We spent 8.6 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what sneaker fanatics think:

5 reasons to buy

  • Almost all of the reviewers praised the comfort delivered by the Puma Suede Classic Pop Culture.
  • Based on the standard measurement of Puma sneakers, this model ran true to size, said many owners.
  • The budget-friendly price tag of this trainer pleased a lot of consumers.
  • Plenty of people were pleased that this iteration did not divert from the classic Puma Suede roots.
  • Multiple users loved that they received compliments while wearing this footgear.

2 reasons not to buy

  • A considerable number of individuals complained that the Puma Suede Classic Pop Culture was tight at the forefoot.
  • The quality of this model was deemed subpar compared to other Puma low-top sneakers as several commenters noticed it quickly developed holes and the seams ripped.

Bottom line

One of the many Puma Suede versions, this iteration received tons of praise when it came to comfort. Critics loved that it held on to its classic look which in turn garnered them flattery. Shoppers welcomed its reasonable price. However, though the length followed the brand’s sizing scheme, there were complaints that the forefoot width was tight. But overall, the vintage style of the Puma Suede Classic Pop Culture was much revered by the low top shoes’ fans.



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Unisex sneakers like the Puma Suede Classic Pop Culture follow the men’s sizing chart, which, in this case, is from US 4.5 to 12, including half and full sizes in between. It is only available in D - Medium width but the midfoot fit can be adjusted with the lacing system. The padded collar prevents accidental shoe removal and also prevents chafing.

The polka dots and diagonal stripes found on the Puma Suede Classis Pop Culture is reminiscent of the Ben Day process of printing comic books popular in the 50s and the 60s. The contrasting color combination and the prints can be highlighted by wearing shorts, skirts, chinos, or cuffed pants. Wearing shirts and jackets in plain color compliment the busy print on the top fabric and the sole unit.

This unisex sneaker features a suede top material in solid black or green color, with polka dotted fabric used in the interior lining and the Formstrip. Parallel lines adorn the wall of the midsole and the laces. As for the outsole, it employs a rubber compound that is hardwearing and grippy.

The rivalry between Rudolf and Adi Dassler only intensified when the brothers split up and formed their respective footwear brands in 1948.  Rudolf founded Ruda, which was eventually changed to Puma, while Adi formed Adidas. In the 1960s, the war took to the streets as both companies wanted to be king. In the era of leather vs. canvas sneakers, the Puma Suede was introduced as a “velvety alternative” to the brand’s Basket line.

As the model celebrates its semi-centennial, let’s look at one of Puma Suede’s most iconic endorsers, basketball star Waltz Frazier. He was known for his dapper style on-and-off court. He always made it a point to be more stylish than his teammates, so he wore a wide-brimmed hat one time, which earned him teasing from his peers. But the odds were in his favor as the Bonnie & Clyde movie came out a couple of weeks later, making his wide-brimmed hat not so obscure anymore and garnered him the Clyde nickname. The moniker was also used as the name of the Puma Suede he endorsed, the Puma Clydes.

Years after, various variations of the Puma Suede have been introduced. This includes the Classic Pop Culture. With its fun, contrasting patterns, be ready to turn heads as this kick adds a unique pop to any of your casual ensembles.

  • The trainer is available in Puma Black/Puma White and Biscay Green/Vibrant Yellow color combinations.
  • The Puma Suede tag appears on the lateral quarter while the cat logo appears on the back. The Puma name is also on the tongue and the outsole.
  • The number 50 on the tongue represents the 50th anniversary of the Puma Suede.
Danny McLoughlin
Danny McLoughlin

Danny is a sneakerhead turned sneaker industry expert that believes a good outfit begins from the feet up. His aunt currently isn't speaking to him for wearing a pair of kicks at his cousin's wedding. He spends most of his time trying to keep on top of the latest releases, hitting up his contacts and doing what needs to be done to secure his next pickup. Danny has been featured in prestigious publications such as The Washington Post, The Irish Times, Footwear News and the like.