Summary

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7 reasons to buy

  • The Puma Smash v2 L Perf bears an affordable price tag that some buyers consider it a great purchase.
  • Many buyers left positive notes on the eye-catching colors of this Puma shoe.
  • Lots of reviewers were impressed with the comfort and softness of the Smash v2 L Perf shoes.
  • It is easy to clean, stated by very few buyers.
  • A number of pleased reviewers reported that the Puma Smash v2 L Perf fits pretty true to size.
  • Its style is well-received by the majority of reviewers. They liked how sporty it is, but still dressy enough to wear for casual events and day-to-day activities.
  • The Puma Smash v2 L Perf shoes are available in both men’s and women’s sizes.

1 reasons not to buy

  • Although the Puma Smash v2 L Perf sneakers are generally comfortable, some of the purchasers highlighted the shoes’ lack of arch support.

Bottom line

Great for everyday wear, the Puma Smash v2 L Perf flaunts a soft leather upper with notable perforation detailing that follows Puma’s signature Formstrip. Its minimal and sleek design garnered positive feedback from the crowd, with the majority noting how versatile it is for casual wearing.

It comes in eye-catching colors, too, which is another plus factor. Although arch support is lacking, the Puma Smash v2 L Perf sneakers managed to get high ratings and recommendations because of its overall performance, style, comfort, and great value.

Facts

Base model: Puma Smash v2 Leather
Top: Low
Inspired from: Tennis
Collection: Puma Smash
Price: $55
Colorways: Black, Grey, Pink, White
Special editions: 1 special editions
Size
Small True to size Large
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Rankings

A top 1% best sneaker
A top rated Puma sneaker
A popular pick

These tennis-inspired Puma shoes are designed for both men and women. The Puma Smash v2 L Perf women's is offered in sizes ranging from US 5.5 to 11 in B Medium width. Men, on the other hand, have options to choose from sizes 7 to 14 in D Standard width. The fit generally runs true to size.

The Puma Smash v2 L Perf sneakers feature a low-top construction with a traditional lace-up closure that secures the foot with a lockdown fit. Surrounding the ankle is padded collar and tongue for optimum comfort, only adding to the plush feel given by the cushioned SoftFoam insoles. Overall hold and support are excellent.

The legendary tennis-inspired Smash shoe from the German footwear brand received another design upgrade through the Puma Smash v2 L Perf sneakers. Its sporty façade can primarily be attributed to the soft leather upper highlighted by perforations that follow Puma's signature Formstrip branding to the lateral side. The overall design is minimal and features a clean upper with tonal laces, a pair of colored eyelet, and a sleek heel tab. To complete the look is a contrasting Puma logo on the sides, tongue, and heel.

The Puma Smash v2 L Perf shoes are available in “Puma Black,” “Puma White,” and “Peach Beige” colorways.   

This rendition of the Puma Smash sneakers exhibits a similar classic retro vibe of the original silhouette. One feature that stands out is the perforated Formstrip pattern visible on the lateral sides of the shoe that acts as the primary design accent of the Puma Smash v2 L Perf. However aside from its aesthetic value, the perforation detail also boasts functional use. It makes the shoe lighter in weight and more breathable.

Founded in 1948 by Rudolf Dassler in the town of Herzogenaurach in Germany is a well-established sports brand that we all know today - Puma. Like Adidas, Nike, and Reebok, its roots originated from producing athletic or performance-based footwear. It gained popularity primarily because of the long list of sports shoes it created that, in one way or another, made such a substantial impact on the history of sports, footwear, and many subcultures.

Today, Puma still produces athletic shoes but also shares a large part of the sneaker market. Its 1968 Puma Smash tennis shoe is one of the many Puma shoe models initially designed for sports but currently marketed as a lifestyle shoe. In 2015, the iconic Puma Smash was given a retro release by the brand. Several more versions of the tennis court favorite released afterward.

In 2017, Puma revamped the Smash silhouette with an improved upper material and new technologies by releasing the Puma Smash v2 Leather. This version further evolved into a new Smash rendition called the Puma Smash v2 L Perf shoes. It bears similar features as the Smash v2 Leather, but with an upgraded perforated Formstrip branding.

  • This shoe is also named as the Puma Smash v2 Leather Perf by some retailers.
  • This shoe also utilizes Puma's SoftFoam sockliner for supportive cushioned comfort on foot.
  • The white and textured rubber midsole gives a perfect contrast to the retro look of the leather upper.
  • The durable rubber outsole provides superior traction.

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Danny McLoughlin

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