Summary

We spent 8.9 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what sneaker fanatics think:

9 reasons to buy

  • Some users find this basic and classic looking sneaker easy to style and wear with casual clothing.
  • Some reviewers disclosed the Puma Suede Classic Anodized has an updated dressier look that makes it stylish and fashionable for any occasion.
  • The metallic finish at the back heel and the anodized finish of the suede upper looks modern and crisp some buyers noted.
  • Some users like the thick soles because of its durability and protect the feet from impact in hard surfaces.
  • A significant number of customers commented that this classic sneaker is comfortable even without the high end cushioning that are common in other bestselling brands
  • A few reviewers noted how the Puma Suede Classic Anodized is well-built and doesn’t break down after only a few months of use.
  • Some users use this low-top sneaker for daily activities like at work or at school because of its versatility in styling and long-lasting comfort.
  • A couple of regular Puma sneakerheads bought these shoes to add to their existing collection.
  • The soft suede uppers are smooth and well-constructed with every stitch and detail in place, one reviewer noted.

3 reasons not to buy

  • Several buyers found the Puma Suede Classic Anodized a tad narrow than their usual size from the brand.
  • Some customers noted that colors vary from those they see online.
  • A few observers noted there is no significant update to this sneaker regarding comfort except for a few upper look improvements.

Bottom line

The German brand’s most famous and bestselling classic sneakers get an updated look in the Puma Suede Classic Anodized. A noteworthy steal for its $70 suggested retail price, this daily essential sneaker retains its smooth and supple suede upper with a comfortable rubber midsole and outsole.

Great for pairing with casual street-style clothes, the Puma Suede Classic Anodized is a versatile choice for those who want a minimalist look amidst all the hype and overbearing iterations of some classic sneakers today.

Facts

Base model: Puma Suede Classic
Top: Low
Inspired from: Basketball
Collection: Puma Suede
Price: $70
Colorways: Black, Blue, Grey, Red
Special editions: 38 special editions
Size
Small True to size Large
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Puma Suede Classic sneakers are known for their fantastic fit and comfortable interiors. These signature characteristics are all incorporated and continued as part of the German shoe company’s heritage in the Puma Suede Classic Anodized. With its traditional flat lacing to keep a snug fit, this iconic silhouette comes in medium D or B width for men and women. Sizes range from US size 7 to 14 for men and 5 to 11 for women with half-size options for an accurate fitting.

Coming in four exciting colorways, the Puma Suede Classic Anodized gets solid monochromatic tones in exciting hues like Tibetan Red, Blue Depths, Quarry, and Puma Black. Ready to take on the streets with its anodized spray treatment, the retro sneakers from Puma offer vibrant views as light hits its suede material from varying angles. From every standpoint, the anodized spray treatments give unique reflections with the metal surface finish. To further enhance the look, Puma also adds a metallic finish to the heel cap.

With this seemingly refurbished look, the Puma Suede Classic Anodized is a perfect choice for those who want to wear an iconic sneaker without looking too old-fashioned. The retro silhouette of Puma can liven up an everyday looking outfit or anchor the wearer’s stylish fashion without overpowering the top and pants. This retro footwear from German brand Puma is also a versatile choice for those who can’t seem to straightforwardly choose from their wardrobe collection as this Suede Classic iteration flawlessly blends with any casual clothing.

The archetypal silhouette of the Puma Suede Classic Anodized remains as the most prominent feature that has endeared its most ardent supporters for more than 50 years. The iconic and bestselling model of Puma gets anodized spray detailing and a metallic finish at the heel cap for an updated look. While some sneaker fans may argue that this is hardly a striking development, sneaker fans are treated with the same comfort and quality brought about by the suede uppers and rubber midsole and outsole.

From being a basketball warm-up trainer in the 1960s to a hip-hop crowd staple in the 1990s, the Puma Suede Classic has endured several generations and remain as popular as ever. But it seems that there is no stopping Puma’s most iconic sneaker from reinventing itself with numerous colorways, new materials, and collaborations introduced in the past decade.

Looking back at its 50 years of existence, the Puma Suede was first introduced at the Olympics. Olympic sprinter Tommie Smith wore the iconic shoe at the podium of the 1968 Olympics in Mexico after winning gold the 200-meter competition. All eyes were on the young athlete as his footwear drew more interest with its suede upper and rubber sole.

The first Puma Suede trainer had a thick white rubber outsole and a smooth silhouette of supple suede that is unlike the leather or canvas runners released at the time. However, for many sneaker aficionados, the Puma Suede became even more popular in the 1970s as the Puma Clyde. Before the German company branded it as the Puma Suede, the historic shoe was dubbed as the Puma Clyde in honor NBA player Walt Clyde” Frazier who had the first basketball pairs customized to suit his needs in the court in 1973.

The New York Knicks cager was known for his signature side sweep style on the court and incredible steals that lead to successful games and championship in 1970 and 1973. To address the needs of the New York Knicks and later on Cleveland Cavaliers player, the Puma brand reconfigured their old design for the Suede making them lighter and broader.

Frazier extensively endorsed the Puma Suede that was later on labeled on the lateral side of the shoe as Clyde. Frazier wore his Clydes in alternating Formstrips, setting a new trend in the court.

From being a favorite basketball shoe in the 1970s, the Puma Clyde was called again as the Puma Suede shoes in the late 1980s and has soon taken a new audience from athletes, rock music icons to hip-hop stars. The simple to clean silhouette and vintage looks appealed so much to the street style and hip-hop generation that has stuck until now becoming one of the iconic sneakers of all time.

Now some 50 years since its first release, the German shoe company released the Puma Suede Classic Anodized in the last quarter of 2017 or a few months shy of its 50th-year celebration. The Puma Suede Classic shoe is modernized with anodized spray details on the tooling and metallic finish on the heel cap for a crisp and modern look.

  • The rich suede upper of the Puma Suede Classic Anodized has a round toe silhouette.
  • The Puma Suede Classic Anodized has a stitched Puma logo patch at the tongue, Puma Suede callout at the side and a Cat logo at the back heel.
  • The signature Puma Formstrip can be found on the medial and lateral sides in the same color as the rest of the sneaker.
  • To improve comfort a lightly cushioned footbed is added for extra support to the rubber midsole and outsole.
  • A breathable textile lining keeps the feet well-ventilated while ribbed stitching surrounds the outsole for added durability.

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Danny McLoughlin

Danny is a sneakerhead turned sneaker industry expert that believes a good outfit begins from the feet up. His aunt currently isn't speaking to him for wearing a pair of kicks at his cousin's wedding. He spends most of his time trying to keep on top of the latest releases, hitting up his contacts and doing what needs to be done to secure his next pickup. Danny has been featured in prestigious publications such as The Washington Post, The Irish Times, Footwear News and the like.

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