Puma Smash v2 Leather
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The low-top Puma Smash v2 Leather is available for men and women. The sneaker comes fully secured by a regular lacing for a snug fit. The leather upper material also comfortably follows the shape of the foot over time.
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.
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.
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 soccer 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. Its first model was released in 1968. The all-white shoe which later came out in an 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.
- It has a 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.