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Facts

  • Top

    Low Top

    Extremely popular sneakers because of their price range, versatility when it comes to style, and freedom of movement. Almost everyone is guaranteed to have low-top sneakers in their shoe rotation.

    Mid Top

    Mid-top sneakers extend toward the ankle for a little more support and hold. These lie somewhere in the middle between low-top and high-top sneakers in terms of usage and popularity.

    High Top

    Sneakers with collars that go above the ankles for optimal hold and support are some of the most sought-after models in lifestyle shoes. Most of these shoes take their roots from basketball and have easily or fashionably crossed to mainstream wear.

    Good to know

    Regardless of cut, it's always good to start with sneakers that can be worn for the daily grind, also called as "beaters" by some, as these are usually cheaper, easy to clean, and still gives that lifestyle "edge" before going for those wallet-thinning models.

  • Inspired from

    Sports

    Sneakers dominantly take their heritage from running, basketball, skate, tennis, training, hiking, and football. Still retaining a few of their performance-based technologies, these sneakers have transcended their respective niches and have successfully and popularly transformed themselves as staples of fashion footwear.

    Casual

    Sneakers designed for a laidback, "cool" vibe that is built for lifestyle wear right from the get-go.

    Good to know

    Brands are now blending elements of performance and casual appeal in basically every sneaker. One can hardly go wrong with a sports-inspired sneaker or a simple casual shoe.

  • Collection

    Good to know

    Shoes sharing the same inspiration, history, materials, or technologies are routinely assembled under one compilation for the convenience of those who may wish to categorize or label their own collection as such. The classic collections like the Adidas Originals, Air Max 1, Air Force 1, new balance classic sneakers, and the Classic Leather head the pack of frequently asked about collections.

  • Price
    $75
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Fit & Sizing

The Puma Suede Classic Rudolf Dassler has a medium width and comes available in sizes for men. The low-top shoe gets issued with two sets of laces, a thin flat lace, and a full flat lace option, both with metallic gold tips. Available are regular sizes for this sneaker that range from 6 to 16 in men’s US sizes.

Puma Suede Classic Rudolf Dassler Style

If minimalism is a style, most of its ardent followers are inevitably going to like the Puma Suede Classic Rudolf Dassler. The low-top sneaker has minimal styling details and relies heavily on the Dassler branding on the side heel and the premium suede material that comprises the upper. The all-black design with light grey Puma Formstrip gives it a versatile finish that matches easily with any clothing like slim fit short and pants and a vintage shirt. To add to the throwback appeal of this particular low-top shoe design are the off-white soles that give these retro-inspired kicks a feeling that it had been broken-in.

Notable Features

The limited edition kicks come in a 50th-anniversary celebration box packaging. The low-top shoe has a Dassler branding stitched at the side heel. Making a difference is the premium suede material used in the upper as it is smooth and supple compared to the materials used in regular Puma Suede. Also, an improvement in the design is the use of a Duralon rubber material in the forefoot for an extra layer of protection and support.

Puma Suede Classic Rudolf Dassler History

The Puma brand, after establishing its credibility as shoe manufacturer wanted a company logo to further its aims of being globally recognized. Dassler first used a sans-serif brand font in 1957with picture logo. The following year,  the second Puma brand logo now included as the Formstrip. The design accent was initially intended to stabilize the foot inside the shoe and later on would be the typical trademark one would see in Puma shoes. In 1967, Nuremberg cartoonist Lutz Backes made a logo of the jumping cat that is now recognized all over the world.

The Puma Suede was first introduced to the public during the 1968 Summer Olympics in Mexico. Young sprinter Tommie Sprint first wore the shoes in the podium after winning gold the 200-meter sprint competition. All eyes were on the boots the young athlete was holding. Smith waved his shoe as part of a human rights protest action. The shoe he has been wearing which drew more interest to the suede upper and classy silhouette of the sneakers. The OG Puma Suede trainer had a thick rubber outsole and a smooth profile with full suede upper that is different from the leather or canvas shoes released at the time.

For many sneaker fans, however, the Puma Suede was better known as the inspiration behind the Puma Clyde. Before it was branded as Puma Suede, the historic shoe was dubbed as the Puma Clyde in honor of the great American basketball player Walt “Clyde” Frazier who had the pairs customized in 1973 to suit his needs in the basketball court.

New York Knicks stalwart Frazier was known for his signature style on the court and amazing steals that lead to successful games. Puma reconfigured their old design for the Puma Suede making them lighter and broader. The basketball player extensively endorsed the Puma Suede which was later on labeled on the lateral side of the shoe as Clyde.  Frazier wore his Clydes in alternating form strips, setting a new trend in the court.

From being a favorite basketball shoe in the 1970s, the Puma Suede the popularity of the design slowly diminished in the late 1980s. The low-top model soon took a new audience from the usual athletes into rock music icons to hip-hop stars. It’s simple to clean silhouette and vintage looks appealed so much with the street style and hip-hop generation that has stuck until now becoming one of the iconic sneakers of all time. To date, the Puma Suede is the brand’s bestselling design of all time.

On its 50th year, the company has collaborated with music icons and other allied brands, and industry icons to come up with limited edition designs for the Puma Suede. The first design that was released in anticipation of the 50th anniversary year in 2018 was the Puma Suede Classic Rudolf Dassler. Some 49 other design of the Puma Suede is slated to be released in 2018 that includes collaborations with Big Sean, streetwear brand Fubu, cosmetic giant MAC, and  Hello Kitty brand among others. The tribute to the brand’s founder design came out in November 2017 in Japan and later on in other countries through various retailers. As part of the Puma Suede’s 50th-year campaign, Tommie Smith was tapped by Puma to endorse the Puma Suede Classic Rudolf Dassler as the runner detailed how the shoe became an iconic silhouette that has captivated audiences with the simplicity of its design and supple suede material.

Additional Info

  • Each Puma Suede Classic Rudolf Dassler comes in a black box packaging with Puma 50 unique
  • Each pair of the low-top and limited edition sneaker comes with two sets of laces that include a thin and a wide version of flat shoelaces with metallic gold aglets.