Size and fit

The Saucony Shadow Original Suede is offered in men’s sizing. The range is from 4.5 to 14. Women interested in purchasing the shoe should go 1.5 sizes lower from their typical size. The lace up front allows Shadow Original Suede owners to achieve an optimum fit.

Saucony Shadow Original Suede Style

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

Notable Features

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.

Saucony Shadow Original Suede History

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. 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 a 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. Saucony related all its technicalities with Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution in a promotional material.

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

Additional Info

  • The Shadow Original Suede features the signature triangular tread pattern of Saucony.
  • It has a rubber outsole.
  • It has an Ionic Cushioning System which supports the heel on impact.
  • It weighs 12.9 oz.
  • Both the tongue and ankle collar are well-padded to enhance comfort.
  • Saucony uses a TPU counter in the heel for more support.


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