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The basketball background of this shoe is very much relevant in the fit of the Puma Suede Classic Badge. It has a rather solid hold all over without restricting movement. It is a unisex shoe in men’s sizing. The sizes are from 7 to 14. For their best fit, the women are advised to go 1.5 size down. It fairly runs true to size.
Traditionally a staple among the punk, grunge, and rock crowd, the Puma Suede has clearly surpassed this limitation. It is very much a do it all shoe that is a really good option for casual time or a sporty event. Track suits, joggers, jeans, and chinos are an easy match for this shoe.
The 60s silhouette of the OG is very much evident in this incarnation of the Puma Suede Classic Badge. As such, as this is easily Puma’s most iconic shape, sneaker fans can readily have their fill of one of the most recognizable sneakers in the entire shoe world.
The sneaker world witnessed Puma’s unveiling of the Suede in 1968. Back then, the suede upper was sort of a step away from the usual material found in most shoes. Puma’s innovative thinking of using suede in this basketball shoe paid off handsomely, to say the least.
A few months after the shoe was introduced to the world, it immediately caught inadvertent publicity after its starring role during the 1968 Olympics. Tommie Smith and John Carlos performed what is now know as the Black Salute during the awarding ceremonies of the 200M run. The two men defiantly took off their Puma Suedes while performing their own salute to champion the cause of black people. In that instant, the shoes caught in the attention of the entire world along with the Olympic medal winners.
The shoe only got even more popular in the 70’s. Another one of Puma’s most recognizable and sought-after silhouettes took its DNA from the Suede. Puma made subtle changes in this shoe to accommodate the flair, character, and charisma of Clyde Frazier. Without the Puma Suede, the Puma Clyde could have become a completely different shoe.
The passing of the years have only made the shoe as sought after as ever. People of all ages, types, and inclinations have worn the shoe at one time or another. Rock groups, celebrities, and the everyday man were all one in getting their hands in this shoe.
Puma has also collaborated with some of the most famous celebrities to come up with creative, albeit more expensive variations of the Puma Suede. In the Puma Suede Classic Badge, the OG silhouette is very much present together with a very prominent and embossed Formstrip to act as sort of a badge.
- Rihanna, Kylie Jenner, Maximillion Cooper, rappers Eve and Elastinen, Curren$y, Chad Johnson are some of the celebrities touting the original Puma Suede.
- The now very familiar suede material covers most of the upper.
- The Badge name is a nod to the embossed Formstrips on both sides of the shoe.