Verdict from 21 user reviews

9 reasons to buy

  • An overwhelming number of reviewers are impressed by the bold colors and palettes used in the Puma Suede Classic Culture Surf.
  • Several commenters opined that the vibrant and lively Coastal colorways became the highlight of their outfit.
  • The brilliant display of colors which are perfect for summer and spring seasons are loved by numerous buyers.
  • Some noted that this sneaker felt light and could be an excellent everyday pair for work or play.
  • A few observed this modern iteration is kept durable like the other Puma Suede Classic sneaker options.
  • The low-top sneaker has a soft fabric lining and footbed complimented by a cushioned collar and tongue.
  • The colored rubber soles felt light, sturdy, and protective, a couple of wearers posted.
  • Some found this shoe to be downright affordable with its retail cost of $70.
  • A small number of sneaker fans bought these kicks as part of their Puma Suede collection.

2 reasons not to buy

  • Some commented that the Puma Suede Classic Culture Surf felt a lot smaller and narrower than other Puma Suede iterations that they opted for a half to full size higher for a comfortable fit.
  • A small number of commenters noted that compared to other Puma Suede Classic releases this particular model lacked some arch support and felt stiff at the onset.

Bottom line

The youthful-looking Puma Suede Classic Culture Surf sneakers are made of fresh and funky colored uppers and soles that easily catch the attention of hip and stylish wearers. It isn’t just all style without comfort benefits since it is crafted with a soft textile lining and fairly cushioned sole. Not only is it lightweight but very light on the budget too.

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Good to know

The Puma Suede Classic line has been known to have perfect fitting through the years, and this has been retained in the Puma Suede Classic Culture Surf. With a flat lace closure for a snug fit, the sneaker runs true to size and comes in medium-D width. Size ranges from US size 4 to 14 with equivalent women’s sizes reached by going 1.5 sizes down.

Released in time for the summer of 2017, the Puma Suede Classic Culture Surf is the perfect companion for warmer months. The vibrant colors and coastal print make this low-top kicks stand out while casually walking on the beach or the streets.

While bold colors might seem to be overwhelming at first, the Coastal print makes it look premium and pairs well with casual attire like shorts and jeans. Among its favorite colorways include energetic hues like Vivacious-Orange, Puma Black-French Blue, and French Blue-Vivacious.

The classic silhouette of Puma’s most famous and enduring sneaker silhouette is the main draw of the Puma Suede Classic Culture Surf. The long-standing profile of this comfortable heritage sneaker is given a modern treatment with vibrant colorways starting from the top to the rubber outsole. The Coastal print in the suede upper elevates the design into a premium-looking finish worthy to add to one’s collection.

From a basketball warm-up trainer in the 1960s to a hip-hop crowd staple in the 1990s, the Puma Suede Classic has endured different transitions and audiences for many decades. 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.

But 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 sneakers 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, Puma 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 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 close to 50 years since its first release, the German shoe company released the Puma Suede Classic Culture Surf in 2017 with vibrant colors and Coastal print in the upper.

  • Smooth suede Puma Formstrip in solid colors finish the overall aesthetics of the sneaker.
  • The tonal Puma brand logo can be found in the tongue and a cat logo at the back heel.
  • Soft fabric lining and footbed stretches from the collar, tongue, and insole giving a relaxed and smooth in-shoe feel.
  • Each shoe weighs approximately 425g.


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Danny McLoughlin is a researcher for RunRepeat covering football, sneakers and running. After graduating with a degree in computer science from The University of Strathclyde, Danny makes sure never to miss a game of his beloved Glasgow Rangers or the Scotland national football team. He has been featured in prestigious publications such as The Washington Post, The Irish Times, Footwear News and the like.