I don’t know about you, but when I’m trying to get somewhere quickly, the last thing I think about is the MBTA—the Green Line especially. Making T-inspired running shoes is like building a three star Michelin restaurant based on Guy Fieri: it just doesn’t work, and it’s kind of tone deaf. If some shoe company in California thought this was a good idea this might be excusable, but Saucony’s based up the road in Lexington and really ought to know better. The interior of the shoe features a pattern similar to the gray cloth with weird red and yellow and blue flecks installed on various subway cars. So yeah, that’s pretty gross and will probably trigger at least a few terrible flashbacks in anyone who’s spent any significant time around that nasty upholstery.
Then again, maybe these shoes include elements of the Green Line that aren’t readily apparent from online images. Maybe they spontaneously begin to smell like piss on Saturday nights. Maybe Saucony screwed up the sizes and anyone who tries to put them on just kind of falls out of them. Maybe they don’t work at all in the snow. Maybe they aren’t sold in Jamaica Plain any more and never will be sold in Somerville or Medford despite the amount of money spent trying to get them there.
Oh well. I guess we’re just lucky they didn’t base these things on the Red Line. The last thing anyone needs are shoes that just sort of run away on their own.