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.
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Puma Turin History
One of the most distinguished shoe and sportswear brands, Puma started with a soccer shoe called the "Atom." It was the first soccer shoe that had studs screwed into the outsole for better traction on the field. This started Puma's path as one of the first and foremost producers of superior soccer shoes.
Just two years after, the Puma “Brasil,” which took its DNA from the Atom was introduced into the public and to the soccer world. A couple of professional soccer teams won their respective titles while their players were wearing the “Brasil.”
In 1957, Puma successfully patented the “Formstrip.” This almost unassuming overlay was instrumental in giving Puma shoes exceptional hold and support. It is now a trademark of Puma that is almost present in all the shoes they produce.
Fast forward to recent years, Puma’s affinity for soccer shoes, albeit with a more lifestyle flair continues in the unveiling of the Puma Turin sneakers. The now famous and bold Formstrip still covers the sides of this shoe. The Puma Turin is basically a fusion of the things that have made Puma such a major player in the lifestyle and performance footwear categories.
The Puma x BTS Turin Sneakers
One collaboration that made headlines in early 2018 is the update made on the classic Turin silhouette by Puma and a popular Kpop group called BTS. The Puma x BTS Turin launched as part of Puma signing the seven-member boyband BTS (also known as the Bangtan Boys) as one of its global ambassadors. It was also the collaboration’s first sneaker model.
In this rendition, the retro silhouette dons a black and white colorway with intricate details that speak of the K-pop group’s influence. On the heel is an image of a hand holding a flower which apparently means “thank you” (addressed to the BTS Army, their huge worldwide fanbase) and on the lace system is an added gold lace dubrae with the numbers "20130613" indicating BTS's founding date. Both brandings of the giant sportswear brand and the Kpop group are seen on the insoles and heel of the Puma x BTS Turin sneakers. The collaborative shoe comes with a specially designed BTS box.
Puma x BTS Turin vs Puma x BTS Basket
Aside from the Puma Turin sneakers, the South Korean pop group BTS also puts their own spin to another iconic Puma silhouette – the Puma Basket. The collaborative Puma x BTS Basket features a similar black and white color scheme as the Turin and only differs through a few details.
The numbers "20130613" or the BTS's debut date that is visible on the lace dubrae of the Puma x BTS Turin is seen on the lower part of the side heel on the Basket. The "Thank You" hand-gripping-a-flower image, on the other hand, is printed on the Puma x BTS Basket’s outsole. It is the same image that can be found on the Puma x BTS Turin’s heel. Notwithstanding these minor differences, both silhouettes feature dual branding on the insoles, heel, and tongue.
Puma Turin Style
The Puma Turin is a low-top football-inspired sneaker characterized by a soft synthetic leather material on the upper, lace-up closure system, rubber outsole, and signature Puma brandings on the tongue and lateral sides. As based on some of Puma's iconic silhouettes of all time, the Turin exudes a classic and timeless look that makes it suitable for either sporty or casual wear.
Worry not about finding a pair that suits your style best as the Turin Puma shoes are available in a myriad of colorways. A pair of a Puma Turin in white or Puma Turin in black could be your best bet should you be looking for a minimalist and versatile sneaker to strut anywhere at any time of the day. A pair of Puma Turin in blue has also been released among many other colorway options for those who are not afraid to play with different hues.
Fit & Sizing
The unisex Puma Turin only runs in men’s sizes that range from 4 to 14, half sizes included. For women’s sizing, orders should be 1.5 sizes down from one’s usual size. The fit is generally true to size for those with standard foot width as this shoe is a bit narrow especially in the toe box.
This low-top Puma shoe features a traditional lace-up closure with flat tonal laces that can be adjusted for a personalized or customizable fit. The rubber outsole offers optimum grip on any surface, but it also provides added foot support and stability. Its upper is primarily made up of leather material which, once broken in, conforms to the foot's shape while allowing optimum foot support and protection. The low-top construction, moreover, permits wearers a non-restrictive foot movement while keeping the foot supported sufficiently.
The Puma Turin shoes boast a minimal design, only proving what a true classic shoe should be. The toe box is rounded with a distinguishable rubber toe bumper. Its heel part bears the Puma Jumping Cat logo. On the lateral sides can be found the bold Puma Formstrip and the Puma No. 1 logo. The tongue also displays the Puma No. 1 logo. The Turin also features a lace closure for a snug fit and a rubber outsole for grip.
- The Puma Turin men’s shoes have a suede variation called the Puma Turin Suede. Other Turin variations include the Puma Turin NL, the Puma Turin JR, the Turin Preschool, and the Turin AC Kids.