Saucony Launches 10th Generation Kinvara

21 December 2018

Born from a belief that a lightweight shoe can pack a heavyweight punch, the first Kinvara changed the running industry game. Now, Saucony launches the tenth generation of the award-winning Kinvara − and it’s as ground-breaking as the first.


To celebrate a decade of lightweight innovation, Saucony has released a limited-edition Kinvara 10 featuring the shoe’s original iconic design and colourways. Now available at



The All-New Kinvara 10

Featuring an EVERUN™ topsole and a flexible EVA+ midsole for a smooth, incredibly energetic ride, the Kinvara 10, with a 4mm offset, is as supportive as it is breathable thanks to an engineered mesh upper. Internal heel pods, a nod to the original Kinvara model, comfortably lock the foot down as the runner’s pace ramps up. Because no two feet are alike, enhancements to the Kinvara 10 include Saucony’s newest fit technology, FORMFIT™, a 3D-contoured footbed that cradles the foot with three layers of foam for enhanced adaptability and impact absorption.



Kinvara: The Beginning

In 2008, seven-time Ironman champion and Saucony athlete, Linsey Corbin met with Chris Mahoney, Saucony’s vice president of design, to collaborate on the perfect long-distance race shoe for the Ironman Triathlon. It would have to defy industry norms, blurring boundaries between responsiveness and stability, enabling Corbin to fly through the Ironman’s marathon following the event’s leg-burning bike stage.


“Chris asked me what my dream race shoe would be,” said Corbin. “As an Ironman athlete, I wanted something with a bit more substance than a super-light racing flat, but I also didn't want something as bulky as the trainers I had been running in. It was a big ask, challenging the brand’s design, engineering, and technology teams to completely reimagine what a running shoe should be.”


“Through extensive testing and feedback with Linsey and our other elite athletes, we identified a desire for a more simplified running experience,” said Mahoney. “Those insights led to the creation of the Kinvara, debuting a 4mm offset to the market and highlighting the importance of underfoot geometry to the foot/shoe relationship.”


“In an industry where running styles come and go, to see the Kinvara hit a milestone like this is awesome,” added Mahoney. “To have grown such a loyal fan base throughout the past decade shows how all the enduring elements of the Kinvara still resonate with so many runners. We’re so appreciative of the influence the Kinvara has had on the brand and look forward to the generations to come.”



Kinvara: Product Philosophy

“With the very first Kinvara, our product team embraced an exciting new design identity coupled with advanced running dynamics,” said Anne Cavassa, president of Saucony. “They imagined a shoe where benchmark responsiveness and lightweight stability were not separate entities, but were seamlessly integrated, transforming the way the foot moved through the gait cycle.”


“The Kinvara continues to represent our innovative and ongoing product philosophy across the brand, focusing on every aspect of the runner’s stride. Now, as the Kinvara evolves once again, we look forward to further pushing the boundaries of innovation as we shape the next generation of performance footwear for runners everywhere.”



Kinvara: Award-Winning Heritage

Kinvara 1 (2010)

Runner’s World                Best Debut

Runner's World Brazil      Best Launch

Outside Magazine            Gear of the Year

The Running Network      Best Shoe 


Kinvara 2 (2011)

Runner’s World                 Best Buy


Kinvara 3 (2012)

Runner’s World UK           Best Update

Running Fitness UK          Best Natural Running Shoe

The Running Network       Best Shoe-Performance Category 


Kinvara 4 (2013)

Runner’s World                 International Best Update

Runner’s World UK           Editor’s Choice

Runner’s World AU/NZ      Best Update

Outside Magazine             Best in Road Running


Kinvara 5 (2014)

Runner’s World                 International Editor’s Choice-Best Shoe of 2014

Runner’s World                 Editor’s Choice

Runner’s World ZA            Editor’s Choice

Canadian Running            Editor’s Pick

Go Outside Brazil              Best Minimalism Shoe

Triathlon Germany             Shoe of the Year

Women’s Running             Best Lightweight Award


Kinvara 9 (2018)

Runner’s World                  Editor’s Choice



Kinvara 10: Availability

The special-edition Kinvara is available online at The limited-edition Kinvara 10 comes in Men’s (Red) and Women’s (Blue), with core colours to arrive in Feburary 2019.