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Bringing back trainers of yesteryear in their original form is always a popular move, and with good reason – everyone loves a classic, right? But sometimes a silhouette needs a switch-up to keep things from going stale. In step Saucony: it's putting a smart spin on an 80s retro runner for a modern-day update. 
saucony shadow 5000 grey beige suede 1

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Years after it was retired from Saucony’s running line-up, the Shadow 5000 became a cult hit with sneakerheads looking for something a little more left field – breaking out an otherwise-unseen pair that looks as good as these is the kick-game equivalent of a wildcard championship win. Collabs quickly followed, and with special projects with heavy-hitters like Solebox and Pusha T’s Play Cloths under its belt, the Shadow 5’s new career in the lifestyle category has started with a bang.

This tonal two-pack leaves behind the garish, sporting colours of the OG for a more muted approach – grey and beige bring things up to date nicely. Suede covers the uppers, with some carefully placed perforations adding to the luxe look, while rope laces and the Originals logo on the tongue label make clear that this shoe is purely for flexing, not fitness.