Comments: Absolutely an amazing shoe. Wonderful snug fit. Great durability. Great for long runs and recovery days from fast workouts. Love the low heel. Great cushioning. Can't wait to buy the 2s when the price comes down. 5'11, 165lbs. High arch. No problem with tounge as I've read in some posts on the World Wide Web.
From: Steve, Texas
Comments: Very light feeling not what 11oz normally feels like. Great everyday trainer. Fits as normal running shoe size. I bought them to use as a trainer with the same offset as my racers (Kinvara). I'm now hooked on Saucony!
From: Rob, DuPont, WA, USA
Comments: Wow! What can I say? What I can say is for the last few years I have been on the hunt for the perfect running shoe. I have purchased dozens of shoes and traveled hundreds of miles seeking the right shoe. I have been to many specialty shoe stores and none of them were much better than Footlocker. Except for one store which was very helpful. Enter the Saucony Cortana. I purchased this shoe mainly because of the convenience of Running Warehouse's return policy. Upon receiving the shoes, I immediately went for a 1 mile run/walk (I haven't run for several months due to the above issue). No pain, no anything except for a smile on my face. These shoes are AWESOME! So awesome, in fact, I have run every day since I have received them and have had no pain at all. Mind you, there is no such thing as a one shoe fits all, so your mileage may very. But for me, these shoes have been the holy grail of all shoes. What sucks is that I only bought one and RW no longer has the Cortana I in my size. I am weary of the Cortana II because they are lighter and have less stack height than these shoes. To me, this means they have changed something significantly. One of the reasons I purchased the Cortana is because they are a cushioned shoe. Less cushion in the Cortana II probably means a harsher run and my wittle feetsies need the cush.
From: Craig, Jackson, MI, USA
Comments: these shoes only lasted for 2 months
Comments: These shoes are great for an efficient high mileage runner. There's enough cushioning for lots of comfort, and the 4mm heel toe drop promates a mid-foot or forefoot strike. They are also very durable, I'm currently on my 2nd pair which have almost 300 miles on them, and they practically look brand new. I've been building my mileage up and currently run 80+ mpw, so they can handle high mileage very well. In my opinion these are the perfect shoe for someone either with efficient form or trying to improve their foot strike that runs high mileage.
From: Austin, Albany, Oregon, USA
Comments: Simply the best shoe Saucony has put out. I am working on becoming more of a mid-foot to forefoot striker and have been interested in these shoes for a while now.Quick glance at the shoes out of the box and you will notice the sleek, stylish design. The 4mm heel-toe drop is perfect. please stay off your heel in this shoe, yes it has the cushioning there, but the whole concept of this shoe is to get you to distribute your weight on your mid-foot/forefoot, not the heel. Great everyday running shoe. Run your easy/long runs in these, maybe even some tempos, the shoe is very responsive. then throw on the kinvaras for some fartleks/speed sessions. Overall, comfort of the upper on the shoe is unbelievable. the sauc-fit keeps the shoe in place laterally very well. 8.5/10
From: Luke, KC, MO, USA
Comments: These shoes are lower in the heel than I am used to... first run it felt a little different, but only briefly. Light weight, no hot spots, the "ride" was smooth and cushioned. Saucony shoes seem to fit me well, and these are made for higher mileage- worth the price for me.
From: RH, Alabama USA
Comments: I'm on my third pair of these (new black and red looking sharp)and LOVE THEM!! I take these shoes on 30 mile training runs and have no issues at all. I also wore them on a 100k (62 mile) ultra marathon and they worked perfectly. My favorite shoe. 6'1 172 lbs.
From: Ash, Tampa, FL, USA
Comments: Completely agree with Derik. Coming from Kinvaras I wanted something a little more substantial for 20 plus mile runs and recovery runs when I could not get to a trail. A big disappointment. These shoes are too big and clunky. Hard to believe because the specs of weight and heel drop would have one believe that these fit the bill. I will continue to plod along in these for recovery runs only. Otherwise, back to the Kinvaras for all my runs.
From: David, Austin, TX, USA
Comments: I have owned two pairs of Kinvara's and I really wanted to love the Contara, really I did. But, sadly I don't. The shoes are much heavier than the Kinvara and also heavier than my Newtons. The weight difference is noticeable when you move from a lighter shoe like I did. The "sock" feature around the tongue/ankle is also causing me problems, I find it ends up sliding to the side of my foot causing irritation. I've also developed a nasty blister on my arch which I can only attribute to the shoes as my mileage hasn't changed nor my gait. I will say that the shoe is very, very comfortable when I'm wearing them and not running but, that isn't what I bought them for. For me, it's back to Newtons for my +10 mile runs and a new pair of Kinvara's for sub 10 mile stuff.
From: Derik, Charlottesville, VA, USA
Comments: I'm 155lbs, supinate just slightly, run 5 times a week - runs range in time from :45 minutes to 2 hours, on trails 99.5% of the time. I've been using these shoes for about 2 weeks now, and I think my shoe drought is over. I sort of enjoyed the Brooks Pure Grit (a bit too wide in midsole and heel) and enjoyed the Saucony Kinvara 2s much more (but the arch height is a bit too high - causes short pains in my arch). These Cortanas, in my opinion, are not ultra plush cushioned shoes. I think they are SUPER comfortable and fall into the mid zone cushioning range. Toe box= roomy width, my toes are happy all day. Arch is lower than the Kinvara 2 = causes no pain - the lower the arch, the better. The heel cup isn't too aggressive (doesn't have a deep cup which the back of my achilles attachment rubs against on climbs). Heel to toe = 4mm - this is the way to go esp for downhill running - try a 12mm drop after a 4mm drop and the 12mm feels wrong. Midsole = no slop. Heel = no slop, comfortable.
The upper is very breathable, and feels sock-like. There are NO straps whatsoever crossing over the toes or the foot. It feels great. The mesh is its own structure. The tongue is not like the Kinvara 2/ Peregrine, but it's soft and stays in place. If this shoe could maintain the same weight, I'd bring over the Kinvara 2 tongue style and heel cup lateral "bubbles".
I'm running on dry, hilly and wiggly trails. I find that street shoe traction is fine for any dry trail running in California. I also like the lack of any rock plate, however thin. These shoes feel light, responsive, the sole is flexible. The cushioning isn't Vomero or Hoka ultra plush - it's performance cushioning. These are 50m - 100m doable shoes - for trail folks! Great shoe, Saucony, please don't tweak this shoe's essentials too much.
From: Anonymous, CA USA
Comments: These are the best shoe I have ever run in. if you are looking for a lighter shoe that still has a lot cushion its the one. It is worth the money. I am a college runner from Spring Arbor MI.
From: Lance, Dallas, TX, United States
Comments: I am writing to express how happy I am with the Powergrid Cortanas by Saucony. I ran in Kinvaras previously and for some reason the arch support started bothering me. After reviewing the specific features of the Cortanas, I noticed it had a low arch support. I've worn them for a few days now and noticed they are more comfortable then the Kinvaras for me. I've also found the low arch support of Asics shoes is comfortable as well. In any case, if you are bothered by arch support in many of the shoes on the market, you will find this feature is minimal in the Cortanas.
From: Tim, Columbus, Ohio, USA