Tina tests out the new Saucony Endorphin Shift shoe
Just how plush is the Shift? As soon as they were on I noticed depth and softness below my heel (often it’s the first run that delivers this ‘oooo’ feeling). So there’s bounce and give from the signature Saucony PWRRUN foam. The SPEEDROLL tech encourages your foot to roll forwards – and it’s not an obvious, toes slammed to the front of the shoe feeling. So these are also fast and snappy.
I loved the feeling of depth along the whole shoe; it has a high stack height of 35mm at the rear, 31mm at the toe. I don’t want a shoe that’s so pared back to achieve a light weight that it’s not supportive. All that leads to is injury, so yes, they are heavier than the Speed but not bulky – let’s say enjoyably so! The difference is just 70g. Brilliant lightweight TPU heel counter so you feel locked in as you hit the ground.
Priced at £25 less than the Speed the Shift is more of a bargain – a shoe you can run more in, longer, yes, I’d run a 5K time trial in them, and they work for every distance up. The Shift offers you more for the price.
I LOVED the colour – white with striking mutant colours that look very very cool.
My feet feet are a size 4 so I run in 5s, they’re quite petite/narrow but both models fit perfectly; the Shift fits securely around the rear of the foot, slightly more relaxed from the midfoot to the toes. I love them already, and know I am going to be running a lot in these.