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Incredibly comfortable sneakers--if only they'd last longer!

  • Dec 9, 2008
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I've been wearing black and silver Saucony Jazz sneakers for the past five years, and I have yet to come across a more comfortable sneaker.  The insole is soft and easily broken in, and the shoes have adequate wiggle room in the toes. These sneakers are great whether you're walking around the city, standing on your feet at work all day, or rushing to catch a bus.

I've seen these kicks on the feet of a lot of hipsters over the years, which I attribute to the shoes' simple, cool design.  The black upper, made of leather and nylon, goes with almost everything.  The chunky silver stripe down each side keeps the sneakers from looking too boring. 

My only issue is with the durability.  While the shoes aren't decrepit, it doesn't take long for the falling-apart process to start.  The padding inside may develop little tears, the outside stitches may rip here and there, or--in the case of my current pair, which I've had for less than three months--the rubber sole may start peeling away at the toes.  And this is just with everyday wear.  One year later, they're pretty much done for.  I like these sneakers; I want to keep them a bit longer!

That said, I suspect that other sneakers in this price range probably don't fare too much better.  And hey--for me, it's worth having to buy a new pair every year just to keep my feet happy every day.   

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August 13, 2009
Great review! Have you ever tried Brooks shoes? Runners swear that it is the most comfortable. You know you can also share your review on your other networks using the Share tool at the top.
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Saucony is an American manufacturer of athletic shoes, best-known today for its award-winning premium running shoes.

The company's first factory was founded in 1898 at Kutztown, Pennsylvania, on the banks of the Saucony Creek.  In 1910, Russian  immigrant Abraham Hyde started a shoe company in Cambridge, Massachusetts called Hyde Athletic Industries. Over the years, Hyde became known for high-quality and technologically-innovative footwear including brands such as SpotBilt and PF Flyers; Hyde Athletic Industries bought Saucony in the late 1960s, and moved it to Cambridge. By the late 90's, when Saucony became Hyde's dominant brand, the name of the company was officially changed from Hyde Athletic Industries to Saucony.

In June 2005, the Stride Rite Corporation (maker of Keds, Sperry Top-Sider and other brands) announced an agreement to acquire Saucony. Both companies are based in the greater Boston, Massachusetts area: Stride Rite in Lexington, and, Saucony in Peabody. Stride Rite was acquired by Payless ShoeSource in autumn 2007.

Saucony's shoe boxes once had the phrase "sock a knee" printed on them. The Saucony brand represents the Saucony Creek's constant flow, and the boulders lining its creek bed.

The company is also a popular racing shoe producer, making high-quality track spikes and cross country racing flats. Saucony also makes shoes for specific track and field athletics events.
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