The Saucony Endorphin Shift is a very decent shoe for relaxed long runs

Kerry McCarthy
·2-min read

From Runner's World

  • Weight 221g (M) 192g (W)

  • Heel-To-Toe-Drop: 8mm

  • Type: road/neutral

  • Price: £130

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RW summary

A very decent shoe for relaxed long runs

General comments

Designed as an easy/long run shoe which is all about comfort, the collective view on this new model was very clear: it’s very good but could be better value for money. Breaking that down a little more: Our runners loved the weight, cushioning, rocker and responsiveness, but felt the average grip and poor weather protection let the Shift down.

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Take a load off

The ‘easy run’ features come in two ways. Firstly there’s a huge wodge of Saucony’s lightweight PWRRUN cushioning underfoot – but the fact that the heel-toe drop is 4mm means you don’t feel like you’re up on stilts. Secondly, the ‘speedroll’ function, which is essentially a rocker shape from back to front that helps tip you forward onto your toes a bit quicker. In fact, more than one tester remarked that these felt like Hoka shoes only a bit cheaper.

Responsive, not clunky

A 4mm drop is unusual for a long mileage shoe. Eight millimetres or higher is more conventional since this takes some of the pressure off the Achilles, but actually, it worked well here and the upshot was a greater sense of responsiveness and ground feel. This led to runners being able to use the shoe not just for the weekend plods but for shorter faster runs too. Although the cushioning will be too soft for heavier runners to be able to do any speed work in.

Weather dependent

In the dry, these were a lovely shoe, but in the wet, the mask slipped somewhat. There was a lack of grip which, while not excessive, was noticeable especially when cornering; and the lovely lightweight upper was the proverbial chocolate teapot against the British rain. But this won’t be an issue for those who don’t venture out in the wet.

Conclusion

A shoe that pretty much does exactly what it says on the tin. If Saucony can fix those couple of issues when it comes to version two it’ll have a winner on its hands.

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