Size and fit

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 DXN Trainer Style

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.

Notable Features

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.

Saucony DXN Trainer History

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.

Additional Info

  • 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

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.