Fit & Sizing
The Puma Suede Caribbean Reef is available for men with sizes ranging from 7 to 13. The fit is generally true-to-size. Women who love the beautiful turquoise shade may avail of this sneaker by going down a size and a half from their usual foot measurement.
A traditional lace closure gives the wearer a customized fit and the leather upper provides ample lateral support.
Puma Suede Caribbean Reef History
The Puma Suede is one of several models of the brand with a vibrant history. This silhouette debuted in 1968 as a track-and-field footwear. At the time of its release, the shoe was considered a trendsetter for being made of suede at a time when shoes either had a leather or canvas make.
What made this model particularly known throughout the world even years later, was how it carved a small piece for itself in the civil rights movement. In the same year of the sneaker’s debut, Tommie Smith, who broke the 200m world record at the Olympic Summer Games, along with John Carlos, famously placed their Puma Suedes on the victory stand and raised their fists while the national anthem was played. The shoeless feet were a protest against poverty, and the raised fists were a call for equality.
Years later, this same silhouette would again be placed in the spotlight but not for a political cause. Instead, the shoe would be endorsed by NBA icon Walt ‘Clyde’ Frazier who loved the Suede so much he requested a sneaker much like the Suede be made especially for him except in a wider and lighter form for a better fit. This request was granted by the Puma brand which came out with the Clyde.
The Suede figured heavily in hip-hop culture and has been so popular that it still commands a loyal following more than fifty years after its launch. It has seen countless iterations and versions and is very much a presence in many people’s wardrobes even to this day.