. They tweaked their "ISO-fit" system (see our Zealot review for info on this), and adjusted the fit of the upper based on runner feedback. What does all this equal? Well, its a more "dialed-in" fit, which means folks transitioning down from traditional shoes will find it to be...almost exactly what they were used to. But better. More bounce for the ounce, less elevation in the heel, an amazing level of comfort, and a shoe capable of carrying you to the finish of your first mile or your first marathon. This is a pretty amazing accomplishment, and makes the Triumph ISO 2 a shoe we're really proud to have available for our customers.

The Triumph ISO 2 is Currently Available ($150).

 


Road Running:

 

The One 2.5: The One 2.5 (yes, they've dropped the old "One Squared" moniker) is an incredibly lightweight Natural Drop, Transitionally Cushioned Road Shoe. This shoe has just what you need for a comfortable run, with absolutely nothing else, and we find that terribly exciting. While not a truly "minimal"padding underfoot, the One 2.5 fills the space of the beloved and departed Instinct 1.5 as Altras least cushioned road shoe. We're big fans of proprioception (the way your foot feels and reacts to the ground) around here, and in the past maximizing this aspect of the running experience meant almost no cushion between your feet and the pavement. With the One 2.5,  Altra has succeeded in adding both cushion and flexibility, which is a rare feat. Putting the One 2.5 on feels like putting on a bedroom slipper, but not many bedroom slippers have the street creed to run a 5k, 10k or marathon! 

We find the One 2.5 to be a smooth, effective and exciting ride. The major benefit of the recent upgrade from the One2 is an adjustment to the toe box that means they fit much more true to size...meaning less confusion when you come in the store and confirmation that no, that 5' 1" young lady who just came in is definitely not a size 11 shoe! It remains the lightest weight shoe in our store, but despite the featherweight materials has proven to wear well in comparison to other shoes in its category. Come try this shoe on, experience its foot-shaped toe box and sneaky-good looks, and leave the store a happy runner!

The One 2.5 is Currently Available ($100)The One2 Remains Available in Select Sizes.

The Instinct 3.0 / Intuition 3.0: A Natural Drop, Transitionally Cushioned Road ShoeAltra skipped right over the 2.5 designation on this shoe to introduce a full reboot in the Instinct/Intuition 3.0. This means a completely new upper (the part that surrounds your foot) and midsole (the part that sits under the foot), and while this iteration of the shoe maintains the generous level of cushioning introduced by its predecessor, we feel the rubber in this version is much more responsive and provides superior road feel. With a scant 2mm less cushioning than the Torin 1.5 and a softer overall feel, this shoe remains on the upper end of the transitional cushioning scale. One important note is that while the Instinct/Intuition combo maintain the "Foot-Shaped" branding of all Altras, we feel this is the most traditional looking shoe they have introduced it date. Don't underestimate the feel of this shoe, however: Even though the shoe tread is 10mm narrower at its widest point (men's size 10.5 measured), the interior width is exactlythe same as the previous version. Talk about an engineering feat! For the record, the Instinct is the men's version, and the Intuition is the women's.

The Instinct 3.0/Intuition 3.0 are Currently Available ($110).  The Instinct 2.0/Intuition 2.0 Remains Available in Select Sizes.

 

The Torin 2.0: A Natural Drop, Comfort Cushioned Road Shoe. Talk about a changeup. We've left our review and thoughts on the Torin 1.5 below for now so you can tell just how much of a departure the two shoes are from each other: if you loved the Torin 1.5 you will love this shoe as well. Or perhaps you won't...the two are that different. To be very transparent we have been recommending these two models to different folks, and here's why:

The Torin 2.0 has - as is the current trend with Altra - added cushion to its base, and although it is a mere 2mm that is enough to push the shoe up a level in our cushion category (from Transitional to Comfort cushioned). In addition, a lower cushion density completely changes the feel of the shoe on our feet. The toe box remains vintage Altra, meaning it fits a variety of feet with plenty of clearance for the toes to move and stretch - activity we feel is essential to building muscles in this area and controlling your motion throughout the body. Finally, the fit around the ankle itself - both in the front and the back - is as solid as we've seen on an Altra road offering (and comparable to our local trail fav, the Superior 2.0).

