Puma Clyde Premium Core History
Realizing a need to penetrate the sports industry with an innovative shoe design in the late 1960's, Puma introduced the world to the Puma Suede. The shoe is composed of a rubber sole with thick laces and a full suede upper, hence the name. Using suede uppers at the time was a technological upgrade of durability and was ahead of its time. The Puma Suede was seen on the platform alongside Tommie Smith and John Carlos during the 1968 Olympic crowning of the 200-meter category. Winning gold and bronze medals respectively, a single gesture of an iconic salute immortalized shoe into sneaker history.
With a growing niche for footwear in the world of sports, Puma decided to explore basketball. The growth of the kicks was gradual until the time when a player called Walter "Clyde" Frazier entered the scene. The all-star player of the New York Knicks have been sporting Puma Suedes before in games, and when 1973 came, Puma approached the pro and discussed a collaboration. After several brainstorming of ideas and requests, a suede upper shoe with a wider toe box was released, which was labeled the Puma Clyde.
During its first release, the Puma Clyde attracted a generous number of followers, but through time, the hype subsided. Several reissues of the Puma Clyde was revived in the 90's that came in a wide variety of colorways. Although maintaining original designs and models, Puma continued to introduce iterations of the shoe through time.
The onset of the year 2017 emboldened the vintage shoe in the form of the Puma Clyde Premium Core. The classic sneaker features upgraded comfort instilled by soft leather materials and a sleek design that slightly stows away from the original.