Size and fit

The low-top Saucony Grid 8500 HT comes in men’s sizes in medium width, ranging from 5-14. Its upper is constructed with nubuck material, ideal for a solid and durable feel. It also has a traditional lace-up system that secures and tightens the fit. The ankle is left free to move due to this shoe’s low-cut collar.

Saucony Grid 8500 HT Style

A few colorways were released for the Saucony Grid 8500 HT: brown, red, and grey. It has a running-inspired profile that's perfect for mixing and matching with casual clothes. The neutral colors also make the sneaker highly versatile, able to pair well with plenty of shades and outfits.

For a relaxed flair, the kicks can be worn with joggers or shorts along with a sweatshirt or t-shirt. This is ideal if one wants an athleisure appeal, which can be completed with a jacket. Meanwhile, for days when one wants just to kick back and hang out or walk around, the shoes can be paired with pants or jeans. A plain t-shirt or long-sleeved shirt should complete the laidback style.

Notable Features

A fusion of heritage designs makes the Saucony Grid 8500 HT sneaker genuinely unique. Elements from the Grid 9000 is found on the upper, while the midsole and outsole take after the Grid 8000’s design. The result is a timeless design, fulfilled with a luxurious nubuck upper.

Perforated details dot the sides of the sneaker's toe for added style as well as ventilation. It's complemented by the striking ribbed heel. The Saucony logo is on the sides of the model, while additional Saucony branding is found on the tongue and heel.

Saucony Grid 8500 HT History

The original Saucony Grid 8500 was a hybrid model, combining the upper structure of the Saucony Grid 9000, first released in 1994, and the Saucony Grid 8000, introduced in 1993. With the integrated elements of these running silhouettes, the 8500 became a versatile and ultra-comfortable shoe.

These models are part of the brand's GRID series. The collection is built around Saucony's groundbreaking midsole cushioning system called GRID. It stands for Ground Reaction Inertia Device and enables the wearer to feel comfortable all day long.

Initially designed for light-paced running, the 8500 model has since become a lifestyle staple. It has been upgraded several times, including in the form of the Saucony Grid 8500 HT from the “Burnish” pack. This model is all about the luxury of leather.

Over time, the upper forms a patina that's unique to the wearer, making it a one-of-a-kind sneaker. This is the result of the material wearing out, which changes the appearance from light to dark. The oils in the premium nubuck material enable the formation of this exceptional detail.

Additional Info

  • The striped EVA midsole offers efficient shock absorption for enhanced comfort.
  • The sneaker's rubber outsole delivers traction and durability.


Facts / Specs

Base model: Saucony Grid 8500
Top: Low
Inspired from: Running
Collection: Saucony Grid
Closure: Laces
Material: Leather
Features: Orthotic friendly / Removable insole

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Danny McLoughlin
Danny McLoughlin

Danny is a sports nut with a particular interest in football and running. He loves to watch sports as much as he loves to play. Danny was lead researcher on RunRepeat and The PFA’s report into Racial Bias in Football Commentary. His football and running research has been featured in The Guardian, BBC, New York Times and Washington Post.