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If it wasn’t for the falling out between Adolph “Adi” and Rudolf Dassler, who co-created the Dassler Brothers Shoe Factory that eventually became Adidas, German sportswear company Puma may have never existed.
Founded in the late 40s by Dassler, the brand went on to create some of the more iconic silhouettes in history. Puma produced the Suede, which had a lasting impact on style with its sleek and durable suede upper. Later, the brand created the Puma Clyde endorsed by New York Knicks All-Star Walt “Clyde” Frazier. That shoe set a precedent for players having their own signature releases and signing endorsement deals with top brands.
To this day, Puma is still one of the most recognizable names in athletic and casual wear, and is the third-largest sportswear manufacturer in the world. This could be attributed to its longstanding relationships with legendary athletes, as well as its new collaborations with huge name in entertainment like J. Cole, Rihanna and Big Sean.
The label remains one of the top brands when it comes to the sport of soccer. They’re also making headway in the basketball market. In terms of sneakers, Puma has a wide selection of options and styles for just about an activity.
For fans who are looking to upgrade their sneaker collection, below are 12 of the top Puma styles that you can nab right now.
Designed by Walter “Clyde” Frazier, The Puma Clyde debuted in 1968 as a basketball shoe, and is still one of the more popular Puma models to date. Though it probably isn’t the best option now to wear on the court, the Puma Clyde has endured as streetwear icon with its premium leather upper and straightforward silhouette.
Les Benjamins x Puma Thunder Disc
Puma revolutionized the sneaker space when it released its Disc technology, an intricate lacing system found on the tongue of the brand’s pairs. The collaboration between Istanbul-based streetwear brand Les Benjamins and Puma fuses the silhouette of the Puma Thunder with the DISC technology customized by Les Benjamins. Inspired by traditional Turkish carpets and colors, this innovative shoe stands out among the crowd.
One of the most iconic models of the brand, the Puma Suede was originally released in 1968. Tthe Suede features a premium suede upper with the formstripe logo on the sides and sits atop a white midsole. With various colorways available, you’ll have multiple options to choose from.
Puma Clyde Court
The Puma Clyde Court.
Part of Puma’s renowned RS running system, the new RS-X model offers cushioning from the forefoot through the heel. Done in with bold red accents throughout, the RS-X is one of the better running shoes on the market and offers a soft cushion and an easy ride.
Puma Ralph Sampson Mid
After signing an endorsement deal with Puma in the 80s, NBA legend Ralph Sampson received his own signature shoe that’s stylish both on and off the court. The silhouette, which is adorned with Sampson’s gilded signature, offers ankle support in a lightweight design for speed and agility.
Puma Cell Alien
As the name suggests, the classic Puma Cell Alien features an out-of-this-world design thanks to its Cell cushioning technology in the midsole and striking color combination. Released in 1998, the shoe looked futuristic then, and still has a unique feel and look to it to this day.
Straight out of the Puma archives, the Roma was intended to be a lightweight training shoe with a thick, padded tongue and orthopedic arch support, but has since become a lifestyle option for many. This updated version of the shoe has synthetic leather upper with an EVA midsole.
Big Sean x Puma Evolution Breaker
Big Sean teamed up with Puma to drop a limited edition Evolution Breaker for their second collaboratiob, done in a tonal olive green hue throughout. With a translucent green outsole and the platinum rapper’s insignia featured on the heel, this low-top shoe will light up any space that you are in.
Sonic x Puma RS-X3
Sonic the Hedgehog and Puma came together for a special RS-X3 collaboration that features golden rings, motion graphics, and other iconic elements from the game. Built with Puma’s retro Running System technology, the shoe offers cushioning from the forefront to the heel.
Inspired by the laid-back West Coast lifestyle, the Puma California is a fresh take on the original California silhouette, sporting bold colors. A casual training shoe, the California has a sleek design with a thick rubber sole and a flexible upper.
Puma RS-Dreamer OG
A part of the J. Cole line with Puma, the RS-Dreamer OG is the re-released edition of the July 2020 version. Worn by NBA players like Kyle Kuzma and Marvin Bagley III, the Dreamer has a breathable mesh upper with suede overlays around the forefoot and ankle. Offering a black upper with yellow, red, purple and mint accents across the midsole, the shoe possesses foam midsoles.