The boys over at Granite City are at it again. This time, they teamed up with Saucony Elite for a special release of the reintroduced ‘Master Control’ from a couple of years ago. I actually reviewed the model a while back and was not too crazy about it. The shoe was very flimsy looking, the shape felt off and I never liked that mid-sole. But, what happens when you put that model into the trusty hands of guys who know what they are doing when it comes to creating some great collabs in our time. You get a nicely color-blocked shoe that sports a new mid-sole and looks better than the original vision of the silhouette…
If you have issue 24 of Sneaker Freaker than you got a preview of the shoe a few months ago. Fast forward and we now get a full-blown preview of the shoe in a classic color-way of grey, black and safety orange. The materials are construted from Saucony’s lux pig suede in grey and black, combined with black full grain perforated leather. More importantly though, and where the shoe shines for me, is the inclusion and forging of the Saucony Shadow 5000 mid-sole. A sort of hanonstein if you will, called the Shadow Master. You can also expect to see other details like the perforated tongue, two more pairs of laces to accompany the black in white and safety orange, tonal 3M on the heel and on top of toe-box, and the forever burning flame logo from Hanon-shop placed on the tongue tag, sock liner and embroidered on the back of the heel. Lastly, there will be a special edition dust bag.
This Hanonstein is a better looking and improved Master Control that is seen by Hanon as being more than just a now forgotten model. They saw something in the silhouette, had an idea and executed it well. For some, it may fall short when compared to their Aberdeen Granite or their Chosen Few. For me, it’s a nice and clean color-way that goes from white, to grey and black and ends with a nice pop of color. Sort of a layer to layer gradient that is clean, direct, and very stealthy looking.
If this is up your alley, than you can expect Hanon’s Shadow Master to hit their shop on March 2nd, 2013. No time has been given yet for store or online releases, but you still have 10 days left to save your money and decide whether to get off the fence if you are on it for these.
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