Saucony Originals Is Making Its Sneakers From Mushrooms

Sustainably reimagining the 3D G.R.I.D. Hurricane, Shadow 5000, and Shadow 6000.

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Mushrooms have been used for thousands of years as a medicinal marvel, and in more recent times the mighty fungi has found popularity among the skincare scene, the high-fashion fanfare, the art crowd, and of course footwear. Now, Saucony Originals wants a slice of the sustainable action, introducing three signature sneakers for Spring/Summer 2023 that are all made from mushroom-derived alternative leather.

Taking its 3D G.R.I.D. Hurricane, Shadow 5000, and Shadow 6000 sneakers, Saucony Originals has used Hyphalite, a 95% bio-based fungal material, to reimagine its iconic sneakers in a sustainable manner. The collection proves that style does not have to be compromised by ecoconsciousness, as the shoes arrive in colorways fit for the summer and fall months ahead.

For the 3D G.R.I.D. Hurricane, Saucony Originals opts for a bold palette of “Tan/Light Yellow” with dashes of light pink and pale green. Here, hemp-based materials combine with mushroom-based leather to create the majority of the shoe’s structure, while recycled laces, cork footbeds, and a mushroom logo on the tongue enhance the green-fingered goodness.

Likewise, the Shadow 5000 arrives in “Tan/Olive,” serving tones that are perfect for all year round. It too features all the aforementioned sustainable touches, but does not compromise on performance as the pair still keeps its shock-absorbing EVA midsole unit. As for the Shadow 6000, Saucony adds blush pink, peachy tan, cream, and green splashes to a largely “Burgundy”-toned sneaker.

Take a look at the Saucony Originals “Mushroom Pack” for SS23 above, and pick up all three styles from Saucony’s website now.

Elsewhere, Martine Rose has been named Clarks’ first-ever guest Creative Director.

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