Puma Suede Americana Style
With the United States flag as inspiration, the Puma Suede Americana features white stars on a blue background and white smooth leather Puma Formstrip comprising the stripes anchored by a grey suede ankle design. Released with an accompanying classic graphic tee that matches the footwear design, the sneaker is best paired with white or grey joggers for an excellent match for the top and foot.
Another beautiful accent to this iconic silhouette is the gold metal lace tips and Puma branding details at the side and back. The low-top Puma Suede Americana also comes with two sets of flat laces that include one with stars and stripe motif and another one in white color option with both laces having metallic gold aglets. Feeling a bit patriotic for the day or merely wanting an All-American theme to your look by wearing a pair of the US flag-themed shoes would help boost your outfit of the day.
Puma Suede Americana History
The Puma Suede is the brand’s most bestselling silhouette. The Puma Suede design was first worn by Tommie Smith in the 1968 Olympics in Mexico City where he won a gold medal at the 200-meter race.
The low-top design was also made famous by NBA player Walt “Clyde” Frazier who first sported the shoe in one of his games. The sneaker was modified a bit to Frazier’s specifications and was later on called as the Puma Clyde.
After the design’s popularity as a basketball trainer slowly diminished, the shoe transitioned as a classic sneaker favorite of those in the hip-hop and rock circles in the 1980s to the 1990s. The design continued to be released by the German company because of its classic good looks and heritage appeal as the company began tweaking the footwear to include new materials, design, and colorways.
The Puma Suede Americana was released on June 24, 2016, just in time for the Fourth of July Independence Day celebrations. The design incorporates an American patriotic theme with a Stars and Stripes motif with colors of white, blue, red, and grey comprising the modern iteration.