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Saucony flips a classic for the fall.


Saucony will probably always be more well-known for its high-quality running shoes than for cool-guy custom kicks. (They are, after all, owned by the Stride Rite Corporation, which is, in turn, owned by Payless ShoeSource—not that there’s anything wrong with that!) But there’s nothing uncool about their latest collection.

Just one year after collaborating with several sneaker boutiques—most notably, New York City's Alife—it’s not hard to see that they’ve learned a thing or two about keeping their sneakers fresh. The Saucony Shadow 6000 Outdoor Pack features a wild arrangement of bright colors (check out those neon-yellow laces!) and speckled soles that deliver the perfect complement to just about anything in your fall wardrobe.

And while Saucony clearly has the looks, nothing is sacrificed when it comes to comfort. Featuring a reinforced rubber toe guard, the shoes are built to withstand anything standing in your stylish path. Don’t expect these shoes to remain in the shadows for too long.(Currently available at all Sneaker Villa locations in Philadelphia, Pa., and Sole Boutique in San Antonio, Tx.; $45-$90; Check Saucony for additional availability this fall.)

Chris Yuscavage is the former lifestyle editor at VIBE and lives in Jersey City, N.J.