So what does all that mean? It means we're digging this shoe, and it has quickly become a go-to offer here at the store. We have very few issues fitting it on folks' feet, and once they try it we rarely see them walk out with another option. So if you like the Torin 1.5...stock up quickly. We'll mourn its passing as a unique offering in the industry, but we're very happy to have such a capable and comfortable replacement.

The Torin 2.0 is Currently Available ($125)

 

The Torin 1.5: A Natural Drop, Transitionally Cushioned Road Shoe. You know why we love this shoe? We love this shoe because of what it's not: It's not over cushioned - we can still feel the ground in it. It's not pillowy soft - we can still turn corners without worrying about our foot coming with us. It's not pointed at the end of the toe box - it's shaped like our foot, with room for all five piggies even for folks with a higher volume (an industry euphemism for the less politically correct term "wide") foot. We have people put the Torin 1.5 on and wonder why they haven't been wearing a shoe like it all their lives.

The Torin 1.5 is Currently Available in Select Sizes ($120)

The Paradigm: Altra seems to be on to something here. This is a Natural Drop, Comfort Cushioned Road Shoeoffering a massive amount of cushioning underfoot and delivering on the promise of an amazingly lightweight shoe capable of protecting runners from all but the most ridiculous road obstacles. Really. We have identified giant concrete blocks, massive scraps of rebar, and possibly a rogue chainsaw as being the only items you'll feel if you step on them in these puppies. While a number of manufacturers have tried to jump on the "maximally cushioned" bandwagon of late, we think Altra is the only one who has - in our opinion - managed to do it right. They did this not by copying existing products, but by differentiating themselves from the benchmark Hoka products with a wider (uh, foot-shaped) toe-box and their signature "Zero-Drop" footbed. In doing so, they have created an exceptional shoe we truly enjoy wearing and recommending to our customers.

The Paradigm is Currently Available ($130)


Mixed-Use Running:

The Superior 1.5: A Natural Drop, Transitionally Cushioned Mixed-use Shoe. We've loved this shoe since they introduced it - not only because of its great looks and awesome tread design, but because it really is a great option for folks who like to feel the nuance of the ground where they're running but not get beat up along the way. Version 1.5 adds a more durable upper and some groovy new colors, but the essence of this shoe is exactly the same as the original. The Superior has a removable rock plate under the insole, which means runners can remove it on less aggressive terrain and really feel a difference in both weight and sensory feedback.

The Superior 1.5 Remains Available in Select Sizes ($100)

The Olympus 1.5: A Natural Drop, Comfort Cushioned Mixed-use Shoe. Following up on its successful debut last year, the second generation of Altra's most cushioned trail shoe has improvident the one place we felt there was room: sizing. With an increased toe box height, the Superior 2.0 now has room for running without sizing up dramatically. While we don't necessarily notice the extra 2mm of tread depth as much as we expected, it certainly doesn't detract from the shoe's grip or lifespan. Bottom line: this shoe is changing minds across the country and in our store. Folks who never believed they could wear a low drop shoe are going all the way to zero and loving every minute of it. With a tread aggressive enough for all but the most challenging conditions yet unobtrusive enough for the local streets and sidewalks, the Olympus 1.5 provides the most cushioning in the industry in a package you'll be happy to put on day after day.

The Olympus 1.5 is Currently Available ($135). The Olympus Remains Available in Select Sizes ($130)


Trail Running:

The Superior 2.0: A Natural Drop, Transitionally Cushioned Trail Shoe. Talk about a change-up! The Superior has long been on of ur favorite low-cushion mixed-use shoes, but for 2015 Altra chose to mix it up and create a true trail-racing contender. The Superior 2.0 adds an excellent level of cushioning to its structure (both soft enough to provide comfort and stable enough to provide solid trail feel) and really dialed in the fit around the heel and instep - making this the most responsive trail running shoe we've seen from the company.

