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.
Shoes best for road, track and light gravel. See the best road shoes.
Shoes best for trail, off road, mountains and other unstable surfaces. See the best trail shoes.
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As long as you stick to the road or path, and if you want just one running shoe, buy a road running shoe.
Neutral / cushion / high arch
Shoes for runners who does not need any additional arch support (Around 50% of runners). Best for people with high or medium high arches. See the best neutral shoes.
Stability / overpronation / normal arch
Shoes for runners who needs arch support (Around 45% of runners). Best for runners with a normal arch. See the best stability shoes.
Motion control / severe overproanation / flat feet
Shoes for runners who needs a lot of arch support. Best for runners with flat feet. See the best motion control shoes.
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Cushioned shoes for your daily easy running. Great comfort. See best shoes for daily running.
Lightweight shoes good for races, interval training, tempo runs and fartlek. Here are the best competition running shoes.
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If you want just one pair of shoes, buy a shoe for daily running.
The height difference from the heel to the forefoot, also known as heel drop, toe spring, heel to toe spring or simply drop.
There are many opinions about what a good heel drop is. We do not recommend any in particular. Lean more in this video.
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Puma Suede Paint Splat History
Initially launched in 1968, the Puma Suede was manufactured as a basketball shoe. It was considered to be a cutting-edge pair as it strayed from the usual canvas and leather-based shoe of those times.
It made its first compelling moment after two young African-American athletes won medals after winning in the 1968 Olympics wearing Puma Cleats. They stood shoeless on a platform with their hands balled into a fist and the other holding Puma Suedes. The athletes did this to show support for human rights during that time, which is now known as “The 1968 Olympics Black Power Salute.” This event cemented the Puma Suede’s significance or, at least, participation in societal issues.
In 1973, the shoe was endorsed by basketball legend Walt “Clyde” Frazier who was known for his top-notch style. He was nicknamed “Clyde” as he was usually seen rocking outfits that resembled the famous character in the 1967 film “Bonnie and Clyde.” People wanted to have a slice of his exceptional taste in fashion, which made them purchase the Puma Suede shoe he is endorsing. This, again, secured the pair’s place in the fashion category.
In the 80s, the Puma Suede’s thick sole and stylish look made its way to the emerging hip-hop and breakdancing communities during that time. B-boys said that its thick sole was perfect for doing breaks and poses, while its style resonated with the entire urban culture. The shoe’s ability to appeal in different subcultures is what made it one of the most outstanding footwear.
With the Puma Suede’s established reputation in the sneaker world, different artists, designers, and personalities put their personality and creativity on the shoe. Up to today, the brand is still releasing countless reinterpretations of the shoe.
One of these is the Puma Suede Paint Splat. It was released in 2015 when Jackson Pollock’s distinct style in painting was very famous. The brand did their version and decided to put it on the Suede. The shoe is available in different color iterations.
Puma Suede Paint Splat Style
The Puma Suede Paint Splat retains its predecessor’s low-top silhouette, which makes it easy to dress. Mix and match with everyday staples like shorts, jean, joggers, or skirts or go for a more polished but fun look with chinos for men or dresses for women.
Also, the pair’s upgraded paint splatter print could add stylish points to your casual ensemble.
Fit & Sizing
The Puma Suede Paint Splat is offered in men’s sizes only. The gentlemen can choose from sizes 7 to 13 while the ladies who want to cop can go 1.5 sizes down from their usual size. It is available in D – Medium width.
The shoe features a textile lining and cushioned sockliner for in-step comfort and cushioning. Both the collar and tongue are padded for added comfort around the ankle. It retains its iconic fat laces for that classic 80s appeal.
- Some call it the “Puma Suede Classic Paint Splatter.”
- It is available in a pack called the “Puma Suede Classic Allover Splatter Pack,” which includes two colorways.
- A metallic splatter version is also available on the market.