“What’s the Occasion?”: Jae Tips’ Saucony Grid Shadow 2 Begins Global Launch On December 8th

After having debuted at ComplexCon.

“What’s the Occasion?”: Jae Tips’ Saucony Grid Shadow 2 Begins Global Launch On December 8th

Jae Tips and Saucony will release their “Whats the Occasion?” Grid Shadow 2 collection via shopjaetips.com on November 24th (Black Friday). The shoes, priced at $150 USD each, debuted during ComplexCon between November 18th and 19th. The brand is yet to confirm whether or not a release via saucony.com will take place at some point.

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If you’ve been following the world of fitted baseball caps over the last several years, you’re probably familiar with Jae Tips, the Bronx-native that has breathed new life into the decades-old space. At the tail-end of 2022, the multi-hyphenate creative unveiled his first sneaker collaboration with Saucony, and he’s recently teased the follow-up pair(s) for Fall 2023.

Saucony Grid Shadow 2 1996 Original
An original Saucony Grid Shadow 2 (1996). Roots BK

Partly unveiled via Instagram, Jae Tips’ next canvas will be the Grid Shadow 2 silhouette from 1996. While not as well-known as other Saucony Originals designs, the 27-year-old model launched as a performance-running proposition, making its build equal parts performance-driven and style-oriented. Like much of his mainstream work of the past two years, Jae Tips’ next sneaker project will feature a medley of disparate colors and patterns, with personal branding — including “Tips” and “Savior” — hits appearing throughout the shoe. Three different insoles were shared via social media, suggesting the New York City-based designer is working out different options for his sophomore release following the Grid Azura 2000 previewed in November 2022.



Since sharing a first look at the style, Jae Tips has revealed more angles and details about his second Saucony Originals collaboration. Titled “What’s the Occasion?”, the sneaker will debut at ComplexCon on November 18th and 19th in Long Beach, Calif. The next drop delivers a different look for different occasions, be they dates or parties.

Enjoy a closer look at the teaser images ahead, and anticipate a saucony.com launch date as the holidays inch closer, after an early release at ComplexCon.

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UPDATE November 16th, 2023: Saucony has officially announced their collaboration with Jae Tips and the GRID Shadow 2. Both colorways will be available exclusively at ComplexCon on November 18th and 19th. A global release date will follow soon after.

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