I was in college when Puma began
getting my attention in the sneaker market. Walt Frazier of the New York Knicks (his nickname: "Clyde") grinned at
prospective customers from the end of the box.
However, I would have preferred to call these sneakers "Slide." As I have
pointed out in my section on sneaker outsoles,
the Puma "Clyde" suede, "Basket"
leather, (and a number of other models) used a square grid pattern. These are just not as
slip-resistant as some of the other sneaker designs.
one case, this was definitely a "felony shoe." In Houston (Harris
County, Texas, USA), in 1994, a store security guard was fatally
shot while apprehending a customer caught in the act of shoplifting a new pair of Puma suede sneakers. As I remember the news reports, the culprit
got a lifetime trip to Huntsville, but escaped
Colors that were produced at one time or another include the following (sorted by body color/formstrip color):
In Australia, this design is sometimes called the "Puma States."
is what Puma calls the "Suede Mid" but it is definitely a high-top (they're just
as high as a pair of Chucks).
has announced that they will reissue the Clyde (complete with the "Clyde" name
foil-stamped on the side like they were way back when) in limited-edition
versions in July 2005. These will have extremely limited distribution: 1000
total pairs, 40 retailers worldwide. Puma will be issuing additional colorways
in wider distribution October 2005 and December 2005.
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