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Oct 09

Winning with Pumas

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Recently Puma announced a ‘Traveling Pumas’ contest on Instagram. You post your photos of yourself in Pumas and mark the location and Puma picks a winner each week. I’m pleased to say I won last week. I had taken my kids to the Big Apple Circus – which is my favorite circus – and I chose to wear my Skylaa Hi’s I love these shoes. LOVE THEM. I think they are unique and different than what most women are wearing for sneakers. I was a little worried because it had rained most of the day but I was careful to avoid the puddles and dirt. As soon as we got there, I told my kids to wait up because I needed a photo. I showed my daughter the finished picture and told her, “This is so going to win!” I guess I was right.

I really appreciate Puma picking my photo. I actually had planned on bringing Pumas to work and going to DC to take some photos on the mall. I never got the opportunity because I had been sick and then in pain since I’m suffering from iliotibial band syndrome (yes that’s a thing). So I’m pleased as punch that Puma liked this photo. Funny enough the people at Puma thought they were the Undefeated Microdots. I had wanted those shoes. A lot. However, they weren’t made for women nor did they start at a Unisex size that fit me. That’s why I snatched these Hi’s up as soon as I saw them on Puma’s site.

Thank you to Puma for choosing me. I told about a hundred people (3) Friday evening when I saw the notification. I hope I always do a good job of representing the brand I love and wear.

See the rest of my Instagram shots that include a lot of Pumas.

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Sep 10

Puma Hunting in the Big Apple

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A couple of weekends ago I was in New York City (NYC) for the day and New Jersey (NJ) for another day. Although I didn’t have a lot of time I still found time to nose around a few stores to see what kind of Pumas were out there in that area. I was surprised at my finds and yet disappointed. The more Pumas I find that I love the more disappointed I become because they are all for men. Sure, I’ve been able to pick up a couple of cute pairs lately that are unique and stylish and different and that makes me happy. But it is when I see something I can’t find online or near me that I really love that gets me frustrated. Anyways, before you move along in the article enjoy the photo of my Ferraris in Central Park as I took a break. The shoes were quite comfortable, however, I am not enjoying the no-show socks. I like how they look, but, the tops of my feet hurt from where the socks do not cover. I need to figure something else out.

Puma California City Pack Let’s start with the new Puma California City Pack available exclusively at Foot Locker. I have written about these before and really wanted to see them in person. I had been searching Foot Locker’s site for quite awhile waiting for them to be available. And there they were in Foot Locker (the one that is across the street from Macy’s on 34th Street). They even had the Puerto Rico ones that I never thought I’d see in person. I stood there ooooing and ahhhing over them and figured I’d just ask what sizes were available. I knew, deep down, that they would only be for men (or women with feet way bigger than mine) but asking never hurts. Much. As expected, the shoes start at a men’s size 8. That’s a size 9 1/2 for women. I really (!!!!) would like the Atlanta shoes. The pinstripes are cool and the colors are great. I love that inside it says ‘Hotlanta’ and has ‘ATL’ on the tab. Not only do I have friends in Atlanta – it is a fantastic place to dance salsa. I would have also liked the Puerto Rico shoes. Alas, it isn’t meant to be. I guess if I’m being honest, I’d also like the Chicago shoe. That one wasn’t in Foot Locker but it is online and I like the style of that shoe as well. I probably should do a post on Pumas I don’t like since that is a far smaller list, right?

The other great find came from Famous Footwear (of all places) in Jersey Gardens. Jersey Gardens is off of exit 14 on the NJ Toll Road and is a half outlet mall, half regular store mall. It is quite large and has a great selection of stores. Their Puma store, however, was horrible. I keep seeing these new-style Puma Outlet stores with horrible selection of shoes. The one I went to in Orlando, Florida was the same way. They don’t have ailes and so few shoes. The majority of shoes tend to be the Ferraris or other Motorsport styles. Anyway, the Munich 1972 shoe that I had only seen on Instagram was in Famous Footwear. I searched their sizes in hopes of even finding a size 6 (it would have been huge but maybe I could have made it work) but only size 8 and up. Again. The lacing on the display shoe was the basket weave which is always striking. I don’t know if I’ll ever take the time to lace my own shoe that way but it is a unique look. I tried to get the husband to buy it but he decided not to purchase it. I believe (I could be wrong) that these have been available in Europe for quite some time. I see that they can now be purchased at Zappos which is really cool.

Finally, I just wanted to shoe the cool Puma soccer cleat I saw at Macy’s. Their selection for women was actually quite good. I was impressed. I don’t think I’ve ever seen soccer cleats at a department store before – let alone in the women’s section. I own Puma soccer cleats and love them – although I don’t wear them that often. If I didn’t have any, I would probably like to purchase these. They have Bolt on them and I are in the Jamaican colors. They are just unique.

It is pretty clear that I didn’t actually buy any Pumas while in NYC. I found the styles for women lacking and just wasn’t inspired. I think that my purchases will all need to be online and at my own Outlet store. I think that Puma is missing out by not releasing a ‘pack’ just for women. And I don’t mean a bunch of pink shoes either. I would love a Clyde pack just for women in unique colors that are available in sizes just for women. Please.

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Apr 26

Puma Shoes as Dance ShoesDance is very important to me. I’ve been a salsa dancer for almost 14 years – I teach and have performed. As a woman, I’ve always been forced to dance in heels. It isn’t fun. Sure, they look good but when I dance casually, I have dancing sneakers that I use (maybe I’ll do a post on them although they aren’t Pumas). I also watch a lot of dance shoes on tv (the good ones). I’m watching America’s Best Dance Crew right now and I love seeing their choices in sneakers. There is always a mix of Nike’s, Converse, and Pumas. For many years I danced in a pair of white, cloth, velcro-close Pumas. I wore them so much that they no longer look ‘white’ and the velcro doesn’t always close. They are by far my favorite shoes for dancing.

At one point Puma had shoes that were marketed as ‘aerobic’ or ‘dance’ shoes. I was going to purchase them but then I couldn’t find them. I am not sure if they weren’t successful or just a prototype that they didn’t continue selling. I think it would be a fantastic market for them with the popularity of Zumba these days. For movement on wooden floors though the bottoms need to be non-gripping. That’s why Converse work really well for dancing as their bottoms are smooth. They aren’t slippery but they don’t tend to grip the floor either so you can still turn and spin. Many Pumas work well for this – just depends on the style.

The photo posted was taken at a Cuban dance convention – Pumas were the shoes of choice for many performers.

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Apr 22

I snapped this photo the other day at Chuck E Cheese. It isn’t as in focus as I would have liked but I was trying to be sly. I figure that couples that wear Pumas together – stay together.

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