In case you haven’t been paying attention, Saucony is on fire right now, quietly pumping out one successful retro runner collab after the next, not to mention their solid assortment of in-house offerings. Similar to Asics, the main focus at Saucony nowadays is performance running, but there’s so much demand for timeless models from their back catalog that it’s impossible for them to ignore the possibilities presented by the retro market as well. And when it comes to classic running silhouettes, Saucony’s reputation speaks for itself, a notion that’s firmly backed up by the co-sign of almost every respected sneaker shop you can think of on a wide global scale.
A who’s who list of the world’s top sneaker boutiques have all put their own spin on a Saucony classic or two over the years and there are no signs of that slowing down. Just in the last couple of months we’ve seen a slew of instant sell-outs from the likes of Solebox, Hanon, 24 Kilates, West NYC and ongoing partner, Bodega to name a few. Most recently though, it was last week’s drop of the “Only in Soho” Shadow 6000 created by UK sneaker
institution, Footpatrol – a design that boldly transforms the look of the shoe with some creative color-blocking and an even more colorful inspiration.
It’s nothing new for sneaker collaborations to represent and reflect their respective designers’ city, state, neighborhood, etc, but rarely is that place as interesting as Footpatrol’s home in the heart of London’s seedy Soho streets. Well-known for its ample supply of sex shops and wild nightlife, the Soho district ensures that it’s never a dull day at the office for the TeamFP crew, so they’ve decided to pay tribute to their colorful surroundings with their latest collaborative footwear endeavor.
As mentioned, these are long gone from the Footpatrol shelves after last Saturday’s successful launch, but the good news is that thanks to the lead/follow distribution system that most brands are using these days for special releases, they’ll be arriving at additional retailers all over the globe on Saturday, November 16th. You can find a full list of the spots that will have them in the coming pages, along with a full gallery of images and an interview with Asheeba Charles of Footpatrol.