25 users: 4 / 5
Base model: Puma Suede Classic
Top: Low
Inspired from: Basketball
Collection: Puma Suede

Verdict from 8.9 hours of research from the internet

7 reasons to buy

  • There are several explosive colorways to choose from.
  • Some reviewers pointed out that the lightness of this model is just great.
  • Several reviewers expressed that they are very motivated to recommend the Puma Suede Classic Explosive to their friends.
  • Many purchasers think that this model is easily one of the most comfortable pair of kicks that they have ever owned.
  • A lot of wearers excitedly shared that they get a lot of positive comments from colleagues and acquaintances when they go out wearing their Puma Suede Classic Explosive.
  • Many of those who already bought a pair loved the fit and style so much that they ordered more pairs.
  • A pair of Puma Suede Classic Explosive shoes does not really cost a fortune.

3 reasons not to buy

  • Quite a few reviewers disclosed that this shoe does not provide the necessary amount of support.
  • A considerable number of purchasers shared that the more recent Puma Suede releases, including this version, are narrower than the Suedes of the past.
  • Some wearers noted that this shoe requires a considerable break-in period.

Bottom line

Enjoying success since its release, the Puma Suede truly does not disappoint. The current version, the Puma Suede Classic Explosive, receives so many compliments from purchasers and their friends. Aside from style, they enthusiastically point out the comfort that this shoe gives. At less than $90 a pair, the Suede Explosive is in many ways a good deal.

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The Puma Suede Classic Explosive is available only in men’s sizes. The gentlemen will have to pick the one that best fits them from sizes 7 to 14. Minor differences in size won’t be a problem because the fit of this model can be adjusted through the use of its effective lacing system.

The upper of the Puma Suede Classic Explosive does not depart from the material and form of the original. It provides a sleek silhouette that won’t clash with almost any outfit.

As if that’s not enough, the upper sits atop an ombre sole that explosively screams for attention. Truly, this model is for those who are into expressing who they are.

The ombre sole is absolutely that one feature that gives the Puma Suede Classic Explosive a standout appeal. People just can’t help but notice the explosiveness that the bright ombre effect brings.

The Puma Suede was first seen in 1968. It has enjoyed considerable success thanks to some momentous events that the Suede prominently became an important part of. Take as an example the Black Power Salutes made by American runners Tommie Smith and John Carlos during the 1968 Olympics. How did the Suedes figure in? They simply shared the runners’ winning podium, giving them an immortal spot in that historically relevant moment.

Another big break for the Suedes came in 1973, when basketball’s Walter “Clyde” Frazier came to Puma to ask for wider Suedes. The company immediately created a pair for him and produced a multitude of others to be distributed in the market as the Puma Clyde, which proved to be a tremendous success.

Through the years, the Suede has been through different transformation under the watchful eyes of a variety of designers and influencers such as Solange Knowles and even Rihanna. The current Puma Suede Classic Explosive sports a unique ombre outsole that will surely set it apart from other models.

  • The outsole of the Puma Suede Classic Explosive is made of iced rubber. It features a unique traction pattern that enhances grip.
  • The shoe has a PUMA Suede callout on its lateral side.
  • A suede Puma Formstrip is attached to both sides of the shoe.

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Danny McLoughlin
Danny McLoughlin

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.