Verdict from 9 user reviews

5 reasons to buy

  • The Puma Basket Classic Dia Emboss is a different take on the vintage Basket Classic sneaker
  • The unusual combination of protrusions and color surprisingly showcase a stylish appeal.
  • The sneaker bears ample comfort and cushioning.
  • Pairing the sneaker with items of clothing is a breeze as it blends in with almost everything.
  • A handful of buyers were extremely satisfied with their purchase.

2 reasons not to buy

  • One reviewer was disappointed that the sneaker was too wide for him.
  • The model was not available in wide variations.

Bottom line

Radicalizing the approach to common vintage sportswear would seem reasonable with the Puma Basket Classic Dia Emboss. Its rugged look brilliantly projects a unique aesthetic that deviates from usual silhouettes of the present sneaker ethos. Packed with Puma's half-century-old comfort, the sneaker provides a new take on low-top alternatives for the wearer to choose from.

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Good to know

The sneaker is usually classified as a men's silhouette, but its full-run sizing expands from 4 to 13 enabling women also to purchase the sneaker. Going down 1 1/2 sizes is the suggested sizing for women who would like to grab a pair. The sneaker is constructed in a men's medium width of D.

The sneaker is splattered with tightly-packed rhombical bulges that resemble diamonds which adds to its sophisticated appeal. Its monochrome tint stretches from its laces to its upper including the side panels of the sole. The low-top sneaker can be partnered with jeans or shorts for the more masculine form of fashion and skirts or leggings for female wearers.

The diamond detailing gives it away when talking about the sneakers exceptional characteristics. A gray heel tab and outsole complete the dark-toned aesthetic of the sneaker. Labels and logos on the tongue, vamp, and heel are also colored in peacoat to add to its subdued flair.

Considered as one of the pioneer manufacturers of footwear, Puma had tapped almost all outlets of sports back in the day. One of these sports is basketball. In line with this, they released a basket shoe which is durable and is constructed with full leather. The Puma Basket, first introduced in 1968, was Puma's first attempt to monopolize the baller market.

Displaying the now-famous Puma Formstrip on its panels, the Basket had a piece of the limelight during its introduction. Due to its sturdy leather-wrapped nature, the basketball shoe contains perforations on the sides outlining the Formstrip logo. But as the years passed, its hard court intention would soon fade and transform into lifestyle wear.

Discovering the streetwear aspect of the sneaker led to different re-inventions to its design. It has constantly been revamped and was later renamed to be the Basket Classic in the more recent releases.

In 2015, Puma took the Basket to a whole new level of eccentric designs and embedded diamond protrusions all over the sneaker's upper. The Puma Basket Classic Dia Emboss features a myriad of six diamond shapes arranged in a circular motion to portray a textured image. Tinted in a peacoat hue, the shoe's contemporary design adds another unique option for Basket Classic fans.

  • The sneaker's upper is composed of synthetic materials.
  • The collar and the tongue are lightly padded to ensure a comfortable entrance, with a woven mesh interior for breathability.
  • The sneaker is cushioned by its rubber cupsole and a lightly padded footbed for all-day comfort.
  • Traction design at the outer layer of the sole feature x-patterns inside a square.
Danny McLoughlin
Danny McLoughlin

Danny McLoughlin is a researcher for RunRepeat covering football, sneakers and running. After graduating with a degree in computer science from The University of Strathclyde, Danny makes sure never to miss a game of his beloved Glasgow Rangers or the Scotland national football team. He has been featured in prestigious publications such as The Washington Post, The Irish Times, Footwear News and the like.