New Shoes! My view on my Saucony Triumph Iso 4s

I’m really rather terrible at sticking to the guidelines the shoe companies give as to how far you should run in a pair of shoes before changing them. I tend to develop quite the relationship with shoes and this, along with my total displeasure of spending any money, means I can run anything up to about 2000km in a pair. The guidelines say on average after about 600km you should be looking for a change. Ideally you should rotate between about 4 or 5 pairs. Since this would be tripling the number of shoes I own (plus the same general tightness) I stick with one main pair.

I’ve stuck with Sauconys for as long as I care to say now, using my very technical approach of “if it ain’t broke…”. Astute, I know.

There is a point to my shoe life story. Since I usually leave it far too late to change my shoes, when I do eventually succumb, it’s quite a shock to my legs and feet. I now wonder if it is just me that suddenly feels about 10cm higher when I slip them on for the first time. How much springier (definitely a word, spellchecker) they suddenly feel than my outgoing pair which are now no better than a cut out of an old tyre. How much more supportive they feel for my feeble road-running ankles.

All of these seem like positives but it can be really off-putting when I’ve become so accustomed to my grotty, old pair. I can often feel it in my calf muscles too as I subconsciously alter my running style to accommodate. I know what you’re thinking, just buy some new ones earlier, dimbo. And I would totally have agreed with you.

Until these guys arrived in the post:

Saucony Triumph Iso4. What beauties.

From the very first step in them, they felt comfortable. No feeling of being a foot taller. No over supportive heels. No tight calf muscles due to a slight gait change. Just pure comfort.

I’m no shoe designer, I don’t even know what the correct terminology for a shoe designer is, but there are very few angles that you can look at them without being told about their Everun technology soles. I quote “livelier and more responsive”, “a breakthrough in cushioning technology”. I didn’t notice this much celebrated breakthrough trending online when it happened but if it has helped the shoes then I’m all for it.

Another aspect is that there is an 8mm rise from toe to heel which is a little larger than I’m used to. If anything I expected this to feel more odd than usual. But no, what a marvellous surprise.

So there you have it, Saucony Triumph Iso 4s, the most comfortable shoes I’ve had from the word go.

Does anyone else have this issue with new shoes or do I just need to splash out on a new pair earlier?

4 Comments

  1. I’m massively careful about shoes because I’ve got a leg length disparity and wonky ankles as I started correcting it with a raise too late – as soon as the support in my support shoe goes I get sore ankles. So I have a few on the go – all Saucony! I fell foul of them changing the Guides with the 10 however, which had a narrow toe box I hated, and one size up was too big argh! So now I’m on Hurricanes for short runs and Omnis for longer ones – the latter made my calves ache at first as I got used to them but I love them now and did my last long run for my next mara in them on Sunday with no problems.

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    1. Nice to see another Saucony fan, Liz! Must be a bit if a minefield with shoes given your situation. I used to be a fan of Guides too but stopped after the 8s because I couldn’t track down any more. I’ve only heard good things about Omnis too, perhaps they might be good ones to try next time. Good to hear you’re getting on well with them 👍

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