Summary

We spent 10.1 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what sneaker fanatics think:

7 reasons to buy

  • A couple of reviewers praised its color blocking that pops and adds to the stylish look.
  • Several people were pleased by the Puma Thunder Rive Droite shoes’ affordable pricing.
  • The bulky dad sneaker look makes this design trendy for those looking for up-to-date street-style wear.
  • Some people like the fully padded interior comfort of the shoe.
  • A few people satisfied with the Puma Thunder sneaker collection also bought the women’s sneaker.
  • A reviewer gave compliments on the quality of leather overlays and accents in the upper.
  • Some observers say the Puma Thunder Rive Droite shoes are durable with its high-quality materials.

3 reasons not to buy

  • One user complained that the shoe felt stiff and was uncomfortable because of this lack of flexibility.
  • A couple of observers find the Puma Thunder Rive Droite a bit heavy.
  • The shoe felt narrow at the collar that one wearer had to loosen the laces and open the collar wide enough to put on the shoe.

Bottom line

With all fashionistas keen on grabbing a pair of dad shoes, the Thunder Rive Droite by Puma came at the right time and at a right price point. The chunky women’s shoe with its exaggerated tooling and loud color-blocking are easy on the eyes as it is on the pocket. The shoe has premium materials in the upper comprised of nubuck leather and mesh while a speckled EVA midsole aims for lightweight and comfortable treads.

Facts

Top: Low
Inspired from: Running
Collection: Puma Thunder
Price: $100
Colorways: Blue, Grey
Size
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A top rated sneaker
A top rated Puma sneaker
A popular pick

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The Puma Thunder Rive Droite women’s sneakers have a lace-up closure in a medium width, The low-boot silhouette has a pull tab at tongue and heel for easy on and off. It comes with regular flat lacing with padded heel and tongue.  Sizes for the collaborative Puma Thunder Droite women’s sneakers US sizes range from 3.5 to 12. Men may also buy this women-exclusive footwear by adding 1.5 size up for equi valet fit.

Style-wise the Paris-inspired design of Dubai-based designer Lama Jouni for the Puma Thunder Rive Droite sneakers debuted in two colorways. The colorways consists of a Deep Lagoon/Orchid Bloom and Gray/Barbados Cherry colorway.  The shoe also came out with collaborative apparel that is best to pair with these kicks.

The Puma apparel that came out of the collaboration include a velour top, hoodies, off-shoulder top, and cargo sweatpants.  The women’s sneaker comes in handy during activities that allow several hours standing. The shoes have a retro look with enough feminine accents for “hypebabes” wanting to elevate their sneaker game once in a while.

The dad sneaker aesthetics of the Puma Thunder Rive Droite is its main highlight with exagerrated tooling, blownout proportions, and unique color blocking inspired by designer Lama Jouni’s stay in Paris. The low cleat silhouette of the leather, nubuck, and mesh upper comes with an IMEVA midsole  with TPU pieced from Puma that delivers a lightweight and comfortable feel.

The Puma Thunder series has been a success since it first launched the Puma Thunder Spectra in the first quarter of 2018. Since then, the collection has gone with many variants that include the Puma Thunder Electric and Puma Thunder Desert.

The Puma Thunder Rive Droite shoes, meanwhile, came out much later in time for Winter 2018. The global sports brand tapped Dubai-based lama Jouni for a collaboration on the Thunder sneakers.  Under Puma’s collaborative platform Co. Creative, the partnership resulted in the release of the Thunder Rive Droite by Puma together with apparel designed by Lama Jouni.

Puma’s Co. Creative platform helps facilitate partnerships with global up-and-coming brands led by the top creative trailblazers in fashion and business. Puma’s senior head of Select Yassine Saidi was instrumental for the namesake brand’s creative director Lama Jouni to engage in a partnership for the Puma Thunder Rive Droite.  The modern approach of the design is to keep the shoe minimalist, classic, and ready to wear but still having that edge to stand out.

Aside from the Puma Thunder Rive Droite, another collaborative model launched with the Dubai-based label is the Puma Thunder Rive Gauche which were both inspired by Jouni’s Parisian stay while learning Fashion Design at Parsons and under the helm of luxury fashion houses balmain and Red Hourani.

The Puma Thunder Rive Droite sneaker launched in time for the winter months of 2018 with aesthetics that depict strong urban-inspired color schemes.  The chunky dad shoe is composed of leather, nubuck, and, suede upper materials, stitching, and turn formstrip and overlays.

  • The shoe is part of Puma’s Co. Creative Initiative  in collaboration with Lama Jouni.
  • Rubber outsole of the Puma Thunder Rive Droite offers solid grip and traction.
  • Pull tab at tongue and back aims for a quick on and off.

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Danny McLoughlin

Danny is a sneakerhead turned sneaker industry expert that believes a good outfit begins from the feet up. His aunt currently isn't speaking to him for wearing a pair of kicks at his cousin's wedding. He spends most of his time trying to keep on top of the latest releases, hitting up his contacts and doing what needs to be done to secure his next pickup. Danny has been featured in prestigious publications such as The Washington Post, The Irish Times, Footwear News and the like.

daniel@runrepeat.com