Summary

We spent 9.2 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what sneaker fanatics think:

10 reasons to buy

  • Majority of women who bought the Puma Suede Platform Trace are captivated by its stylish design.
  • Several buyers are happy because it felt comfortable and great for wearing daily.
  • While the platform looks heavy, many wearers praise how light the sneakers felt.
  • Some customers think the platform sole’s height is just right without being too tall or too short.
  • A lot of those who purchased this shoe was overwhelmed with the compliments they received when wearing these platform.
  • A good number of ladies comment that the classic suede material used in the upper felt smooth compared to other suede shoes they have seen.
  • Many women note how easy it is to mix and match a variety of outfits with these casual pumps.
  • Puma  offers the Suede Platform Trace in various hues.
  • The thick rubber sole as some customers disclose has high traction.
  • A few comments that the leather lining in the footbed and tongue improved the in-shoe feel.

3 reasons not to buy

  • A few users think the Puma Suede Platform Trace felt a bit wider than their actual sizes.
  • Some find the suede material challenging to clean when it gets dirty.
  • A couple of reviewers observe that it squeaks on the first few weeks and needs a few days of break-in to feel comfortable.

Bottom line

The iconic Puma Suede gets a fashionably dramatic makeover in this reasonably priced $110 sneaker. To achieve this modern look for the classic sneaker, Puma Suede Platform Trace is given an elevated look with rich suede uppers, a solid rubber sole, a round toe front, and a classic creeper silhouette. The platform kicks are attached to high traction and durable outsole with ridges for fashionable footwear.

Facts

Base model: Puma Suede Platform
Top: Low
Inspired from: Basketball
Collection: Puma Suede Platform
Price: $90
Colorways: Beige, Black, Green
Special editions: 9 special editions
Size
Small True to size Large
See more facts

Rankings

A top 1% best sneaker
A top rated Puma sneaker
A popular pick

Expert Reviews

Experts are sneaker fanatics, who post reviews at youtube, directly at RunRepeat or at their own websites. Each expert is categorized from level 1 to level 5 based on expertise. See stats on expert reviews and how we calculate scores here.

Are you an expert? Apply to contribute here.

  • First look | Shop Zappos

Become an expert

The Puma Suede Platform Trace runs true to size and has a lightly padded collar and tongue for a comfortable fit.  The shoe is kept secured to the feet by regular flat shoelaces. The women’s shoe comes in medium-B width with half-sizes available for a perfect fit.

Elevated soles are easy to mix and match with a variety of clothing for a night and day look. The added height and the solid colors of the suede upper make this shoe standout for an all-day and all-night look. What makes this particular design further stand out are the gold Puma branding details and the cleated ridges at the bottom of the thick rubber outsole.

It can be worn with shorts, pants, jeans, and skirts without any hassle projecting a classic sporty and casual style or more popularly known as the ‘athleisure’ fashion trend that Puma has been promoting over the past few years.

Most prominent among the features of the Puma Suede Platform Trace is the cleated platform shoes that give height to this classic design. The thick outsole is cleated with visible ridges for added stability, grip and traction. The chunky sole, however, remains ultra-light and durable as the shoe is intended for all-day and all-night wear.

The entry of singer and songwriter Rihanna into Puma sparked so much progress to the once ailing shoe company in the 1990s. Her entry as the brand’s Global Ambassador for Women’s Training helped the German brand known for their soccer and running shoe transition into a lifestyle shoe company.

The year 2015 was indeed a game changer for Puma, a company founded by Rudolf Dassler in 1948, as Rihanna’s entry proved a boon to the company’s shoes, especially for women. Given the music star’s far-reaching influence, she introduced the FENTY line with stylish and trendsetting features that instantly became a hit in the fashion and lifestyle industry.

Among the first projects of the pop star in Puma is in innovating the company’s classics that include the Puma Suede. To recall, the Puma Suede is the brand’s most iconic and bestselling models. The 50-year-old design first appeared in the 1969 Olympics when sprinter Tommie Smith wore the shoes at the podium after winning gold in the 200-meter sprint event. The original model has a signature Formstrip on the sides, thick rubber sole and full suede upper that is different from canvas material popularly used at the time.

A few years later the shoe was given a few enhancements to conform to the rigors of basketball. NBA star Walt “Clyde” Frazier tweaked the design of the Suede making them lighter and broader. Frazier wore his Puma Clyde in alternating form strips, setting a new trend on the court.

From being a favorite basketball shoe in the 1970s, the Puma Clyde returned to its original name the Puma Suede in the late 1980s and has soon taken a new audience from the usual athletes to rock and hip-hop stars. The simple to clean silhouette and vintage looks appealed so much to the street style and hip-hop generation that has stuck until now becoming one of the iconic sneakers of all time.

Now going back to Rihanna’s Fenty line and the successful campaigns of Puma Women, Puma Suede continued to become the focal point of the design due to its familiarity and popularity among the sneaker community. Introducing an elevated platform on the rubber gum sole, premium suede materials and details, Rihanna called her most famous footwear creation as the Fenty Creeper.

The success of the Fenty Creeper spurred the resurgence of other platform-soled shoes. After the release of the premium Fenty Cleated Creeper, the Puma Suede Platform Trace was released in 2017 with elevated platform rubber soles, layered midsole, and suede upper.

  • The rich suede upper has a round toe and a classic creeper silhouette.
  • The Puma Suede Platform Trace has a metallic gold Puma logo at the tongue, Puma Suede callout at the side and a signature Cat logo at the heel.
  • The signature Puma Formstrip can be found on the medial and lateral sides.
  • To improve comfort a lightly cushioned footbed is added for extra support.
  • A breathable textile lining keeps the feet well-ventilated.

Comparison