The Superior 2.0 is currently available ($110)

The Lone Peak 2.0: A Natural Drop, Transitionally Cushioned Trail Shoe. Building on the success of 2013's Runner's World Editor's Choice Lone Peak 1.5, version 2.0 gets virtually everything right. The newest Lone Peak is an amazing combination of "just right" cushioning, grippy tread, and aggressive good looks. We love this shoe no matter the terrain: we keep asking it to do more and more and it looks back at us, grins, and says "bring it on, friend!"

The Lone Peak 2.0 is Currently Available ($120)

 

Casual Wear (Running Late For A Meeting...):

The Intuition/Instinct Everyday: OK, we admit it. This isn't a running shoe. But that doesn't make it any less awesome. The fine folks at Altra Zero Drop took the sole off of the original Instinct/Intuition, sewed on a kicking' suede upper, and gave us a gift in the form of a casual shoe at home in both the board room and the living room. So is this still a Natural Drop, Transitionally Cushioned Road Shoe? It sure is. Would we run in it? Well, we've proven we can...but its not exactly as breathable as the mesh upper on the running version, so we'd probably refrain unless it was really important to get those TPS reports in on time.

The Intuition/Instinct Everyday are Currently Available ($130)


ANYTHING YOU DON'T SEE HERE:

We work really hard to offer a full spectrum of Altra shoes to meet the needs of all our customers, and we stock full size runs of everything we carry. If there is an Altra shoe you don't see here, it doesn't mean its not a good product...just that we decided it wasn't part of our core offering. Please don't let that stop you from coming in - we'll work with you to identify the correct product and fit for your specific goals, and we'll even order it for you at no extra charge. 

Road Running:

 

The One 2.5: The One 2.5 (yes, they've dropped the old "One Squared" moniker) is an incredibly lightweight Natural Drop, Transitionally Cushioned Road Shoe. This shoe has just what you need for a comfortable run, with absolutely nothing else, and we find that terribly exciting. While not a truly "minimal" shoe with respect to padding underfoot, the One 2.5 fills the space of the beloved and departed Instinct 1.5 as Altras least cushioned road shoe. We're big fans of proprioception (the way your foot feels and reacts to the ground) around here, and in the past maximizing this aspect of the running experience meant almost no cushion between your feet and the pavement. With the One 2.5,  Altra has succeeded in adding both cushion and flexibility, which is a rare feat. Putting the One 2.5 on feels like putting on a bedroom slipper, but not many bedroom slippers have the street creed to run a 5k, 10k or marathon! 

We find the One 2.5 to be a smooth, effective and exciting ride. The major benefit of the recent upgrade from the One2 is an adjustment to the toe box that means they fit much more true to size...meaning less confusion when you come in the store and confirmation that no, that 5' 1" young lady who just came in is definitely not a size 11 shoe! It remains the lightest weight shoe in our store, but despite the featherweight materials has proven to wear well in comparison to other shoes in its category. Come try this shoe on, experience its foot-shaped toe box and sneaky-good looks, and leave the store a happy runner!

The One 2.5 is Currently Available ($100)The One2 Remains Available in Select Sizes.

The Instinct 3.0 / Intuition 3.0: A Natural Drop, Transitionally Cushioned Road ShoeAltra skipped right over the 2.5 designation on this shoe to introduce a full reboot in the Instinct/Intuition 3.0. This means a completely new upper (the part that surrounds your foot) and midsole (the part that sits under the foot), and while this iteration of the shoe maintains the generous level of cushioning introduced by its predecessor, we feel the rubber in this version is much more responsive and provides superior road feel. With a scant 2mm less cushioning than the Torin 1.5 and a softer overall feel, this shoe remains on the upper end of the transitional cushioning scale. One important note is that while the Instinct/Intuition combo maintain the "Foot-Shaped" branding of all Altras, we feel this is the most traditional looking shoe they have introduced it date. Don't underestimate the feel of this shoe, however: Even though the shoe tread is 10mm narrower at its widest point (men's size 10.5 measured), the interior width is exactlythe same as the previous version. Talk about an engineering feat! For the record, the Instinct is the men's version, and the Intuition is the women's.

