Saucony Jazz Original History
The Saucony Jazz Original silhouette was first released in 1981, and it was the product of a partnership between Saucony and a podiatrist named Frank Santopietro. Their aim was to create a model that would be sensitive to an average runner’s foot structure and normal range of motion.
Apparently, they did just that because the Jazz was immediately en route to becoming an icon. The suede/nylon uppers provided the right fit. The revolutionary triangular lug design on the rubber outsoles provided the needed traction. Active people just loved the experience of running in Saucony Jazz.
Collaborations and iterations on the Saucony Jazz Original silhouette
Being one of the brand’s iconic shoes, Saucony Jazz Originals had also witnessed some amazing releases and collaborations. One of these releases is the White Mountaineering x Saucony Jazz Original Pack. This is a collaboration between White Mountaineering, a Japanese adventure outwear brand, and Saucony. The pack features vegetable dyed calf suede uppers with leather linings, embossed detailing and a White Mountaineering branding on the tongue. A follow-up release of this collaboration came months after with a new colorway known as the White Mountaineering x Saucony Jazz Original “Courageous.”
By June 2014, the Saucony brand joined forces again with Anteater, a Russian streetwear line, which gave a fresh look to the Saucony Jazz Original shoes. The theme of the pack was “Sea & Sand” which is a bit of a surprise coming from a Russian brand. The pack features a “wave break on the beach sands” image.
The Saucony Jazz Original “Luxury Pack” debuted with some brand new colorways, designed for the Northern Hemisphere’s colder weather. The release of the Babochka x Saucony Collection followed not long after. This collaboration between Babochka, a Russian luxury boutique, and Saucony, was another interesting take on the Jazz Original.
On 2016, the Saucony brand launched an iteration of the Jazz Original. The Saucony Jazz Original Denim Pack came out with three colorways. One featured denim-covered uppers with some gold stitches, the second took a darker denim approach, while the third one showed a lighter denim tone. Another Luxury Pack for the Saucony Jazz Original was released by August that same year, giving the vintage model a new sophisticated look.
In 2017, the brand released some brand new colorways for the Jazz Original, and then a new collaboration followed. The Saucony brand teamed up with Japan’s Tacoma Fuji Records. The Tacoma Fuji Records x Saucony Collab features a USA casual-type colorway.
A few other modifications of the Saucony Jazz Original include the Saucony Jazz Leather, Saucony Jazz Low Pro, Saucony Jazz Original Vintage, and the Saucony Jazz Vegan.
Today, more than thirty-five years later, Saucony Jazz Original sneakers still retain their silhouette and footbed shape. They now come in a multitude of hues to suit every personality and style. Given their appeal, the Jazz Originals will continue to make their presence felt for years more.