Puma Suede Caribbean Sand History
The Puma Suede is probably the brand’s most iconic and most popular shoe as its enduring design has had several makeovers spanning several decades that continue to dazzle sneaker fans. The Puma Suede silhouette was first seen at the 1968 Olympics in Mexico City when American sprinter Tommie Smith waved it at the podium after winning the 200-meter track event by revealing his black socks as part of a protest fighting for human rights and the oppressed Black population in many countries.
A few years later the Puma Suede with its smooth suede upper and trademark white rubber sole became a training and running favorite on the basketball court. Popularized by Walt “Clyde” Frazier in the 1970s, the shoe was later on called Puma Clyde for a brief moment with a customized design suited for Frazier’s needs in the court. With his signature sift shifting moves on the basketball court, Frazier used the iconic sneaker that every player at that time in the NBA wanted a similar boot as well.
When the popularity of the Puma Clyde waned down at the basketball court, the company decided to reconfigure the design with a broader vamp and lighter weight making it ready for its street-style function as the sneaker slowly makes its rounds among the hip-hop and casual kick loving fans.
With alternating colors, materials, and treatment for the signature Formstrip, the Puma Suede became a fan favorite with various iterations and elements including collaborations with retailers, designers, and celebrities over the years. As the iconic low top sneaker transitioned from the basketball court into a casual lifestyle kick, it was eventually called the Puma Suede aimed at a new audience of hip-hop fans, rockers, and the generation of the 1980s to the 1990s.
The German shoe company also began tweaking the design with exciting colorways over several decades later making the classic sneaker appeal to a younger audience. Among the design iterations of the famous sneaker is the Puma Suede Caribbean Sand. The design had a Coastal theme and neutral colors that resemble that of sands by the beaches in the Caribbean. Perfect for wearing during the summer or during casual outings on the beach, the Puma Suede Caribbean Sand is a collectible sneaker for Puma’s hardcore followers.