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Top: Low
Inspired from: Basketball
Collection: Puma Classics
Closure: Laces
Material: Leather
Price: $80
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Puma Ralph Sampson Lo OG shoes are offered in sizes ranging from 5 to 13. The basketball legend’s eponymous court shoes come in a lower profile for this modern iteration which means more flexibility for your movements.

The full leather uppers of the sneakers provide ample lateral support while full lace closure in a seven-eyelet system gives the wearer a secure way to adjust the shoes’ fit. Perf accents on the toeboxes let the heat escape for a breathable feel.

Puma Ralph Sampson Lo OG low-top shoes keep the heritage clean and classic look with a base of mostly white. A light grey violet hue on the shoes’ Formstrip provide a soft accompaniment to the stark white color while peacoat shades on the heel counters and tongues give a more striking contrast.

A Ralph Sampson signature in gold is prominently displayed on the sides.

These kicks from Puma do not carry tech details like many modern shoes, but it’s enough that they’re Ralph Sampson-approved. The basketball Hall of Famer’s signature kicks have kept fans of the storied court player waiting for 30 years, and judging by the reception of the shoes, Puma has another bestseller on its hands.

The retro design stays true to the era’s aesthetics but adds some modern updates which give the sneakers a street-style appeal. The balance of old-school and contemporary design in these shoes is flawless.

Ralph Sampson was a first draft rookie of the NBA in 1983. He was known for making an average of 21 points and 11 rebounds per game, thanks to his towering frame of 7 feet and 4 inches. 

To match his extremely tall height, Sampson also had accompanying extra large feet measuring 17 inches in length which proved to be a challenge for the player. Finding shoes to accommodate his feet was difficult. Fortunately, there was Puma to save the day.

They quickly designed, with some input from Samson, a custom new model from scratch. It should provide a snug fit and some support, Sampson said. The result was the Puma Ralph Sampson, a model with a high profile construction for ankle support, suede uppers, and tough soles. 

In 2019, Puma decided it was time to add to its heritage basketball collection by reissuing a low-top OG version (as well as a mid-top one) of the NBA All-Star and 1984 Rookie of the Year’s signature footwear. The brand added a bit of modern tooling and accents and dressed the shoes in full leather.

  • Puma Ralph Sampson Lo OGs have a white and navy color scheme.
  • The Puma branded label can be seen on the tongues while the usual jumping cats are placed at the heels.

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