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Retaining its vintage fit, the low-top Puma Suede Classic B-BOY has a lace-up closure making use of the fat laces and lace tags that serve as an accent and securing the lockdown of the sneaker. The vintage sneaker comes in medium width with soft inner lining for added comfort while making dance moves. US sizes for men start at 7 to 12 while women’s sizes range from 6 to 11.

As the official breakdancing community kicks, the Puma Suede Classic B-Boy sneakers come in a variety of colorways that would surely compliment any street-style hip-hop clothing from loose pants, joggers and track pants, jackets and hoodies, and bucket hats.

Puma also released limited edition apparel to make a bold statement. The companion apparel includes a Puma T7 Tracksuit in Flame Scarlet and Black color options with 7-inch stripes placed on the sides. The Puma Suede Classic B-BOY also flaunt a golden Suede nameplate and a Laced tee. To compliment your B-BOY swag, customers may opt pairing these kicks with B-Boy garbs like loose track pants, oversized jackets, and hoodies.

The narrow profile of the full-suede upper of the Puma Suede Classic B-Boy brings old-school B-BOY looks to a younger generation of audience. Retaining the smooth suede upper, fat laces, golden plaque deubré, and tongue details, the classic Puma Suede shoes are no longer just a breakdancers’ coveted shoe as the 50th-anniversary special edition brings it to everyone’s consciousness.

The heritage dancer’s shoe also has a leather patterned Formstrip, flexible rubber outsole, and foam padding in the midsole that is highly coveted by the breakdancing community until today.

Puma Suede Classic shoes were first introduced during the 1968 Summer Olympics in Mexico. Sprinter Tommie Smith first wore the running shoes in the podium after winning gold in the 200-meter sprint competition. All eyes were on the running footwear the young athlete has been wearing at that time as the crowd gains more interest to the suede upper and classy silhouette of the sneakers.

The first looks of the  Puma Suede involve a thick rubber outsole with a smooth silhouette and a full suede upper making it unique and different from the leather or canvas shoes released by other shoe manufacturers at the time.

For many classic sneaker fans, however, the Puma Suede was also better known as the inspiration behind the Puma Clyde. Before it was eventually branded only as Puma Suede, the historic shoe was known as the Puma Clyde in honor of the great NBA star player Walt “Clyde” Frazier. Frazier had the pairs customized to his specifications and game needs in 1973.

New York Knicks star player Frazier was famous for his signature switch foot style and steals on the court. Puma revamped their old design for the Suedes by making them lighter and wider. Clyde Frazier also extensively endorsed the Puma Suede which was later on labeled on the lateral side of the shoe as Clyde. Frazier also wore his Puma Clydes with alternating Formstrips, setting fashion in the basketball court.

After its popularity as a basketball kick in the 1970s slowly declined, the Puma Suede shifted its audience in the late 1980s. It has soon taken a new audience from the usual athletes to hip-hop stars. The minimalist silhouette with classic looks appealed so much with the hip-hop generation, and a whole new journey ensued for the Puma Suedes.

  Why are Puma Suedes important to Hip-Hop and B-BOY culture?

Regarded as the original B-BOY shoes worn by breakdancers in the early 1980s, the Puma Suede was the unofficial breaker’s kicks from New York all the way to Los Angeles. Worn by the likes of the New York City Breakers and the Rock Steady Crew, the Puma Suede kicks are a must have with their phat boy laces styled with golden lace tags and clips.

Both world’s great breakdance crews wore the Puma Suedes as their favorite breakdance kicks and started the movements and community of breakers with dance competitions set all over the world. As a big part of the breakdance and hip-hop culture, the Puma Suede Classic was at the epicenter of the growth and popularity of the breakdancing movement until today when these kicks are still a significant commodity among competitive dancers.

When DJ Kool Herc introduced hip-hop with extended instrumental breaks in the Bronx in 1973, the breakdancing community was born. With breakdancing, it is essential to have a sneaker that had durability, style, and flexibility and only the Puma Suede at the time was the leading choice among the dance community.

As staple footwear of the breakdancing and hip-hop community, the Puma Suede shoe was also crucial for the Black American culture which values the Puma Suede as a symbol of struggle and as a political piece. Olympic medalist Tommie Smith removed the Puma Suedes on his feet as he raised his fist as a form of protest fighting for the Black Rights Movement.

Together with his teammate John Carlos, Smith gave the public a view of his Puma Suedes at the podium of the Mexico Olympics combining political protest and product endorsement at the same time. Until today this historic moment became a symbol for many including those in the hip-hop community who fell in love with the design of the Puma Suede and its political significance in the African-American community.

  Puma drops 50th-anniversary B-Boy Pack

As part of the 50th anniversary of the Puma Suede, the B-Boy Pack was launched in November 2017 with initial two colorways – black and red. Soon it was followed by other colorways bringing it to 3 unisex colorways and three female-only color options. The breakdancing shoes have the right golden plates “1968” and “Suede” from the lace clips and tags while retaining the narrow tooling to the supple suede upper material. It also has the leather Formstrip with a crocodile pattern for added character.

To celebrate the special edition sneaker’s release, Puma sponsored the Red Bull BC One World Finals which matched many B-Boys against each other in Bronx-inspired dance battles. The thick rubber soles and flexible upper of the Puma Suede Classic B-Boy makes it a perfect pair to don in dance battles. The Puma Suede was also heavily featured in the 1984 film Beat Street which introduced the world to hip-hop and breakdancing culture which all started in clubs at the Bronx and later on in major cities across the globe.

The 50th anniversary Puma Suede Classic B-BOY men’s shoes were released in stores in Flame Scarlet/ Puma White, Puma Black/ Puma White, and Forest Green/Peacoat colorways. The Puma Suede Classic B-Boy for women, meanwhile, had women’s exclusive colorways that include Red Dahlia, Spiced Coral, Blue Indigo colorways. The special edition shoes had thick, grippy rubber soles for excellent dance floor moves. It was sold in special Puma 50th anniversary black box packaging with metallic details and branding.

  • The shoe comes with foam padded collar and tongue for a better fit.
  • Fat shoelaces are made from recycled materials.
  • Ribbed toe bumper at the front has a Puma 360-degree stitching detail.
  • Foam rubber midsole provides ample cushioning and flexibility.
  • Each shoe is placed in a special edition Puma Suede 50th anniversary box packaging.


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Danny is a sports nut with a particular interest in football and running. He loves to watch sports as much as he loves to play. Danny was lead researcher on RunRepeat and The PFA’s report into Racial Bias in Football Commentary. His football and running research has been featured in The Guardian, BBC, New York Times and Washington Post.