Summary

We spent 7.4 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what basketball players think:

7 reasons to buy

  • The Puma Clyde Hardwood is an incredible basketball sneaker, nearly all buyers declare. 
  • According to a good number of reviewers, these basketball shoes have some of the best materials.
  • The support and lockdown are awesome, most testers exclaim. Owners of the Nike LeBron 17 have a similar comment.
  • Almost all hoopers love the Clyde Hardwood’s cool and classic look.
  • Many reviewers are satisfied with the ProFoam cushioning. The foam offers a nice blend of court feel, impact protection, and responsiveness. 
  • These basketball sneakers are very comfortable to wear, almost all owners declare.
  • A few are commenting that these low-tops feel light and fast on the court.

2 reasons not to buy

 

  • The cushioning is pretty basic, a handful of reviewers gripe.
  • A tester is complaining about some chafing at the pinky toe. Players have a similar gripe about Kyrie Irving's sixth signature sneaker.

Bottom line

 

The Puma Clyde hardwood has you covered on all fronts. The rubber outsole provides full coverage, no matter the court condition. The shoe's knitted upper also offers comfortable support that won't weigh you down. 

Puma basketball has an instant classic with the Clyde Hardwood. These low-top basketball sneakers not only perform well, but they also look amazing.

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Bring your off-court swag on the court with these low-tops from Puma. Inspired by Walt “Clyde” Frazier, the Clyde Hardwood features a vintage look updated with Puma’s latest performance technologies. 

These Puma basketball shoes are equipped with a fully-knitted upper that provides lightweight support and a comfortable fit. A forefoot webbing provides unmatched stability while a dynamic lacing system delivers a secure and locked-in feel.

Underfoot, the ProFoam midsole offers lightweight rebound and unrivaled energy return. A high-abrasion rubber outsole delivers enhanced grip and durability no matter the playing surface.

Cushion. The Clyde Hardwood utilizes a full-length ProFoam midsole that provides lightweight cushioning on and off the court. The ProFoam cushion is a high-rebound foam that offers increased energy return and comfort all game long.

Traction. For full-court coverage, the Puma Clyde Hardwood is equipped with a high-abrasion rubber outsole. The outsole is made of a sticky rubber compound that enhances grip on any court surface.

Closure. These basketball shoes make use of a dynamic lacing system that keeps the foot stable and secure. Puma also equipped these low-tops with a forefoot webbing to enhance stability and lockdown. A thin tongue and collar structure offer a form-fitting feel.

The Clyde Hardwood employs a fully knitted upper with suede panels for lightweight support and durability. The premium mesh materials also provide superior breathability for all-day comfort. 

These low-top basketball sneakers also come with a TPU sidewall and heel clip for increased support and stability.

Puma Hoops is bringing us back to the ’70s with these hybrid sneakers. The Clyde Hardwood’s OG look pays tribute to Walt “Clyde” Frazier and Puma’s rich basketball heritage. 

These low-top basketball sneakers feature a lifestyle-first construction that can be rocked seamlessly on and off the court. The Puma Clyde Hardwood also features a slip-on construction for easy on and off. So, whether you are stylin’, profilin’, or high flyin’, these basketball sneakers have you covered.

These throwback-inspired basketball sneakers are available in the following colorways:

  • Puma White/Pink Glow
  • Puma White/Power Green
  • Puma White/Puma Black

Dreamville Records X Puma Clyde Hardwood

Puma basketball is teaming up with Dreamville Records for a special rendition of the Clyde Hardwood. The Dreamville Records X Puma Clyde Hardwood brings a new twist to these sleek sneakers with a combination of classic red, white, and black. Vintage materials and old school design lines complete the shoe’s stylish silhouette.

Puma Clyde Hardwood ‘Natural’

Dubbed ‘Natural,’ this silky-smooth colorway features earth-inspired hues.

After 20 years in hiatus, Puma basketball returned in 2018 with the launch of the Puma Clyde Court. The Clyde Court immediately made an impact and disrupted the basketball sneaker scene.

Cushion. The Puma Clyde Hardwood makes use of a ProFoam midsole that provides enhanced comfort and energy return. The Puma Clyde Court utilizes a combination of IGNITE and NRGY foams to offer the perfect balance between court feel and impact protection.

Traction. The Clyde Hardwood is equipped with a modified herringbone design pattern that provides multi-directional traction. The Clyde Court features a retro-inspired design that provides multi-surface traction.

Support and Lockdown. The Puma Clyde Hardwood features a dynamic lacing system with forefoot webbing for enhanced support and stability. The Puma Clyde Court is equipped with an engineered collar and external heel counter for a locked-in fit and feel. 

Material. Both the Clyde Hardwood and Clyde Court employs premium materials that offer players lightweight support and increased breathability. The Clyde Hardwood features a knitted upper with suede panels while the Clyde Court boasts an engineered upper with an inner sleeve.

Price. Both these Puma basketball sneakers retail for 120 dollars.

The Nike PG 3 is one of the most sought after basketball sneakers of 2019. Let us see how Puma basketball's 2019 offering stacks up against Paul George's third signature basketball shoe.

Cushion. The Clyde Hardwood's ProFoam midsole is designed to offer both energy return and impact protection. The Nike PG 3's light foam midsole and forefoot Zoom Air focuses more on responsiveness.

Traction. Both these basketball shoes provide multi-directional traction on the court. The Clyde Hardwood features a zonal herringbone design while the PG 3 makes use of circular traction pattern.

Support and Lockdown. The Puma Clyde Hardwood and Nike PG 3 both feature a low-top silhouette that promotes freedom of movement. The Clyde Hardwood employs several features such as a heel clip and TPU sidewalls for heightened stability. The Nike PG 3 makes use of a half-bootie construction and free-floating synthetic wings for a locked-in fit.

Material. The Clyde Hardwood makes use of more premium materials when compared to Paul George's third signature sneaker. The Puma Clyde Hardwood features a premium knit upper with suede panels. The Nike PG 3 employs a combination of mesh and synthetics.

Price. Both these basketball sneakers are closely priced. The Clyde Hardwood retails for 120 dollars while the Nike PG 3 is 10 dollars cheaper at $110.

Author
Dimitrije Curcic
Dimitrije Curcic

Dimitrije Curcic has been playing basketball for over 22 years. Like Manu Ginobili, he’s a left-hander whose moves led him to a better career-shooting percentage than the Argentine himself. After playing professionally for 10 years, Dimitrije moved to coaching for two seasons before he became a basketball statistician for StatScore, and FanSided contributor for the San Antonio Spurs. Dimitrije loves to tell hoop stories through numbers and graphics and has been featured on Fansided, FiveThirtyEight, Eurohoops, and TalkBasket among the others.

dimitrije@runrepeat.com