When it comes to designing the next killer trainer, it has become increasingly popular for designers to look backwards just as much as forwards in search of creative inspiration. Whether it be reinventing timeless silhouettes that are already a staple part of a brand’s repertoire or reinstating long-forgotten silhouettes to their former glory, footwear designers seem to have been housing up in their brand’s archives which have seen a renaissance in vintage, heritage styles that are back—and this time here to stay.
As the flow of new old silhouettes shows no signs of stopping, we pick out our selection of this season’s finest retro trainer reissues you should be adding to your Autumn/Winter 2017 wardrobe.
Saucony Shadow Original
The Saucony Shadow Original is the very embodiment of ‘80s style, and was released at the heart of that decade in 1985. The Shadow Original took the Saucony’s iconic Jazz silhouette as its starting point, bulking the low-top up with a plush “marshmellowy” EVA midsole for exceptional cushioning and a TPU heel piece that delivers greater support. The Shadow Original’s upper is constructed with breathable nylon mesh overlaid with suede panelling and, as ever for Saucony, a Maxitrac triangular lug outsole. The Shadow Original sits alongside the Jazz as Saucony’s pièce de resistance, the two models that would form a dynasty of Saucony sneakers lasting far beyond the ‘80s and ‘90s.