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Feb 13

Do Those Come in Sizes for Women? The tiring question…

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No Puma Sizes for Women

UPDATE: I am pleased to say that I was able to find the Alife Silver Pumas shown above in my size. I had to order them from the UK and they definitely weren’t on sale but I have them. Photos and review to come shortly!

You know the drill. I’m sure people get tired of the question. I get tired of asking it and won’t even bother anymore. The fact is Puma doesn’t team up with male designers who release sizes for women. Sophia Chang is a female designer and her collection included men. Why can’t it work the other way around? Ronny Fieg? Alife? BWGH? I have yet to see these collaborations produce shoes for women. Sometimes, they will get released in the UK in the smaller sizes but not in the USA.  When the collaboration between Puma and Anwar Carrots was announced I immediately asked about sizes for women. I loved the design. I was told, flat out, no. They would not be released in smaller sizes. I complained to Carrots and they insisted there would be smaller sizes. I explained what the Puma rep had said and they said it was wrong information. I don’t know who decides on the sizes. Maybe it isn’t Puma. Maybe it isn’t the collaborator. I’d definitely like to know so I can voice my concerns to the right people.

As it turns out I found the Carrots on a random website. They had 1 pair in a “kids” size 5. Yes, it was listed on the kid’s page. Those shoes were not marketed to kids. They weren’t available anywhere on any other site in the kids section. I searched and searched for a pair in my size and none were to be had. I have no idea how that site ended up with a pair but I was happy. They were also on massive sale. I did go back and let Carrots know I must have found the one pair released in my size.

It is frustrating to see release after release that I would be interested in pass me by. Meek Mill just released 24K White/Gold. The ‘white gold’ shoe is amazing and I would love a pair.  No sizes for me. Us women do get releases designed by Solange Knowles. These are not shoes men would wear. They are loud. Bright. Sometimes poorly designed. Sometimes genius. I don’t understand why these are our only options.  In the past two weeks, Puma released a black patent leather Basket. It is really shiny and pretty. I guess they think women wouldn’t want a shoe like that? No options for me.

I think men get tired of hearing women complain about this. I am sure I would if I were a man (probably not). Is it a demand thing? Not enough women want what the boys get? Or are there just enough women with larger feet that they can buy the men’s sizes and shoe brands think that’s good enough? I wish I knew the answer.

Finally, Puma released a shoe dedicated to Walt “Clyde” Frazier. It is shiny gold (similar to their release with UNDFTD a while back). As a huge basketball fan, I would love a pair of these to honor Walt. The box is amazing too. I don’t get the option of purchasing.

I know. You want to tell me to shut up. This is probably why I don’t feel the love from Puma anymore. They are probably sick of me complaining. That’s why they don’t get much money much anymore. I love the brand. I love so many of the shoes. I just want the same option to buy as they guys do.

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May 16

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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.

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Apr 04



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.

Still want a pair for yourself? You can find them on sale (larger sizes only at:
Puma.com
Amazon.com
6pm.com
Asos.com (in a beautiful teal color)

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Mar 31

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!


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