And personally I think Saucony knocked it out of the park on this one. Overall the shoe looks good and fits well. The Freedom has always been a shoe offered in bright colorways and that trend appears to be continued. Generally adding weight is viewed negatively. It also keeps its cushioning better at lower temperatures than other foams.
The shoe feels cushioned and soft while still being snappy and responsive. Even so, I was expecting this shoe to be at the springiest end of the spectrum, and I found myself feeling a little disappointed that it wasn't quite there. While running in the shoe, it felt like my heel was landing below my forefoot despite the 4mm drop. My pinky toe hurt throughout the whole run. Cushioning The underfoot feel and amount of impact protection provided by the compressing materials between the foot and running surface. Not a negative point towards the shoes though, this was all on me since I wanted to push them past their limits.
The midsole was adjusted to contour the foot's natural shape, providing a more supportive feel during impact absorption. No sloppy insole movement, unlike the shoes I tested a few months ago. As you can already tell, I liked these shoes. I have to rotate them with other sneakers because they are just really lacking in cushioning. A lower toe spring and higher stack height makes for a less aggressive shoe. The shoe creates a nice layer of protection between my foot and the ground with sufficient enough cushioning to be used as a lighter weight daily trainer. It would have been a tragedy if this fantastic sole paired with a less than stellar upper.
This is what Saucony is excited about. My first run was pretty uncomfortable. As I ran more, though, it broke in and began to feel a little softer. The second version counters this effect by having some grooves cut out in the crystalized rubber. While Elena was pleased with this level of responsiveness, Justin found himself wishing for even more. How many runners complain that New Balance ruined the , or the magic of the first iterations is gone. Anyway, the black colorway I received looked like it had already been worn.
So many updates to an already incredible shoe can be risky but in this case Saucony may have actually improved the Freedom. The tongue and the collar fit comfortably. While the shoe is a little heavier then my typical workout shoe 9. After I broke them in, the cushioning still remained very stiff. I would have liked to have a tad more structure there.
Offset The difference in height between the heel thickness and forefoot thickness of the shoe. There is no structure to the midsole so it is a bit sloppy. It offers a fairly soft step-in feel with a low to the ground sensation. The shoe was touted for having a great comfortable fit, a snappy yet cushioned ride, and being durable. I figured I would give it two more runs to break them in, and now they are starting to feel more comfortable again.
Not great for tired legs, or any legs for that matter. The transition was still smooth and effortless even during recovery efforts. This did not influence the outcome of this review, written after running more than 50 miles in them. A quicker turnover will provide a firm step that works well with the bouncy, responsive nature of the shoe. Pronation is the inward rolling of the ankle through the gait cycle. It most likely has something to do with the knit upper softening up the feel.
The initial softness aside, once I began running, I found the shoe to deliver an ultra responsive ride that excels at faster paces. I doubt it was, but the black-faded knit coloring was not a good choice. With its springy, responsive midsole and low weight, the original Freedom was the perfect option for runners who wanted a do-it-all shoe boasting both comfort and performance. The Freedom line is a new line of shoes from Saucony that are designed to push the limits of energy return, responsiveness, and cushioning. From steady state runs to tempo workouts, this shoe provides a nice spring to my stride while also offering that extra cushioning to keep my legs feeling fresh the day after.