Saucony Freedom ISO $160

Saucony Freedom ISO $160

The Freedom ISO is the first new shoe since Saucony’s EverRun midsole foam began transforming the brand’s running line. The upper is a uniform stretch mesh with the latest version of the ISO fit lacing system, which adjusts the fit with the foot while it moves. With its integrated design, the lacing doesn’t require a cage around the midfoot, so the feel is softer and smoother.

The midsole is full-length EverRun foam, the first of the Saucony shoes to introduce it, and the ride has an almost bouncy feel to it. The outersole is full-length Crystal rubber, which gives an interesting appearance to the bottom of the shoe since the midsole is visible through the sole. Its durability has been greatly improved since it debuted a generation ago and is now on a par with carbon rubber. The sole’s texture is versatile enough to handle the roads, with a bit of bite for the occasional off-road portions or dirt roads you might encounter. The fit, ride, and overall performance of the Freedom earned it our award for Best New Shoe.

Testers: “Put these on and the fit disappears on your foot. You feel the cushy midsole that is great, even after a marathon. That’s a good shoe.”

New Shoe

Sizes: Men 7–13,14,15; Women 5–12

Weight: Men 10.2 oz. (size 11); Women 7.9 oz. (size 8)

Shape: semi-curved

Construction: Strobel slip-lasted

Recommended for: medium- to high-arched feet with neutral biomechanics