January 12, 2016

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Saucony Originals Shadow 5000 Elite

 

Bookending a half-decade of hits, Saucony opens the vaults to reissue one of their most revered collaborations. Like all siblings, this duo of 5000s has a lot in common: premium leathers and sumptuous suedes sitting atop cream and gum sole units. Distinguishing the two pairs is the use of strong monotone make-ups – a timeless palette of regal blue and patriotic red, often regarded as the definitive American colours.

As a finishing touch and a knowing nod to Saucony's heritage, the introduction of the Elite Pack saw the revival of the brand’s winged shoe mark, as seen here on the 5000's tongue label. Initially envisaged as a capsule collection intended exclusively for an 'elite' group of Japanese retailers, the original Elite release would become a template for Saucony's hugely successful collaborative program. This program offers premium manifestations of the best from their back catalogue, produced in partnership with some of the most respected names in the industry.

The Elite project owes much of its success to Jay Gordon. As the proprietor of Boston's Bodega and a frequent traveller to Japan, Gordon was perfectly positioned to lead this unique project. “The idea was to reintroduce some of the classic models in a premium way. With the red and blue, we wanted premium materials and a classic look.” The 5000 was the 1990 iteration of the Shadow DNA: a story that began in 1987 with the introduction of the original Shadow silhouette.

Intended as a big brother to the well-established and universally revered Jazz model, the 5000 offered a beefed-up build for heavy hitters and extra milers.


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