It’s safe to say that no brand has started the year quite like Saucony. Week after week we’ve seen premium sneakers from the Boston brand arrive here at Attitude and fly back out the door again – and that appears to be the case again this week. The GRID SD has arrived in two colourways, forming the “Quilted Pack”, and three new Shadow 5000’s have arrived, beautifully reminiscent of the Shadow 6000 “Irish Coffee Pack” we saw at the tail end of 2015. The hardest thing this week is deciding which of the five sneakers you should cop!
The two GRID SDs are certainly the most intricate and eye-catching of the five new arrivals. On the left above we have said model in a Grey/Tan colourway, and it is quite simply as premium as a sneaker can get. The base of the upper is a light grey/almost-tan suede at the toebox and a darker grey suede around the midfoot and heel, featuring criss-cross stitching all over it to provide a quilted appearance. Overlaying that is a light grey suede, which forms a mudguard around the toebox and Saucony’s three dots logo on the lateral and medial sides, and a much darker grey leather which reinforces the lacestay and provides more support around the midfoot. The dark grey suede around the base of the heel features embroidered Saucony text in a slightly contrasting lighter grey, as does the tan mesh tongue, providing subtle branding that is very in keeping with the overall colourway. Adding a vintage feel is the off-white sole, matching the lining and laces to make things super premium on the whole.
The lighter Tan/Grey colourway on the right above is essentially a flip of the previous shoe. The base of the upper has been made using a light grey suede on the toebox and a darker tan suede around the midfoot and heel, again featuring all-over criss-cross stitching for a quilted look. Lighter tan suede forms a mudguard around the toe and Saucony’s three dots logo on the lateral and medial sides, and the grey suede heel features dark beige embroidered Saucony text, as does the light grey mesh tongue. The midsole again comes in off-white, and the outsole features hits of gum, matching the predominantly brown upper to perfection.
Both shoes feature Saucony’s Ground Reaction Inertia Device in heel, consisting of woven Hytrel filaments that work to absorb and deflect impact at the heel through the whole midsole, to reduce its overall effect. That, combined with the EVA foam-cushioned sockliner and descending sole shape, ensures an incredible walking experience overall – it’s easy to see why the GRID SD was one of the most popular running shoes of its time.
Two of the three Shadow 5000s are pictured above – on the left we have Black, and on the right we have Grey. The former features a full black suede upper, with black perforated suede providing great breathability in key areas across the shoe (and certainly a more premium vibe) and a plain black suede forming the mudguard, three dots logos and heel. Adding touches of brightness are the white Saucony text on the heel and the off-white woven Saucony label on the tongue, which don’t take anything away from the upper at all. The midsole comes in off-white, again providing a more distinguished feel just as it did on the GRID SDs, and the outsole comes in gum, keeping things very retro and classy.
The latter features the same perforated and standard suede upper, again very soft in nature with a magnificently refined appearance. The laces come in a tonal grey colour so as to not detract from the colourway, and at the same time letting the Saucony branding on the heel and tongue stand out nicely. The off-white midsole works surprisingly well, as does the gum outsole, with both enhancing the intricate style of the shoe. The Wheat-coloured Shadow 5000 follows the same style, with an even more summer-infused style thanks to a rich tan colourway.
Both shoes (and their Wheat counterpart) feature fully-EVA-cushioned midsoles, providing an insane level of comfort by reducing the effects of the impact experienced with each step. A secure fit is provided by the sturdy heel counter and panel construction, and the descending shape of the sole lets you roll off your toes with each step, providing a much smoother walking experience overall.
All of the shoes above are available online and in-store here at Attitude, though the GRID SDs in particular are selling very fast. You’d want to get moving if you’re after a new pair of sneaks!