Extra Butter x Saucony Shadow 5000 'Ror The People - The Drop Date

The Crowdsourced Extra Butter x Saucony Shadow 5000 ‘For The People’ Drops This Weekend

2016-11-22T00:27:34

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The EXTRA BUTTER X SAUCONY SHADOW 5000 ‘FOR THE PEOPLE’ collaboration is a first-of-its-kind project that crowdsourced the creative process.

Saucony and Extra Butter claim they were inspired by the democratic process they saw in the U.S. election (which must make them the only people on the planet to draw something positive from that rank, car crash of a spectacle) and invited the public to weigh in, via social media, on which shoe model, concept, colourway and material should be used in the collaboration. The public was even allowed to critique first-round samples via a Periscope livestream. That explains the ‘For the People’ moniker. But did the wisdom of the crowds deliver, or was it one of those disappointing cases of ‘design by committee’ where the lack of a singular vision produces a lacklustre result. Fortunately for us, it’s definitely a case of the former, as by tapping up an informed and enlightened community of sneakerheads, the ‘For the People’ silhouette really delivers, which is hardly a surprise for anyone familiar with Extra Butter. The end result is a Shadow 5000 that sports a ‘Nite at the drive-in’ theme, so the colours are reminiscent of popular American cars from the 1950s (check the pix to see what we mean).

There are shades of blue and white throughout the upper, combined with white and a metallic leather on the sneaker’s heel. In terms of materials, a combination of full grain leather, Wolverine pigskin suede and patent leather is employed, giving the shoe a nice premium feel. The Extra Butter team is known for its attention to detail, so we also have a custom graphic tongue label and insole, reflective red accents inspired by taillights, and checkerboard accent laces. The custom graphics box also follows the “Nite at the Drive-In” theme. Given the superior end product here, it will be interesting to see if other brands follow suit and invite trainer fans to vote on aesthetic choices.

The EXTRA BUTTER X SAUCONY SHADOW 5000 ‘FOR THE PEOPLE’ drops on SATURDAY 26 NOVEMBER: check back for the full release details. Meanwhile you can shop the full SAUCONY collection at HANON by clicking the banner below…

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