In the same trend to what Patta and Ronnie Fieg have done for ASICS, Bodega follows in the same manner with Saucony. Saucony Elite to be more specific. They started with the Shadow 5000 back in August of 2010 which included 4 color-ways in the pack. Since then, they’ve had multiple releases or what they call “Phases”. In the bundles they’ve designed make-ups on the Shadow 5000, 6000, and Jazz 91.They also resurrected the Master Control and Grid 9000 (G9) to our surprise. Through it all though, they’ve for some reason or another have decided to stick with one thing constant with their current Saucony treatments. That feature is the G9′s mid-sole. Hence, the 4 make-ups you will see with that for 2013…
The four Saucony’s you see here are not G9′s, but rather, the Master Control, Shadow 5000, and 6000 uppers supplemented with the G9′s mid-sole. Why would they do that? I’ll assume the color-blocking flows better because of the detailed mid-sole that allows for some real nice options in the accent department. As you can see here, they have gone from using it to add some continuance to the color blocking and to also add a nice splash of splatter. There may be other reasons, but unfortunately I can’t read minds.
You’ll come to note that the materials are consistent with all their make-ups. So seeing these suedes and nylons are no surprise. What is unexpected and refreshing to finally see Bodega do, is add something new in the form of patterns. The Shadow 6000 below dawns some sort of custom leopard print to the mix of nice tonal khaki hues with some pop of purples and a hint of light green. The other one is the Shadow 5000 with the woodland cammo toe-box that is mixed with navy, brown, yellow and teal hints of color to the rest of the upper. Definitely eye catchers and fabricated uniquely. They even threw in some tonal rope laces for all 4 shoes.
It’s about time Bodega decided to do something different with their Saucony collaborations. It’s been a rather bland journey to see them pump out color-way, after color-way, without really aspiring to draw anything exciting for us see. The fact that they were able to bring these models to the market in a premium form is great and says a lot for the team. But in doing so, expectations from fans will only get higher to see something different in this ever-growing retro lifestyle market. Especially when you are responsible for putting Saucony originals in the limelight with the multiple exhibits we’ve seen since 2010. Almost 3 years later, we get a new approach with current trends in the animal and cammo print arena. Some may say it’s boring to see another brand use these overdosed patterns again in 2013, but I don’t think they are going away anytime soon.
The Bodega Saucony G9 set will be delivered in two different months for 2013. The Shadow 6000 and the Cammo Shadow 5000 will launch next month in February. The other Shadow 6000 in the Leopard and the Master Control will both launch sometime in April. Now, we wait for better photos so we can get a better perspective.
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