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LEXINGTON, MA (January 29, 2009) â€“ Saucony, Inc., a leading global supplier of performance athletic footwear and apparel, today announced that the Saucony ProGridâ„¢ Stabil CS and the ProGridâ„¢ Echelon were awarded â€œBest Updateâ€ and â€œBest Debut,â€ respectively, by Runner’s World, the world’s leading running magazine, in the publication’s annual â€œSpring Shoe Guide Special.â€ Of the 30 shoes showcased in the review, six were cited as best in class in the categories of Editor’s Choice, Best Update, Best Buy, and Best Debut, with Saucony receiving highest marks in two out of the four categories.
â€œThe â€˜Best Update’ winner represents a significant improvement made to an existing model,â€ said Runner’s World. The ProGrid Stabil CS was noted for â€œits roomier toebox, above average flexibility and support for maximum pronation control.â€ The editors called the shoe a â€œmust haveâ€ for big runners who need plenty of motion control.â€ One wear-tester declared, â€œIt was supportive and I didn’t need a break-in period.â€
The â€œBest Debutâ€ winner points to a new release that received high marks from the Runner’s World Shoe Lab, from wear-testers and from Runner’s World editors. The editors remarked that the Echelon â€œis built to cushion the heavy footfalls of larger runners, and RW Shoe Lab tests show that it does a bang-up job.â€ Additionally, the editors recommended the Echelon â€œfor runners with high arches or those who wear orthotics and need a durable everyday trainer.â€
â€œThe whole Saucony team is extremely proud that Runner’s World has recognized two of our shoes as â€˜best in class’,â€ said Patrick O’Malley, vice president of global product for Saucony. â€œInnovation continues to be the driving force for our product team. The Stabil update, with heel-to-forefoot posting, will make a lot of pronators very happy. Neutral runners who wear orthotics will appreciate the Echelon’s capacity for insoles as well as the shoe’s wide base of support. At the end of the day, it’s important for us to know that we’re doing everything to make runners’ lives just a little bit better,â€ added O’Malley.
The ProGridâ„¢ Stabil CS introduces an entirely new way of posting for the severe over- pronator. Saucony’s CS Zone (Control and Stability Zone) utilizes Dual Density SSL EVA on the medial side of the shoe, extending into the forefoot, to offer control and stability throughout the entire transition from heel strike to toe-off while still maintaining optimal flexibility. Saucony’s exclusive Comfortrideâ„¢ sockliner is combined with a continuous foot bed for additional stability and support. The ProGrid Stabil CS accommodates most orthotics. (Sizes: men’s 7-13, 14, 15, and women’s 5-12; MSRP: $115.00)
The ProGridâ„¢ Echelon is all about cushion and ride. Built around a new straight last with a wider base, the ProGrid Echelon provides neutral runners with superior cushioning and support without posting. The lightweight, breathable mesh upper incorporates Saucony’s Arch-LockÂ® for a snug mid-foot fit. A lateral crash pad and filled-in medial arch coupled with Saucony’s exclusive Comfortride sockliner offer a smooth transition and plush ride, while also accommodating most orthotics. (Sizes: men’s 7-13, 14 and 15, and women’s 5-12; MSRP: $110.00; At retail: February 1, 2009)
The ProGrid Stabil CS and the ProGrid Echelon are two out of 30 shoes featured in the review, all of which were put through rigorous testing by Runner’s World editors, 350 wear-testers, and the one-of-a-kind Runner’s World Shoe Lab. Runner’s World is the only magazine in the world to independently test running shoes in this way, in order to give its editors the most objective means necessary to determine which shoes are most deserving of award status. Because Runner’s World only tests and reviews the best products available, shoes that have been tested may use the â€œTested by the Runner’s World Shoe Labâ€ label.
The entire â€œSpring Shoe Guide Specialâ€ will be available in the March issue of Runner’s World, the worldwide authority on running information, arriving on newsstands February 3rd or by visiting www.runnersworld.com.
About Saucony, Inc.: Saucony, Inc., a subsidiary of Collective Brands, is a leading global
supplier of performance athletic footwear and apparel with its widely recognized brands Saucony and Saucony Originals. For more information, go to www.saucony.com.
About Collective Brands, Inc.: Collective Brands, Inc. (NYSE: PSS) is a leader in bringing compelling lifestyle, fashion and performance brands for footwear and related accessories to consumers worldwide. The company operates three strategic units covering a powerful brand portfolio, as well as multiple price points and selling channels including retail, wholesale, ecommerce and licensing. Collective Brands, Inc. includes Payless ShoeSource, focused on democratizing fashion and design in footwear and accessories through its more than 4,500-store retail chain, with its brands American Eagleâ„¢, AirwalkÂ®, DexterÂ®, ChampionÂ® and designer collections AbaetÃ© for Payless, Lela Rose for Payless and alice + olivia for Payless, among others; Stride Rite, focused on lifestyle and athletic branded footwear and high-quality children’s footwear sold primarily through wholesaling, with its brands including Stride RiteÂ®, KedsÂ®, Sperry Top-SiderÂ®, RobeezÂ®, and SauconyÂ®, among others; and Collective Licensing International, the brand development, management and global licensing unit, with such youth lifestyle brands as AirwalkÂ®, Vision Street WearÂ®, LamarÂ®, SimsÂ®, LTDÂ®, geneticÂ®, Dukesâ„¢, RageÂ®, Ultra-WheelsÂ®, and Skate AttackÂ®. Information about, and links for shopping on, each of the Collective Brand’s units can be found at http://www.collectivebrands.com.