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 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.
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.
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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.
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.
Sneakers designed for a laidback, "cool" vibe that is built for lifestyle wear right from the get-go.
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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.
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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.
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Puma Suede Elemental History
The Puma Suede was originally released in 1968. In 1973, basketball star Walter “Clyde” Frazier asked Puma for a custom-made pair of the Puma Suede trainers, giving birth a variation of the Suede known as the Clyde. This made Frazier as the first ever basketball player to have a shoe named after him. Popularized in the ‘80s, the Suede has been one of the top choices among trend-setters. It was everywhere.
In the ‘90s, the Suede made its way to the hip-hop era and remained to still be popular until today. It has been worn for generations to generations and has gained a spot to be Puma’s one of the most iconic sneakers of all time.
The Puma Suede Elemental is an upgraded version of the Puma Suede Classic with a material update using acrylic wool on the upper. Like the classic, the Suede Elemental also remains a favorite among many sneakerheads and casual consumers.
Puma Suede Elemental Style
One of the most recognizable Puma sneakers, the Suede Elemental is made to look like the classic Puma Suede but with an upgraded hairy suede leather upper from an acrylic wool material. It has a fat lace closure for a snug fit and a rubber outsole for grip. It exhibits a simple style with the tonal matte Puma Formstrip located on both sides of the shoe.
Fit & Sizing
The Puma Suede Elemental is available in men’s and women’s sizes. Men’s sizes range from 5 to 12 while women’s size ranges from 5.5- to 11. The fit is generally true to size. The lace closure of the shoe and the padded collar provide a close fit.
The Puma Suede Elemental can easily be distinguished from the rest for its hairy suede acrylic wool material that is added to the classic silhouette of the Suede classic. It is often customized with a pair of fat laces as its signature look.
- In 2011, Puma introduced the “Re-Suede” which was a redesigned version of the Suede using recycled materials. It is lighter in weight than the original and utilizes 100% recycled materials for the upper, sock liner, linings, and laces.
- In 2015, Puma collaborated with Rihanna and came up with the Rihanna x Puma Suede Creepers. Also a popular choice in fashion, it was based on the Puma Suede but the sole is chunkier, wider, and gum-colored.
- In 2016, Puma released the Puma Suede Platform Elemental in three colorways. It is an update of the Puma Suede classic with a raised platform.
- Actor Dustin Hoffman was spotted wearing a Puma Suede in the 1982 award-winning drama-comedy movie Tootsie.