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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A masterful team-up between two or more entities, usually between brands and artists, pro-athletes, designers, and boutique labels. Limited Releases are very popular and are normally sold out in just hours or minutes upon release despite the hefty price tag. Collaborative works for General Release regularly come with a decent price tag, but can sometimes cost an arm and a leg because of hype, social media anticipation, or marketing strategy. Kanye's collab with Adidas is one such example.
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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 x Coogi Clyde History
The Puma Clyde has a long history of the company. Before this unique low top model was eventually called the Puma Suede, the shoe was a basketball court favorite.
The shoe was popularized by Walt “Clyde” Frazier of the New York Knicks. While the shoe silhouette already had its outing at the Mexico Summer Olympics in 1968, it was Frazier who took this suede and rubber combo into the pedestal as an iconic kick.
Frazier approached Puma to come up with a design for a basketball shoe and the company in turn heeded to basketball player’s wishes to have them with a broader width. The Puma Clyde became popular that there was a time when most basketball players in the NBA had donned the pair in the court during the 1970s.
From the basketball courts, the unique silhouette eventually dipped in fame as a sports shoe but slowly crept into the hip-hop subculture in the 1980s. Ever since the=is transition, the Puma Clyde was ultimately called the Puma Suede and had several iterations and revivals of the years because of its sneaker popularity.
The collaboration between the German brand Puma and Coogi Australia was announced in the first quarter of 2017. The two classics, the Clyde silhouette famous for its light weight and casual flair, and the beautiful Coogi sweaters that are well-known for their vibrant colors and intricate knits, is a sure-fire hit for collaboration.
Coogi sweaters, which have been popular in the hip-hop scene, had the likes of Notorious B.I.G. mentioning them in a song. This same material was now used to cover the entire upper of the Puma Clyde for a unique knitwear material. The collaboration between the German and Australian brands is exceptional as it guarantees that no shoes are the same as each woven pattern is different from the other. A few months since the release of the All-Coogi sweater upper version, Puma released another version with only the Formstrip bearing the signature knitted pattern.
Puma x Coogi Clyde Style
Style-wise, the Puma x Coogi Clyde is the perfect embodiment of casual luxury. The collector’s item sneaker gives wearers that bespoke feeling and exclusivity as each pair has no same shoe. The knitted sweater upper in trendy and kaleidoscopic patterns of vibrant colors would make anyone’s feet standout in the crowd.
While some would easily flaunt these shoes as a form of fashion statement, others would probably keep them untouched and pristine in their collection that only a few would dare use this for daily casual outings. This one of a kind pair is best paired with a Puma x Coogi sweater or shirt not to overpower the sense of fashion and elegance and nostalgia invoked by the unique design and the iconic Puma Clyde silhouette.
Fit & Sizing
The Puma x Coogi Clyde has an almost perfect fitting that runs true to size. Shoe size ranges from 7 to 14 for men. Women’s sizes can be achieved by reducing men’s size by 1.5. The sneaker has a medium width that is secured by a plain black flat lace with gold-plated tips.
The all-knit embroidered sweater upper material on top of a white midsole. This distinctive design and array of colors displayed in the Puma x Coogi Clyde is its most notable feature. The silhouette and lightweight comfort promised by the original Puma Clyde popularized by NBA star Waltz Frazier was also maintained in this limited edition collaboration.
- A variation of the Puma x Coogi Clyde came out a few months after the all-sweater upper with the knitted material only occupying the Formstrip while the rest of the upper is in black suede.
- Coogi gold printed branding on the lace tips, eyelets, insole compliment the Puma branding on the tongue.
- Each pair comes in a limited edition Puma Lab packaging with signature Coogi pattern printing and a blurb that highlights that the no shoe are created the same.