Shoe Review: Saucony Guide 15

Three runners run together in the Saucony Guide 15

The Saucony Guide 15 has undergone a major transformation since its previous edition, evolving into a modern, midweight stability trainer with high-stack midsole cushioning. The latest edition serves up a softer and more responsive ride with the feel of a neutral shoe, but hidden in that smooth sensation is a copious amount of subtle support. Plus, the Guide 15 is now available in the new Saucony x Fleet Feet exclusive colorways.

If you need stability for your stride — no matter if you’re an overpronator who needs a lot of support or if you’re a neutral runner and only need it in the later miles of a long run or race — the revamped Guide 15 serves up reliable support amid a soft, cushy ride. It’s lighter, smoother and more nimble, allowing it to be more versatile and consistent as an everyday training shoe. The Saucony Guide 15 was tested by Ashley on our review team. Here's what you can expect from the latest version of the Saucony Guide.

Tech Specs

Saucony Guide 15

Weight

8.2 oz (W), 9.5 oz (M)

Drop

8 mm

Category

Stability

Use

Daily training

Surface

Road, track

Saucony Guide 15 Offers More Cushioning and Support

A man stands in the Saucony Guide 15.

The two significant changes to the Guide 15 that have made it feel and ride like an entirely different shoe are the revamped midsole platform and a new stability-enhancing device embedded in the medial side of the midsole.

The newly reformulated PWRRUN midsole foam in the Guide 15 is noticeably softer than previous versions. It has a more shapely and sculpted design, allowing a runner’s foot to sit deep inside a carved-out footbed rather than prominently on top of it.

“This shoe felt instantly comforting. It supported my foot in all of the right places, hugged my midfoot securely and offered a luxuriously smooth, soft and airy upper that’s topped off with a velvety tongue. Is it strange to say that my foot felt safe in the new Saucony Guide? Well, it did,” says Ashley.

Saucony’s new Hollow-Tech stability device is a fresh take on stability that offers support in a more minimalistic and lightweight design. The TPU medial support element embedded in the rear of the midsole provides gait-straightening support without the rigid, obtrusive feeling of a firm medial post that many stability shoes are known for.

The Guide 15 fits true to size with a medium-volume interior, a snug heel and midfoot and a slightly wider toe box. It’s available in two widths for men and women.

The step-in feel is soft and cozy with a noticeably springy sensation the moment you lace them up and start running. You’ll notice the practical support as you roll from heel to toe, but there’s no stiff or firm feeling like many stability shoes. The result is a soft, semi-firm and stable ride with moderate versatility. It can handle long runs, slow recovery runs and some faster workouts like tempo runs, longer intervals and fartlek workouts.

“I found the ride to be surprisingly smooth and easy, and the support components of the shoe work quietly and efficiently to create a well-rounded package,” Ashley says.

A woman runs in the Saucony Guide 15.

Saucony Guide 15 vs Guide 14

A side by side comparison of the Saucony Guide 15 and 14.

Tech Specs

Saucony Guide 15

Saucony Guide 14

Weight

8.2 oz (W), 9.5 oz (M)

9.1 (W), 10.5 oz (M)

Drop

8 mm

8 mm

Category

Stability

Stability

Use

Daily training

Daily training

Surface

Road, track

Road, track

The Saucony Guide 15 is much lighter, softer and more responsive than its predecessor.

The midsole foam of the Guide 14 wasn’t very soft or pliable, partially because it was constricted by the chunkier TPU guidance frame under the arch. While the 8 millimeter heel-to-toe drop is the same in both models, the Guide 15 has a slightly higher stack height (35 millimeter in the heel, 27 millimeter in the forefoot) that contributes to its improved ride.

The upper of the Saucony Guide 15 is another improvement over the Guide 14. Although it's thin, pliable and fairly rigid, it helps secure the foot better than its predecessor, partially because it has a saddle anchoring system integrated to the lacing system.

“The materials feel premium. The shoe is velvety soft, plush and quite breathable. I found the upper to wrap around my foot comfortably while still providing key ventilation,” says Ashley.

Lastly, the Guide 15 has a revised outsole with less rubber and a more forward-flowing flex channel, making it lighter and more responsive than its predecessor.

Also of note, there’s a $10 price boost on the Guide 15, but we felt it was worthy of the extra money given how much this shoe has improved since last year.

Final Thoughts

The updated design not only makes the Saucony Guide 15 look better and feel lighter, but the reduced bulk and more energetic midsole contribute to a better fit, a more agile sensation and a more consistent ride. You can feel the extra support in every stride, and the shoe provides a smooth transition from the heel to midfoot to forefoot.

“The shoe is firm and responsive, yet still cushioned in all of the right places,” says Ashley.

Runners who need a bit of support to offset mild to moderate overpronation but also like shoes with soft cushioning will enjoy the Saucony Guide 15. It can be a workhorse daily trainer for runners who log a lot of easy-paced miles, runners who want more cushioning and support and those who are known to pronate consistently or tend to endure form fatigue in the final miles of a long run.

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