Saucony history: The Jazz Family
Saucony history: The Jazz Family
In 1981 Saucony worked with leading podiatrist Frank Santopietro to offer a design that focused on reducing weight and achieving greater balance. The result produced several details, now signature to Saucony — the Maxitrac triangular lug outsole, 'Butterfly Balance' design, and a Saucony sockliner for a more ergonomic fit.
Jazz Original Vintage
The Jazz Vintage is a celebration of our rich history in retro running. Utilizing the original features of our most iconic silhouette, the Jazz Vintage delivers a timeless style and has stood the rest of time and solidified it's place as a classic in the fashion sneaker game.
An icon, reborn. Building on decades of love from runners and sneaker fans alike, the Jazz franchise celebrates 40 years looking and feeling finer than ever. Introducing the Jazz 81 – honoring the original’s look and feel with a few upgrades to ensure future gens covet this style the same way we have.
Adopted as a modern style icon, the Jazz Triple adds stack height to the sole for a fashionable twist on a timeless look.
With the soul of the original, the Jazz 4000 gave our best-selling Jazz franchise, a 90's tech upgrade. With a comfy fit and the smoothest ride found anywhere, the Jazz 4000 features breathable mesh, synthetic suede reinforcements, molded EVA cushioning, and the iconic triangular lug outsole.
For hardwood, concrete, or wherever you move – square up for a fresh take on the Jazz Court. The iconic silhouette of the Jazz Original upper meets a classic cupsole bottom creating a stylish go-to shoe.
A forward looking distortion of an icon. The Jazz DST modernizes vintage Saucony footwear lacing systems with a double eye row and bungee lace options that allow for endless personal customization. The shoe also features a redesigned sole and bright, bold logo accents.
This new vision for the Jazz implements some of Saucony's modern footwear innovations, through an elevated sole unit. Mixed with the brand's original designs of the Jazz as a performance runner back in 1981, the Jazz Hybrid comes full circle to its roots as a runnable shoe with style.
The creation of the Jazz trainer brought Saucony back to its initial ambition of producing the finest footwear in the world. A classic running low-top silhouette, the Jazz was declared the "best quality" running trainer of the 1980's and is a testament to the quality that remains Saucony's most coveted model to this day.
From The Archives
Carolina Mustard Jazz — 2019
Designed by Sneaker CHS for National Carolina Mustard Day, the Jazz Original Vintage celebrates the lowcountry's native mustard-based BBQ sauce. A yellow nylon mixed with a premium suede upper served as a natural inspiration for the traditional South Carolina cuisine.
Universal Monsters Jazz — 2018
Released in 2018 Saucony teamed up with Super 7 to release a hyper-limited run of only 12 pairs each of Universal Monsters Jazz Original during San Diego Comic Con at a special "Boodega Monstore" pop-up shop. The Jazz Original included designs based on the Universal Monsters — Frankenstein, Metaluna Mutant, Wolf Man, and Dracula.
Alife Jazz 91 — 2016
With ongoing projects with NYC culture originators ALIFE, in 2016 a hybrid model was the palette for the latest ALIFE installment which created the Jazz 91 — a Jazz Original upper, sitting on a Shadow 6000 midsole.
Anteater Jazz — Nature of the Beast 2013
Only 240 pairs were made of this Jazz Original collaboration with Anteater, the 2nd project with the Russian sneaker scene staple. The hairy snow suede upper was the highlight topped off with creamy pink laces.
White Mountaineering Jazz — 2012
Yosuke Aizawa's Japanese fashion house — White Mountaineering design 3 Jazz Originals in 2012 coming in burgundy, navy, and tan. Each pair a reinforced stitched upper made of deluxe, vegetable dyed calfskin suede.
Commonwealth Jazz Low Pro — 2011
One of the most famed boutiques from the DMV area, Commonwealth — teamed up with Saucony in 2011 for 3 unique executions of the Jazz Low Pro. The 3-pack received a subtle twist going with rich, monochromatic, nubuck uppers in navy, olive, and grey. While all 3 sat atop a brick colored low profile sole, giving this pack a clean and fashionable look.
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