Size and fit

These low tops deliver supreme comfort around the collar which is generally padded with a V-notch below the ankle offering full flexibility. A hook-and-loop strap secures the foot around the vamp while the heel and tongue loop aid on putting the sneaker on. It’s as if the slip-on form was not already convenient enough.

As with most low top Puma sneakers, the Dare AC also has a roomy toe box which can accommodate feet with wider widths even though it is constructed in a B medium. The sneaker was observed to run true to size. Women can cop a pair starting from dimensions 5.5 to 11.

Puma Dare AC Style

Slip-ons would most likely imply that the wearer uses it for super casual affairs like chilling indoors or doing errands. Clothing options for these events would include shorts, trousers, jeans, leggings, and other more comfortable apparel options. The tooling can be somehow related to the earlier Mostros which bear a wavy sole construction underneath an upper which does not display a Formstrip.

Notable Features

The takeaway element of the Puma Dare AC would probably be the ingenious hook-and-loop enclosure found on the vamp which not only adds stability but also gives more dimension to the low top’s facade.

Puma Dare AC History

A sportswear giant like Puma had been in the sneaker scene for quite some time now, and they have seen a lot of changes in the lifestyle aspect of society’s dopamine-deprived comfort and vanity. From producing robust frameworks to being lightweight, everyday wear, Puma sneakers had catered to every class of society from grandfathers to teenage nieces.

Founded by Rudolph Dassler in the late 1940’s, the then called Puma Schuhfabrik Rudolph Dassler produced the company’s first soccer cleat--the Puma Atom. The soccer shoe was a huge success which was seen on the feet of the West Germany team in a duel against Switzerland. It was also in the Atom where the world witnessed the first post-war match goal as employed by Herbert Brudenski.

After gaining traction and a formidable reputation in the footwear regime, Puma diversified into different platforms which would cater to various aspects of society. One of those was basketball, and the Puma Basket was launched in the late 60’s. The basket then morphed into another iteration that B-Boys loved religiously until this day. The Puma Suede was an insignia of the brand’s never-ending search for progress despite the changing needs of society.

Now that the topic of change is laid down the table, the consumer’s preference evolved into those who are craving for lightweight footwear that can be used on a wide array of activities but mostly for everyday wear. To cope up with this game-changing trend, Puma released the Mostro in 2002. The Mostro revolutionizes the sneaker genre with its unorthodox hook-and-loop system in an almost slip-on construction built to tackle routines.

The introduction of the Mostro was a success which inspired several iterations with its easy entry and superb lightweight form. Silhouettes like the Puma Dare surfaced which utilizes the same light construction in a strap-hugging mechanism for lockdown. The overall concept behind the shoe was also minimal with its sleek upper and sole.

The Puma Dare became a fan favorite on the more feminine part of the public; thus Puma capitalized on its brilliant design. Subsequent models like the Puma Dare AC was released which maintains the hook-and-loop velcro enclosure of the Mostro giving more dimension to the low top’s image.

Additional Info

  • The sockliner is composed of Softfoam providing superb all-day comfort.
  • The interiors are made of textile which breaths more.
  • The Puma Jump Cat logo can be seen on the velcro part of the elastic strap, tongue and heel loops, outsole, and insole.
  • Rubber outsole provides grip and traction for durable wear.
  • Colorways include Winsome Orchid, Blue Indigo, Gray Violet, Laurel Wreath, Peacoat, Puma Black, and many more.


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