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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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