- Type: Minimalist
- Manufacturer's Category: Neutral
- Pronation Control: Neutral
- Weight: 9.5 oz
- Height: 22/18 mm (Heel/Toe)
- Drop: 4 mm
- Features: Sauc-Fit / HydraMAX Collar Lining / HRC+ Strobel Board / PowerGrid™ / IBR+ / XT-900
Runners seeking a lightweight yet supremely cushioned ride, along with the supportive feel of a more traditional everyday running shoe, will love the Cortana 3. Signature technologies FlexFilm and Support Frame are added to the upper for the first time while PowerGrid and iBR+ provide an amazingly cushioned yet responsive ride.
Saucony Cortana running shoes have won numerous awards, including the best new shoe, the best-looking shoe and the best debut. With the new PowerGrid technology baked into the midsole, it offers the ultimate cushioning with PowerFoam. While your foot is in motion, the Sauc-Fit system will latch onto the midfoot, keeping it secure but still maintaining absolute comfort. With a 4 millimeters heel-to-toe ratio, the Cortana provides a more minimalistic experience for the neutral runner.
Awesome looking shoe... needs different soles
Having worn out my Kinvara 4’s I was looking for a shoe that would be more durable and hopefully help my body on longer runs. This shoe is built “on the Kinvara platform” 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 result… the toe box was causing hotspots on the edges. 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 beyond awesome, I’m a designer for a living so when I find something that speaks to me it’s 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 fantastic. 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 the 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 crappy blocky soles in the Cortanas? Everyone’s foot is different, and I definitely recommend this to anyone trying to get some more protection while still keeping the low offset of the Kinvaras… just keep your soles in case you need them.