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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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 soccer 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.
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.
The Puma Smash v2 Nubuck takes this round-toe tennis shoe iteration back to basics. Using the same nubuck material as the original, the shoe had a comfortable added insole and cushioned collar and tongue. The casual sneaker 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 all-nubuck upper and minimalist silhouette of the Puma Smash v2 Nubuck is its prominent feature. The nubuck finish gives it a premium look even for its affordable pricing. What is more impressive with the v2 Nubuck is its improved rubber outsole for better cushioning and traction. The Puma black, red, and grey colorways are also making a few heads turn with its versatile styling options.
- Puma branding details can be found with the Puma No. 1 logo at tongue, Puma Cat Logo at heel.
- The Puma Formstrip can be found at the medial and lateral sides and shaped by perforations.
- Flat lace closure secures the fit of the Puma Smash v2 Nubuck.