Verdict from +100 user reviews

9 reasons to buy

  • Some commenters appreciate the smooth leather finish of the Puma Smash v2 Leather.
  • Several buyers like the slim tennis shoe silhouette that is reminiscent of court releases in the 1970s.
  • The low-top sneaker has a supple and comfortable in-shoe feel from the textile lining and padded collar and tongue.
  • A considerable number of users find the cushioned midsole comforting as some users claimed they did not feel tired after wearing them for long hours.
  • A couple of users like the all-black and all-white colorways of the Puma Smash v2 Leather as they are easy to style and mix with different kinds of clothing.
  • A lot of reviewers find this tennis shoe well-constructed and high quality that it could last several months of daily use without signs of damage.
  • A few customers find a value for money in purchasing this budget-friendly sneaker.
  • The leather sneaker looks good on wearers whether they are in shorts or jeans.
  • A handful of commenters disclosed that the pattern rubber outsole has a solid grip and traction on a variety of surfaces.

2 reasons not to buy

  • A few reviewers find the toe box narrow even if they got the right size.
  • Some creasing on the smooth leather material in the upper bother a few customers.

Bottom line

The sleek and minimalist silhouette of the Puma Smash v2 Leather makes it a versatile kick for daily wear. The solid white or black colorway make it blend well with a variety of clothes while its smooth leather finish gives it a clean and polished look that is pleasing to the eyes. 

Puma did not scrimp on giving in-shoe comfort and midsole cushioning over the high grip and durable rubber outsole, making it a shoe to consider for those looking for an affordable all-around sneaker.

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Good to know

The low-top Puma Smash v2 Leather is available in men’s sizes only. The sneaker comes fully secured by a regular lacing for a snug fit. The leather upper material also comfortably follows the shape of the foot over time.

With only two colorways, the full black and white, the Puma Smash v2 Leather takes this retro iteration back to basics. The perforated Formstrip seems to be the only detail that is worth noticing in the upper. This minimalist treatment gives a clean and polished look for this tennis-inspired casual sneaker that pairs well with jeans and shorts.

The clean silhouette and polished look of the Puma Smash v2 Leather is its main draw. The all-white and all-black option in the smooth leather finish gives it versatility in styling as many sneaker fans have recently taken notice of monochromatic treatments of tennis-inspired kicks.

Puma traces its early years in the Bavarian town of Herzogenaurach in Germany, where it still holds a massive headquarters. The brand was established by its company founder Rudolf Dassler in 1948 and was initially called Ruda, but this eventually changed for a good recall of the name.

The German footwear company has initially been producing soccer shoes and eventually released running shoes in its first two decades. The company eventually diversified its footwear catalog releasing shoes for various sports like tennis which had a massive following in the 1960s.

While companies like Adidas had tennis shoe releases such as the iconic Stan Smith and Nike had its Court shoes, Puma had the Puma Smash leather which was released in 1968. The all-white shoe which later came out in all-black variant was sleek, straightforward, and innovative with just a few detailing such as the recognizable sans serif Puma call out on the side, the signature Formstrip, and the signature Jumping Cat logo at the back.

This tennis court favorite eventually was given a retro release in 2015 as the Puma Smash Buck Leather and followed with the Puma Smash Buck Mono. Both shoes monochromatic tones that make them very versatile when it comes to styling.

The Puma Smash v2 Leather has released in 2017 an improved material for the upper by introducing smooth leather with a perforated Formstrip, softer cushioning fabric, and a solid grip rubber sole.

  • It has a rubber cushioned midsole and a herringbone patterned rubber sole for improved grip.
  • Padded tongue and collar are complimented with textile in-shoe lining for added comfort.
  • The round toe detail comes with a perforated Formstrip as its only accent.
  • A subtle placement of the Puma cat logo at the back heel and tongue.
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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.