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The Puma Suede Classic+ has a unisex style that both women and men can rock. But, according to the brand, the product runs in men’s sizes only. Ladies who want to cop should go two sizes down from their usual size. Sizes range from 4 to 14.
For sneaker fans who have wide feet, it might also be helpful to know that, based on some of the buyers’ reviews, the pair’s toebox could be a bit narrow.
The Puma Suede Classic+ retains its retro sporty design that most sneaker fans adore. The shoe’s low-top silhouette makes it easy to pair with any casual staple. Also, the shoe’s new and brighter colorways could add a splash of color to your rather boring ensemble.
Dress it in shorts, jeans, chinos, skirts or dresses for a stylishly casual retro outfit.
The shoe’s upper is crafted from suede material that adds to the shoe’s durability and sturdy construction. Perforation detailing is placed on both sides of the shoe for breathability. Both the tongue and collar are padded for comfort and cushioning.
Puma launched the Suede model in 1968 as a basketball shoe. The pair is said to be way ahead of its time as it geared away from that era’s typical canvas and leather-based sneakers. The shoe made history in the 1968 Olympics as two young athletes stand barefooted beside their Puma Suede as they ball their fists up. This now infamous human rights salute is known as “The 1968 Olympics Black Power Salute.”
In 1973, a professional basketball player and now legend Walt “Clyde” Frazier endorsed the shoe. Frazier helped catapult the Suede into popularity. People who wanted to emulate and have a slice of Frazier’s cool, yet rebellious style deemed the Puma Suede as a must-have.
In the 1980s, the Puma Suede was adapted by the breakdancing and hip-hop cultures. It became a staple among the youth and was customized to each individual’s taste and likings. Some exchanged the laces to fat and colorful ones, while some put graffiti on it.
The 1990s to 2000s saw a plethora of reinterpretations of the Puma Suede. From collaborations with different artists, stores, and designers came different Suede styles with varying characteristics. Some of the popular ones are the collaborations with Rihanna, Solange, Solebox, Sneakersnstuff, and Ron English.
The brand released an improved version of the classic dubbed as the Puma Suede Classic+. It is now offered with a wider toebox and in an abundance of colors.
- The Skateboarding community has also adapted the Puma Suede Classic + as one of their fave shoes to skate in.