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 x Stampd Clyde History
German shoemaker Puma first introduced the Puma Clyde silhouette during the 1968 Mexico Summer Olympics as a trainer shoe for runners and sprinters. But it gained fame only after it has been worn by an NBA star.
It was Walt “Clyde” Frazier of the New York Knicks that helped boost the low top shoe’s popularity. In the 1970s, Frazier approached Puma to help him get a basketball shoe for his wide feet. Most of the shoes at the time are narrow that the basketball player wanted more room for the feet.
Puma came up with their trainer shoes for the NBA star, and this model became known as the Puma Clyde. The sneaker had suede and leather combination that makes it durable while its solid rubber outsole is flexible enough to accommodate various movements on court.
The Puma Clyde became a favorite basketball shoe that at one point more than 60 percent of players in the NBA have worn the shoe. But this popularity slowly waned in the 1980s as the design makes its way to the liking of the hip-hop community with the company calling it as the Puma Suede.
The Puma Clyde also had several design makeovers including the 2016 collaboration with American avant-street lifestyle clothing brand Stampd that was founded in 2011 by Chris Stamp. It is not the first time that the German footwear manufacturer collaborated with US west coast streetwear maker Stampd as it had earlier released an all-white iteration of the Puma Blaze of Glory.
The 2016 design collaboration for the Puma x Stampd Clyde includes an avant-street treatment of the iconic shoe model in muted tones and rich perforated suede leather.
Puma x Stampd Clyde Style
Muted tones and perforated leather complete the avant-street lifestyle fashion of the Puma x Stampd Clyde. The subtle monochromatic colors of cameo brown, whisper white, black, and drizzle grey of the shoe makes this perfect for pairing with various types of clothing.
Intended as a casual street wear, the retro-inspired sneaker collaboration makes it a stylish option for those who want an affordable shoe that can be paired with pants or a dress without compromising one’s own swagger.
Fit & Sizing
The Puma x Stampd Clyde runs true to size and has a medium width. A flat lacing system gives a secure lockdown to the foot. Size ranges from 4.5 to 14 in men’s sizes. Equivalent fit for women can be computed by reducing 1.5 from men’s sizes.
The soft perforated suede leather that gives the needed ventilation and breathability to the shoe is the most striking feature. Its muted tones, full leather lining, and tonal rubber sole completes the overall look of the Clyde silhouette revival.
- The signature Puma Formstrip pattern was engineered to form part of the perforation on each side of the shoe.