The Puma Suede Classic Emboss v2 is only available in men's sizes that range from 6 to 14. Women who want to own a pair can go 1.5 sizes down from their normal shoe size. Puma Suedes, in general, run true to size, but some have reported that it could feel too narrow or smaller than usual. Fitting the pair in person is best recommended.
Go for a street-sleek ensemble with the Puma Suede Classic Emboss v2. Let its rich suede upper and embossed pattern add a dash of sophistication to your streetwear look. Pair it in jeans, shorts, or joggers for a casual day or dress it in chinos and a polo shirt for a more dapper look.
This shoe's upper is crafted from nubuck with suede overlays that provide durability and style at the same time. Both the tongue and collar of the shoe are padded for extra cushioning and comfort. Finally, this kick's medial and lateral sides feature an embossed pattern that makes it unique aesthetically.
Initially launched in 1968, the Puma Suede was originally manufactured as a warm-up basketball shoe. It was considered to be a cutting-edge pair as it strayed from the usual canvas and leather-based shoe of those times.
It made its first compelling moment after two young African-American athletes won medals after winning in the 1968 Olympics wearing Puma Cleats. They stood shoeless on a platform with their hands balled into a fist and the other holding Puma Suedes. The athletes did this to show support for human rights during that time, which is now known as "The 1968 Olympics Black Power Salute." This event cemented the Puma Suede's significance or, at least, participation in societal issues.
In 1973, the shoe was endorsed by basketball legend Walt "Clyde" Frazier who was known for his top-notch style. He was nicknamed "Clyde" as he was usually seen rocking outfits that resembled the famous character in the 1967 film "Bonnie and Clyde." People wanted to have a slice of his exceptional taste in fashion, which made them purchase the Puma Suede shoe he is endorsing. This, again, secured the pair's place in the fashion category.
In the 80s, the Puma Suede's thick sole and stylish look made its way to the emerging hip-hop and breakdancing communities during that time. B-boys said that its thick sole was perfect for doing breaks and poses, while its style resonated with the entire urban culture. The shoe's appeal to different subcultures is what made it one of the most iconic in sneaker history.
With the Puma Suede's time-honored reputation in the world of sneakers, the shoe became a canvas for different artists, musicians, brands, and personalities to reinterpret and put their own twist on. Some of this kick's most notable collaborations were Rihanna, Solange, and Sneakersnstuff.
Lately, Puma has been releasing countless renditions of their classics and one of them, which was released in 2017, is the Puma Suede Classic Emboss v2. The brand pushed this pair's aesthetic further by adding an embossed pattern on its sides whereas its immediate predecessor, the Puma Suede Classic Emboss, just had the Formstrip embossed.
- The shoe is available in D – Medium width.
- Some of the colors of the Puma Suede Classic Emboss v2 are black, white, navy blue, and red.