Summary

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8 reasons to buy

  • Some buyers of the weatherproof version of the Basket Classic by Puma were adamant that this shoe is easily a must-have.
  • A handful of reviewers mentioned exclaimed that the shoe is extremely comfortable.
  • Several purchasers were impressed with the out-of-the box comfort offered by the Puma Basket Classic Weatherproof. 
  • A few diehard fans of the Puma Basket Classic line noticed that the shoe is very much like the original model, but with the added protection against inclement weather.
  • The shoe is quite affordable.
  • It is very light despite the weatherproof quality.
  • A small number of sneaker fans just loved the color combinations of this model.
  • The nubuck leather used on the upper provides a premium look and feel without costing much.

2 reasons not to buy

  • A few reviewers remarked that the upper is prone to holding dirt and a little hard to clean.
  • More color options were preferred by some of the buyers.

Bottom line

Puma turns the Basket Classic into an all-weather sneaker by utilizing a weatherproof upper. Despite the new feature, fans of this line should have no trouble discerning the iconic silhouette that has made this shoe one of the most popular in Puma’s horde of shoes. 

The rustic appeal, instant comfort, and affordable price tag should have sneaker fans excited about the Basket Classic Weatherproof.

Facts

Base model: Puma Basket Classic
Top: Low
Inspired from: Basketball
Collection: Puma Basket
Price: $70
Colorways: Black, Brown, Green, Grey, Red
Special editions: 22 special editions
Size
Small True to size Large
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Rankings

A top 4% best sneaker
A top rated Puma sneaker

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Puma delivers a very average fit in the Basket Classic Weatherproof. It should offer a very comfortable fit to those with standard foot measurements. The basketball DNA of the shoe brings a nice blend of support and flexibility. This is a men’s shoe that comes in sizes 4 to 14. The ladies who may wish to cop a pair should go 1.5 down their normal size to get a good fit.

A dose of rustic beauty is very much in line with the Puma Basket Classic Weatherproof. It offers a retro style that still resonates with the ever changing trend of today. Sneaker fans who wish to look cool in their jeans or shorts will find the shoe a very willing partner.

There are two standout features in the shoe that makes it different from many of the versions of the Puma Basket Classic. The first one is the weatherproof upper that should keep off water during slight rain or when walking along wet pavements. It makes the shoe a versatile lifestyle footwear.

The second feature that is rather appreciated by many is the nubuck leather. It allows sneaker fans to get a pair without having to swallow the usual stiff price of some shoes with this kind of premium look and feel. The nubuck leather also highlights the iconic silhouette that has made the shoe a constant sight in thousands of shoe closets.

Puma came up with a leather sibling of the Puma Suede by introducing the Puma Basket in 1968. Although it was unveiled as a warm-up basketball shoe, it did not take long for sneaker fans and the hip hop community to turn this shoe into an everyday footwear.

The leather upper was also quite significant as it provides good durability while soon to be unmistakable silhouette was still very much distinctive. From the basketball court, it soon crossed over into the shoe closet of average Joes and Janes.

Several decades after it was released, the Puma Basket continues to evolve in so many ways. In the Puma Basket Classic Weatherproof, the Jumping Cat brand adds a new nubuck leather for a more premium look and enhanced comfort. Part of this new upper is a weatherproof feature that should allow sneaker fans to enjoy their lifestyle, even in inclement weather.

  • A ribbed toe bumper enhances protection and durability.
  • The ankle collar and tongue have adequate padding for comfort.
  • The Jumping Cat logo is prominently displayed on the heel.

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Danny McLoughlin

Danny is a sneakerhead turned sneaker industry expert that believes a good outfit begins from the feet up. His aunt currently isn't speaking to him for wearing a pair of kicks at his cousin's wedding. He spends most of his time trying to keep on top of the latest releases, hitting up his contacts and doing what needs to be done to secure his next pickup. Danny has been featured in prestigious publications such as The Washington Post, The Irish Times, Footwear News and the like.

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