Verdict from +100 user reviews

10 reasons to buy

  • The knitted textile paneling and suede overlays in the Saucony Grid 9000 Knit looks and feels durable.
  • Several customers noted that the sneaker is well-built and constructed with premium looking materials and heavy duty built.
  • Some commented that the speckled paneling looks modern and comparable to other contemporary knitted textile shoes of different brands.
  • The supportive Saucony Grid sole is consistent with delivering reliable grip and traction.
  • A few reviewers liked the three colorways used in the design as it is neutral, not overwhelming, and compliments various types of clothing.
  • The lightweight EVA foam midsole provides ample cushioning.
  • Some noted that the thick midsole absorbs shocks and bumps with ease.
  • Knit material in the upper of the Grid 9000 is breathable and airy making them excellent footwear for summer or spring.
  • The interior cleatie construction helps a lot in fitting as well as securing the foot inside the shoe.
  • Many reviewers felt the comfort brought about by the soft padded collar and tongue and leather lining inside the Saucony Grid 9000 Knit.

3 reasons not to buy

  • A few users claimed that the thick midsole made the Grid 9000 Knit look bulky.
  • Knit material with the suede overlays could get dirty with accumulated dust or mud splatters after a heavy rain.
  • Some commenters with wide feet feel the one-piece cleatie fit could get tight at the collar.

Bottom line

The comfortable Saucony Grid 9000 Knit is a well-constructed update to 1990s performance running shoe. It has a modern knit upper with speckled patterns on the top and parts of the midsole while suede overlays complete this revamped look. The Grid midsole remains reliable with shock absorption and cushioning features with the shoe offered at an affordable price of $90.

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The Saucony Grid 9000 Knit sneaker runs true to size. The revamped kick is kept snug with a one-piece cleatie interior and premium rope laces. It also comes in men’s sizes 5 to 14 and women’s sizes 4 to 11 in medium width.

The knit material upgrade is a modern facelift to the famous 1990s performance running shoe. The suede and knit combination work in a variety of outfits with its amazing colorways of cream, black, and grey.

The speckled midsole and the unique pattern of the knitted material make this a fashionable choice for many sneaker fans that could easily pair them in jeans, short pants, and another casual garb. The overall look does not come far behind other brands with the same knit materials on their footwear. The same elements have recently become popular during spring and summer months when lighter and more breathable materials are utilized in many sneakers.

The superior cushioning coming from the Ground Reaction Inertia Device or GRID midsole of this retro sneaker remains to be its most striking feature. The soft cushioning of the thick midsole was designed in the 1990s as a feature that would simultaneously absorb shock and regulate mediolateral motion for a smooth run without impact and fatigue on foot.

Aside from this striking feature, the shoe also boasts of a speckled knit upper material, and suede overlays that complete the updated look of the Saucony Grid 9000 Knit.

Performance runners were the first users of the Saucony Grid 9000. The favorite performance running shoe was first released in 1994 by Saucony.The shoe uses the brand’s signature G.R.I.D. midsole which stand for Ground Reaction Inertia Device promising a comfortable run with improved shock absorption, stability, and cushioning.

Over the years, the Saucony Grid 9000 had several design updates, new color treatments, and upgraded materials. Since 2012, Saucony had several design collaborations with footwear retailers such as the Boston-based Bodega and New Jersey-based Packer Shoes with the Bodega x Saucony Grid 9000 Elite and the Packer x Saucony Grid 9000 Trail Pack design collaborations.

In time for the 10th anniversary of Australian publication Sneaker Freaker, the retailer joined forces in bringing out the all black with mint accents of the Sneaker Freaker x Saucony Grid 9000 “Bushwhacker.”

In 2013, a Premium Pack of the Saucony Grid 9000 was released with the signature three-holed branding and was later followed in Fall by the Saucony Grid 9000 Three Rivers Pack. Several partnerships with retailers were forged in 2014 with Kith, The RISE, Bodega, Extra Butter, Packer Shoes, and Play Cloths making the Grid 9000 even more popular.

These design collaborations include: the Bodega x Saucony Grid 9000 “Polka Dot” Pack; the Extra Butter x Saucony Grid 9000 Advanced Crew Escape Suit or ACES, Packer Shoes x Saucony Grid 9000 or “Snow Beach” Pack ; the Saucony Grid 9000 “Kithstrike”; the holiday-released Play Cloths x Saucony Grid 9000 “Motocross,” and RISE x Saucony Grid 9000 “Keys Open Doors” Pack.

The following year, the Saucony Grid 9000 Hallowed Pack was released in time for the Halloween 2015. End clothing also had collaboration with shoe brand with the END x Saucony Grid 9000 “White/Noise.” In 2016, Saucony also partnered with Miami-based Shape Gallery for a Grid 9000 with the beach vibe as an homage to the 1990s Florida surf culture.

That same year, the Saucony Grid 9000 Letterman design was released. The year 2016 continued to be a collaborative one for the brand with the release of Billy’s x Saucony Grid 9000 Nippon Pack in a Japanese-inspired colorway.  Also released that same year is the Saucony Grid 9000 Liberty pack.

Also released in 2016 was the Boxing-inspired “Sparring with Saucony Sneaks” which showcases a combination of navy blue, red, white and gold. The Saucony Grid 9000 Knit came out later in the year with a Jacquard knit base with a splattered pattern and suede leather overlays. The shoe was released in cream, black, and grey colorways.

  • Debossed Saucony nameplate in the upper side eyelet and tongue pull tab.
  • Three-dot signature Saucony branding on the side panel.
  • One-piece cleatie collar and tongue for better fitting in the Saucony Grid 9000 Knit.
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.

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