Summary

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7 reasons to buy

  • A lot of reviewers related how stylish they thought the Puma Basket Swan is. 
  • Many women found the details of the low-top shoe “gorgeous.”
  • Some said that the sneaker looks muted, but the iridescence pops out amazingly at certain angles or when the light hits the shoe.
  • The shoe is quite comfortable according to several testers who bought it.
  • A few noted that the low top footwear had lots of good cushioning.
  • “You can’t beat the price!” is what a number of buyers said. 
  • The Puma Basket Swan feels ultra-light on the feet, one consumer stated.

3 reasons not to buy

  • The shoe runs quite narrow and may not be suited for wide-footed purchasers, according to a couple of testers.
  • The footwear makes a soft noise when walking, a customer observed.
  • The outsole of the Basket Swan is not as flexible as in Puma’s other shoes, one consumer complained.

Bottom line

The Puma Basket Swan is a stylish shoe that has the perfect amount of flash—not too much but just enough to be interesting and grab your attention. It is lightweight, comfortable to use, and reasonably priced. The shoe, however, runs a bit narrow, according to some reviews, which may hinder wide-footed buyers from purchasing the model.

Facts

Top: Low
Inspired from: Basketball
Collection: Puma Basket
Price: $80
Colorways: Black
Size
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A top rated Puma sneaker

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The Puma Basket Swan is a women’s model that is inspired by the grace and strength of ballet. Sizes available range from 5.5 to 11, half sizes included. The leather upper and lace-up closure give the shoe snug and supportive fit so you can do a few twirls and jumps without worry that your footwear might fall off.

While the sneaker is primarily designed for women, the shoe’s simple good looks might appeal to the male audience as well. Men who would like to purchase this model are suggested to look for one a size and a half bigger than their usual measurement.

The Puma Basket Swan seems to carry a simple and understated style, that is until it gets hit by light and then it goes full-on glam. This model would look great with jeans, high-waisted shorts, and dress pants for a casual look and, since it’s black, it combines pretty well with other shades. For date nights and times when you want to look more feminine, pair the sneaker with a long tulle skirt and a fitted top to achieve an elegant vibe.

The Puma Basket Swan features the same iconic silhouette beloved of many since its introduction in 1968 but is now given an updated elegant look with premium velvet leather upper and iridescent feather details. The black suede is an excellent backdrop for the shimmery details that provide the sneaker with such a unique and striking look. Rounding up the shoe perfectly is the EcoOrtholite liner to give the wearer breathable comfort and fit.

The Puma Basket was initially released in the 60s as a warm-up basketball shoe and was the footwear that started it for Puma on the courts. It was a low-cut footwear made of leather and was considered a go-to shoe due to its athletic performance, durability, and street style. It was this same style that allowed the shoe to cross boundaries into the fashion scene to become one of hip hop’s most popular culture icons.

The Puma Basket was released in high-top and low-top editions and in various colorways. A few iterations of the Basket followed decades after its original debut. One of these is the Puma Basket Swan which is part of the Swan Pack released by Puma. This particular edition featured iridescent feather detailing and a velvet leather upper.

  • Light padding on the tongue and collar give comfort and support.
  • The shoe features a breathable mesh lining, a flat lace, and a grippy rubber outsole.
  • Each shoe weighs 11 oz.

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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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