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Inspired from: Skate
Collection: Puma Classics
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Skating-inspired shoes under the Puma brand is not that apparent compared to conglomerates like Nike and Vans, but these Puma Bridger SD’s surely give people a treat. One may ask: do these Puma Bridger SD’s run true to size? The answer is yes, and it follows the men’s standard width of a medium.

Puma Bridger shoes like these are sleekly assembled with vulcanized soles to enhance the boardfeel and at the same time give ample cushioning for doing board tricks. The Puma Bridger SD men’s sneaker is available in sizes starting from 7 to 14 for those who would like the Puma skate experience. Pull tabs are present on its back portion for an easier entry.

The look of the Puma Bridger resembles that of the Nike Janoski’s but, of course, with a hint of Puma flair along with its side panels courtesy of the coveted Formstrip. The Janoski-ish resemblance mostly comes from its toe box and lace bed flaps which is amplified by the stitching across the surface.

Skate sneakers like these can be partnered with a wide variety of clothing options thanks to its streamlined nature and low profile appeal. Skinny jeans, joggers, and shorts are mostly a staple for these kicks but sporting more smart clothes with it wouldn’t do any harm either. With a chestnut and black colorway iteration, the sneaker sticks to muted pigments which perfectly emphasizes the masculine side of humanity.

Compared to other versions of the Bridger collection, especially the primary model, the Puma Bridger SD utilizes a slim, traditional vulcanized tooling. The original Bridger silhouette is most famous for its gum rubber sole, but with the SD’s, which stands for Suede if anyone asks, they beg to differ.

If there is any skate-inspired Puma shoe to be talked about, the first thing to come to mind would be the sixties-born icon named aptly as the Puma Suede. Its introduction to the human race started off with a bang as it was one of the quintessential parts of the Black Power Movement during the 1968 Olympics. Due to its unintended advertisement, the sneaker eventually seeped into numerous ways of life including B-Boys and the skating community.

The Suede had come a long way from its sports-inclined origins to its lifestyle embodiment in the concurrent years. Iterations would sooner or later pay homage to the coveted silhouette’s brilliance in any aspect it had tapped before.

The Puma Bridger SD was one of the models that paid respect to the Puma Suede’s skating history evident with its SD monicker on the latter part of its name. Released in 2019, the Bridger SD was a follow-up edition of the original Bridger which was introduced a year before.

  • The sneaker was assembled with mostly Suede uppers with a dash of synthetic materials on the overlays and Formstrip.
  • Underfoot cushioning is provided by the rubber outsole with foxing tape.


Danny McLoughlin

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