Verdict from +100 user reviews

11 reasons to buy

  • As described by some users, the Saucony DXN Trainer comes with lovely synthetic upper detailing.
  • This sneaker looks fantastic with tapered jeans and so convenient to wear around town.
  • One reviewer uses this for work during long shifts in the hospital.
  • Several noted that this DXN sneaker goes perfectly well with thin socks.
  • One of the most comfortable shoes worn by several reviewers.
  • It offers excellent cushioning, as expressed by more than a hundred reviewers.
  • This sneaker exceeded the expectations of many reviewers regarding comfort.
  • A smart looking retro sneaker that’s ideal for styling up as commented by many.
  • Some loyalists of Saucony’s performance running shoes adored the style and comfort of this remake model.
  • It is far better than other competing brands and comes at a more reasonable price.
  • It held up almost perfectly, stated by some.

3 reasons not to buy

  • A reviewer with wide feet mentioned that it tends to be a little tight in the midfoot.
  • After a week of constant use, the heel collapsed and is noticeably lower than other parts of the insole, one user recounted.
  • One Saucony fan said it fits tighter on the toe region than a Saucony Jazz Classic.

Bottom line

The 1980s best-selling Dixon Trainer shoe gets a retro look with the drop of the Saucony DXN Trainer. Although this reformatted model is no longer fitted for running, it will keep you literally on your toes for several hours without getting foot discomforts.

It may feel tight straight from the box but the synthetic leather detailing is forgiving, which makes it a bang for the buck. You can wear this with strings of casual wear, from jeans to scrubs.

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Good to know

The Saucony DXN Trainer casual sneaker is generously padded that offers comfort to the feet. It sizes fall within standard length dimension but may tend to run narrow especially on the forefoot area. Those with wide foot opted to switch to a half size larger for an improved fit experience. This men’s shoe is available in sizes that spreads from 5 to 13 US.

Saucony introduces another casual sneaker that can be an essential go-to style for practical daily use. Mimicking the 1980s coveted running model the DXN Trainer, the comeback silhouette carries the same name that’s equipped with cushioning components. The Saucony DXN Trainer low-top casual shoe gives an illusion of having a bulky frame with the presence of synthetic accent on the mudguard and heel.

But it is one of the lifestyle sneakers in Saucony’s collection that is radiating in lightness. Available in several color combinations, this sneaker adds vigor to any laidback wear and offers a jazzy vibe to a pair of jeans, tracksuits, pants that taper on the hem whether rolled up or with garter, or with straight pants such as cargos and chinos.

Saucony gave its die-hard devotees and brand new breed of sneaker fans a taste of the past with the drop of the remodeled Saucony DXN Trainer lifestyle sneaker. Although this DXN model has lost its appeal as a running shoe as there are more much advanced tech-laden performance footwear available in Saucony’s running catalog, it has been winning the hearts of consumers with its incredible offerings.

The liberal amount of cushioning it provides relieves the feet from impact, while its moisture-wicking synthetic lining keeps feet odor-free. Its outsole offers flexibility and outstanding traction. Given all these benefits, Saucony DXN Trainer is one of the lightweight lifestyle kicks under Saucony.

When 1972 Olympic marathon bronze medalist Rod Dixon aced the 1983 New York City Marathon, Saucony collaborated with this runner in coming up with the DXN (short for Dixon) Trainers which was dropped in the same year he won the NY race.

Along with the team of engineers from Saucony, Dixon recommended punching a series of tiny holes in the EVA midsole to improve the shoe’s cushioning. This was later called the Dixon mattress. The long-distance runner also suggested collapsible heel tab, named Dixon window, to support the heel and reduce the impact on the Achilles tendon during long-mileage running. And, to provide support to the metatarsal joint, Dixon proposed an ultra-soft shoe insert with durable rubber sole.

The launch of the DXN Trainer was succeeded by the unveiling of another running shoe, the Shadow Original in 1985. It had a breathable nylon mesh with a series of suede covering for the upper. Such properties were paired to a bendable synthetic insert at the heel counter to strengthen the shoe’s heel cup. It has the same triangular lug outsole as the Jazz.

A few years later, the tech-laden GRID, short for Ground Reaction Inertia Device, was introduced by the brand. This engineering method creates woven filaments of Hytrel that provides even cushioning across the heel that significantly lowers strain to the ankle, knee, leg, hip joints, and back.

Saucony is one of the longest-running American brands that has been producing state-of-the-art technical footwear for over a century now. Its golden days began in the ‘80s as Saucony evolved into a brand solely for runners. Its classic 1980s DXN Trainer is now obtainable in an assortment of trendy designs such as orange, olive, tan, and red under the lifestyle sneaker category. Some of the features include a combination of nylon, suede, and mesh uppers fused to its much-adored shock absorbing EVA midsole.

  • The Saucony DXN Trainer comes with a synthetic and fabric upper, which keeps its weight toned down.
  • Saucony’s S-logo appears on the lateral and medial sides.
  • It is built with a moderately padded collar.
  • It has a traditional lace-up structure that allows consumers a personalized fit.
  • Its midsole is built with comfy and shock-absorbing EVA foam.


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Danny McLoughlin is a researcher for RunRepeat covering football, sneakers and running. After graduating with a degree in computer science from The University of Strathclyde, Danny makes sure never to miss a game of his beloved Glasgow Rangers or the Scotland national football team. He has been featured in prestigious publications such as The Washington Post, The Irish Times, Footwear News and the like.