Verdict from 100+ user reviews

9 reasons to buy

  • The Puma Suede Classic Badge is simply very comfortable, according to many of the reviewers.
  • It is available in multiple color variations.
  • It is a bang for the buck investment.
  • More than several of the buyers reported that the colors are dynamite.
  • A few purchasers reported that the colors are exactly as advertised.
  • Some reviewers received compliments while sporting the Suede Classic Badge.
  • It fits with basically anything, as noticed by more than a handful of users.
  • The OG DNA of the Suede Classic Badge makes it a favourite among loyal fans of this shoe.
  • It is an all-around shoe for basically all sorts of occasions or events, based on the comments of some reviewers.

3 reasons not to buy

  • As it is a unisex shoe in men’s sizing, the women may not be able to get their most preferred fit.
  • A handful noted that it runs a size larger than usual.
  • A few complained that the upper was peeling less than 3 months after purchase.

Bottom line

The Puma Suede Classic Badge is basically the OG version, but with an embossed Formstrip. It retains the classic comfort, support, and aesthetic appeal that made it a staple among sneakerheads since the late 60’s.

Despite its iconic status and near legendary popularity, Puma luckily offers the shoe at a rather very affordable price. Anyone who is looking to add to their classic collection can hardly go wrong in the Puma Suede Classic Badge.

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Good to know

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.


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