By Angelo G. Garcia
Originally released as a basketball shoe and designed for NBA player Walt “Clyde” Frazier in 1973, Puma Clyde has since become one of the world’s most iconic footwear. A redesigned version of the classic Puma Suede, it was made of suede, rubber, with the shoe company’s swoosh logo on the sides, and Clyde’s gold moniker stamp. The Clyde did not only make it into the court but onto the streets as well.
The pair has not only been synonymous to sports but also to street style. It became incredibly popular in the old hip hop and skate punk subcultures. Its classic design has not been changed after more than 40 years but continues to be trendy among the young generation as a utilitarian yet stylish fashion statement. It’s an everyday phenomenon.
Recently, the famous pair released a very limited edition collection in collaboration with designer Jeff Staple of New York-based street fashion brand Staple Pigeon. SneakPeek, the exclusive local store partner of Staple Pigeon, recently launched the Puma x Staple Clyde NTRVL collection through its Unlock series. Unlock is the store’s launch event for limited edition sneakers.
“We’ve had close to 50 Unlock events. It’s Puma’s seventh, featuring different styles, ranging from its NTRVL collection,” explains SneakPeek’s brand executive Mikki Quilala. The store is one of Primer Group’s retail brands and it specializes in limited edition kicks and street fashion from various international brands.
There are only 100 pairs of the Puma x Staple Clyde design and is distributed to SneakPeek’s 10 stores in Metro Manila. This is the newest item in Puma’s NTRVL collection and newest design for Puma Clyde.
The new pair is made of nubuck (buffed grain side of cattle leather), instead of suede, and features a minimalist two-tone color block—black and white. It also has leather and synthetic leather embellishments, two laces in black and gray, and specially designed ice sole. It’s casual with a street style appeal.
“It’s very iconic,” Mikki says. “It’s one of the classics and one of the most timeless sneakers we have. It’s the first release of Clyde this year.”
When it comes to the evolution of the kicks’ design, nothing has changed through the years except for the make or the materials used to construct the pair. In terms of silhouette and shape, Clyde has remained the same.
“It changed in terms of the make. It’s a very faithful silhouette in terms of the design, the actual silo, and the shape. But it varies a lot in terms of the make or the materials used. This one’s nubuck and it comes with two laces, black and gray one. It also features an ice sole, not gum, which is not easy to get worn out in terms of daily use. But at the same time it’s soft, not your typical hard midsole construction so it’s very responsive to your feet. It goes with a lot of foot sizes,” he explains.