Overview of this review
Size and fit
The classic Suede from Puma exhibits a basketball-inspired, low-top form. Its collar is cut just below the ankle to allow non-restrictive foot movement, and it is enclosed with a lace-up closure for an adjustable and secure fit on foot. The Puma Suede Classic X-Chain, being another modern upgrade to this classic shoe, bears similar vital features.
The Puma Suede Classic X-Chain’s sizing is in men’s and women’s, both in standard or medium width. Men’s sizes range from US 6 to 12, while women’s sizes are from US 5.5 to 11. The overall hold and support of this shoe are excellent. The tongue, collar, and insoles are all cushioned for added in-shoe comfort.
Puma Suede Classic X-Chain Style
The ever iconic Puma Suede yet again received another modern reinvention from the brand. This time, though, the modernized upgrade relayed heavily on the original silhouette’s extensive history and influence in hip-hop culture. The Puma Suede Classic X-Chain sneakers took inspiration from chain necklaces worn by rappers. These women’s low-top sneakers feature the classic Suede tooling, but metallic chain detailing is visible at the eyestays while matching pops of gold finish on the midsole and signature Puma brandings complete the look.
The Suede Classic X-Chain is available in multiple colorways such as Reed Yellow-Metallic Gold, Pomegranate-Rose Gold, Dusty Coral-Puma Team Gold, and Puma Black-Puma Aged Silver among others.
The primary design upgrade of this contemporary Puma Suede version is seen on its eyestays. This shoe features edgy metallic chain detailing at the eyestays, which resembles chain necklaces that are popular in the hip-hop and rap music scene. Bold metallic detailing is incorporated as well to seal off the look.
Puma Suede Classic X-Chain History
The Puma Suede is indeed an icon in the sneaker culture. Being in the market for 50 years now, the Suede was able to successfully position itself as one of Puma’s frontrunners in its lifestyle footwear category. Regardless of different material upgrades and countless iterations, the Suede remains an iconic classic.
For Puma Suede’s 50th anniversary in 2018, Puma celebrates the basketball-turned-lifestyle shoe model through a series of releases involving new and modern renditions of the classic Suede, as well as Suede collaborations with various brands and well-known personalities in the fashion scene.
One of these releases includes the Puma Suede Classic X-Chain sneakers. The shoe is a modern rendition of the timeless Suede profile that took inspiration from the Suede’s extensive history with hip-hop culture back in the ‘80s. The regular eyelets are replaced with metallic chain-like detailing comparable to chain necklaces typically worn by rappers. The midsole, on the other hand, bears metallic gold detailing that complements well the rest of the shoe’s design.
- The Puma Suede Classic X-Chain is also called as “Puma Suede Classic X-Chains” by other retailers.
- Signature Puma brandings are displayed on the sides, tongue, and heel.
- Also featured is a ribbed toe bumper with signature 360-degree stitching detailing.