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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
- 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.