Revitalized Hornet in all its old-school glory

Saucony flaunts its expertise in running by reviving its 1975 Hornet trainer in a clean, classic, and stylish getup. If you’re up to squeezing in a timeless silhouette into your sneaker rack that offers the same familiar comfort you’d get from other top-billed brands, maybe it’s time to give the Hornet a try. The combination of textile and suede in this sneaker isn’t only for cosmetics but comfort and durability too. 

Below is a quick rundown of some of the favorable reasons for snatching a pair (or pairs) of Saucony Hornet. 

  • Padding on the tongue and collar are meant to swaddle the foot in comfort
  • Quick-drying textile leaves no space for sweaty feet
  • Cushioned mid-layer foam buffers the foot from impact and stress
  • It uses thin synthetic accents and a foam midsole to keep the weight down 
  • It has fewer pairs of eyelets versus the original model, making it appear less elongated

Hornet vs. Jazz Original

Saucony Hornet may be underrated compared to Saucony’s greatest hits like the Jazz Original, but the reworked model offers a different story. 

Style. The resurfaced Hornet grabs the same classic feel as the restored Jazz Original. If you’re crazy about the textile look, the Hornet can give you that since the Jazz has a nylon underlay. 

Colors. If you run out of color options for the Hornet, you can check out Jazz Original as the selection is enormous.  

Comfort. Both shoes are built with an adequate amount of padding around and supported by a standard foam for impact absorption.

Traction. Hornet’s herringbone textured sole offers a better grip than the triangular lugs on the Jazz Original. 

Facts / Specs

Style: Sporty, Retro, Minimalist
Top: Low
Inspired from: Running
Closure: Laces
Material: Mesh, Suede, EVA, Rubber Sole / Fabric
Season: Summer
Features: Breathable

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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.