Size and fit

The Shadow Original Vintage is available in both men's and women's sizing, and it runs true to its size as mentioned on their website.

It has a noticeable cushioned tongue and collar with an inner fabric lining for additional comfort. The shoe has a breathable mesh and a shock-absorbent "marshmallowy" EVA midsole that gives support to the feet. There is also a TPU heel piece providing extra support. And lastly, this kick added a lace-up closure system to provide an optimum fit.    

Saucony Shadow Original Vintage Style

The Shadow Original Vintage is a retro-inspired low-top shoe that provides extreme comfort. Many sneaker fans love this shoe as it uses the original features of some of the Saucony sneaker silhouettes to deliver a timeless style.

The upper is composed of nylon, mesh, and suede panel overlays sitting on a chunky midsole. It also has a triangular rubber pattern on the outsoles for a more edgy old-school look. This kick is known as a training shoe that later on considered as part of casual streetwear fashion by pairing this with joggers or jeans, oversized pullovers, and tees.

Notable Features

What makes the Shadow Original Vintage standout is its downtown style with a mix of retro silhouette. The shoe gives a remarkable impression in both fashion and athletic worlds with the use of premium quality materials.

Besides, the use of marshmallowy EVA midsole intensifies the overall aesthetics of the shoe, turning this into a head-turner pair. 

Saucony Shadow Original Vintage History

Saucony is well known for constantly improving its products over the years by analyzing the biomechanics of athletes. The company turns its study into concepts and advanced technologies.

In 1977, Saucony launched their Saucony Originals, a branch about re-releases of the company's previous models. Four years later, the Jazz silhouette was reissued, followed by the Shadow Original in 1985. The Shadow Original is a performance trainer that became a staple silhouette to the Saucony history. Saucony Original incorporated soft EVA midsole and TPU heel for superb cushioning and better support. This kick also has a mesh upper with suede panel overlay and the Maxitrac triangular pattern outsole.

The Shadow Original served as the Saucony's silhouette by representing mostly the 80's style and fashion. They promoted the unflashy yet technologically advanced shoe design by using the company slogan "1st is first. Second is nowhere". This iteration became the foundation of the brand's astounding archive of running footwear.

Nice to know

  • The shoe has a combination of nylon and mesh upper with suede panel overlay.
  • The upper rests atop a sturdy rubber outsole for reliable grip and traction.
  • It has the classic triangular tread pattern on its rubber sole.


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