Verdict from 8.4 hours of research from the internet

5 reasons to buy

  • Several people loved the classic design of the Puma Suede Caribbean Reef.
  • The beautiful turquoise color of the low-top Puma sneaker got the most number of nods from reviewers. They described the shade as “perfect” and “really pops.”
  • A handful of users were pleased with the excellent quality of the Puma Suede Caribbean Reef.
  • A few testers liked how comfortable the lifestyle footwear felt.
  • This casual sneaker by Puma fits perfectly, a delighted customer stated.

1 reasons not to buy

  • The Puma Suede Caribbean Reef only comes in one colorway, users complained.

Bottom line

The Puma Suede Caribbean Reef updates the street swagger style of the iconic silhouette with a fun and summery vibe. The vibrant color gives any outfit a pop while the reef detailing on the upper gives the shoe a leisurely feel.

The shoe perfectly captures the classic footwear’s comfort with its true to size fit. A solid finish rounds off this sneaker excellently. Unfortunately, the shoe only comes in one colorway, so users have a very limited choice.

User reviews:

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.

Get a beachy feeling even when you’re not at sea. The Puma Suede will freshen up your look wherever you take it. Pair it with shorts or jeans and a tee if you want to go the casual route, or match it with joggers and a sweatshirt for a more athletic feel.

The iconic and staple Puma shoe has been given a fresh new look with the Puma Suede Caribbean Reef. The street-swagger remains the same although it has been elevated further with an embossed print and a bright new hue. The cut and profile remain true to the original, but modern touches provide a vibe that the newest generation of followers will surely love.

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.

  • The Puma Suede Caribbean Reef has a grippy rubber outsole, reef-inspired print, textile lining, and foam padded tongue and collar.
Danny McLoughlin
Danny McLoughlin

Danny McLoughlin is a researcher for RunRepeat covering football, sneakers and running. After graduating with a degree in computer science from The University of Strathclyde, Danny makes sure never to miss a game of his beloved Glasgow Rangers or the Scotland national football team. He has been featured in prestigious publications such as The Washington Post, The Irish Times, Footwear News and the like.