2016 Highlight Reel: Saucony
Saucony powered on through the year with a selection of heated colabs. The brand handed over the keys to a number of classic silhouettes and gave collaborators some creative license. We’ve curated a snapshot of some of the best.
The Quiet Life x Saucony Shadow 5000 (The Quiet Shadow)
LA-based label The Quiet Life paired with Saucony to create a minty fresh Shadow 5000. The laidback model dubbed ‘The Quiet Shadow’ has a constellation peppered across the midfoot, with modicums of light teal on the branding, tongue and heel counter.
Bodega x Saucony Elite Shadow 5000 Reissue
Boston’s Bodega dug deep into the crypt to reissue their heated Elite colab as part of their tenth anniversary celebrations. The Bodega x Saucony Elite Shadow 5000, originally released in 2010, is colourblocked perfection atop a classic natural gum outsole. The premium suede Shadow 5000 came in a two-part release – one with royal blue panels, the other in a toned-down turquoise – each flaunting perforated grey toed perfection.
Extra Butter x Saucony Shadow 5000 ‘EBFTP’
Extra Butter called on the sneaker head community and let them drive their ‘EBFTP’ Shadow 5000colab. The ‘For The People’ release was driven by popular vote on social media. The ‘night at the drive-in’ theme sees the colourway reflect classic cars of the 50s and is constructed from primo materials – full grain leather and pigskin suede. Accelerating the automobile theme, the tongue features fluffy dice graphics and a red reflector on the tail.
Wolverine x Saucony Shadow Original
In a power coupling, two footwear legends teamed up to give the Saucony Shadow Original a deluxe makeover. Wolverine rebuilt the runner with premium Horween leather in homage to the iconic 1000 Mile Boot. The sneaker features a warm chestnut brown forefoot with accents of a rich honey colour sticking down the heel. A classy elevation for a classic runner.
Offspring x Saucony Shadow 5000 ‘Medal Pack’
Perhaps in a nod to the Olympics in August, UK stockists of sneaker heat, Offspring, gave the Shadow 5000 a metallic-toed update. The colab saw the rugged soled runner finish on the podium with a trio of colourways – gold, silver and bronze.
Premier x Saucony Kinvara 7 Night Strike
Stealth is somewhat of an overused description in the sneaker blogging game, however the Premier x Saucony Kinvara 7 colab is definitely deserving of being labeled with the attribute. The ‘Night Strike’ takes inspiration from military air raids. The black upper is accented with camo knit mesh and embossed leather, perfect for midnight moves. The shoe celebrates Premier’s 15th anniversary with the 01 stamp on the heel, while the tongue tag displays a militarily inspired dual branded logo.
The Feature x Saucony Courageous ‘Bacon & Eggs’
Feature let us know that green smoothies and activated almonds were done this year. The collab throws cholesterol caution to the wind and fries up a ‘Bacon & Egg’ colourway of the Courageous as the first serve their ‘Breakfast’ pack. The satin and washed suede composition features a mix of hearty tones culminating in a porky-pink strip of bacon inspired Saucony stripe accented with egg-yolk yellow accents. Served with a litre of filter coffee for a winning start to the day.