Facts

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Low Top

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

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.

High Top

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.

Good to know

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.

Inspired from

Sports

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.

Casual

Sneakers designed for a laidback, "cool" vibe that is built for lifestyle wear right from the get-go.

Good to know

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.

Collection

Good to know

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.

Price
$110

Road

Shoes best for road, track and light gravel. See the best road shoes.

Trail

Shoes best for trail, off road, mountains and other unstable surfaces. See the best trail shoes.

Good to know

As long as you stick to the road or path, and if you want just one running shoe, buy a road running shoe.

Neutral / cushion / high arch

Shoes for runners who does not need any additional arch support (Around 50% of runners). Best for people with high or medium high arches. See the best neutral shoes.

Stability / overpronation / normal arch

Shoes for runners who needs arch support (Around 45% of runners). Best for runners with a normal arch. See the best stability shoes.

Motion control / severe overproanation / flat feet

Shoes for runners who needs a lot of arch support. Best for runners with flat feet. See the best motion control shoes.

Good to know

- Rule of thumb: If in doubt, buy neutral shoes to avoid injuries.
- More about arch support in this video.
- Find your arch type by following steps from this video.

Daily running

Cushioned shoes for your daily easy running. Great comfort. See best shoes for daily running.

Competition

Lightweight shoes good for races, interval training, tempo runs and fartlek. Here are the best competition running shoes.

Good to know

If you want just one pair of shoes, buy a shoe for daily running.

The height difference from the heel to the forefoot, also known as heel drop, toe spring, heel to toe spring or simply drop.

There are many opinions about what a good heel drop is. We do not recommend any in particular. Lean more in this video.

Summary

We spent 7 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what sneaker fanatics think:

11 reasons to buy

  • Several customers find the perforations a great style and functional addition to the Puma Clyde silhouette.
  • Many reviewers commented that the shoe is breathable, airy, and spacious.
  • The Puma x Stampd Clyde is the fashionable shoe to wear during the summer months because of its excellent ventilation.
  • The durable rubber outsole with foxing has a firm grip and traction on various types of surfaces.
  • Some users find the design minimalistic and subtle which makes it ideal for daily wear.
  • A handful of users thought the shoe is extremely light and could be worn for hours without the feet feeling tired.
  • The soft suede upper material of the Puma x Stampd Clyde feels plush and doesn’t easily get creased after several uses.
  • Monochromatic tonal colorways make it a versatile casual wear sneaker.
  • The leather sock liner feels comfortable to the feet.
  • A few users liked that the retro Clyde looks retained but with a modern swagger with premium leather.
  • Some users find the shoe’s $110 price budget-friendly and reasonable.

3 reasons not to buy

  • While the perforations could be a good source of ventilation, some users observed it also becomes an entry point for water during inevitable heavy downpours during rainy months.
  • Lack of cushioning in the tongue and collar caused a few discomfort as it rubs on the ankles of some customers.
  • The Puma x Stampd Clyde’s footbed lacks soft cushioning and ankle support.

Bottom line

The perforated leather upper in muted tones are the most notable features of this Puma Clyde reincarnation.  The Puma x Stampd Clyde collaboration is priced reasonably at $110 for a pair of classic sneakers with ample ventilation and a durable rubber outsole.


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4.3 / 5 based on 7 ratings

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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.

Notable Features

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.

Additional Info

  • The signature Puma Formstrip pattern was engineered to form part of the perforation on each side of the shoe.