The Instinct 3.0/Intuition 3.0 are Currently Available ($110).  The Instinct 2.0/Intuition 2.0 Remains Available in Select Sizes.

 

The Torin 2.0: A Natural Drop, Comfort Cushioned Road Shoe. Talk about a changeup. We've left our review and thoughts on the Torin 1.5 below for now so you can tell just how much of a departure the two shoes are from each other: if you loved the Torin 1.5 you will love this shoe as well. Or perhaps you won't...the two are that different. To be very transparent we have been recommending these two models to different folks, and here's why:

The Torin 2.0 has - as is the current trend with Altra - added cushion to its base, and although it is a mere 2mm that is enough to push the shoe up a level in our cushion category (from Transitional to Comfort cushioned). In addition, a lower cushion density completely changes the feel of the shoe on our feet. The toe box remains vintage Altra, meaning it fits a variety of feet with plenty of clearance for the toes to move and stretch - activity we feel is essential to building muscles in this area and controlling your motion throughout the body. Finally, the fit around the ankle itself - both in the front and the back - is as solid as we've seen on an Altra road offering (and comparable to our local trail fav, the Superior 2.0).

So what does all that mean? It means we're digging this shoe, and it has quickly become a go-to offer here at the store. We have very few issues fitting it on folks' feet, and once they try it we rarely see them walk out with another option. So if you like the Torin 1.5...stock up quickly. We'll mourn its passing as a unique offering in the industry, but we're very happy to have such a capable and comfortable replacement.

The Torin 2.0 is Currently Available ($125)

 

The Torin 1.5: A Natural Drop, Transitionally Cushioned Road Shoe. You know why we love this shoe? We love this shoe because of what it's not: It's not over cushioned - we can still feel the ground in it. It's not pillowy soft - we can still turn corners without worrying about our foot coming with us. It's not pointed at the end of the toe box - it's shaped like our foot, with room for all five piggies even for folks with a higher volume (an industry euphemism for the less politically correct term "wide") foot. We have people put the Torin 1.5 on and wonder why they haven't been wearing a shoe like it all their lives.

The Torin 1.5 is Currently Available in Select Sizes ($120)

The Paradigm: Altra seems to be on to something here. This is a Natural Drop, Comfort Cushioned Road Shoeoffering a massive amount of cushioning underfoot and delivering on the promise of an amazingly lightweight shoe capable of protecting runners from all but the most ridiculous road obstacles. Really. We have identified giant concrete blocks, massive scraps of rebar, and possibly a rogue chainsaw as being the only items you'll feel if you step on them in these puppies. While a number of manufacturers have tried to jump on the "maximally cushioned" bandwagon of late, we think Altra is the only one who has - in our opinion - managed to do it right. They did this not by copying existing products, but by differentiating themselves from the benchmark Hoka products with a wider (uh, foot-shaped) toe-box and their signature "Zero-Drop" footbed. In doing so, they have created an exceptional shoe we truly enjoy wearing and recommending to our customers.

The Paradigm is Currently Available ($130)


Mixed-Use Running:

The Superior 1.5: A Natural Drop, Transitionally Cushioned Mixed-use Shoe. We've loved this shoe since they introduced it - not only because of its great looks and awesome tread design, but because it really is a great option for folks who like to feel the nuance of the ground where they're running but not get beat up along the way. Version 1.5 adds a more durable upper and some groovy new colors, but the essence of this shoe is exactly the same as the original. The Superior has a removable rock plate under the insole, which means runners can remove it on less aggressive terrain and really feel a difference in both weight and sensory feedback.

The Superior 1.5 Remains Available in Select Sizes ($100)

The Olympus 1.5: A Natural Drop, Comfort Cushioned Mixed-use Shoe. Following up on its successful debut last year, the second generation of Altra's most cushioned trail shoe has improvident the one place we felt there was room: sizing. With an increased toe box height, the Superior 2.0 now has room for running without sizing up dramatically. While we don't necessarily notice the extra 2mm of tread depth as much as we expected, it certainly doesn't detract from the shoe's grip or lifespan. Bottom line: this shoe is changing minds across the country and in our store. Folks who never believed they could wear a low drop shoe are going all the way to zero and loving every minute of it. With a tread aggressive enough for all but the most challenging conditions yet unobtrusive enough for the local streets and sidewalks, the Olympus 1.5 provides the most cushioning in the industry in a package you'll be happy to put on day after day.

