Saucony Jazz 81: The premium cut 

When it comes to running shoes, Saucony has over a century of remarkable track records. Saucony Jazz is one of the well-loved runners from its ‘80s archives that’s transitioned into a street-ready sneaker and tweaked in many reinterpretations. Saucony Jazz 81 is among the reshaped versions whipped with premium detailing while retaining its vintage appeal. 

What was tweaked?

  • It uses high-caliber, buttery Wolverine suede, and a hard-wearing nylon mesh in place of the traditional nylon and suede.
  • For a more refined look, the stitched S-logo on the lateral side was removed. 
  • Some Jazz 81 variations use UV-ink on the upper that changes color under the sun.

Side by side other best-loved Saucony Jazz shoes

  • Original is pumped with a purely classic appeal offering moderate arch support.  
  • Low Pro is much cheaper than the Jazz 81, with a slimmed-down outsole thinner than the original. 
  • Vintage comes with an unpadded tongue and a more budget-friendly price tag than Jazz 81. 


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