Who should buy the Saucony Shadow Original Suede

Cop the Saucony Shadow Original Suede sneakers if you want:

  • a high-quality sneaker at a budget-friendly price
  • a suede version of the Saucony Shadow Original
  • a sneaker model that excels in both style and performance

Saucony Shadow Original Suede side logo

Suede update of the original Saucony Shadow Original

The Saucony Shadow Original Suede still carries the stability and comfort of the original shoe. It is just updated with suede.

Saucony Shadow Original Suede suede upper

The iconic, low-cut shoe returns in multiple colorways. The shoe gives off a retro vibe. The classic and not-too-loud design makes this pair a good wardrobe staple. These sporty kicks look great with jeans.

Saucony Shadow Original Suede low cut

Performance based-design with casual appeal

Clearly, it is the silhouette that is the most prominent part of the shoe as this is basically a staple of Saucony footwear. From its performance-based design, it is now catered to a more lifestyle and casual appeal. It is one of Saucony’s most popular silhouettes.

The Shadow Original Suede also features the signature triangular tread pattern of Saucony.

Saucony Shadow Original Suede outsole

Comfort and excellent support

It has an Ionic Cushioning System which supports the heel on impact.

Saucony Shadow Original Suede heel

Both the tongue and ankle collar are well-padded to enhance comfort.

Saucony Shadow Original Suede padded ankle collar and tongue

Saucony uses a TPU counter in the heel for more support.

Saucony Shadow Original Suede heel counter

Before becoming the Shadow Original Suede

The Saucony Shadow Original Suede is a shoe that originates from the Shadow, a staple in the American footwear label’s history. It debuted as a performance trainer in 1985. 

Saucony Shadow Original Suede label

Now known as the Shadow Original, the shoe was marketed using the "1st is first. Second is nowhere" catchphrase. It’s a silhouette that received various iterations to date.

The outsole of the Shadow Original evolved from the Saucony Jazz trainer. It maintained the same cushioning performance and had reinforced rubber as an addition to improve its quality and support.

Its midsole stems from the Freedom trainer, with the inclusion of a shank insert and motion controller for torsional stability. For survivability through the night, a protective double screen in black color and 3M Scotchlite reflective tape were used to cover the heel counter. 

An update of the original silhouette under the name Shadow Original Suede was released in 2016 and retailed at 80 USD.

Facts / Specs

Base model: Saucony Shadow Original
Top: Low
Inspired from: Running
Collection: Saucony Shadow
Colorways: Black / Green / Blue
Special editions: One special edition
SKUs: S702574 / S702575 / S704201 / S704202 / S704203

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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.