Summary

We spent 6.8 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what sneaker fanatics think:

9 reasons to buy

  • Majority of sneaker reviewers love its retro design and colors.
  • Most reviewers find the Saucony Azura comfortable.
  • A good number of reviewers say it runs true to size.
  • The classic styling goes well with so many clothes and outfit.
  • The low-top Saucony Azura sneaker has a durable construction and high-quality materials according to some observers.
  • A few users say the mesh and textile combination in the upper provides needed breathability.
  • One reviewer says the lightweight feel and durable construction makes the shoe ideal for short runs and gym workouts.
  • Some customers find them reasonably priced and surprisingly affordable.
  • A reviewer says the Saucony Azura running shoe is an underrated release that has fantastic features.

1 reasons not to buy

  • A couple of wearers say it felt narrow for those with wide feet.

Bottom line

Released just in time for the 30th anniversary of the heritage running sneaker, the Saucony Azura packs a lot of retro vibes in its aesthetics from the color blocking to the synthetic microsuede and ripstop mesh upper.

One of Saucony’s affordable sneakers, it has quite a reputation during its heydays in the ‘80s as a lightweight runner with dependable stability and durability. Now that the retro sneaker gets a timely revival, it sends throwback vibes further enhanced by the comfort and overall style of the classic kick.

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Fit & Sizing

The Saucony Azura’s sizing is available in men’s and women’s sizes and in medium width. It also runs true to size. The shoe has comfortable padding in the collar and tongue with removable insoles with Saucony branding. Shoes come with flat regular laces that secure the foot. Saucony Azura shoes are sold in men’s sizes from 4 to 14. Ladies may also get this design.

With the popularity of retro runners, the Saucony Originals Azura’s re-release came at the right time when these heritage sneakers from the 1980s have remained to be a staple among fashion circles. While the design seems underrated for its features, the Saucony Azura shoes have lived up to its ‘80s marketing slogan of “No hot air or hype” by keeping things purely about the running-inspired sneaker’s features.

Retro runners are among the most versatile of sneakers since its classic features go about with just any outfit you have in your wardrobe. The Azura, a part of Saucony’s Originals collection, simply blend in and most of the time does not overpower your other clothing unlike, say a modern or futuristic shoe, or a chunky-soled dad shoe.

What further catches the attention of the public to the Saucony Azura casual shoes is its beautiful aesthetics starting with the suede overlays in unique and often contrasting colors that give it a 1980s vibe. The shoe also makes a great everyday sneaker for work, school, or for regular city activities as it is lightweight, breathable, and comfortable.

The torsional rigidity bar or the TPU stabilizer of the Saucony Azura sneaker has been retained from the original design because it delivers reliable support and stability to the Saucony Azura on feet. The sneaker also has a synthetic microsuede material that provides structure and color-blocking overlays in the upper. The ripstop mesh material, meanwhile, provides breathability together with some perforations placed all over the shoe.

Saucony has a long history of creating running shoes and later on lifestyle sneakers.  Founded by Russian immigrant A.R. Hyde, it was built at the high banks of Saucony Creek in Pennsylvania, USA, hence its name. The brand first made a breakthrough in the footwear industry when two of its shoes made it to the Top 10 running shoes by Runner’s World in 1979.

Soon several designs like their popular GRID series of shoes started to flood the market. Other technical footwear was soon produced by the brand. As retro footwear became trendy, the brand has also resurrected some of its 1980s designs to cater to the needs of the public for sneakers with throwback appeal. One of these designs is the Saucony Azura.

The Saucony Azura was originally released in 1988. The company released them on December 18, 2018, or some 30 years after the brand dropped the original. On the 30th anniversary of the lightweight runner, it came out in beautiful color-blocking designs. The Azura shoe by Saucony returned in its original colorways like yellow, grey, navy, and orange options for only $85.

  • EVA midsole and padded interiors provide comfort for the Saucony Azura retro runner.
  • Triangular rubber lugged outsole of the shoe has excellent grip and traction for various surfaces.
  • Saucony branding at the tongue and sockliner. Azura branding detail is placed on the lateral side.

Author
Danny McLoughlin
Danny McLoughlin

Danny McLoughlin is a researcher for RunRepeat covering football, sneakers and running. After graduating with a degree in computer science from The University of Strathclyde, Danny makes sure never to miss a game of his beloved Glasgow Rangers or the Scotland national football team. He has been featured in prestigious publications such as The Washington Post, The Irish Times, Footwear News and the like.

daniel@runrepeat.com