Summary

We spent 8.1 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what sneaker fanatics think:

9 reasons to buy

  • Some commenters appreciate the smooth leather finish of the Puma Smash v2 Leather.
  • Several buyers like the slim tennis shoe silhouette that is reminiscent of court releases in the 1970s.
  • The low-top sneaker has a supple and comfortable in-shoe feel from the textile lining and padded collar and tongue.
  • A considerable number of users find the cushioned midsole comforting as some users claimed they did not feel tired after wearing them for long hours.
  • A couple of users like the all-black and all-white colorways of the Puma Smash v2 Leather as they are easy to style and mix with different kinds of clothing.
  • A lot of reviewers find this tennis shoe well-constructed and high quality that it could last several months of daily use without signs of damage.
  • A few customers find a value for money in purchasing this budget-friendly sneaker for only $60.
  • The leather sneaker looks good on wearers whether they are in shorts or jeans.
  • A handful of commenters disclosed that the pattern rubber outsole has a solid grip and traction on a variety of surfaces.

3 reasons not to buy

  • Some reviewers commented that the Puma Smash v2 Leather felt large as they had to order one to half size down to get a snug fit.
  • A few reviewers find the toe box narrow even if they got the right size as wearing the shoes could become uncomfortable for those with wide feet.
  • Some creasing on the smooth leather material in the upper bothered a few customers.

Bottom line

The sleek and minimalist silhouette of the Puma Smash v2 Leather makes it a versatile kick for daily wear. The solid white or black colorway make it blend well with a variety of clothes while its smooth leather finish with accents of a perforated Formstrip gives it a clean and polished look that is pleasing to the eyes. Priced at an affordable $60 per pair, Puma did not scrimp on giving in-shoe comfort and midsole cushioning over the high grip and durable rubber outsole making it a shoe to consider for those looking for an affordable all-around sneaker.

Facts

  • Top

    Low Top

    Extremely popular sneakers because of their price range, versatility when it comes to style, and freedom of movement. Almost everyone is guaranteed to have low-top sneakers in their shoe rotation.

    Mid Top

    Mid-top sneakers extend toward the ankle for a little more support and hold. These lie somewhere in the middle between low-top and high-top sneakers in terms of usage and popularity.

    High Top

    Sneakers with collars that go above the ankles for optimal hold and support are some of the most sought-after models in lifestyle shoes. Most of these shoes take their roots from basketball and have easily or fashionably crossed to mainstream wear.

    Good to know

    Regardless of cut, it's always good to start with sneakers that can be worn for the daily grind, also called as "beaters" by some, as these are usually cheaper, easy to clean, and still gives that lifestyle "edge" before going for those wallet-thinning models.

  • Inspired from

    Sports

    Sneakers dominantly take their heritage from running, basketball, skate, tennis, training, hiking, and football. Still retaining a few of their performance-based technologies, these sneakers have transcended their respective niches and have successfully and popularly transformed themselves as staples of fashion footwear.

    Casual

    Sneakers designed for a laidback, "cool" vibe that is built for lifestyle wear right from the get-go.

    Good to know

    Brands are now blending elements of performance and casual appeal in basically every sneaker. One can hardly go wrong with a sports-inspired sneaker or a simple casual shoe.

  • Collection

    Good to know

    Shoes sharing the same inspiration, history, materials, or technologies are routinely assembled under one compilation for the convenience of those who may wish to categorize or label their own collection as such. The classic collections like the Adidas Originals, Air Max 1, Air Force 1, new balance classic sneakers, and the Classic Leather head the pack of frequently asked about collections.

  • Price
    $60
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Puma Smash v2 Leather History

Puma traces its early years in the Bavarian town of Herzogenaurach in Germany, where it still holds a massive headquarters. The brand was established by its company founder Rudolf Dassler in 1948 and was initially called Ruda, but this eventually changed for a good recall of the name.

The German footwear company has initially been producing football shoes and eventually released running shoes in its first two decades. The company eventually diversified its footwear catalog releasing shoes for various sports like tennis which had a massive following in the 1960s.

While companies like Adidas had tennis shoe releases such as the iconic Stan Smith and Nike had its Court shoes, Puma had the Puma Smash leather which was released in 1968. The all-white shoe which later came out in all-black variant was sleek, straightforward, and innovative with just a few detailing such as the recognizable sans serif Puma call out on the side, the signature Formstrip, and the signature Jumping Cat logo at the back.

This tennis court favorite eventually was given a retro release in 2015 as the Puma Smash Buck Leather and followed with the Puma Smash Buck Mono. Both shoes monochromatic tones that make them very versatile when it comes to styling.

The Puma Smash v2 Leather has released in 2017 an improved material for the upper by introducing smooth leather with a perforated Formstrip, softer cushioning fabric, and a solid grip rubber sole.

Puma Smash v2 Leather Style

With only two colorways, the full black and white, the Puma Smash v2 Leather takes this retro iteration back to basics. The perforated Formstrip seems to be the only detail that is worth noticing in the upper. This minimalist treatment gives a clean and polished look for this tennis-inspired casual sneaker that pairs well with jeans and shorts.

Fit & Sizing

The low-top Puma Smash v2 leather has a smooth entry that shifts to narrow at the toe box. However, it runs true to size with a medium-D width for men. The sneaker comes fully secured by a regular lacing for a snug fit. Footwear starts from US size 4 to 14 for men while women may opt for an equivalent fitting by reducing the size by 1.5.

Notable Features

The clean silhouette and polished look of the Puma Smash v2 Leather is its main draw. The all-white and all-black option in the smooth leather finish gives it versatility in styling as many sneaker fans have recently taken notice of monochromatic treatments of tennis-inspired kicks.

Additional Info

  • It has a rubber cushioned midsole and a herringbone patterned rubber sole for improved grip.
  • Padded tongue and collar are complimented with textile in-shoe lining for added comfort.
  • The round toe detail comes with a perforated Formstrip as its only accent.
  • A subtle placement of the Puma cat logo at the back heel and tongue.

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