I was very honored to receive an email from one of the admins for Frixshun Magazine. When Errol contacted me I secretly did a happy dance. Well, maybe it wasn’t so secret because I was at my desk and dancing a bit. But seriously, the team that makes up Frixshun previously ran the website Eat More Shoes which was one of my go-to sites on a weekly basis. Their reviews and history of Pumas was very special. I have always respected Errol and Professor B and their takes on sneakers.
When they asked I was very nerous. I have been asked to write about salsa dancing many times and am very comfortable with doing that because I know so much. But sneakers? Pumas? That’s a whole other thing. While I do consider myself more knowledgeable than the average Puma fan, I knew that I would still have my work cut out for me. My first review was for the Puma Blue Bird – my Holy Grail of shoes.
I am happy to say that so far they have published both reviews. I have another on the way and will be taking photos of my own shoes soon to add to their collection. I would highly recommend heading over to their site to see everything they offer. It isn’t just shoes. It is fashion. Music. Culture. They also have a limited edition Puma Poster for sale that is pretty special.
I’ve been a bit busy with creating a new website and because of that this site has suffered. Thankfully I’ve been asked by a new site to write some Puma reviews for them. I’m going to keep it under wrap for now until my first review is accepted and published. I’m pretty excited though and thankful that I’ve been asked to do that. Time to dust off the really nice camera, take some great shots of my shoes, and hopefully get some writing published.
Also… 9 days left until the Sophia Chang x Puma release happens. I am impatiently waiting for those pink baskets!
The best jerseys at the World Cup were made by Puma. I discussed that in my post about Arsenal. Now Puma is set to collaborate with Kith, Colette, Alife, and BAPE for cleats. They are some beautiful cleats. I honestly like the Kith ones the best. A site is suggesting they will be priced at about $300.
EvoSpeed by Puma, Kith, Colette, Alife, and BAPE
EvoSpeed is one of the most respected cleats in football (soccer) and they are just going to look beautiful out there on the field (pitch if you’re from somewhere other than the United States). BAPE is also releaseing a jersey, ball, and maybe some shirts. I can guarantee that when my son sees this soccer ball he will want it. It is mighty cool looking. I’m not a huge fan of anything camo but I have to admit the ball may be a purchase for me.
Image from Hypebeast
What do you think of the cleats? Will you purchase them? Are they too expensive for the casual soccer player?
Arsenal and Puma joining forces on the soccer field.[/caption]Have you been watching the World Cup? If you aren’t then you are probably the only one. The Cup has been exciting – so many fantastic games. We were all disappointed USA didn’t do better but their group with Germany, Ghana, and Portugal was probably the toughest group. I thought they did well considering. While watching the games it was clear which countries had the best jerseys – the ones made by Puma. Throughout Twitter people were commenting on how nice they looked. I would have to rate Ghana’s as the best though. I thought their jersey truly captured their culture. If I could find one made for women (Puma, come on!) I would probably buy one even though I really shouldn’t.
Now Puma and Aresenal have come together and the new Arsenal jerseys are great. Some have the opinion that Puma makes their jerseys too tight. Well, techincally they are made for the athletes so they don’t have any troubles with that aspect. However, if you are going to want to wear one I might suggest going up a size if you are worried about fit. They are very form-fitting.
Some of my friends have been asking if I’ll become an Arsenal fan now that Puma is making their kits. No. No I won’t. I am not someone who has teams in every league. I’m simply a DC United, Detroit City FC, and Real Madrid fan. So I won’t be purchasing Arsenal gear any time soon. I have heard rumors that my son’s soccer club, FC Virginia, will be sponsored by Puma so that does excite me and I may need to get one of his jerseys in my size.
I think that between the World Cup and Arsenal, Puma may be taking over a bigger chunk of the football sales. Their shoes are already terrific – there were many wearing the pink/blue EvoSpeeds even when their kits weren’t made by Puma. I know that my son loves their cleats the best. Puma and soccer go hand-in-hand and the company seems ready to prove it.
