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Along with its women's specific design, the Puma x Hello Kitty Suede is a sneaker that is available in sizes 4-12 M. Although these sneakers run true to size, its low-top silhouette provides a narrow fit. Because of this, it is recommended to go half or a size higher for that optimum fit.
When two huge icons integrate, it is most likely an anticipated one. Hello Kitty was launched not long after the release of the Puma Suede. Although both marked their significance in their fields, this collaboration shows that both parties have no signs of stopping.
The timeless silhouette gets injected with fun and quirky graphics from Hello Kitty. Each detail shouts anything that is attributed to the famous whimsical character. Starting from its upper that is clad in Hello Kitty and milk bottle prints, contrasted with the signature bold red leather stripe, these sneakers show that each of its detail, even though stands on its own, remain to be consistent with the overall aesthetic of the shoe. To highlight each, it is best to style these with a simple outfit.
During the initial launch of the Puma Suede, it gained much attention for its suede upper, an unusual material to be used on sneakers during its time. The sneaker poses different advantages, making it a strategic element to use on a shoe. Aside from its text that upgrades the aesthetic, suede also is known for its level of durability compared to canvas sneakers. The Puma x Hello Kitty Suedes gets the same level of quality, only styles in a kawaii way.
One of the most recognizable silhouettes throughout history, the PUMA Suede comes off from the vision of Rudolph Dassler in 1948 of making high-quality footwear that is for casual and athletic purposes. Launched in 1968, these sneakers grabbed attention for being ahead of its time because of its unique suede upper, making it stand out from the usual canvas and leather that is sported on regular sneakers.
The Puma Suede also took part in the history when athlete Tommie Smith wore it on the 1968 Olympic Games in Mexico and received his award and raised his fist defiantly to show support for human rights. In 1973, the Suedes became popular as it went beyond track and field and was worn by rebel basketball athlete Walt "Clyde" Frazier. Because of this, it also became adopted by the streets. Its style relevance transcended across the '80s, '90s, and 00s favored among the creatives.
In celebration of its 50th anniversary, the brand teamed up with different icons of different generations. Some of the partners include MAC, MCM, Big Sean, and Hello Kitty.
- As part of this collaboration, the same design is offered in kids' and babies' sizes.
- The laces of the Puma x Hello Kitty women's Suede are composed of recycled materials.
- The collection comes with different accessories like a shirt, hoodie, sweatpants, bag, and cap.