Verdict from 100+ user reviews

6 reasons to buy

  • Light: Walking long distances in Saucony Hornet is a breeze. “It’s like walking on clouds.” 
  • Comfy: Diehards and first-time Saucony shoe users enjoy the comfort of the Hornet. 
  • True-to-size: The feet rest snuggly inside this shoe. Even the toe box offers the right amount of wiggle room.
  • Stylish: The colors and materials on the cover charmingly blend with the monotoned sole.
  • Timeless: Its classic style makes it wearable with lots of clothes.
  • Cheap: It comes with a fantastic price point. Admirers plunged into snagging extra pairs.

1 reason not to buy

  • Lacks support: It doesn’t have the same stability benefit as the Jazz shoe. “The feet tend to roll inward.” 

Bottom line

Saucony may not be as popular as other big sneaker names like Adidas, Nike, Asics, and New Balance, but having over a century of impressive reputation in performance running may be a good starting point. Hornet, plucked from its storied archive, brings not just a blast-from-the-past runner aesthetic but all the basics that’ll get you covered even during those backbreaker days. 

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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. 


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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.