Saucony Originals Grid 8500 “Ramen”

by Henrik Buzzi

Taking inspiration from his time in Asia, Senior Lifestyle Footwear Designer Josh Fraser created a beautiful rendition of one of his favorite Asian inspired dishes on the Grid 8500. From the engineered embroidered noodle material to the transparent broth outsole, Fraser paid close attention to detail with his design. Ramen has a long standing history, preceding it’s Japanese association in the 17th century, the true origin of Ramen is in China. In it’s early days, the popularity of the dish was how comforting and filling it was for the cost. In 1910, Chinese cooks popularized “shina soba”. Shina for China and soba for the already popular noodle dish. Shina soba would then catch on with the working class; it was the perfect dish for those without much time or money. Fast forward to present day and you can get all different iterations of Ramen, but our love remains in a traditional bowl.

The Grid 8500 “Ramen” features a mix of smooth & perforated Miso Brown leather - paneled in an engineered embroidered noodle like material to round out the upper. The outsole features a transparent Miso broth with a garnish flecked design and an egg inspired Grid device to top it off. We’ve transformed the infamous Saucony river logo into a transparent Brown Miso river. On the tongue, you will find a debossed leather badge featuring a white Ramen bowl to symbolize a traditional porcelain serving bowl. To tie it all together, they’ve given you two choices of rope laces: a Nori Green Miso speckled lace and a secondary Red Miso speckled lace.

Special packaging can add so much to the story of a sneaker. It’s only right that Saucony accompany each pair with a special Saucony Ramen bag. The Saucony Ramen ziplock back features custom art and nutrition facts. You will be able to use this bag as a dust bag or keep it clean as an artifact from this iconic Saucony Originals release. The Saucony Originals Grid 8500 “Ramen” will be available exclusively at Saucony on December 13.