There’s been a number of hot releases from both Saucony and Diadora in the first quarter of 2017, but as we come to the end of Q1, both brands have kicked things up a notch. Beige takes centre stage for the Italian formstripe label, with an awesome inspiration resulting in clean colourways on the classic N9000 and Titan models, and there’s one earthy and one more basic tone that take the lead for the Boston natives.
Columbo, the TV detective with Italian heritage, has served as the motivation for Diadora to create two of the best sneakers we’ve seen here at Attitude for some time. The sleuth could always be seen sporting olive and beige tones, and that is mirrored in the colourways of both shoes. The N9000 has been graced with a hybrid textile and suede upper, the former being visible at various points and coming in a more vivid beige, almost-tan colour. One shade of beige suede overlays feature on the toebox and lacestay, and another tone features on the formstripe logo on the lateral and medial sides and the other midfoot overlays. An olive hit appears on the heel in suede, very in keeping with the rest of the shoe, and working well with the olive embroidered N9000 text on the heel to brighten things nicely. Also embroidered on the heel is Diadora text on one shoe, and Columbo’s “044 APD” number plate on the other shoe, another lovely touch, and the back portion of the midsole comes in a deep beige, again to brighten things that bit more. The final perfect detail is the stamped logo on the tongue, depicting Columbo’s trusted sidekick, the aptly named “Dog”. We can’t remember the last time a brand found as good an inspiration as this one, let alone executed it this well.
The Titan II in the pack, as has been mentioned, follows much the same aesthetic. The base of the upper has been made using an almost-golden textile material, one that is very comfortable and flexible, and suede overlays feature all over in a lighter shade of beige, also forming the formstripe logo on the lateral and medial sides. They help give the shoe more support and structure, particularly around the heel area, for a more stable fit. Also at the heel we see an olive suede hit, featuring embroidered Diadora text on one sneaker and embroidered “044 APD” initials on the other. The classic Impact Control text remains on the rose gold and cream midsole, and finally, the tongue bears a woven label depicting Dog. Essentially, you’ve just got to pick which model is your favourite of the two, but that’s probably harder than we’ve made it sound!
Beige again features with one of the two new Saucony arrivals, but there’s also a triple black sneaker if you’re not feeling very summery yet! This Saturday sees the launch of a brand new Saucony model – the GRID 9000 Knit, an updated and much more breathable version of the GRID 9000 that is simply perfect for summer. Both the beige and black colourways feature a base upper construction of a synthetic knitted material, one that has great flexibility to it to enhance comfort. When you consider the aforementioned working with the internal bootee build, it’s easy to see that these are going to be some of the most comfortable sneakers you’ll find this year. The knitted patterns on both shoes are very intricate, with a flecked appearance that nicely complements their semi-speckled midsoles. Support is provided by the suede overlays that feature all around the base of the upper on both shoes, and which also form the signature three dots logos on the lateral and medial sides. Saucony branding is typically minimal, with a text logo featuring on part of the lacestay, to take nothing away from the focal point, which in both cases is the sneaker and colourway itself.
The Diadora N9000 and Titan II in the “Colombo Pack” are launching tomorrow, Friday 7th April, both online and in-store here at Attitude, and the Saucony GRID 9000 Knit in Tan and Black are launching on Saturday. Keep an eye on our Instagram for further updates!