The R4YL Team have one mission in life – to make the running lives of our readers more enjoyable. One aspect of this is helping you find those perfect pair of running shoes. Like the story of Cinderella, one size does not fit all, so we will endeavour to review as many styles, brands and types as possible so you can make more informed consumer choices.
This week, we had the pleasure of taking Saucony’s new Freedom ISO for a few trial runs. The design brief of this shoe was that “runners should be drawn to the striking look of the Freedom ISO, then hooked on the experience after their first run.”
I have to say, Saucony, you nailed the brief. Taking the new shoes of the box, I was initially excited by the aesthetically pleasing look of the shoe. Minimalist and clean, the shoe draws inspiration from the Showdown racing spike in how it hugs the foot with minimal layers and material. But what I loved more than look of the shoe, was the feel of it. The softer topsole conformed to my foot, while the minimal support frame in the heel grabbed and held my heel securely without added weight. This provided a smooth, fluid feeling as I did practice jogs up and down my hallway, which only got better as I hit the pavement.
As I am currently battling shin splints, the shoes were perfect as its more supportive base provided for greater cushioning. Furthermore, the wider fit of the shoe meant my orthotics comfortably fitted inside, which is another important component in my injury management. In saying this, if you are after an extremely lightweight – or narrow shoe – this might not exactly be what you are after. I would label the Saucony Freedom ISO the perfect training jogger, and would recommend saving lighter flats for race day.
Interested in owning your own pair? http://www.saucony.com.au/freedom