Who should buy the PUMA Smash v2

The Smash v2's clean and relaxed styling proudly displays its tennis inspiration. If you find it charming, you must be:

  • Looking for a pair that works wonders with slim jeans and khakis.
  • In need of shoes that make fast and comfy rides possible.
  • Collecting suede sneakers, particularly those that don't break the bank.
  • A huge fan of monochromatic or two-tone kicks.

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Who should not buy it

For being top-to-bottom durable, the PUMA C-Rey is an excellent alternative to the Smash v2. Also, there's the Nike Court Legacy, a tennis-inspired sneaker devoid of any complaints concerning midfoot support.

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Astonishing level of comfort

According to many reviewers, the PUMA Smash v2 is so much more comfortable than expected.

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Says no to weighty steps

Sneakerheads are impressed with the Smash v2's lightness. Its barely-there weight may be linked to its low-profile design and minimalist sole unit.

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An attractive asking price

At no more than $60 a pair, the Smash v2 from PUMA is super affordable. It is approximately $50 cheaper than the average, which is about $110.

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Might give in early on

Testers say that PUMA Smash v2's midsole detaches from the upper way too soon, especially around the heel.

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Pleasing in leather

A decent number of owners commend the classic style of PUMA Smash v2 shoes. They attribute this poshness to the shoe's well-crafted suede leather upper.

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The Smash v2's 10/10 fit

There are those who find a perfect fit in this PUMA kick (no heel lift nor dead zones).

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Might lead to achy arches

Sneakerheads say that the PUMA Smash v2 lacks arch support.

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Dozens of eye-catching hues

Scores of reviewers are quite happy about the wide variety of colors the shoe is available in.

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The PUMA Smash v2 in history

In 1968, when the tennis fad was at an all-time high, PUMA released its own court shoes to compete against the famed Stan Smith from Adidas. Among them was the PUMA Smash Leather. This shoe was sleek and displayed a minimalist style. 

Its first release was an all-white colorway. Its identifying details include the Leaping Cat logo at the heel, PUMA’s signature Formstrip at the sides, and a PUMA call-out on top of the Formstrips. 

The shoe quickly became a tennis court favorite and later became an icon. Decades later—in 2015, to be exact—a retro variant was released in the form of the PUMA Smash Buck Leather. It was quickly followed by the debut of the PUMA Smash Buck Monos. 

Two years later, an improved version of the originals was introduced, which was dubbed v2. These v2s featured enhanced soles, which had more grip and better cushioning. The first sneaker to receive the v2 makeover was the PUMA Smash v2 Leather. Nubuck and perforated editions also came out. Half a century after the debut of the classics, a suede iteration graces the fans—the Smash v2.

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Facts / Specs

Style: Retro, Sporty, Minimalist
Top: Low
Inspired from: Tennis
Collection: PUMA Smash
Closure: Laces
Material: Suede, Rubber Sole, Leather, Cup Sole
Season: Summer, Spring, Fall

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