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Founded just two years
after the first Olympic Marathon and
one year after the first Boston Marathon,
we’ve got running in our blood.
In 1898, four young businessmen opened the Saucony Shoe Manufacturing Company in Kutztown, Pennsylvania.
By 1910, they were turning out
800 pairs of shoes a day from their
two-story brick factory on the
Saucony Creek.That's a lot of shoes.
We know Saucony isn’t the easiest word
to say, but there's a story behind it.
Throughout the early and mid 1900's,
running became the focus of serious athletes.
In 1972, American
Frank Shorter won
the gold in the
igniting a running
frenzy in the US.
In 1977, our shoes were
awarded “Best Quality” in
Consumer Reports magazine.
Saucony quickly went from the
serious runner’s best kept secret
to the most sought-after running
shoe of the time.
The 80’s were a busy time for us.
And we have some awesome shoes
(and superstars) to show for it.
The Trainer 80 was one of the first slip-lasted running shoes and the lightest of its time, giving runners unrivaled comfort and superior flexibility.
We removed the hard piece of cardboard used in the soles of most running shoes and sewed the upper directly to the midsole, creating a shoe that felt lighter, more natural, and much more comfortable. The new manufacturing technique pioneered by Saucony became the norm for lighter weight performance running shoes.
In 1981, we established the signature Saucony silhouette and triangular lug footprint with the Jazz. When we created the Jazz, we worked closely with podiatrists to make sure we were making a shoe that could keep runners comfortable and handle the impact of distance running.
The triangular lug outsole provided traction and created a piston-like suspension system that has inspired Saucony outsole design to this day.
After Rod Dixon captured his legendary win in the 1983 New York City Marathon, Saucony contracted him to design a shoe in his namesake. Famous for his incredible athletic range, Dixon is one of the few people to have ever run both a sub 3:53 mile and sub 2:09 marathon.
What is less known of Dixon was his accumen for shoe design. After development of the Dixon Trainer kicked off, Rod Dixon frequently visited the Saucony factory in Kutztown, PA, personally running hundreds of miles in every iteration of the shoe and obsessing over details such as heel-to-toe offset and EVA durometer measurements.
We took the best of the Jazz and enhanced it with the Shadow. At the time, stability was a priority for runners, so we made the Shadow 5000 with a more supportive heel cup.
We evolved the shoe even more with the Shadow 6000, creating an innovative midsole that featured the VIP system (Vertical Ionic Pillars), providing more stability, cushioning, and step-in comfort.
In 1991, we released our trademark GRID (Ground Reaction Inertia Device) technology with the GRID SD. G.R.I.D. uses negative space carved into strategic zones to create sweet spot shock absorption, reduce weight, and guide the foot through the gait cycle for maximum support and control.
A technology ahead of its time, the G.R.I.D. concept is still used in Saucony shoes today with the PWRGRID+ cushioning system.
In 1983, Saucony athlete Rod
Dixon gave the world one of
the most memorable marathon
finishes to this day.
Running in a pair of Dixon Racing
flats he created alongside
Saucony engineers, Dixon came
from behind at the 26 mile mark to
win the race by 9 seconds.
Dixon, an Olympic medalist from New Zealand, was praised for his amazing athletic range. Having achieved the rare feat of a sub-four-minute mile (3:53.62) and a sub-2:09 marathon (2:08:59), he is one of the most versatile runners of all time.
Following his passion for running throughout his life, he founded the Rod Dixon Kid’s Marathon Association to inspire children to live a healthy lifestyle and get involved in the sport that has left such an impact on him.
We've been bringing back some of Saucony’s
finest, The Originals. A nod to our heritage,
The Originals line showcases our
signature styles and silhouettes.
And we partner with designers and
sneaker shops across the globe to
create limited edition originals.
Keep an eye out for our latest
Saucony changed the landscape of
XC competition with the launch of
the Kilkenny XC Spike.
Designed with the help of our elite
athletes, the Kilkenny’s lightweight
slipper-like fit has propelled it into
an industry leader today.
In 2006, Saucony launched the Run for Good Foundation to help end the childhood obesity epidemic. To date, over $1 million has been donated to causes that help kids commit to an active and healthy lifestyle.
Inspired by our athletes’ wishes for a training shoe with a more natural ride, Saucony created the Kinvara with a unique approach:
Strip down to the bare essentials without compromising cushioning. As a pioneer of the 4MM heel-to-toe drop, the Kinvara was a precursor of changes throughout the Saucony line as well as the entire running shoe industry.
In 2011 Saucony invited runners everywhere to Find Your Strong, a statement which continues to energize, inspire and unify runners to this day.
As a result of insights from the Saucony Human Performance and Innovation lab, we began lowering the heel-to-toe drops in our core models from 12mm down to 8mm, starting with the Guide 5.
We sponsor and support athletes who compete at the highest levels, in so doing we continue to push the envelope in terms of developing better technology and higher performing shoes and apparel.