Saucony, hailing from Massachusetts, has a storied history and has, on countless occasions, drawn inspiration from New England lifestyle staples to produce some classic shoes. This is again the case as we anticipate the release of the Saucony Grid 8000 “Shrimp”, which pays homage to the lobster roll, a classic New England dish. What is sure to be one of the most hyped Saucony releases of the year, this sneaker is truly delicious!
As I’ve mentioned, the inspiration for the sneaker is the lobster roll, a famous dish in New England, the home of Saucony. This has led to the release being adorned the “Shrimp”, embodied by the Lobster Pink that runs along half of the upper of the sneaker, before dripping onto the midsole. The flecks of green that can be seen across the shoe represent chive, a common addition to a lobster roll, and they serve to break up the large blocks of colour very nicely. Saucony branding on the heel and tongue, as well as the top eyelets and lace tips, come in this green colour which contrasts strongly against the off-white and pink upper. As far as materials go, this sneaker is a real winner. The light pink sections of the shoe come in a mixture of tumbled leather and premium suede, and the off-white section including the tongue features similarly premium suede. I want to know where Saucony is sourcing these materials! Laces are kept tonal with the tongue, coming in an off-white colour, and the gum outsole comes in a durable rubber offering ultimate traction.
Performance features aren’t lost on this sneaker either, function and form are both very much present. The “Grid” in the sneaker’s name refers to “Ground Reaction Inertia Device”, a system introduced by Saucony over 20 years ago that absorbs shock and controls mediolateral motion at the same time. This, combined with the EVA sole unit running all along the shoe, ensures that tip-top style meets tip-top comfort, the perfect balance for the modern day sneakerhead!
Overall, this is one of the strongest releases of the year so far from any brand, let alone just Saucony. The quality is impeccable, the inspiration is well-thought and well-executed, the performance is strong, and the colourway is beautiful. What more could you want from a sneaker release?
These are set to be the catch of the day on Friday 8th July, both in-store and online here at Attitude Inc.. If you missed out on the super-limited Saucony x TQL collaboration a few weeks ago these would be a nice pair to console yourself with! But you’ll need to act fast because these are similarly limited!