Saucony ProGrid Kinvara Awarded "Best Debut" by Runner's World

The Saucony ProGrid™ Kinvara has been awarded “Best Debut” by Runner’s World in the publication’s 2010 Summer Shoe Buyer’s Guide. The ProGrid Kinvara is a minimally constructed, lightweight performance training shoe for neutral runners.
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Continuing to drive innovation, performance and style, Saucony,Inc, a leading global supplier of performance athletic footwear and apparel, today announced that the ProGrid™ Kinvara was awarded “Best Debut” by Runner's World magazine in the publication's 2010 Summer Shoe Buyer's Guide. “Best Debut” winners highlight new product releases that receive high marks from the Runner's World Shoe Lab, wear-testers and Runner's World editors. The ProGrid Kinvara is a minimally constructed, lightweight performance training shoe for neutral runners.

“The Kinvara minimizes to maximize—performance, efficiency and response,” said Patrick O'Malley, senior vice president of global product for Saucony. “The Kinvara's minimalist approach allows the foot to run uninhibited, delivering a natural yet lively ride for efficient runners everywhere. The whole Saucony team thanks Runner's World for recognizing our relentless passion to continue to create the best running shoes on the planet.”

“This new minimalist shoe is one of the lightest we've ever reviewed,” said the Runner's World review of the Kinvara. “It's also a low-rider, bringing the foot close to the ground and creating a steady transition to toe-off,” added the review. Runner's World wear-testers reported that the Kinvara “felt like the perfect amount of cushioning.”

The ProGrid Kinvara was one of only three shoes cited by Runner's World, the world's leading authority on running information, as the very best of the 18 shoes profiled—all of which were put through rigorous testing by the magazine's editors, its 350 “wear-testers” and its one-of-a-kind Runner's World Shoe Lab (an independent testing facility in Portland, OR.)

The ProGrid Kinvara, weighing only 7.7 ounces (based on a men's size 9), is a performance-training shoe that allows the foot to move naturally through its paces. Debuting Saucony's lightest cushioning technology, ProGridâ„¢ LITE with Respon-Tekâ„¢, the springy trainer offers a plush feel and efficient transition from heel to toe-off. Saucony's EVA+ exposed foam midsole allows for lightweight protection underfoot while maximizing rebound and flexibility. Triangular lugs in the XT-900â„¢ carbon rubber outsole act as independent pistons, providing cushioning at multiple points of contact while reducing abrasion. The upper's booty construction, midfoot indo-skeleton and heel memory foam deliver a secure, foot-hugging ride. A breathable mesh upper and EVA sockliner add to the lightweight comfort of the ProGrid Kinvara.

The ProGrid Kinvara, available May 10th at select specialty run retailers, comes in men's sizes 7-13, 14 and15, and women's sizes 5-12. The suggested retail price of the ProGrid Kinvara is $90.00. To find a retailer near you, call 800-365-4933 or visit www.saucony.com.

To read the entire Runner's World Summer Shoe Buyer's Guide check out the June 2010 issue of Runner's World, or visit www.runnersworld.com.

For interviews, please contact Sharon Barbano at Saucony (617-824-6126), sharon.barbano@saucony.com or Jeff Lawrence at Mullen (617-226-9945), jeff.lawrence@mullen.com.

About Saucony, Inc.:
Saucony, Inc., a subsidiary of Collective Brands, Inc., is a leading global running lifestyle brand that fuses performance, innovation and style to create compelling footwear and apparel with its widely recognized brands Saucony and Saucony Originals. Founded in 1898, Saucony continues to inspire runners everywhere with its award winning innovations, including Flexion Plate™, ProGrid™, Arch-Lock®, and ViZiPRO™ apparel. 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. 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 nearly 4,500-store retail chain, with its brands Airwalk®, Dexter®, Champion®, Zoe & Zac™, the first-ever affordable green footwear brand, and designer collections Lela Rose for Payless, Unforgettable Moments by Lela Rose, alice + olivia for Payless, Christian Siriano for Payless and STLP x Airwalk, among others; Collective Brands Performance + Lifestyle Group, focused on lifestyle and performance branded footwear and high-quality children's footwear sold primarily through wholesaling, with its brands including Stride Rite®, Keds®, Sperry Top-Sider®, Robeez®, and Saucony®, among others; and Collective Licensing International, the brand development, management and global licensing unit, with such youth lifestyle brands as Airwalk®, Vision Street Wear®, Sims®, Lamar® and LTD®. Information about, and links for shopping on, each of the Collective Brand's units can be found at www.collectivebrands.com.

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