Bodega, the boutique that’s “hidden in plain sight” with outposts in Boston and Los Angeles, has a long-standing collaborative history with Saucony, the sneaker brand from Pennsylvania, dating back many years and many shoes. For their latest collab, the duo put aside all pretense and presumed design expectations to come up with the Bodega x Saucony Grid Shadow 2 “Jaunt Woven”: A nature-inspired, mellowed-out salute to hippies and stoners everywhere with an emphasis on environmentally friendly design. The result is an updated take on the ’90s classic with laid-back earthy elements. Let’s get into this week’s official “Kickin’ Facts” review.
The Grid Shadow 2’s are jam-packed with visual highlights starting with an all-natural upper that combines stone-washed 18oz canvas, Hemp, and cotton merged perfectly to give the pair eco-friendly vibes. The natural hues continue with signature molded EVA cushioning, a recycled gum rubber outsole with speckled detailing, and cotton underlays in green. Additional details include its plain-woven tongue, rope laces, hints of acid green throughout its build, and bright red at its lace tips, insole, and toe bumpers. Finally, the nature-inspired sneaker is completed by branding from Bodega and Saucony on the tongue, insole, back heel, and outsole.
Since its 2006 inception, Bodega has established itself as more than just a sneaker store thanks to collaborations with seemingly every major footwear brand. It’s a curated creative community that welcomes all into its world behind secret, out-of-the-box door openings and locations with unique setups. And once inside, you wonder why you haven’t been in earlier. What are your thoughts on the latest release from Bodega and Saucony? Would you cop?
The Bodega x Saucony Grid Shadow 2 “Jaunt Woven” is set to release Feb. 23 for $140 at bdgastore.com and the Bodega stores in Boston and Los Angeles.