Verdict from 6 experts and 8 user reviews

9 reasons to buy

  • Traction: The Clyde All-Pro has an "insane grip" that is comparable to the widely praised Kobe 9 from Nike. It is "so consistent...even with dust" on the court.
  • Cushioned heel: Puma Clyde fans notice that the heel is thicker and compresses better than that of the Hardwood.
  • Court feel: This model has "nice bounciness" and court feel around the forefoot area. 
  • Stability: Expert reviewers say that the shoe is low to the ground and its base is wide, so the foot is kept stable.
  • Moisture-control: Although ventilation is "not crazy good," the shoe still doesn't heat up so much because the material "kinda wicks away the moisture."
  • Comfortable tongue: The tongue is generously padded, making it "super comfortable."
  • Light: The All-Pro feels lighter than its actual weight.
  • Heel-to-toe transition: Every step is "very very smooth" because of the slight heel curve and the prominent upward curve of the forefoot.
  • Aesthetics: Basketball players appreciate the Clyde All-Pro's largely streamlined appearance.

3 reasons not to buy

  • Painful landings: Because of the very minimal cushioning in the forefoot, pain might be felt around the toes during hard strikes.
  • Narrow: The Puma Clyde All-Pro has a snug fit width-wise. Wide-footers are advised to go up at least half a size.
  • Needs break-in: The cushioning and upper materials start out stiff, but they get better as hoppers play more in these shoes.  

Bottom line

The Puma Clyde All-Pro is assessed to be even better than, or at least comparable to, the Nike Kobe 9, which critics say is among the greatest basketball shoes. The All-Pro's bad points are either easy to remedy or just because of personal preference. Copping the low-top Puma Clyde All-Pro, therefore, won't be a bad decision. 

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Puma Clyde All-Pro: Lightweight domination

Since the Clyde Court Disrupt, Puma Hoops's Clyde line has been dishing out worthy alternatives to the usually pricier and more popular Adidas and Nike kicks that flood the market. The Clyde All-Pro has the following to offer:

  • Insane lightness. Touted as "lightest and most disruptive," the Clyde All-Pro makes use of thin but sturdy materials that never hamper with movement.
  • Responsive cushioning. The midsole tooling delivers lightweight cushioning that does not sacrifice court feel and bounciness.
  • Durable grip. Multidirectional traction patterns are etched on an outsole that's made of "high-abrasion, sticky rubber." 

Having fun with the Clyde All-Pro from Puma

The Puma Clyde line is as much for style as it is for performance. The Clyde All-Pro, for its part, debuted in a couple of special colorways/versions:

  • Clyde All-Pro Elf. Debuting during Christmas time, the All-Pro has a colorway that references the season. The "Elf" iteration features the widely recognizable "elf colors" green and yellow. It also features elf hat and spaghetti with maple syrup graphics on the heel counter.
  • Clye All-Pro Kuzma Mid. Puma Hoops athlete gets not only his own colorway, but also a wholly different version of the All-Pro. He teams up with streetwear legend Rhuigi Villaseñor to come up with a mid-top that bathes the All-Pro's performance tooling in vintage-inspired hues. The result is a shoe that's both a functional and aesthetic beast on any court.

How Clyde All-Pro compares

This shoe: 84
All shoes average: 81
55 95
This shoe: $130
All shoes average: $131
$40 $500
This shoe: 11.9oz
All shoes average: 13.9oz
9oz 28.6oz
Author
Dimitrije Curcic
Dimitrije Curcic

Dimitrije Curcic has been playing basketball for over 22 years. Like Manu Ginobili, he’s a left-hander whose moves led him to a better career-shooting percentage than the Argentine himself. After playing professionally for 10 years, Dimitrije moved to coaching for two seasons before he became a basketball statistician for StatScore, and FanSided contributor for the San Antonio Spurs. Dimitrije loves to tell hoop stories through numbers and graphics and has been featured on Fansided, FiveThirtyEight, Eurohoops, and TalkBasket among the others.

dimitrije@runrepeat.com