Puma Smash v2 Nubuck History
German footwear company Puma has been in the business for some 70 years. Since it was founded by Rudolf Dassler in 1948 in Herzogenaurach, Germany, the company continues to produce sports and lifestyle shoes.
At the onset, the company has been solely producing football cleats and running shoes but eventually diversified their catalog introducing kicks for various sports and disciplines as well as its lifestyle sneakers and retro releases of their past successful designs. As part of its footwear offering diversification, Puma started 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 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 Nubuck was released in 2017 simultaneously with the Puma Smash v2 Leather. It came with an improved material for the upper yet retaining the original nubuck leather in fewer overlays with a perforated Formstrip at the side panel, softer cushioning fabric, and a solid grip rubber sole.
Puma Smash v2 Nubuck Style
Coming in three solid and exciting colorways, the Puma Smash v2 Nubuck had fewer overlays compared to the original. The signature Puma Formstrip can be seen clearly at the side panel with subtle brand detailing at the tongue, back heel and the side heel.
Available in Puma, Black, Red, and Grey options, the Puma Smash v2 Nubuck looks stylish in shorts or jeans. The street-style casual sneaker has a versatile style that can be worn daily with ease and minimal styling.