As a project initiated to expand collaboration and design opportunities by Saucony’s “Concrete Flower” team, an employee resource group committed to diversity, equity and inclusion, the Saucony x Frank Cooke Jazz 81 takes inspiration from Frank’s childhood and his history with the silhouette. As a child, the Jazz 81 was a shoe of choice due its affordability and accessibility. A personal nod to the importance of the silhouette comes in the form of a handwritten note etched on the insole attributed to “7th Grade Cooker” asking his parents for the shoe. The origins of the silhouette appeals to every nostalgic kid are maintained in its execution, staying true to the OG version of the iconic shoe from 1981.
- Premium Wolverine suede overlay
- Mesh underlays
- Original tongue badging from 1981
- Upgraded full-cushion sockliner
- Molded EVA sole that is soft but durable
- Blown rubber outsole