The Saucony Women's ProGrid Integrity ST2 Walking Shoe is a good cushioning shoe for women who have high arches or make use of orthotics. Like most cushioning shoes, the ST2 does have the thicker midsole for arch support and improved durability so you can worry less about the shoe breaking down on those days when you're spending hours on your feet.
Unique features of the ST2 include a Walk-Trac comfort outsole made of rubber, a grid cushioning unit and a stretch zone to help ensure good fit. Elements for improved shock absorption include a Heel ProGrid with Respond-Tek elements.
With three color options, this is a popular pick for women who have been looking for a good cushioning shoe for high arches.
Some people didn't like the black version because it wasn't as comfortable as the other colors, but the white option gets a lot of positive raves from women who finally found a cushioning shoe that feels durable and provides relief for their arch.
The tan also gets points for not showing the inevitable dust from walking quite as badly. This isn't a “cute” shoe that's going to give you hallux valgus, but it has been known to draw compliments while on the treadmill (see: Treadmill walking shoes), at the gym or out on the city walking trails.
This cushioning shoe provides excellent arch support for women who worry about sore feet and plantar fasciitis (painful inflammation of a tendon in the foot) when they've been on their feet all day or their fitness regime includes walking a few miles every day. It feels sturdily made.
The insole generally gives very little trouble, a pleasant surprise for women who have tried cushioning shoes before but disliked an insole that slid in and out. Many women especially liked that they could put in their own customized inserts or use this shoe with their orthotics.
The upper body of the shoe is made of leather instead of a mesh netting. While you probably won't get a lot of ventilation out of that during the summer, that makes the ST2 a popular winter walking shoe for people who don't like it when their feet get cold when they're outside.
Go ahead and read my post about the best walking shoes for women, if you want to find more cushioning walking shoes.
A few people reported having ordered this a half size up and, while that did make it a bit too large on their feet, they solved the problem by wearing heavier socks like they normally would have for being outside in the winter. If you see reports of this shoe running a bit small, it helps to keep in mind that the sock you wear does make a difference. Considering the width of your foot also helps, as there were a couple of reports that they
The most consistent negative of this shoe is that it doesn't do very well on wet pavement or a smooth floor. Some people with a neutral arch made the mistake of buying this shoe and ended up returning it because it didn't help with their supination (see: Best walking shoes for supination). Others said it wasn't quite as durable as other Saucony shoes they'd owned in the past but the ST2 would do until they found better.
Is it a good shoe for you? People with high arches and an underpronation problem tend to benefit from the extra cushioning in the midsole. If you never did like mesh netting in a shoe and have been looking for one that can support your high arches, it could work with your custom inserts or orthotics. Just make sure you avoid the black version.