Friday, January 14, 2011

Puma Clydes

Puma Clyde’s are another classic sneaker that I love.  The sneakers were first introduced back in 1973 and were named after Walt “Clyde” Frazier, who played for the New York Knicks.  It’s amazing to think how far back sneaker endorsement deals go, especially when the money involved wasn’t even that much compared to today’s standards.  It’s also amazing to even think the Puma Clyde was once a basketball sneaker.
To start off with they’re mostly made out of suede or thick leather, and are low cut sneakers.  Besides Kobe Bryant you don’t see many other basketball players using low cut sneakers (a few years ago they were unheard of in the NBA).  Though I grew up in the 80’s, I started to love Clyde’s in the early 90’s when they were much more available.  The version I am showing is made from suede and comes in turquoise (or some kind of powder blue) and white.
There’s just something about suede sneakers that makes me go wild.  These sneakers were released in late summer 2006 to a certain number of sneaker boutiques and were part of Puma’s “taste the rainbow” series.  Puma basically decided to open up its archive and release some amazing colourways from the past.  Besides the version I have Puma also released them in colours such as forest green, purple, pink, orange, and yellow.  Comfort wise Clyde’s can feel pretty good for many hours, especially for people that have wide feet (since that’s what Clyde Frazier wanted in a sneaker).  As far as looks nothing beats a classic like this, they can match with jeans or shorts, they can be worn with thin or thick laces, and will always get people’s attention when you wear them.

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