Size and fit

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.

Saucony Grid 8000 Style

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.

Notable Features

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.

Saucony Grid 8000 History

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.

Additional Info

  • 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.


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