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Introduced in the Summer Olympics in Mexico in 1968, the Puma Suede was intended as a running shoe. Sprinter Tommie Smith first wore the classic suede model in the podium after winning the gold medal in the 200-meter sprint.
The first Puma Suede trainer came out in a smooth silhouette of suede and rubber that is a difference from shoe models released at that time. It had a durable sole yet very light to the feet that is ideal for training and running.
But what made Puma Suede extremely popular was when New York Knicks top player Walt “Clyde” Frazier brought this iconic shoe into the spotlight. Before it was even branded as Puma Suede, the favorite sneaker was called the Puma Clyde in honor of the basketball star.
Bringing his signature moves and incredible steals on the court, the Puma Clyde was placed on the pedestal as a court favorite. When the design’s popularity on the court dissipated, Puma reconfigured the shoe making them even lighter and broader for that street style casual sneaker everyone loves today.
With alternating Formstrips, the shoe became a classic favorite for sneaker fans wanting a low maintenance shoe perfect for everyday use. As the great low top sneaker transitioned from the basketball court into a casual lifestyle kick, it was eventually called the Puma Suede aimed at a new audience of hip-hop fans, rockers, and the generation of the 1980s to the 1990s.
Puma also began tweaking the Suede design with new colorways to make the iconic sneaker standout with the younger customers. Among the design iterations for the retro sneakers is the Puma Suede classic Embossed with smoother nubuck and suede leather materials with an embossed Formstrip. With thicker materials, the shoe becomes a plushier version ideal for the fall and winter seasons when the cold weather necessitates a cozier sole to keep warm.
The release of the Puma Suede Classic Embossed is a beautiful remake of the classic design. It makes this casual sneaker a little bit warmer looking and inviting with its plush feel on the outside as opposed to its all leather finish in its OG form.
The embossed reiteration of the classic Puma Suede is best worn with jeans and shorts as it blends well with a variety of clothes with its muted colorways coming mostly in neutral tones. The result is a versatile sneaker one can casually don at work and after work activities.
The Puma Suede Classic Embossed runs true to size and comes in medium width D or B for men and women. The size range starts at US size 6 to 14 for men and size 4 to 11 for women.
The classic silhouette of the Puma Suede rekindles every sneaker fan’s love for the lightweight vintage kick and this probably its most striking feature. This nostalgic appeal is further enhanced by the embossed Puma Formstrip, durable rubber outsole and leather finish giving it a premium look.
- The Puma Suede Classic Embossed has a metallic foil branding on the lateral side, a Puma logo label detailing at the tongue and a signature cat logo at the back heel.
- Celebrities spotted wearing the Puma Suede Classic Embossed include Gigi Hadid, Puma ambassador Rihanna, and singer Chris Brown.