Running shoes are great. If you're a beginner, a good pair of running shoes can feel transformative, as you suddenly feel lighter and faster on your feet. For the experienced runner, they can feel like a new car, as you get to appreciate every new facet and bounce in your step. Who knew a 4mm difference in drop could make such a change to your PB?
As a keen runner, I've salivated perusing the best running shoes for men and best running shoes for women guides, and even tested a few of the shoes on the men's side. But this new entry from Saucony, the Endorphin Pro+, is so exclusive I may not get the chance.
The Saucony Endorphin Pro+ builds on some of the brand's best successes, such as the revamped PWRRUN foam cushioning featured in the Saucony Kinvara 12. It features an "s-curve" carbon fibre plate, binding the shoe together and offering "powerful transitions" as you move from the heel to the toe and lifting off. No worries about losing your grip on the road either: the outsole has reinforced high-abrasion zones providing optimal traction and durability.
With a weight of just 195g for men and 165g for women, the upper is amazingly light considering the tech reportedly going into the shoe. A lighter weight mesh with "second-skin" fit ensures the shoe hugs your foot, with enhanced breathability to avoid any unwanted smelliness. The simpler tongue means for all that, you'll be able to slip into the shoe no problem.
The weight is what excites me the most. The PWRRUN PB, a layer of cushioning designed to help you get the most out of your stride, is lighter than ever. I loved the midsole action in the Kinvaras, so it's great to see that here (and lighter than ever, too).
Sounds good? Unfortunately, in order to get your hands on the shoe, you'll have to move fast. Launching on the 28th September, the shoes are limited edition, so once they're gone, they're really gone.
They will be available for €250 / £220 on the Saucony (opens in new tab) website.
Matt Evans is an experienced health and fitness journalist and News Editor at Fit&Well, covering all things exercise and nutrition on the Fit&Well website. Matt originally discovered exercise through martial arts: he holds a black belt in Karate and remains a keen runner, gym-goer, and infrequent yogi. His top fitness tip? Stretch.
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