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.
Puma Suede Wrap Colorblocked History
Designed as a warm-up basketball shoe, the Puma Suede was first introduced in 1968 and was regarded as an innovative sneaker during that time. The Puma Suede is the first basketball shoe ever to utilize leather suede material for its upper instead of the typical canvas.
Today, the Puma Suede is regarded as one of the most classic sneakers of all time and the brand's most well-known pair. Several events contributed to the kick's success, and one of them happened during the 1968 Olympics. Two young African-American athletes won medals in the competition wearing Puma Cleats, and as they were being awarded, they stood on a platform with only their socks on and their right hands balled into a fist while the other's holding Puma Suedes. The athletes did this to show support for human rights during that time, which is known today as "The 1968 Olympics Black Power Salute." Tommie Smith, one of the athletes, was asked why he chose the Puma Suede for that moment he answered that the shoe reminded him of his self, "annoyingly strong, unassuming, and dark."
Fast-forward to some years later in 1973, the brand asked Walt "Clyde" Frazier, a basketball legend, to endorse the Puma Suede. He received the nickname "Clyde" as he was usually seen rocking outfits that resembled the famous character in the film "Bonnie and Clyde." Frazier was known for his exceptional style, and people wanted to have a slice of his stylish flair, which prompted them to go out and purchase a pair of the Puma Suede he was endorsing.
In the 80s, the youth-centric urban community took notice of the Suede. The kick's thick sole and stylish design made its way to the burgeoning hip-hop and breakdancing communities. Teenagers adorned the sneakers in fat laces and often left them untied. The shoe's ability to appeal in different subcultures is what made it one of the most outstanding footwear in history.
With its established reputation and symbolism in the sneaker world, various artists, designers, and personalities were willing to extend their personality and creativity on the shoe. Some of the more notable collaborators are Rihanna, Big Sean, Solange, and Sneakersnstuff. Up to today, the brand is still releasing countless iterations of the shoe.
In 2016, the brand released an updated version of the Puma Suede. The Puma Suede Wrap Colorblocked featured an oversized wrap closure with Velcro fastening, which offered a snug fit. This update gave the Suede a whole new look and a unique perspective on a classic.
Puma Suede Wrap Colorblocked Style
Wrap yourself in sweet style with the Puma Suede Wrap Colorblocked. The shoe’s hook-and-loop closure resembles a slip-on’s minimal design and function. Its low-top profile, tonal colorway, and minimal design make for an easy pair to match with almost any outfit.
Fit & Sizing
The Puma Suede Wrap Colorblocked is a unisex shoe offered in men’s sizes only which range from 4.5 to 14. Ladies who want to own a pair should go 1.5 sizes down from their standard shoe size. This pair fits true to size.
This kick's upper is made from a soft suede material with an XL strap across the top for a one of a kind closure and a snug fit. Its collar and footbed are cushioned for added comfort and in-step ease. Lastly, perforation detailing are placed on both sides of the shoe for breathability.
- The Puma Suede Wrap Colorblocked is available in D – Medium width.