Puma Suede Platform Core History
The Puma Suede, a 1968 basketball sneaker, was launched in a period when leather and canvas invaded the courts. Its unique material was considered game-changing.
From the hardwood court, this unassuming hoop shoe soon became a part of one of Olympics’ most historic moments. Lying alongside shoeless bronze medalists John Carlos and Thomas Smith, the Suede bore witness to the renowned 1968 Black Power Salute.
Five years after, the Puma Suede caught the attention of New York Knicks b-ball legend Walter “Clyde” Frazier. A sneaker named after Frazier soon debuted, and it was the first basketball kicks to be named after a player. Popularly known as the “Clyde,” it was the wider variation of the original Suede. In no time, it transcended into the world of fashion and became the go-to shoe for b-boys, creative artists and punk rockers.
The entry of Barbadian songwriter, actress and singer turned fashion designer Robyn Rihanna Fenty, however, helped German brand Puma elevate this sneaker’s classic look into a whole new level. RiRi’s Fenty x Puma collection introduced new footwear designs that perfectly matched women’s picky taste and style. Among the line’s popular models is the Suede Creeper.
Steeply-priced and with a high resale value, average Janes obsessed with its edgy look can’t help but get jealous. Thankfully, Puma, a brand for all, thought it wise to launch a version that does not require sneaker queens to break the bank.
Making a preview in June 2016, the Puma Suede Platform Core looked identical with the popular Rihanna Suede Creeper. Although not as highly-publicized as its celebrity-endorsed counterpart, this shoe remains appealing with its elevated sole, metallic gold/silver accents as well as its attractive price tag.