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The low-top Puma Smash Deboss comes with a lace-up closure that cinches the shoe down with a customized, secure fit. It is generally true to size, but those with wide feet may opt to get a half size bigger than their usual size to allow more room for their toes to splay while in motion. This sneaker with a cushioned footbed is available in men’s sizes, stretching from 7 to 15 US.
The 1970s tennis trainer is redesigned with a textured finish using a deboss technique. The updated version is aptly called the low-top Puma Smash Deboss. The original drop of this shoe is in white, reminiscent of the much-sought leather court shoe back in the day. The round toe structure of this sneaker covered with synthetic leather puts a classic touch to it and makes it ideal to pair up with any casual clothes for any season.
Puma altered its 1970s crowd-favorite court silhouette and produced a more stylish, sporty shoe profile to cater a growing population of sneaker lovers around the globe. This tweaked version of the original leather model called the low-top Puma Smash Deboss is heavy on heritage with modern visual texture design on the upper which is the standout character of this shoe.
Puma started manufacturing performance shoes back in 1948 under the helm of its founder Rudolf Dassler. The brand was originally known for its soccer cleats and track and field athletic shoes. Eventually, Puma evolved into producing other athletic shoes such as tennis silhouettes until it was hit by the sneaker culture bug wherein the market for lifestyle kicks grew rapidly.
In response to the high demand for aesthetically pleasing sporty shoes, this footwear brand turned to its vintage heritage models and brought them back to life with up-to-date designs. One of its classic performance shoes that was transformed with modern day features is the court-inspired Puma Smash. Several variations were made to this model which includes the low-top Puma Smash Deboss.
Going back a few pages in Puma’s history, particularly in 1968, one will be led to the very core of the Puma Smash iterations, which is the Puma Suede, a unique looking trainer introduced during that year. Its name is a giveaway of the dominant material used in this shoe. This tough suede profile became highly-noticeable in the track and field category, specifically when American athlete Tommie Smith won the gold medal for the 200-meter race at the 1968 Mexico Summer Olympics laced up with this shoe.
Needless to say, Puma smashed it hard and hit it right when it came up with the Puma Smash model in the 1970s that it became one of the definitive silhouettes of the brand. In tennis lingo, smash is a racket technique that professional players have mastered to get the full advantage of the game, while it is something amateur club players usually find hard to execute.
In 2015, this vintage-style court trainer was re-dressed with a Nubuck upper and stylized as fashionable casual sneaker called the Puma Smash Buck. The Smash Jersey variation in lightweight suede and jersey combo was dropped two years later, as well as the Puma Smash Deboss which is made of synthetic leather upper. Instead of having a smooth leather cover, this edition has streaks of multi directional line depressions on the upper, which not only adds texture but a nice character to the shoe.
Puma added more varieties of the Puma Smash such as the women’s edition Puma Smash Cat with an attention-grabbing leaping cat on the side panels; the leather Puma Smash L; the suede Puma Smash SD; woven Puma Smash Knit; outdoorsy looking Puma Smash Ripstop, among others.
- The Formstrip branding is stitched on the lateral and medial sides of the shoe, while the Puma Cat logo is located on the heel area.
- The outsole of the low-top Puma Smash Deboss sneaker is made of durable rubber with herringbone tread pattern that provides good traction.
- The deboss technique on the upper was previously used in the 2015 Puma Suede Classic Debossed wherein the Formstrip branding on the side panels which runs around the heel of the shoe is machine-indented instead of having it stitched on the velvety upper, like its traditional counterparts.