People seem pretty hyped about this new Sophia Chang collection. Not only does it seem Sophia has created some really beautiful, unique designs but many are for women. Puma’s last release for women – the Girls of Blaze collection of discs – was very popular. The fact is women want shoes designed for them that are as good as what the men get. As of late, Puma has had releases without sizes for women. I’m not interested in every collection that gets released. I am not one who needs to purchase shoes all of the time but I sure would like the option. The rumors are out there that Puma will be releasing a lot more just for women and that’s exciting. More designs are being released all of the time. So far I have seen Baskets, Discs, Disc Wedge, and now these mids. I believe the Discs are for sale in Europe right now.
This is the first basket I saw. It is very cool.
I just saw this pink Basket in the collection. I’m floored – it is so beautiful. Women deserve this type of shoe. It is classic, beautiful, and isn’t a wedge. I will definitely be getting this shoe because 1 – it is pink and 2 – it is a Basket which is really my favorite style I think.
Look at this mid! The collection releases in September and I image these will sell out quickly.
I believe I spent the better part of 2013 begging Puma to release discs for women. I loved the pairs I purchased but the men’s sizes ran a bit wide. The wider size required me turning the disc the entire way to get a good fit. I knew that if they would design styles for women that they’d fit me perfectly. I like to think Puma listened to me as 2014 has been an incredible year for the discs. This post will focus on two releases although Puma.com has a number of new styles for women and they are all really great looking.
The first release was the Blaze of Glory: Women. Puma hired Solange Knowles as Creative Consultant for this line. Solange, as well as three other designers, produced a collection full of color. I can honestly say there is not another collection out there in the sneaker world that is quite like this one. The other designers involved were Gerlan Jeans, William Okpo, and Hisham Bharoocha. I can’t say that each of the designs works for me. I generally prefer just two or three colors on one shoe and two of the designs just had too much going on. One style stood out from the rest and that is the one featured in the image gallery – “Tire”. The color-blocking on this shoe works well and the sole design is very cute and eye-catching.
The next release was the Tropicalia collection. Puma’s whole Tropicalia line is superb. The colors, the patterns, and the styles available are all beautiful. At first I couldn’t decide if I should get one of the Blaze of Glory discs or a Tropicalia. Thankfully my kids bought me the Tropicalia for Mother’s Day so problem solved. The style showcased in the image gallery is a white/teal combination. I really love it. In fact, it seems many do because that image went viral on Instagram and received 400 likes. Crazy. The shoe also comes in a black/pink combination that is also really nice (and probably better if you’re worried about getting the white dirty like me).
I have reviewed the discs in the past but let me just comment on how comfortable these shoes are. They are almost like pillows for your feet. I would highly recommend these for anyone who needs to be on their feet all day. If you need a wider shoe these are also a great choice. You control the fit by turning the disc so if you’d like to keep them wider that isn’t a problem.
I can’t wait to see what other styles Puma releases in the future. Right now on the site they have some great colorways that are more basic – black, magenta, etc. If you’re looking for something a little less flashy those would be a great choice.
I remember when Puma first unveiled these Slipstream Animals. I wanted them immediately. I love animal print on shoes and I had missed out on the leopard print suedes from Japan and didn’t want to miss out on these. When the time came for Puma to release them I was excited that they were in my size. Unfortunately, for me, I didn’t have the money to buy them right when they came out. By the time I did have the money, they were sold out in my size. THANK YOU Puma for making these available in sizes for women. Your female sneaker fans appreciate it.
So I held a small pity party for myself and purchased the Animal Suedes in purple which are also beautiful shoes. I still checked my regular sites for my sizes and finally, one day on Amazon.com, I got lucky. They had more in my size! I purchased them immediately.
