From a modern reimagining of an old school silhouette, and a Japanese-inspired ‘Sashiko’ make-up, to a Dunkin’ Donuts colab and the resurrection of an underrated classic, 2018 was undoubtedly a massive year for Saucony. As the year comes to a close, we’re taking a look back at some of the brand’s biggest drops of the past 12 months — including the welcome return of the beloved Azura.
Solebox x Saucony Shadow 5000 EVR ‘Pink Devil’
Saucony kicked off 2018 by linking up with Berlin-based Solebox for a new ‘Pink Devil’ drop. A nod to 2012’s collaborative Shadow 5000 duo, this year’s entry took things in a more contemporary direction by utilising the knit Shadow 5000 EVR — complete with Saucony’s EVERUN cushioning tech — as a canvas.
Up There Store x Saucony GRID 8000 ‘Sashiko’
Up There Store may be based in Australia, but the retailer’s Saucony GRID 8000 colab was distinctly Japanese. Decked out in rich blue leather and indigo-coloured denim with decorative stitching, the ‘Sashiko’ drop recalled Japan’s centuries-old practice of functional embroidery.
Saucony GRID 9000 ‘Fish Scale’ Pack
The GRID 9000 has long been one of Saucony’s collaborative go-tos, but this year’s ‘Fish Scale’ duo showed that the brand also had some quality in-house treatments in store for the retro silhouette. Not only were faux fish scales highlighted across the heels and midfoot sections of the drop, but the release opted for unique colour-blocking that saw either bright pink or mango on the leather toe box, toe bumper, mudguard, midsole, and outsole.
Dunkin’ Donuts x Saucony Kinvara 9
It’s not every day that a fast food chain gets a sneaker colab, but that’s exactly what we got when Dunkin’ Donuts took on the Kinvara 9 back in March. The special release celebrated this year’s Boston Marathon and the favourite post-run snack for New Englanders with coffee bean—adorned logos, donut sprinkle—inspired details, and the signature Dunkin’ colour combo of orange and magenta.
END. x Saucony GRID 8500 ‘Lobster’
After dropping the Shadow 5000 ‘Burger’ back in 2014, the UK’s END. and Saucony opted for another food-inspired make-up in 2018. This time the GRID 8500 paid homage to lobster with ‘Jaffa’ suede and ‘Orange Peel’ leather construction to go along with a crustacean-decorated box.
Feature x Saucony Shadow 6000 ‘Living Fossil’
Las Vegas—based Feature’s latest Saucony collaboration gave a shout out to Nevada’s official state fossil: the Ichthyosaur. Dressed in ‘Beryl’ green, this Shadow 6000 donned both suede and nubuck to go with water-resistant panels, holographic detailing, and an outsole gradient.
Saucony GRID SD ‘Garden District’ Pack
July’s ‘Garden District’ pack of GRID SDs was another solid illustration of Saucony’s own in-house aesthetics. Marked by fleur-de-lis logos on the tongues, and a cracked pattern on the midfoot, the tonal drops took cues from the New Orleans neighourhood of the same name, and even included a ‘Kushwhacker’-eqsue purple colourway.
Saucony Shadow 5000 Vintage
The Shadow 5000 stepped back in time this July with a retro-inspired ‘Vintage’ nod to the original. OG construction met a yellowed midsole, while calm blue suede was paired with a white base, and black leather and nylon on the upper.
Saucony Shadow 6000 ‘Oktoberfest’
The Shadow 6000 was ready to celebrate this October thanks to Saucony’s ‘Oktoberfest’ treatment. This nod to the world’s largest Volksfest managed to pay tribute to the look of Bavarian brewmasters while simultaneously alluding to great German ales with a combination of brown leather panels and golden yellow accents. Light blue nubuck completed the package, alongside icy rubber outsoles.
Hanon x Saucony Freedom ISO ‘Granite City’
Aberdeen-based Hanon took cues from its own stomping grounds for its Saucony colab this November, dressing the Freedom ISO in a ‘Granite City’ look as a nod to the locally-quarried grey granite that makes up the majority of the city’s buildings. The predominately grey kicks donned red tongue badges and a granite-like print across the upper, not to mention tech like Saucony’s EVERUN topsole construction and dynamic ISOFIT system. Hanon’s signature flame was even incorporated into the outsole.
Saucony Azura ST
Originally released 30 years ago, the Azura ST is one of the most underrated runners of all time, and one that infamously took a dig at Saucony’s crosstown rivals with a tagline of ‘dedicated to people tired of hype and hot air’ back in 1988. To honour its 30th anniversary, the stability runner returned this December, complete with the brand’s proprietary ‘Stabil Wrap’ tech, Kevlar-constructed Torsional Rigidity Bar, and the silhouette’s clean OG combo of ‘Sky Blue’ and ‘Marigold’.