The Olympus 1.5 is Currently Available ($135). The Olympus Remains Available in Select Sizes ($130)


Trail Running:

The Superior 2.0: A Natural Drop, Transitionally Cushioned Trail Shoe. Talk about a change-up! The Superior has long been on of ur favorite low-cushion mixed-use shoes, but for 2015 Altra chose to mix it up and create a true trail-racing contender. The Superior 2.0 adds an excellent level of cushioning to its structure (both soft enough to provide comfort and stable enough to provide solid trail feel) and really dialed in the fit around the heel and instep - making this the most responsive trail running shoe we've seen from the company.

The Superior 2.0 is currently available ($110)

The Lone Peak 2.0: A Natural Drop, Transitionally Cushioned Trail Shoe. Building on the success of 2013's Runner's World Editor's Choice Lone Peak 1.5, version 2.0 gets virtually everything right. The newest Lone Peak is an amazing combination of "just right" cushioning, grippy tread, and aggressive good looks. We love this shoe no matter the terrain: we keep asking it to do more and more and it looks back at us, grins, and says "bring it on, friend!"

The Lone Peak 2.0 is Currently Available ($120)

 

Casual Wear (Running Late For A Meeting...):

The Intuition/Instinct Everyday: OK, we admit it. This isn't a running shoe. But that doesn't make it any less awesome. The fine folks at Altra Zero Drop took the sole off of the original Instinct/Intuition, sewed on a kicking' suede upper, and gave us a gift in the form of a casual shoe at home in both the board room and the living room. So is this still a Natural Drop, Transitionally Cushioned Road Shoe? It sure is. Would we run in it? Well, we've proven we can...but its not exactly as breathable as the mesh upper on the running version, so we'd probably refrain unless it was really important to get those TPS reports in on time.

The Intuition/Instinct Everyday are Currently Available ($130)


ANYTHING YOU DON'T SEE HERE:

We work really hard to offer a full spectrum of Altra shoes to meet the needs of all our customers, and we stock full size runs of everything we carry. If there is an Altra shoe you don't see here, it doesn't mean its not a good product...just that we decided it wasn't part of our core offering. Please don't let that stop you from coming in - we'll work with you to identify the correct product and fit for your specific goals, and we'll even order it for you at no extra charge. 

Saucony Mixed Use

Nomad TR: A Low Drop, Transitionally Cushioned Mixed Use Shoe. To quote one of our most inspirational customers: "Squeeee!"

Who would have thought this shoe would come from Saucony. What neglected engineer in the compound up in Boston played his trump card to get this one made? On a side note: Can we keep it?!? PLEASE!?!

So many companies have left the middle ground of Mixed-Use Running we often struggle to find truly great products occupying the space. But we KNOW some folks want a single shoe capable of performing well both on and off-road, and we keep pushing our vendors to bring us such a product. Saucony killed it with this one.

The Saucony Nomad TR checks all our boxes: A tread design that provides grip off road yet doesn't bog you down on the tarmac - check. A low drop to promote an efficient stride, but enough cushion to protect a bit on our longer paved runs - check. A wide toe-box that allows our toes to spread out, get stronger, and propel us forward - check! And hey - they look awesome! This is a shoe that surprised us all and has become a go-to option for long days on the sales floor, stair runs at the Panthers' Stadium, and jaunts on the Backyard Trails. Look - the first time we put these shoes on we were actually surprised a low-drop (4mm heel-to-toe offset) shoe with this little cushion could feel this good on our feet. But we kept them on and were happier with every hour that went by. Months later, we're still happy, and customers have stopped doing double takes when they walk in and see the Nomads on our feet. Again. 

Get them on yours and you'll see why. It's worth the time, and you'll thank us for it.

The Nomad TR is Currently Available ($110).