Facts

  • Top
    Top

    Low Top

    Extremely popular sneakers because of their price range, versatility when it comes to style, and freedom of movement. Almost everyone is guaranteed to have low-top sneakers in their shoe rotation.

    Mid Top

    Mid-top sneakers extend toward the ankle for a little more support and hold. These lie somewhere in the middle between low-top and high-top sneakers in terms of usage and popularity.

    High Top

    Sneakers with collars that go above the ankles for optimal hold and support are some of the most sought-after models in lifestyle shoes. Most of these shoes take their roots from basketball and have easily or fashionably crossed to mainstream wear.

    Good to know

    Regardless of cut, it's always good to start with sneakers that can be worn for the daily grind, also called as "beaters" by some, as these are usually cheaper, easy to clean, and still gives that lifestyle "edge" before going for those wallet-thinning models.

  • Inspired from
    Inspired from

    Sports

    Sneakers dominantly take their heritage from running, basketball, skate, tennis, training, hiking, and football. Still retaining a few of their performance-based technologies, these sneakers have transcended their respective niches and have successfully and popularly transformed themselves as staples of fashion footwear.

    Casual

    Sneakers designed for a laidback, "cool" vibe that is built for lifestyle wear right from the get-go.

    Good to know

    Brands are now blending elements of performance and casual appeal in basically every sneaker. One can hardly go wrong with a sports-inspired sneaker or a simple casual shoe.

  • Collection
    Collection

    Good to know

    Shoes sharing the same inspiration, history, materials, or technologies are routinely assembled under one compilation for the convenience of those who may wish to categorize or label their own collection as such. The classic collections like the Adidas Originals, Air Max 1, Air Force 1, new balance classic sneakers, and the Classic Leather head the pack of frequently asked about collections.

  • Price
    Price
    $120
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Summary

We spent 9.9 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what sneaker fanatics think:

11 reasons to buy

  • A large number of reviewers commented on how the shoes run true to size.
  • Numerous users claim the Saucony Grid 8000 are very stable and support a wide range of movement.
  • Some customers appreciated the soft suede upper material and the good quality of the overlays that don't easily crease or fold.
  • A handful of reviewers noted how the outer soles’ herringbone pattern gives the shoe superior grip and traction on the surface.
  • Good placement of mesh materials and perforation on the upper were noticed by a few reviewers that felt good ventilation and breathability of the shoe.
  • Several customers are pleased that this model cost less than other brands but offer better comfort and impeccable style.
  • Some users find the shoe great for walking as they never felt tired using the shoe for hours.
  • A few bloggers noted how comfortable the shoes are as its soft cushioning absorbs impact and bumps during long walks.
  • A good number of customers noted how the entire upper material fits together in giving protection to their feet without feeling cramped and heavy.
  • Some commented on how this retro runner felt modern in its design and colorways despite its silhouette being in existence for more than 25 years.
  • Several users commented that this sneaker has a great in-shoe feel with textile lining and padded collar and insoles that help protect the ankles and feet.

3 reasons not to buy

  • A few commenters claimed the Saucony Grid 8000 fits tight and buyers should go half-size larger to fit perfectly.
  • One commenter noticed that there’s too much Saucony branding on the shoe specifically at the heel back which could have worked with only one branding detail at the back instead of two.
  • Some reviewers find the shoe’s mesh material prone to tearing after heavy use.

Bottom line

The Saucony Grid 8000 is an underrated sneaker that has a lot of promising qualities. This classic reiteration of an early 1990s runner boasts of top-notch upper materials to innovative features that are even better than other overly hyped and overpriced models from other brands.  The shoe features quality cushioning and comfort from its padded insole and collar while its midsole assures of responsive cushioning and shock absorption and a stable footwear. For its unique silhouette, innovative features, and amazing colorways this sneaker is a steal at an affordable $100 price.

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Saucony Grid 8000 History

Footwear manufacturer Saucony has and always been a running shoe brand. While other brands have ventured into the production of other types of shoes and apparel, the company remained to do what it is best known – performance footwear for running, racing and walking.

The shoe manufacturing company was founded through a partnership between four businessmen and established their factory beside the Saucony Creek in Kutztown, Pennsylvania in 1898.

In 1910, however, a Russian immigrant named as Adam Hyde also started a shoe company in Cambridge, Massachusetts called Hyde Athletic Industries. Hyde had been known to manufacturing athletic footwear including shoes for brands like SpotBilt and PF Flyers. In 1968, Hyde Athletic Industries bought Saucony and officially transferred the company headquarters to Cambridge.

Then during the peak of the running boom of 1980 to 1990s, Saucony produced several of its popular running shoes that have been released as retro sneakers. One of these shoes is the Saucony Grid 8000 which was released in 1993.

But before the shoe was released, an earlier version using the G.R.I. D. or Ground Reaction Inertia Device was released as the Saucony Grid SD trainer in 1991. The footwear manufacturer used parts of the popular Saucony Shadow silhouette with a TPU heel section for stability.

Then in 1993, Saucony pursued the Grid cushioning system with the Saucony Grid 8000 that featured mesh sections and perforations for improved breathability.The improved design included blended interlocking composite Hytrel filaments for an improved shock absorption and stability.

Also notable in the design is the movement of the trademark three-dot Saucony logo from the side paneling into the heel. More than 20 years since it was introduced, modern iterations of the Saucony Grid 8000 were reissued by the brand in a variety of colorways to cater to both men and women customers.

Saucony Grid 8000 Style

As a retro sneaker, the Saucony Grid 8000, sparks nostalgia for this innovative running shoe from the American athletic shoe manufacturer. The shoe is pimped up by premium suede leather and mesh making it stylish and trendy in vibrant colorways. As the retro running shoe transitions as a lifestyle sneaker, the Saucony Grid 8000 features sophisticated overlays and cuts that only show premium quality at an affordable cost.

On-foot reviews show great versatility for this casual sneaker as it blends well with a variety of clothing from pants to shorts. A good variety of colorways from neutral Grey and Black to adventurous tones like Lobster, Desert, and Dirty Snow give wearers many options to choose from to suit their style and mood.

Fit & Sizing

With a secured flat lacing system, the Saucony Grid 8000 runs true to size with great fitting. The shoe is available for both men and women in unisex sizes in medium D or B width. The shoes range from US size 5 to 14.

Notable Features

Foremost among the features of the Saucony Grid 8000 is its use of the more than two-decade-old midsole cushioning technology known as G.R.I.D. or Ground Reaction Inertia Device system which forms the footwear’s name. The G.R.I.D. is designed to simultaneously absorb shock and control mediolateral motion.  Modern iterations of this classic running shoe technology include composite interlocking Hytrel filaments in the midsole that further reduce shock and stabilize the shoe.

The modern take on the Saucony Grid 8000 comes in a blend of suede leather and mesh for a premium feel with a herringbone sole for superior traction. The retro running sneaker also has a padded removable insole and collar for a comfortable fit and in-shoe feel. The modern silhouette features an extremely soft EVA sole unit that also provides incredible underfoot cushioning with every step.

Additional Info

  • Aside from retro releases of the Saucony Grid 8000, the brand also released a Bodega x Saucony Grid 8000 “Classifieds” sneaker in August 2017 that featured classified prints in the tongue and insole.
  • Other variations of the Saucony Grid 8000 include Elite and Tailored versions.
  • Among celebrities who were spotted wearing the shoe include American hip-hop artists and producer J.Cole.