Facts

  • Top
    Top

    Low Top

    Extremely popular sneakers because of their price range, versatility when it comes to style, and freedom of movement. Almost everyone is guaranteed to have low-top sneakers in their shoe rotation.

    Mid Top

    Mid-top sneakers extend toward the ankle for a little more support and hold. These lie somewhere in the middle between low-top and high-top sneakers in terms of usage and popularity.

    High Top

    Sneakers with collars that go above the ankles for optimal hold and support are some of the most sought-after models in lifestyle shoes. Most of these shoes take their roots from basketball and have easily or fashionably crossed to mainstream wear.

    Good to know

    Regardless of cut, it's always good to start with sneakers that can be worn for the daily grind, also called as "beaters" by some, as these are usually cheaper, easy to clean, and still gives that lifestyle "edge" before going for those wallet-thinning models.

  • Inspired from
    Inspired from

    Sports

    Sneakers dominantly take their heritage from running, basketball, skate, tennis, training, hiking, and football. Still retaining a few of their performance-based technologies, these sneakers have transcended their respective niches and have successfully and popularly transformed themselves as staples of fashion footwear.

    Casual

    Sneakers designed for a laidback, "cool" vibe that is built for lifestyle wear right from the get-go.

    Good to know

    Brands are now blending elements of performance and casual appeal in basically every sneaker. One can hardly go wrong with a sports-inspired sneaker or a simple casual shoe.

  • Collection
    Collection

    Good to know

    Shoes sharing the same inspiration, history, materials, or technologies are routinely assembled under one compilation for the convenience of those who may wish to categorize or label their own collection as such. The classic collections like the Adidas Originals, Air Max 1, Air Force 1, new balance classic sneakers, and the Classic Leather head the pack of frequently asked about collections.

  • Price
    Price
    $65
  • Special editions
    Special editions
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Summary

We spent 8.4 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what sneaker fanatics think:

12 reasons to buy

  • Several customers bought them for their old school looks without sacrificing comfort.
  • Many shoe buyers were impressed with the midsole cushioning that makes on foot experience comfortable.
  • Most consumers considered the budget-friendly pricing of the casual shoes that is only for $65 per pair and could go as low as $30 for some online retailers.
  • Most users claimed the leather upper is easy to clean.
  • Online reviewers liked the all-black and all-white version of this shoe because it pairs well with a variety of outfit.
  • Another critic online cited that this particular classic shoe is very durable compared to other vintage sneakers being sold in the market.
  • Majority of the comments online praised how the Puma GV Special is well-built and durable.
  • A couple of reviewers pointed out the good quality built of the rubber outsole as it doesn’t wear out easily even after a year of use.
  • Shoe users with pronation problems highlighted how the moderate arch support made wearing the shoes comfy.
  • Some tennis player stressed how this iconic shoe is still comfortable during games even after more than three decades of the existence of the Puma GV Special.
  • A few customers liked the simplicity of the design that works well for a casual sneaker.
  • Good experiences in wearing the shoe have convinced several of its buyers to become repeat buyers.

3 reasons not to buy

  • Some reviewers find the Puma GV Special too narrow for the feet.
  • Majority of the complaints are on fit and sizing as buyers have to order a size higher for a snug fit.
  • One complaint noted the lack of tongue cushioning that is a bit uncomfortable.

Bottom line

Often overshadowed by other classic casual sneakers, the Puma GV Special is one special shoe that has stood the test of time for the German brand. It gained its iconic status since the 1980s simply because it is generally well-built and promises a durability that could last for years. 

Another major draw is its comfortable midsole cushioning that makes it an ideal everyday casual sneaker. Lastly, its simplicity in design remains as its main asset projecting a minimalist style without buyers thinking they are spending more for everyday footwear.

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Puma GV Special History

In existence for more than 37 years, the Puma GV Special first came out in 1980. The creation of the shoes started with Guillermo Vilas, an Argentinian tennis star in the 1970s to 1980s, whose initials were forever attached to this iconic shoe.

The four-time tennis grand slam champion collaborated with Puma to create an iconic shoe that would match his winning style and plays. Known for his one-handed backhand moves and his good looks that captured the hearts of many women, Vilas’ style was well translated into the popular tennis shoe.

What came out of the collaboration, which started in the late 1970s until finally when the shoe was released in 1980, was a footwear with an excellent cushioning system and durable design in original all-white classic tennis shoe looks.

With a rubber outsole, the Puma GV Special has a solid grip on the ground. The tennis shoe also had the same promising grip on the outsole that had helped make Vilas a specialist in the clay courts as the Argentinian tennis ace had been known to play better on hard surfaces.

The shoe’s good cushioning system was also helpful to Vilas in making quick movements on the tennis court especially when the South American player popularized his signature “Gran Willy” or a shot where the player hits a tennis ball back to their opponent between the legs.

Through the years, the Puma GV Special has remained almost the same with its all-white and all-black designs becoming popular for many sneaker fans.

Puma GV Special Style

For a retro trainer, the Puma GV Special retains the classic good looks of the original sneaker released in 1980. The silhouette literally remains untouched with its leather upper and perforated detailing. Completing the overall design, a Puma woven logo is placed on the tongue while a PUMA GV Special callout is conspicuously placed on the lateral side while the iconic Puma cat logo is clearly visible at the heel back.

The all-white and all-black models of this underrated shoe works best for most of the popular outfits today. The all-black trainer need not be cleaned regularly and could best fit an all-black style with slim black jeans and fitting shirt. The all-white variation, meantime, although difficult to clean, works well for casual summer look and best paired with chinos or khakis and a button down shirt or polo.

Fit & Sizing

The Puma GV Special always runs true to size. It is secured by a regular lace closure for that snug fit. It has an exceptional hold with a solid rubber grip and moderate arch support. The shoe is available in men’s US size 6 to 15 in medium – D width.

Notable Features

In terms of notable feature, the shoe may have already been overshadowed by modern sneaker technologies. Add to that that there are other more popular classic sneakers from other brands. But all this are easily downplayed by the Puma GV Special’s main strengths: durability and comfort.

For a shoe to survive more than three decades in the market and still convinces many people to buy a pair, it means the shoe has impeccable quality and comfort. The full leather upper with perforated detailing and stylish silhouette makes it one of Puma’s best-selling classic sneakers. Add to this the plush Polyurethane midsole and rubber sole with excellent grip.

Amid all these nice features, the Puma GV Special’s main draw is also its history of being worn by one hell of a great tennis star. Moreover, the nostalgic good look which has impressed several generations of sneaker lovers makes it one of Puma’s most loved shoes.

Additional Info

  • Women’s line Puma GV Special EXT was also released by the brand to cater to the female clientele.
  • Puma GV Special Geometric was also released with geometrical patterns and designs on the upper.
  • Another version, Puma GV Special exotic was also released with a rubber gum sole.
  • A Sibling x Puma GV Special limited edition shoe was released in 2014 with bold colors and knitted fabric.
  • American footballer Michael Strahan and rapper Future also donned the shoes.