Verdict from +100 user reviews

10 reasons to buy

  • Numerous users claim the Saucony Grid 8000 are very stable and support a wide range of movement.
  • Some customers appreciate the soft suede upper material and the good quality of the overlays that don't easily crease or fold.
  • A handful of reviewers note how the outer soles’ herringbone pattern gives the shoe superior grip and traction on the surface.
  • Good placement of mesh materials and perforation on the upper are noticed by a few reviewers to provide good ventilation and breathability to the shoe.
  • Several customers are pleased that this model cost less than other brands but offer better comfort and impeccable style.
  • Some users find the shoe great for walking as they never feel tired using the shoe for hours.
  • A few bloggers note how comfortable the shoes are as its soft cushioning absorbs impact and bumps during long walks.
  • A good number of customers note how the entire upper material fits together in giving protection to their feet without feeling cramped and heavy.
  • Some comment on how this retro runner felt modern in its design and colorways despite its silhouette being in existence for more than 25 years.
  • Several users comment that the Grid 800 sneaker from Saucony has a great in-shoe feel with textile lining and padded collar and insoles that help protect the ankles and feet.

3 reasons not to buy

  • A few commenters claim the Saucony Grid 8000 fits tight.
  • One commenter notices that there’s too much Saucony branding on the shoe specifically at the heel back which could have worked with only one branding detail at the back instead of two.
  • Some reviewers find the shoe’s mesh material prone to tearing after heavy use.

Bottom line

The Saucony Grid 8000 is an underrated sneaker that has a lot of promising qualities. This classic reiteration of an early 1990s runner boasts of top-notch upper materials to innovative features that are even better than other overly hyped and overpriced models from other brands.  

The shoe features quality cushioning and comfort from its padded insole and collar while its midsole assures of responsive cushioning and shock absorption and a stable footwear. For its unique silhouette, innovative features, and amazing colorways this sneaker is a steal at an affordable $100 price.

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Good to know

With a secured flat lacing system, the Saucony Grid 8000 offers enough customizability when it comes to fit. This sneaker also has a padded collar for more support in the ankle area.

As a retro sneaker, the Saucony Grid 8000, sparks nostalgia for this innovative running shoe from the American athletic shoe manufacturer. The shoe is pimped up by premium suede leather and mesh making it stylish and trendy in vibrant colorways. As the retro running shoe transitions as a lifestyle sneaker, the Saucony Grid 8000 features sophisticated overlays and cuts that only show premium quality at an affordable cost.

On-foot reviews show great versatility for this casual sneaker as it blends well with a variety of clothing from pants to shorts. A good variety of colorways from neutral Grey and Black to adventurous tones like Lobster, Desert, and Dirty Snow give wearers many options to choose from to suit their style and mood.

Foremost among the features of the Saucony Grid 8000 is its use of the more than two-decade-old midsole cushioning technology known as G.R.I.D. or Ground Reaction Inertia Device system which forms the footwear’s name. The G.R.I.D. is designed to simultaneously absorb shock and control mediolateral motion.  Modern iterations of this classic running shoe technology include composite interlocking Hytrel filaments in the midsole that further reduce shock and stabilize the shoe.

The modern take on the Saucony Grid 8000 comes in a blend of suede leather and mesh for a premium feel with a herringbone sole for superior traction. The retro running sneaker also has a padded removable insole and collar for a comfortable fit and in-shoe feel. The modern silhouette features an extremely soft EVA sole unit that also provides incredible underfoot cushioning with every step.

Footwear manufacturer Saucony has and always been a running shoe brand. While other brands have ventured into the production of other types of shoes and apparel, the company remained to do what it is best known – performance footwear for running, racing and walking.

The shoe manufacturing company was founded through a partnership between four businessmen and established their factory beside the Saucony Creek in Kutztown, Pennsylvania in 1898.

In 1910, however, a Russian immigrant named as Adam Hyde also started a shoe company in Cambridge, Massachusetts called Hyde Athletic Industries. Hyde had been known to manufacturing athletic footwear including shoes for brands like SpotBilt and PF Flyers. In 1968, Hyde Athletic Industries bought Saucony and officially transferred the company headquarters to Cambridge.

Then during the peak of the running boom of 1980 to 1990s, Saucony produced several of its popular running shoes that have been released as retro sneakers. One of these shoes is the Saucony Grid 8000 which was released in 1993.

But before the shoe was released, an earlier version using the G.R.I. D. or Ground Reaction Inertia Device was released as the Saucony Grid SD trainer in 1991. The footwear manufacturer used parts of the popular Saucony Shadow silhouette with a TPU heel section for stability.

Then in 1993, Saucony pursued the Grid cushioning system with the Saucony Grid 8000 that featured mesh sections and perforations for improved breathability. The improved design included blended interlocking composite Hytrel filaments for improved shock absorption and stability.

Also notable in the design is the movement of the trademark three-dot Saucony logo from the side paneling into the heel. More than 20 years since it was introduced, modern iterations of the Saucony Grid 8000 were reissued by the brand in a variety of colorways to cater to both men and women customers.

  • Aside from retro releases of the Saucony Grid 8000, the brand also released a Bodega x Saucony Grid 8000 “Classifieds” sneaker in August 2017 that featured classified prints in the tongue and insole.
  • Other variations of the Saucony Grid 8000 include Elite and Tailored versions.
  • Among celebrities who were spotted wearing the shoe include American hip-hop artists and producer J.Cole.
Author
Danny McLoughlin
Danny McLoughlin

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.

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