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Shoes are important for runners.  If you wear the wrong pair of shoes, you could unknowingly set yourself up for blisters, shin splints and other injuries that could be avoided.

I purchased the Saucony ProGrid Guide 2 shoes from Road Runner Sports after running the Oakland Half Marathon.

The shoe offers light stability designed to help reduce overpronation (limits just mild overpronation, so is pefect for me).  Saucony upgraded the ProGrid Guide 2 by using a new interior sock liner and added a memory-foam collar.  Everything else is virtually the same as the ProGrid Guide — a nice change of pace since Saucony chose not to tinker too much — while providing good support.

The shoe has decent cushioning, but doesn’t have much support towards the front of my foot.  (FYI:  The ProGrid Guide 3 shoes have a different style of cushioning, so could be ideal if you don’t like the way the ProGrid Guide 2 shoes feel.)  I don’t need the added cushioning, so purchasing the ProGrid Guide 2 was acceptable.

As I said in my RoadRunner store review, I picked the ProGrid Guide 2 over the following pairs of shoes:  Asics 2150, Brooks Adrenaline, and Nike Structure Triax running shoes.  Each pair is designed to help with slight overpronation, but the Brooks Adrenaline and Nike Structure Triax were immediately disqualified.  Both pairs didn’t feel great on my feet, especially compared with the Asics 2150 and ProGrid Guide 2.  I already own a pair of the Asics 2150 line, so I honestly didn’t feel like purchasing another pair.

I try on different pairs of running shoes whenever I’m given the chance.  I obviously don’t plan on purchasing a new pair of shoes every month — but I like to test different pairs just to see which shoes feel the most comfortable.  If you’re looking for a new pair of shoes, you should do your research before making a purchase.  I’d recommend looking on Active.com, Runner’s World, and other established running sources if you need any help on recommendations.

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  1. by Meltem, on October 2 2011 @ 1:11 pm

     

    I am a long distance runner and have been training for 20 years. Guide 2 made my life miserable just before Seattle Marathon. I had a knee injury in 2009 (just after putting less than 10 miles on my Saucony). I am back to the trailers and have been running with other brands (vibram is my fav). As you mentioned I love to test the different shoes but I hate to throw my money away. So, I decided that I can use my almost-brand new Guide 2 again. I did not even put 6 miles on those pairs to have another injury again. My doctor pointed out the relationship between shoes and the injuries. I emailed Saucony about the issue. They did not take it seriously. This was little bit of a disappointment for me that they did not even want to test to shoes and improve their models. I always share my positive experiences but I think runners know that knees are the weakest junctions and we are all afraid for this kind of injuries. Please be careful with Saucony.

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