This shoe has everything I was looking for 1) Stiff sole. Easily twice as stiff as the average running shoe. Can withstand pretty rough terrain, on par with a hiking shoe. Great support. 2) Cushy insoles. Provide soft feel without mushiness. 3) Versatile. The styling of the grey color is muted enough to wear the shoe for pretty much anything, anywhere. The trend today seems to be garish colors and eye catching style. These have are understated and utilitarian while still looking good. The yellow on the outsole is not actually as bright as pictured. 4) Air flow - The material lets your foot breath freely. I like the fact that there is no waterproof layer in this model. Personally I despise Gore-Tex as it seems to trap moisture to the point your feet are soaked anyway. 5) Roomy toe box and nice width. I usually seek out W, E or EE, so buying D width usually doesn't work out. My somewhat wide feet had no problems fitting into the Xodus 5.0.
The shoe fits perfectly, and is very comfortable. I own the Xodus 4.0 shoe, also, and I can say the fit and feel are comparable. However, the durability of the 5.0 model is much lower.
I only run one run a week with these shoes, and I have participated in a Tough Mudder and another adventure race. Before the Tough Mudder, just from a few months of a 4 mile per week run, the right shoe started to fray/tear above the toe box, and on the outer edge. The shoe slowly continues to disintegrate on runs, and after my adventure race (three months into owning the shoe), I no longer consider this shoe runnable in events. I'll continue to use it in training, but I've switched back to the Xodus 4.0s, which have seen 4 Tough Mudders, several adventure races, and hundreds of training miles.
I..LOVE..THESE..SHOES! I use them primarily as my exercise/gym shoes, but routinely I find myself choosing them as my casual walking around, running errands, chores around the house, etc. shoes as well. I have an earlier version of the Saucony Xodus that I took a chance on because I liked their look and they blew me away! This newer version is even better. They are still just as comfortable for all day use, and my one complaint about the old version where they had a space in the tongue to "hide" the laces, is gone. They have really risen the bar with the Xodus. These shoes are a 5 out of 5 for me and I will most likely be getting another pair when these are used up.
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