The Saucony Jazz, now known as the Jazz Original, was a pure runner in its day. During its acme, the Jazz vied for shelf space in high-end running stores alongside the New Balance 730, a stratospherically priced, high-tech design, and more mainstream shoes like the adidas Marathon.
Even though the Jazz hasn’t represented the pinnacle of running shoe technology in decades, it remains a top seller because Saucony successfully repurposed it as a retro leisure shoe.
Saucony has for the most part stuck to period correct colours for the shoe’s nylon upper, a characteristic material of ‘70s and ‘80s runners. Breaking that pattern is the new Fade Pack that really jazzes up the Jazz.
The Fade Pack applies a gradient blue-to-pink colourway to the Jazz profile, and we think it looks fantastic.
Ensuring that those vibrant colours really jump off the shoe, Saucony gave the Jazz’s suede overlays a neutral grey tone to provide enhanced contrast.
Saucony believes the energetic colourway will draw a new generation of buyers to the Jazz line; we would argue that regardless of your age, the Jazz Original is one of those classic sneakers that should be a part of everyone’s collection.