The shoes run large – at least for me in a men’s size 5. I will have to remember to wear thicker socks or maybe even two pairs with these. I won’t be able to wear these for a long day because of the width but for those who have wider feet these will be comfortable. The sole is great and the look of them? Outstanding. The animal “fur” is so nice. It is soft and you can still see the print in detail from a distance. It has quality leather and the tongue… the tongue is outstanding. I always lace my shoes up all the way – even my mids. It is just more comfortable to me. There is just no way laces should go over the tongue of this shoe. You can see from my closeup how great it is.
Overall I am super happy with the quality of the shoe. The Slipstream Animals were worth the wait (the best ones are).
Also in the photos: Puma running hoodie (lightweight & so comfortable) and Puma leggings in black.
The other day as I was perusing Twitter I found a post by Ugly Mely on a new release from Puma – the Monochrome 3-Pack for women. I flipped. The shoes are gorgeous. On top of that they are made for women. Suedes designed for women. Finally! So I posted the shoe on Instagram to ask about a release here in the USA. I was told the first of April. So here I wait. Look at this beautiful baby blue!!
This past year has seen some really nice releases by Puma. However, more times than not, those releases are for men. I loved the R698 collaboration with BWGH but there were no sizes for me (anywhere). Right now on Puma.com there are new suedes in honor of the World Cup – Brazil. I love them. Again, no sizes for me.
This is why I was so excited for this Monochrome pack. Pretty pink. Baby blue. Sweet yellow. And here I wait. Each day I check the sites mentioned. Each day I sigh wondering when my pink shoes will come to me.
Today’s post is going to help you figure out which women out there truly are the coolest Chicks in Kicks. There is a big segment of the sneaker world where ‘Chicks in Kicks’ means half-dressed women (or naked) in various sneakers in provacative poses. Thankfully there are numerous females out in social media proving that women can showcase their heat without relying on sex.
Go out and make sure you follow each of these accounts! I have had interactions with all of them and appreciate them. #GirlPower I’ve posted each of their instagram thumbnails but have linked their sites, twitter accounts, etc. in the blurb (click on the thumbnail for a larger version with commentary/links). If there’s another great woman out there everyone should follow please leave a comment!
Twitter has been a goldmine for me in terms of connecting with other sneaker and Puma lovers. One of my best, new-ish contacts is Clyde Edwards, aka, SneakerboxClyde. He is the Creative Director Digital Strategist for Uptown Aventura (one of Inside the Sneakerbox’s clients). He also runs his own site where he “helps companies harness, curate and promote their stories about their brands/products”. Needless to say he has a great many shoes from Puma that make me green with envy.
I received my first pair of Puma Discs for Christmas in 2012. They were like walking on air and I kept hoping Puma would release styles for women. The men’s sizes were a bit wide for me and that made them difficult to wear. Soon enough they made the announcement and teamed with Solange Knowles (who worked with designers Gerlan, William Okpo, Hisham Baroocha) to create the Girls of Blaze collection. At the same time, Puma also released their Tropicalia collection with included two cute tropical designs for the discs. What a decision…
I saw that Clyde was posting photos of the collection in connection with the Uptown Aventura store. I have been to Miami quite a few times and, honestly, I need to get back just to visit this store. I was happy to see that they carried many of of Mihara and McQueen designs that are often difficult to find in the states. That is a sign of a quality store. As I decided which disc I wanted to get, I consulted with Clyde. I asked him which style he would choose as a woman. He said the Girls of Blaze just for their originality and how they would stand out. He wasn’t wrong.
Initially I wasn’t floored by the collection but there was one style that did catch my eye. I took the plunge and grabbed that disc. I woke up on a Saturday morning, opened the Uptown’s site with my phone, and made the purchase. It was super easy and I was done before I had to leave for bootcamp at 7:45 am. As I was making my purchase I was so tempted to grab the new wedges by Mihara (totally cute for wedges). For men, the Street Climb III by McQueen is a really cool shoe. These are all designs that are difficult to find elsewhere in the states.
The next time you are looking for a special Puma by one of the great Black Label designers, check out the Uptown. Also be sure to follow them on Instagram and Twitter at @uptown_miami. A big thank you to Clyde as well for always being willing to share his opinion and respond to tweets!