The second thing is the heel collar. Slappy and sloppy is no way to go through life. . I went back and looked at the original , Deja vu. I loved the first model, but I had issues with the heel not being quite structured enough.
I am not confident that the lack of support in the shoe is good for higher volume running. Even so, I was expecting this shoe to be at the springiest end of the spectrum, and I found myself feeling a little disappointed that it wasn't quite there. Lateral stability is still awful in the version. While Elena was pleased with this level of responsiveness, Justin found himself wishing for even more. I like the upper however over time it gets stretched and then you have too much material.
I found conpletely the opposite true. Our testers agreed that the new upper is a big improvement over the first iteration, although Justin wanted a bit more structure in the heel. This shoe needs sidewalls or something to better wrap the foot laterally. I did have to snug up the lacing a second time after first lacing these on, but so far hasn't been a recurring issue. The original Freedom ran smaller. It gives the shoe a smooth transition and comfortable ride.
This shoe is very odd to me - really bottom heavy, somewhat of an odd sensation as to me, it feels like a heavy slab of rubber affixed to a light upper and never got the feeling of a cohesive shoe where the upper and bottom were in sync. I rolled my ankle and I believe a good part is because on my foot feels disconnected from the shoe. December 19th 2018 Comments: So far I like this shoe. They also got the fitting right with a roomier toe box and my normal 11. It gives me less confidence making turns or lateral movements. Saucony has the best shoe on the market. So I say this knowing the Freedom wasn't my first choice.
The collar is generously padded but can use some light structure in the back. While firm and bouncy when moving fast, it actually has a fairly soft step-in feel and is extremely comfortable underfoot. The tongue and the collar fit comfortably. I wear a size 12. I didn't think about it at all while running, which is exactly what I want.
September 10th 2018 Comments: I am really enjoying this shoe. I average about 30-40 mpw and these have been my main daily trainers for the better part of the last two years. These shoes are stable, all the way through the stride actually, while also being cushioned, and without plastic or posting, etc. So far, I love this version, though. Sizing much larger than other Sauconys Ride, Peregrine.
A quicker turnover will provide a firm step that works well with the bouncy, responsive nature of the shoe. Please, please, please keep this!!! Feel free to prove me wrong. The upper is knit now so it has a little bit more flex than the mesh. Bummer when I was on vacation with them and had no backup. January 20th 2019 Comments: I had the first version and I found those to be a little laterally unstable and after a while they just felt way too soft. The new knit is also nice and stretchy with just enough structure. I have this second version too, in black, and it is the largest 12.
They are my favorite shoe, which I now wear for both running and racewalking. What's New The first iteration of the Saucony Freedom proved itself as a great go-to option for everything from daily training to fast-paced runs. I doubt it was, but the black-faded knit coloring was not a good choice. There is no structure to the midsole so it is a bit sloppy. Sensation of sitting on shoe and not sinking in. The collar on mine has slouched down and doesn't support my heel well. August 23rd 2018 Comments: Best shoe! With its springy, responsive midsole and low weight, the original Freedom was the perfect option for runners who wanted a do-it-all shoe boasting both comfort and performance.
The crystal rubber outsole and everrun cushioning provide plenty of durability and the everrun never really seems to stop being responsive. The heel is still a little iffy, and if your form starts to slack off, you feel your heel bottoming out a little bit. I will say I like the material they used for the lugs. This shoe should be able to handle the punishment doled out on daily runs. Sorry Runningwarehouse, but I bought them locally as they were on a big sale. No longer separate and seem to be durable but I no longer run with these.
July 16th 2019 Comments: I don't get this shoe and all the positive reviews. I had 6 pairs of the original freedom, and when this came out I was hoping they wouldn't ruin the shoe, like how some companies do updates, and they actually made it even better! The midsole was adjusted to contour the foot's natural shape, providing a more supportive feel during impact absorption. These are probably one of the very, very few running shoes I've had and I've had a lot of shoes over 30 years running where I'm not struggling to stop that forefront pronation. The shoe is a little costly, but I don't mind because I definitely get my monies worth. I was thankful for the added structure; the heel was just a little too loose for me in the first version, which caused some achiness after my runs. Toe box width is adequate for my average width foot. Overall the shoe looks good and fits well.