Verdict from 67 user reviews

6 reasons to buy

  • Based on a significant number of reviews, the Puma Clyde GCC is a great shoe that becomes and more comfortable with use.
  • Many users were appreciative of the shoe’s stylish design and aesthetics with one user commenting that it is both beautiful and functional. Another described the shoe as cool and sophisticated.
  • According to some who have tried it, the quality is above par.
  • One buyer remarked that the Clyde GCC gave good value for money and the purchase was worth every penny.
  • One reviewer was pleased that the shoe was exactly as pictured.
  • Another tester liked the unique laces and the shoe’s colors.

1 reason not to buy

  • One person observed that the shoes needed some break-in time.

Bottom line

The Puma Clyde GCC is a modern reconfiguration of an iconic design. It combines high-end fashion—through the snakeskin scale effect—with comfort and functionality. The funky laces, the gold branding, and the contrast lining give the shoe an extra ‘pop.’ Because it’s done up in premium leather, the shoe also has an enviable versatility that others don’t have.

Dress it up or dress it down. You choose because the shoe is good in any setting.

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Good to know

The Clyde GCC is available in both men’s and women’s sizes. Sizes for men range from 4 to 14. Women’s sizes are from 5 to 11. Half sizes are available for both.

The Clyde GCC are street sneakers with a fashion-forward look.  Since these lightweight kicks already look stylish by itself, you can pair it with any plain T-shirt and a pair of jeans and still look come out looking casually elegant. It also goes well with shorts, chinos, and denim skirts.

The shoe’s snakeskin embossed upper made of premium leather is unarguably its most distinguishable feature. It also has a color contrasting lining and heel patch as well as green, black, and red accent laces.

Initially released in 1973, The Clyde was designed specifically for New York Knicks point guard, Walter “Clyde” Frazier. Clyde wanted a shoe with a broader platform and from his idea, the first custom basketball sneaker, the PUMA Clyde was born.

The original Clyde had a durable suede upper with a grippy and thick rubber outsole. Although it was intended to be a basketball shoe, it was picked up by the old-school hip-hop subculture and the skating community as well. In fact, it is still deemed to be one of the best non-skating shoes to skate in, to this day.

Due to the popularity of The Clyde, it has gone through various iterations throughout the years. Just early this year, the Clyde “Cow Suits” model—which was inspired by Clyde Frazier’s eccentric sense of style—was released. It had a leather tongue label, golden branding, and cow print formstrips. Only 73 pairs were released as a nod to the 1973 New York Knicks championship that Frazier played a big part in.

The Clyde GCC is a premium reissue of the original with a soft dominant leather upper and a combination of eye-catching and contrasting colors. It has a rounded tip and flexible rubber outsole. The shoe is a perfect combination of haute and heritage, blurring the boundary between sport and fashion.

  • Weight is about 400 grams or 14 oz.
  • The shoe is a low-top with a round shape tip.
  • The colorways include High-Risk Red/Puma Black (with green heel patch), Puma White/Puma Black (with red heel patch), and Puma Black/High-Risk Red (with a red heel patch).


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