The Saucony Guide 16 features a thick stack of PWRRUN cushioning, Saucony’s signature EVA-based midsole foam, that provides a soft underfoot sensation. A carved-out footbed allows your foot to sit inside the cushioning rather than on top of it, creating a cozy, supportive sensation.
“The Guide 16 has a soft yet stable feel as I get moving in it,” Kate says. “I like that the forefoot is nice and flexible while the midfoot and heel are more rigid.”
Part of that rigidity can be attributed to Saucony’s HOLLOW-TECH stability device, which sits in the medial side of the shoe between your heel and midfoot. It’s made with a firm thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) material that prevents your foot from rolling too far inward while you run, which is common in runners with low, flexible arches.
If you aren’t sure about your arch height, be sure to head into your local Fleet Feet for an expert one-on-one outfitting. Fleet Feet outfitters use 3D fit id® foot scanning technology to gather information about your feet and the support they need by taking precise measurements of your foot length, width and arch height.
As Kate mentioned, while the heel and midfoot feel rigid and firm, the forefoot is flexible thanks to flex grooves in the outsole that allow you to comfortably transition into the toe-off phase.
Reviewers noticed that the Guide 16 manages to do what every modern-day stability shoe strives for—provide a decent dose of stability that feels comfortable and natural on the run.
“The Saucony Guide 16 provides an extra bit of support without feeling harsh or restrictive,” Nate says. “I took these shoes for a six and a half-mile cruiser from home to work covering a mix of pavement, fireroad and sidewalk. I never wanted to take them off.”
Thanks to an outsole made with XT-900 carbon rubber, the Guide 16 offers enough traction and durability to last through a couple of training cycles. While the Guide 16 doesn’t have as much grip as a trail shoe, it can certainly hold its own on slick pavement.
“I took these out for a run to Chicago’s lakefront after it had snowed,” Max says. “Maybe I should have worn something with more traction, but what can I say? I was excited to try out some new shoes. With that being said, I didn’t fall or slip—I just shortened my stride accordingly.”