100 users: 4.5 / 5
Top: High
Inspired from: Basketball
Collection: Puma Sky
Colorways: Blue / Brown / Green / Grey

Verdict from 9.1 hours of research from the internet

10 reasons to buy

  • Numerous reviewers are impressed with the molded foam midsole of the Puma Sky II Hi Nubuck as it is comfortable to wear by cushioning the feet from the impact of every step.
  • Several customers appreciated the Nubuck material because of the premium look and perfect feel it gives to the upper.
  • Breathable mesh fabric delivers fresh in-shoe feel while the perforations in the toe box and sides keep the cleat ventilated for all-day use.
  • A good number of people praised its superior construction and stylish nuances without the sneaker is hard to mix and match with casual outfits.
  • Many customers find the Puma Sky II Hi Nubuck very affordable for its $80 pricing.
  • Majority of those who bought the sneaker are amazed by the flair and fashion of the monochromatic colorways of this high-top kick.
  • A handful of wearers disclosed that the classic sneakers are
  • The durable outsoles of this Nubuck sneaker do not wear out even after several months of use.
  • Some reviewers claimed the classic shoe gives a certain sense of nostalgia of the 1980s to wearers with its Velcro hook-and-loop straps and pro-basketball silhouette.
  • Some buyers posted that they will recommend buying these shoes to their friends and family.

3 reasons not to buy

  • Several buyers felt the Puma Sky II Hi Nubuck is narrow at the toe box and causing some discomfort to some users.
  • Some users felt it uncomfortable due to the lack of reliable arch support.
  • A couple of reviewers revealed the Puma Sky II Hi Nubuck took several days to a week to break in and feel comfortable wearing the sneakers.

Bottom line

The re-issue of the Puma Sky II Hi Nubuck gives everyone a chance to relive the heydays of this pro-basketball stunner of the 1980s. First worn by All-Star players in the NBA, these retro sneakers deliver a classic appeal with its high top and round toe silhouette with notable perforations in the toe box and sides.

On top of these features is the distinctive Velcro hook-and-loop strap that’s reminiscent of the era that sparked the rise of hip-hop and the punk rock generation.

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The round toe silhouette of the Puma Sky II Nubuck takes us back to its pro-basketball years where a best fitting basketball kick is something that goes up the ankle with hook-and-loop straps securing the ankles from injury. With this modern take on the retro sneaker, the German company revives the Puma Sky II Nubuck to rekindle this same feeling of high fitting footwear from the top straps to bottom shoelaces. The Puma high-top sneaker is available in medium D or B width for men and women. Shoes are available in US size 7 to 13 for men and 4 to 11 for women in select retailers.

They say that if you got it, you flaunt it. The same kind of experience is expected when a person tries on the Puma Sky II Hi Nubuck for the first time. Meant to be displayed and worn for all to see, this heritage sneaker design pairs well with skinny jeans and pants.

The high-top silhouette quickly becomes the highlight of one’s get-up with its double Velcro straps and monochromatic colorways. The shoe is perfect for those days when you just want to hang out in the mall or at the café in the afternoon, and a hurry just transitions from daytime to night-time glam at the club or bar. The shoe works well in the daytime and nighttime clothes because its neutral colorways do not overpower one’s projected look. So if you head out to the mall in the Puma Sky II Hi Nubuck and matter of minutes be chauffeured to the nearest club without changing clothes, your high-tops would carry the weight of your dress for the rest of the night without a hassle.

The retro silhouette of the Puma Sky II Hi Nubuck is its main strength. From the double hook-and-loop strap to the Nubuck material in the upper, the shoe brings back its OG design for a new breed of sneakerheads. Completing this impressive feature, this affordable high-top cleat boasts of toe and side perforations for added breathability, a cushioned midsole, padded footbeds, collar and tongue and durable Puma contact outsoles known for its reliable grip and traction.

Puma traces its roots in the town of Herzogenaurach in Germany. Rudolf Dassler established his own shoe company Puma Schuhfabrik Rudolf Dassler, initially named Ruda, in 1948. The company, which was eventually called Puma, first released soccer cleats to much acclaim that at some point they were producing kicks for the German soccer team.

After Puma established its credibility as a soccer shoemaker, Dassler moved for the creation of a logo to improve the company’s name recall and brand reputation. The company founder first introduced a sans-serif font with a picture logo in 1957. Puma ’s second brand logo included a Formstrip the following year. This Formstrip feature was initially intended to stabilize the foot inside the shoe. Some ten years later, in 1967, Nuremberg cartoonist Lutz Backes would, later on, create the logo of the jumping cat or the signature Puma Cat Logo that is now among the most recognized brands in the world.

Over the years Puma diversified its shoe offerings from soccer shoes to running shoes to basketball shoes and more recently sneakers. Because of the full range of shoes developed by Puma over the years, they embarked on releasing retro versions of their famous designs over the years.

One shoe that has made a comeback is the retro released Puma Sky II Hi Nubuck which first debuted in 1980 as a basketball sneaker. Just about the time when all other shoe brands have been releasing their basketball shoes, Puma released this high-top sneaker in its OG form with Nubuck upper materials ready to conquer the court. However, over the years, the design of the 1980s basketball sneaker was overshadowed by other famous basketball kicks from other brands that its popularity in the court also waned.

The transition from the court to the streets happened in just a few years with growing interests in earlier released designs by street style and hip-hop loving crowds until the shoe was discontinued. In late 2016, the Puma Sky II Hi Nubuck was released together with a full grain leather version. The padded high-top with the iconic wave insignia that dazzled basketball courts of the 1980s crossed over into the streets and nightclubs of the modern times with this re-issue from Puma Sky II Hi Nubuck in the last quarter of 2016 complete with its perforated toe caps, double Velcro straps, and logo patch at the oversized tongue.

  • The signature Puma Formstrip at the sides gives this shoe the needed support, balance, and branding accent that has been recognized all over the world.
  • The Puma nameplate can be found at the lateral side while a stitched Puma Sky name is placed in one of the hook-and-lock straps while the signature logo is situated on the back heel.
  • The round toe Puma Sky II Hi Nubuck has perforations on the toe box and side panel to improve the breathability of the kicks.

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Danny McLoughlin
Danny McLoughlin

Danny McLoughlin is a researcher for RunRepeat covering football, sneakers and running. After graduating with a degree in computer science from The University of Strathclyde, Danny makes sure never to miss a game of his beloved Glasgow Rangers or the Scotland national football team. He has been featured in prestigious publications such as The Washington Post, The Irish Times, Footwear News and the like.