It wouldn’t be wrong to say that a great deal of time and effort goes into selecting a company’s name. Since the names of companies (and their etymologies) have meaning, the least we can do is pronounce them correctly. Right?
If you haven’t guessed it already, we’re talking about Saucony (Pronounced as Sock-a-Knee), a company that learned the hard way why you shouldn’t go with a moniker that’s too difficult to hear, say, or spell.
Fun fact – the confusion behind the company’s name was so apparent early on that Saucony, in a stroke of marketing genius, decided to print ‘SOCK-A-KNEE’ on every shoebox that rolled out of its production line, just in case. Now, that’s how you make sure everybody gets your name right.
With that out of the way, let’s get to why you’re really here. The following lines are going to be all about Saucony shoe sizing and tips to make sure you get the right fit.
Do Saucony Shoes Run Big or Small?
The answer to this question depends on the shoe size and model. Also, they say the older model Saucony’s are rated for thinner feet folks, but you can’t really tell unless you slip them on.
But things have changed, and Saucony has started to cater to a wider audience.
This means that if you tend to spread your toes while running, you’re going to need that extra room that Saucony provides since it usually has a wide toe base. Also, if you have wide feet with low arches, then a pair of Saucony Jazz (or similar) is what you need.
That said, Saucony shoes are typically narrower in the midfoot as compared to others such as a pair of Brooks, so again, you need to double-check when switching from another brand.
Besides, even within the Saucony brand, each model is going to have a different fit. For instance, the Freedom ISOs run small, which means you’d have to go a full size up from a different Saucony shoe. But that’s not always the case.
Saucony Size Chart
Since finding the perfect pair of Saucony running shoes is no easy feat (sorry, couldn’t resist), to make your life easier, here’s a Saucony size chart that you can use to get that snug fit.
Do They Fit Wide Feet?
The Saucony Endorphin Shift is a great choice for those wide-footed runners who are looking for extra toe space. Saucony Jazz is another great option. The brand caters to a wide range of foot profiles, so you will have to try on a bunch of shoes to find the perfect fit.
Sizing Up or Down
Some questions that folks who opt for Saucony footwear ask are, “Should you size up or down?” and “Are they true to size?”
When it comes to size and comfort, Saucony is known to deliver in spades. The brand has a long reputation for designing excellent footwear, and they go to great lengths to make sure you find the right fit. However, there are some things you should know.
For instance, if you normally tend to wear a size 9 from another show brand, you could try sizing up to a 9.5. When it comes to Saucony shoes, going ½ size up is probably a safer bet. The best part about Saucony shoes is that they tend to keep your feet from supinating or pronating, which is a big deal when it comes to running shoes.
Saucony Shoes Sizing Compared to Nike
If you’re looking for a centimetre size for Saucony, you’ll be disappointed. However, it’s easy to extrapolate; when the box says 32, it’s a 12.5”. Also, Nike and Saucony sizing are pretty much the same (for some sizes), so you shouldn’t have any trouble making the switch. However, at times, Saucony tends to be larger than Nike by half a size. For instance, if you’re wearing a Nike 11, go with a Saucony 11.5.
The only significant difference between these two brands is that you’re probably a “runner” if you wear Saucony, while folks who opt for Nike are usually looking for either fashion shoes (that Nike has plenty of) or cross-trainers.
Also, if you really want to get down to brass tacks, while Saucony is known for their heavy-duty, no-nonsense running shoes, in comparison, Nike’s Lunars last a mere 200 miles, and their Zooms are hard 8mm shoes that aren’t fit for running out to the mailbox. However, their non-running variety has plenty of options for you to choose from. On the other hand, Saucony is known for well-structured, lightweight running shoes for trails and cross-country spikes.
Saucony Sizing Compared to Adidas
When it comes to running shoes, Adidas actually gives Saucony a run for its money with its boost shoes. However, don’t count Saucony out just yet since the brand has come up with its own boost material by copying Adidas and New Balance.
When comparing the two, Adidas does excel solely in racing flats. But, with Saucony’s comfy 10mm drop, you won’t be slamming into the ground on your next run.
Getting the Measurements Right
If you prefer measurements that do not lie, do the following:
Go to the sewing section of your local store and pick up a ruler for a few pounds. Go back home and trace your foot while standing. Measure the dimensions of both your feet, then head on down to the running store; Remove the insoles and measure them. Try the Saucony shoes on for size, just in case, and make a run for it.
(P.S.; Don’t forget to pay for them first!)