Saucony Grid 8500 Weave Style
The stylish and intricate woven suede upper is the first thing that catches the eye of any casual observer. That, along with the speckled GRID midsole make this shoe easily stand out in a crowd.
It looks best when paired with joggers, jeans, and running shorts.
The shoes’ detailed woven construction commandeers attention the way a bright colorway normally would. It also features a trim and elegant shape accented by suede and leather overlays. Debossed branding can be seen under the sole and at lateral parts of the shoe.
The shoe features Saucony’s signature midsole cushioning system, G.R.I.D., for improved stability and enhanced cushioning.
Saucony Grid 8500 Weave History
Saucony is an American company founded in 1898, on the high banks of Saucony Creek in Pennsylvania. Although the brand is somewhat underrated when compared with other athletic footwear companies, Saucony has produced some of the best-loved running shoes in the world—the Grids 8000 and 9000.
The Grid series came about from Saucony’s technology: the Ground Reaction Inertia Device (GRID). The Saucony Grid SD, launched in 1991, was the first to incorporate this midsole technology. The GRID used negative spaces carved into critical areas of the midsole to generate the most advantageous point for shock absorption. It created stable cushioning across the heel and lessened impact strain to the hip, lower leg, ankle, back, and knee joints.
The Grid 8000 debuted in the same year that the Grid SD did. It featured perf details in the upper for improved breathability. Three years later, an updated version was launched, the Grid 8000 CL, which used blended composite Hytrel filaments in an interlocking pattern designed to work with the midsole’s GRID system for improving shock reduction and enhancing stability.
In 1994, Saucony released the Grid 9000. The 9000 is a premium sneaker built for running. It had a gum outsole, neoprene tongue, EVA midsole, and a mix of materials on the upper including suede and mesh.
The Grid 8500 Weave is a hybrid shoe which fuses maximum comfort with uncompromising traction.
It comes from a combination of these two classics—the Grid 8000 CL and Grid 9000. The shoe’s cushioned midsole and outsole take from the comfortable Grid 8000 CL while the impeccable style and upper is a copy of the 9000.