Fit & Sizing
The Puma Basket Classic Gum Deluxe is a low-top basketball-inspired shoe built on the original ‘70s Basket tooling. It is available in men's sizing from US 4 to 14, half sizes included, in Standard width. Ladies who wish to purchase a pair are advised to get approximately 1.5 sizes down their usual for an accurate fit.
The low-cut profile of this Puma sneaker allows flexible foot movement, while its traditional lace-up closure in flat tonal laces ensures a secure and snug fit that can be adjusted depending on the wearer’s preference. Overall hold and support are great considering the silhouette’s basketball shoe DNA and sufficient reinforcements all throughout the upper.
Puma Basket Classic Gum Deluxe History
One of the most popular silhouettes from Puma is the Basket. Released in the ‘70s, the Puma Basket is essentially the leather counterpart of the iconic Puma Suede. It shadows the Suede’s low-top profile, lace-up closure, and entire rubber sole system, and only differs in upper material. Back then, because of the durable leather upper, it was a popular choice for basketball players during colder weather conditions.
Like the Suede, the Puma Basket eventually transitioned from being an athletic shoe model into a lifestyle sneaker that people across generations learned to love. Since its debut, the Basket managed to maintain its spot in the sneaker industry by releasing countless Basket Classic versions and collaborative renditions throughout the years.
A recent version of the Basket comes in a deluxe upgrade. Dubbed officially as the Puma Basket Classic Gum Deluxe, the low-top shoe features soft tumbled leather with either leather or suede Formstrip and a contrasting gum rubber outsole that, collectively, gives out a retro yet a premium look to the timeless silhouette. Two colorways, Black and White, are made available for the shoe.