Verdict from +100 user reviews

9 reasons to buy

  • Lots of fans describe the Saucony Shadow Original as comfortable. 
  • Various buyers praise this pair's light and breathable cushioning.
  • A number of reviewers note that the Saucony Shadow Original sneaker is much more sturdy and substantial than other Saucony sneaker designs.
  • Many reviewers say that the style of the Saucony Shadow Original men’s and women’s sneakers is remarkable. Most admire it for its sweet retro design.
  • Some users say that the ankle and arch support are brilliant.
  • The brand offers this in multiple colorways.
  • A handful of Saucony Shadow Original reviews commend the lush suede on its upper.
  • Some users who are suffering from rheumatoid arthritis, hammertoes, calluses, etcetera highly recommend this pair to everyone.
  • Most consumers applaud the sneaker for its affordable price point.

3 reasons not to buy

  • A handful of buyers say that the workmanship done on the Saucony Shadow Original is not that superb due to some stitches coming undone on the upper.
  • The laces are a little bit short, according to a couple of buyers.
  • Several consumers share that the color of the Saucony Shadow Original shoe is a little bit lighter in person than on websites.

Bottom line

The Saucony Shadow Original is a classic running shoe that can be worn every day. It possesses eye-catching retro style wear, a combination of premium and durable materials, and a price range that is commended by many reviewers. 

With first-rate comfort and support it provides to wearers, this shoe is highly suggested to be a part of every sneaker fan’s closet.

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Good to know

The Saucony Shadow Original has a noticeable well-cushioned collar and tongue and fabric inner lining which function as added comfort. Meanwhile, the ultra-soft EVA midsole and Ionic Cushioning System on the heel absorb shock and give support especially during impact. To provide optimum personalized fit, the brand added the lace-up front fastening system.

Sneaker fanatics love the comfort this shoe provides during training. Later on, it was considered as a part of casual streetwear fashion by combining this with jeans or joggers, tees and oversized pullovers. The little old school flavor made this pair eye-catching for most retro lovers plus it has undeniable durability that you can run in them too. 

Saucony has launched a steady stream of remarkable colorways of the Shadow Original to give its followers ample options to choose from and also to increase the fan base of this classic running kick. Here are the favorite hues presented in the market:

  Saucony Shadow Original grey-orange

This model features a clean fusion of light and dark grey on the upper accented with sunny orange on a few details. The generous amount of mesh on the upper enhances the breathability suitable for the warm days.

  Saucony Shadow Original pink tan

Also known as the ‘Space Race,’ this model displays a two-tone upper. The soft pink upper is overlaid with light camel brown hue to add contrast to this women's Saucony Shadow Original sneaker.  

  Saucony Shadow Original green gold

This colorway combines the buttery suede upper in green with anodized Saucony logo in gold. The maroon accents on the heel and tongue label add retro style.

  Saucony Shadow Original tan

In 2016, Saucony unveiled three colorways - the muted plum, blue, and tan, all of which are perfect for the fall season. 

  Saucony Shadow Original red burgundy

The upper is made of two shades of red that covers the mesh, nylon, and suede upper. Meanwhile, the chunky midsole is in white adding contrast and clean details. 

  Saucony Shadow Original cream-navy-red

Also dubbed as Saucony Originals Shadow Original parfait, this shoe is wrapped in mesh and suede upper in cream, with navy blue on the heel added with red accents throughout. 

  Saucony Shadow Original black

This black iteration is made of black suede and mesh upper contrasted with white on the heel, collar, and on the rubber midsole. 

  Saucony Shadow Original Cannoli Pack

Saucony launched this pack in two colorways inspired by the popular dessert - pistachio green and strawberry pink. Blended with brown and white hues, this shoe is a sure hit for the spring and summer breaks.  

The downtown style with a combination of the retro silhouette made the Saucony Shadow Original striking to many buyers. This kick is finished off with dapper mesh, and nylon upper and ultra-lavish suede overlays and stylish lace-up front give a remarkable impression in athletic and fashion world.

Also, the presence of marshmallowy EVA midsole, which offsets shock at the same time, augments the overall aesthetics which turned this pair into a true blue head turner. This shoe just established the fact that some things get better with age.

Saucony has been known for continually improving their products through the years by analyzing athlete’s biomechanics. From studying, they turn them into concepts and finally into advanced technologies.

The Saucony Originals is the branch of Saucony that is all about re-releases of their past models. The brand launched the Shadow Original in the mid-80s as their suede reissue of the Jazz silhouette. The Shadow Original was initially introduced as performance trainers, and since then, it became an indispensable silhouette of the Saucony brand. The brand incorporated soft EVA midsole for superb cushioning in this kick and TPU heel for better support. It also has a mesh upper with suede panel overlay and the Maxitrac triangular lug outsole.

The Shadow Original represented the bulk of the 80’s fashion and style and served as the Saucony’s key silhouette. They used the campaign slogan “1st is first. Second is nowhere” to promote this subdued yet technologically advanced shoe design.

This iteration has become the cornerstone of Saucony's impressive archive of running footwear. Every season, the brand releases luxurious revamped look making this model relevant to the contemporary market.  

  • The Saucony Shadow Original shoe has the combination of mesh and nylon upper with suede overlay for upgraded durability.
  • The upper rests atop a sturdy rubber outsole for reliable traction and grip on various surfaces.
  • It has the classic Saucony Originals triangular tread pattern on its rubber sole.
  • This model approximately weighs 365.7 grams. 


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