Rated 4 out of 5Â by TaylorTTU Awesome shoe, with different soles...
Having worn out my Kinvara 4âs I was looking for a shoe that would be more durable and hopefully help my body on longer runs. This shoe is built âon the Kinvara platformâ and just has better cushioning, so it would seem to be perfect. I received the shoes walked around, and everything felt good so I went out for a short 5mi run. Around the third mile I started to get blisters(I have never gotten blisters from running) around the toe box, everything just felt way to tight. This is basically a deal breaker for me, but I wanted to give it a few more tries. Waited a week, tried a run again, same resultâ¦ the toe box was causing hotspots on the edges of the shoes. There is some sort of extra durable edging on the flexi film that was rubbing on the sides of my feet.
Honestly I absolutely love the aesthetics of these shoes. To me they look fantastic, Iâm a designer for a living so when I find something that speaks to me itâs hard to give it up. Pain or not. That being said, I wanted to try one last thing. I traded out the stock soles of the Kinvaras with the soles in the Cortanas. I went on a 8mi run and had zero problems. They feel excellent. Afterwards I did some investigating and this is what I figured out. The Kinvara soles have air holes in them for breathability, as well as grooves in the midfoot that HELPS A TON with transitioning from foot strike to toe off. After changing the soles I LOVE these shoes. Seriously Sacuony what gives with the blocky soles in the Cortanas?
Everyoneâs foot is different, and I definitely recommend this to anyone trying to get some more protection while still keeping the low offset of the Kinvarasâ¦ just keep your soles in case you need them.
February 28, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5Â by WillyJ34 Very durable shoe for natural/forefoot strikers
I have been running in Cortanas for quite some time and with each new model the shoe only gets better. The Cortana 3 doesn't have as a wide range of colors and designs has the first model, but it does allow for a more durable approach. The shoe as great soft lining around the ankle which helps prevent blister rubbing. The middle of the tongue does need a little more work to adjust for fitting. It is to tight if you run true to your size, but going a half size large may give you a lot of movement on runs. The shoe is light, but still to heavy for faster tempos or longer repeats however, it can still be used for these workouts. It is also light enough to wear comfortably for runs up to 20+ miles. I have had 3 pairs and I reached 500+ on each shoe. The Cortana 3 is a phenomenal shoe and in my opinion it is any forefoot strikers best buy. The price is a tad high, but if your a dedicated runner, it is well worth the money.
January 29, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5Â by HRAYA Most complete shoe in Saucony's Line up
This shoe is $150 for good reason. You get the best of the Kinvara line (minimal feel), the best of the Guide line (responsiveness), the best of the triumph line (cushioning), and the best of the omni (durability). As an avid runner and Saucony employee who has worn plenty of Saucony shoes, trust me, if your a neutral runner/mild pronator who wants a long time running friend for your feet, this is the shoe.
Oh BTW shoe runs a half size small
January 26, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5Â by Zen_master Excellent shoes for the long or recovery run
I mainly use the Kinvaran 4 for training but want a bit more cushion for the long run so the Cortana fits the bill perfectly. It's comforfable and supportive yet does not feel heavy on your feet.
My only complain is the shoes are not very "responsive" but that's a trade off I'm willing to make.
November 12, 2013