Verdict from 100+ user reviews

8 reasons to buy

  • The Puma Clyde Core Foil is available in several colorway options for men and women.
  • It is a budget-friendly low-top sneaker.
  • Some satisfied purchasers mention that this shoe is comfortable when worn.
  • It requires a minimal break-in period, per some testers.
  • Several purchasers are pleased that they can wear this shoe with anything as it is so stylish.
  • Some report that they receive lots of positive comments wearing this modern iteration of the classic Clyde.
  • Some purchasers praise the Clyde Core Foil for being well-constructed and of high quality.
  • At least one pleased reviewer notes that this shoe has more support than expected.

2 reasons not to buy

  • The majority of the purchasers agree that the Puma Clyde Core Foil runs narrow.
  • A small number of reviewers report that the leather material creases easily. 

Bottom line

The classic Puma Clyde receives a fresh and modern update with metallic foil detailing through the Puma Clyde Core Foil. Retaining the classic and stylish appeal of the Clyde, this low-top iteration is as fashionable and always in style.

It may fit narrow for most, but it is nonetheless comfortable with a minimal break-in period required once the correct size is worn. It is also affordable and available in several colorways for both men and women.

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Good to know

Like the original silhouette, this iteration has a low-top structure which gives more freedom of movement for the feet. It also has a traditional lace-up closure with an extra tab on the tongue for a snug, secure, and customizable fit. The collar and tongue are lightly padded for added comfort.

The Puma Clyde Core Foil is a low-top fashion sneaker for men and women of all ages. It has a classic look that is always in style may it be a dress up or dress down kind of outfit. The low-top structure allows more versatility in terms of styling, making it ideal to be paired with shorts, jeans, skirts, maxi dresses, casual dresses, or casual pants.

The Puma Clyde Core Foil is a modern iteration of one of Puma's most iconic silhouettes, the Clyde. At first glance, you would see that it looks similar to the original with one small detail that sets it apart. This version showcases metallic foil accents on the Puma jumping cat logo on the tongue and the Puma Clyde branding on the lateral sides. Likewise, metallic foil details can be found at the tips of the shoelaces.

The Puma Clyde is undeniably one of the most iconic lifestyle sneakers ever created. It has left a mark in the sneaker community not only for its classic and stylish look but also because of the rich history behind its inception.

Originally a basketball shoe, the Puma Clyde came to the spotlight when New York Knicks' basketball superstar Walt "Clyde" Frazier requested Puma for a lighter and wider version of the Puma Suede that he could use on the court. Puma took the silhouette of the Suede, reconstructed it to be lighter and broader, placed Clyde's moniker on the lateral sides, and introduced it as the Puma Clyde we all know up to this day.

The Puma Clyde has come a long way since it initially released in 1973. With the help of Frazier's endorsement, it gained popularity as a basketball shoe, but it eventually became a familiar name as well in the skate community and hip-hop subculture. Several Clyde versions have been presented throughout the years utilizing a variety of materials or a few minor design tweaks without losing the fundamentals of the original. Regardless of the variations, the Clyde remains consistent as a classic sneaker that sneakerheads and ordinary consumers recognize.

One of the latest iterations of the iconic Clyde is the Puma Clyde Core Foil. In this shoe, the original silhouette received a fresh and modern upgrade with the introduction of metallic foil detailing on the brandings and shoelace tips. It features a full premium leather upper with contrasting Formstrip on the side, tonal stitching details, a rubber outsole, a lightly cushioned footbed, collar, and tongue, and a traditional lace closure.

  • A contrasting Formstrip is presented on the lateral sides of this shoe. The upper also features tonal stitching details.
  • It has a rubber outsole for durability and traction.
  • Perforation details can be found lateral to the Formstrip for breathability.
  • This shoe is also available in kids' sizes.
  • There is also a mid-top version of this shoe, known officially as the Puma Clyde Mid Core Foil.


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