The GRID 8000, first introduced in 1993, is a classic Saucony model that has become one of its most revered styles in the sneaker world today. After the incredible “Shrimp” GRID 8000 release a few weeks ago, we now see the “Desert”, a sand-infused colourway perfect for the remainder of the now-blistering summer and the approaching Autumn.
As can be gathered from the title of the shoe, it is inspired by the harsh landscapes of deserts across the globes, which often feature different shades of sand in different areas. A lighter sand tone is utilised at the forefoot of the shoe, which gets darker around the lateral and medial sides of the midfoot before brightening up again around the heel. These monochromatic sand shades are offset by a crisp white midsole, further enhancing the subtle differences in colour between the different components of the upper. The outsole comes in a translucent gum, providing a glow that rounds the shoe off nicely. Saucony branding is kept minimal to match the toned-down colourway, with sand “Saucony” embroidery on the heel and tongue.
A wide range of ultra-premium materials are used across the upper, it is a Saucony release after all! Perforated leather features on the toebox and in parts of the midfoot, offering great comfort and super breathability. A very pale sand suede can be found running along the front of the toebox, incredibly soft to touch, as well as on the heel. The darker sand shades around the midfoot are a buttery nubuck, with frayed edges representing the swirling sand and rolling dunes so often found in deserts. Saucony provides two different lace options also, with two-tone sand rope laces the first option and off-white laces as an alternative, so you can go tonal with the upper or add that extra bit of pop – whatever your preference.
The Saucony GRID 8000 “Desert” is releasing tomorrow, Friday 26th August, at 10 AM online here at Attitude Inc. These certainly won’t hang around for long, so get your alarm ready!