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7 reasons to buy

  • The Puma Clyde Premium Core's rich history, along with sterling features, entitled the shoe to be listed on the recommendation list.
  • A few users praised the shoe's perfect fit and sizing.
  • More than a couple of customers stated that they had bought another color of the pair and even one of them plans to buy all of the available colors.
  • A tiny number of buyers commended the shoe's exceptional comfort.
  • Retaining the silhouette of the original release, the Puma Clyde Premium Core's image is much appreciated by a very a small number of reviewers.
  • Equipped with superior materials, a couple of users applauded the sneaker's high-quality build.
  • A little number of purchasers expressed their adoration for the shoe's excellent value for money.

1 reasons not to buy

  • More than a handful of reviewers disliked the shoe's narrow width, and even a percentage of them were annoyed with the very tight fit and its small size.

Bottom line

Enriched by its occasional launches throughout the years, the Puma Clyde Premium Core continued the legacy of basketball pro, Walter "Clyde" Frazier. It's vintage appeal catered to interests of customers who are inclined to classic shoes and are looking for a nostalgic experience. With an upgrade from the pioneer model, the shoe boasts supreme comfort and durability without disregarding a smooth, minimalist style.


Base model: Puma Clyde OG
Top: Low
Inspired from: Basketball
Collection: Puma Clyde
Price: $85
Colorways: Black, Blue, Gold, Purple
Special editions: 15 special editions
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The Puma Clyde Premium Core is made available in men's sizes ranging from 4-14. Although the sneaker is labeled a D medium width shoe, several testimonials from users state that the shoe runs a tad snugger than the original release.

A low top shoe with a flat heel, the Puma Clyde Premium Core can be outfitted with almost anything due to its casual but sophisticated appearance. The trademark Puma Formstrip can be seen swinging on the side of the lateral panels of the shoe complementing skinny pants and long-sleeved shirts. Wearing shorts partnered with tees is also advisable for an even simpler look.

The Puma Clyde Premium Core enhanced the original model's suede upper with softer materials. Perforations are visible along the perimeter of the Puma Formstripes on the lateral sides of the shoes. A gold Puma logo can be seen on the vamp of the shoe with a "Clyde" signature at the bottom. A rounded square patch can be seen at the heel with a color the inverse of the tonal upper.

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.

  • The shoe is released in 2017 in five different colorways which are the Sweet Grape, Harbor Blue, Artisan's Gold, Puma Black-Solar Power, and Puma White-Cabernet.


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