Saucony Ride 6 (Toddler/Baby) Review

With the exception of my sons’ first few pairs of walking shoes, I don’t think I have paid more than $20 on a pair of shoes for them.  I do most of their shoe shopping at discounted stores (TJ Maxx, Target, zullily) and moderately priced stores during sales and when I have coupons (Gap).  I just cannot justify spending $$ on shoes that that they will wear for only a few months.

However, their walking shoes were a different story. When both boys started walking, I was very intent on getting them good, supportive walking shoes.  Stride Rite was the store that was recommended to me by my mom and sister.

Whether they’re running circles around you or taking their first steps, small feet require big care. We understand the significance of every step. Our entire collection, every single shoe, is created from an in-depth knowledge and understanding of how children walk and grow. stride rite studies have led to important breakthroughs and new technologies in children’s footwear. Every new material and component is rigorously tested. And with 30 to 40 tests per shoe to ensure proper fit and durability, you can trust that nobody knows more about growing feet than stride rite. -Stride rite website

I was willing to spend more than double what I typically will spend on a pair of shoes to ensure that they had the most supportive shoes to support their new-found mobility.

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Both boys (oldest on left, youngest on right) wearing their Stride Rite shoes

While I couldn’t justify (or afford) to spend the money, I’ve always loved the adorable name-brand sneakers that I’ve seen other kids wearing.  So when I found out that I was being sent the Saucony Ride 6 for both boys, I was ecstatic. The only thing better than getting gear in the mail is getting cute gear in the mail for your kids!!

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Family of Saucony Ride 6

When I found out my boys would be receiving Saucony sneakers, I did some research and was surprised to learn that Saucony had teamed with Stride Rite to create a running shoe designed for little feet. So it’s a Saucony shoe, but it’s specially designed for early walkers/runners/little feet.

“At Saucony, we exist for runners…For kids this means that all of the passion and technology found in a performance Saucony sneaker provides kids with the protection and support they need to jump, race and climb through every playground adventure. That technical expertise combined with the stride rite development expertise ensures that every Saucony shoe will perform and deliver on and off the playground.”

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It was exactly the type of shoe that I had been so insistent the boys wear when they first started walking/running.  And hello? It’s a Saucony running shoe. I mean, what is not to love? Oh – and at $40 a pair, these sneakers cost about the same (or less) money than most other shoes sold at Stride Rite.  {The Ride 6 isn’t the only Saucony option available at Stride Rite. They also carry the Virrata, Kinvara 4, Crossfire 2, Cohesion 6.}


The shoes could not have come at a better time for my youngest who took his first steps just past 9 months and was full-on walking at 10. He’s now 11 months and is doing a good job at trying to keep up with running after his brother.

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My oldest son is at the age where he wants to do everything that my husband and I are doing…whether it’s running, biking, swimming with the fishes {as he calls it}, using the computer, or even wanting to wear nail polish (!).  So when the shoes arrived in the mail and I showed him they were just like mine, he wanted to put on the shoes and head outside to ride his bike. Sans pants, of course, because we are in that phase right now =)

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Safety first. Pants not needed.

And the best part about these shoes is that my son feels like he is running like mommy. Which makes me so happy.

More on the shoe {from the website}:

The Saucony Ride 6 has a cool alternative closure for easy on/off and adjustability so nothing will slow him down. For trips to the playground or playdates with friends, this sneaker has a leather and mesh upper, rubber outsole and flex grooves to keep him comfortable and care-free.

  • Grid system provides superior cushioning
  • Anti-microbial lining to fight odor
  • Leather and mesh upper
  • Easy alternative closure
  • Deep flex grooves for ultimate flexibility
  • Rubber outsole for superior traction
  • Available in medium, wide, and extra-wide widths
  • Imported

What’s the most money you have spent on a pair of kids shoes?

At what age did your children start walking?

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*Disclaimer: I was sent the Ride 6’s to test out and review as part of the Saucony Mom Blogger Program.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.*

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    2. I just bought a pair of these for my daughter and found you while looking for a review. She LOVES them, wore them all day today. I hope she still loves them next week when the novelty wears off :-)

      We spend about $40/pair for her. She wears an Extra Wide, and needs shoes that won’t get full of bark mulch on the playground, so we usually head to and search by size. Zappos is pricier than other places, but I love their customer service and return policy (and search-ability!) so they’re our #1 choice. We economize by only getting her two pairs (one pink, one purple) in each size as she grows. That adds up to $80 every 4 months. I’ve tried switching to Wide width at Payless – figuring she’s outgrowing the toddler chubby foot stage, she must not be XW anymore, right? – but she outgrows the width/I need to go up a size earlier/they’re longer than they need to be.

      For what it’s worth, I got her New Balance 695s and Saucony Baby Ride 6, both in 8XW. She’s currently wearing New Balance 695 in 7.5XW with now complaints; until the new shoes arrived). She declared the 7.5s too small, the 8 New Balance too small as well, and only the Sauconys will do. The Size 8 New Balance are going back I guess!

      Her opinion is probably colored because her friend at school has the same Sauconys, but I had to toss in her 2 cents.

        • Sadly, no. Er, that is to say, I think she still loves them, but the bright red patches on the top of each foot after a full day at school tell me they’re not loving her. Apparently her foot is too tall for the straps across the tongue. So she’s in the New Balance, and Zappos is getting the Saucony’s instead. Bummer, because we really liked them!

    3. I just signed my son up for his first kids race in October (he’s 4) and I’m on the hunt for a pair of real running shoes for him. I’m a Saucony lover so I’m definitely leaning in that direction :) I bought/buy my son’s shoes at baby steals and kid steals and have gotten some great deals in the DC brand. Thankfully with the girl we’ve been gifted more shoes than I know what to do with :)
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    4. Those shoes are adorable. I love little boy shoes! I have two boys and the most I’ve spent on shoes for them was about $15. I’m pretty cheap! I should probably invest a little more for some good walking/running shoes for them. My first was walking at 10 months and my second was about 11 months.
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    5. The boys are the cutest of models! I am not one to spend much on my kids shoes, either, but now that my son has feet the same size as mine, we’re into adult prices–yikes!
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