The Saucony Elite concept was developed way back in 2010, with the idea being that the best of the best Saucony releases would be produced under the Elite name and be sold exclusively at Japanese retailers. Well, surprise surprise, people across the rest of the world didn’t take too kindly to that, and it’s easy to understand why with shoes like the Bodega x Saucony Elite Shadow 5000. First launched back in 2010 as you may have guessed, the shoe was met with a rapturous reception and flew out the Bodega doors like hot cakes. They’re back in similarly limited quantities this year to celebrate Bodega’s 10th anniversary, and you’re advised to act swiftly if you want to secure a pair!
First of all though, lets get into some history about the shoe. The Shadow 5000 is by far and away one of Saucony’s most iconic styles ever. Upon its release in 1989, the shoe became an instant hit amongst runners thanks to a redesigned EVA foam midsole that supported the movement of the foot and the TPU stabiliser that was made more compact. The panelled construction ensured its crossover into the world of style would be a seamless one, by letting incredibly intricate and unique colourways grace the shoe to keep it looking new and rejuvenated, which has remained to this current day.
Looking at the shoes, it really is easy to see why they’re so popular. We see two colourways make their way out of the Bodega archives, Royal Blue and Teal, with both featuring a very similar colour blocked style. Each shoe features a rich blue or vivid teal suede that wraps from the midfoot all around the heel, also forming the lace eyelets around the top of the shoes and the majority of the tongue. The laces also come in a teal or blue colour to enhance the juxtaposed style of the shoes, with the only breaks in the pattern being a grey suede hit at the top of the heel and three small grey mesh hits around the heel that enhance breathability. Around the front of the shoes, we see a grey suede which provides great support and structure, and a grey spongy mesh which further improves breathability. The midsole comes in a thick off white, almost beige in colour, which adds a real retro, vintage feel to the shoe and helps ease the colour transition from the bold upper to the deep gum outsole. The only other hit of colour comes on the tongue, where we see a woven purple label featuring Saucony text and the iconic winged shoe logo.
This is simply one of the best Saucony releases we’ve seen this year. The colourway is solid and the quality is out of this world, and while we’ve seen a slew of great shoes from Saucony this year, this one stands up taller than most of them. Releasing on Saturday 15th October in-store and online, these shoes are very limited in quantity, with Bodega being the only US store to stock them. So if you want to avoid disappointment, get setting those alarms!