Even though its price has increased by £5, very few shoes that are this affordable are as solid as the Sovereign. Its big plus is that its wide base of support runs the full length of the shoe, which is ideal for stability-oriented runners. Effectively its a shoe that straddles the stability and motion control categories: that is, its straight last and heavy-duty upper are reminiscent of a shoe for severe overpronators, but its medial post is no bigger than that of a standard shoe for mild overpronators (the Asics GT-2060, for example).
What has Saucony changed? A third density has been added to the midsole (the original Sovereign had two densities), though youre not likely to notice this. The Sovereign also boasts a new pattern and more mesh on its upper, two factors which give it a more contemporary look. Our wear-testers reported that the fit has changed somewhat, partly because of the addition of support straps in the upper. Both the forefoot and the heel are slightly narrower, making the shoe feel a bit more snug.
A chunky, solid shoe for mild and moderate overpronators, with the possible exception of big runners.
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