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Oct 03
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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.

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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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Aug 21

Interview with a Puma Clyde Collector

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There’s that moment when you’re scrolling through Instagram, looking at Pumas, and you come across an unexpected account full of Puma sneakers. In this case, full of Clyde’s. Meet Cliff – the “Puma Clyde King” as it is stated on Instagram. With a collection of about 80 pairs of Puma Clyde’s he may own more than anyone I know (at least here in the United States). As I scrolled through his collection I knew I needed to know more.

Cliff was born and raised in South Central Los Angeles and currently resides in San Pedro, California. As always, I wanted to know why he chose Pumas – specifically Clyde’s – to collect. He responded, “I never been the typical male that liked Nike’s, and Jordan’s.  Back in the day my older brother used to rock shoes like Fila, Adidas, Puma, diadora, K-swiss and Ellesse, this influenced me to be different. As I got older, I kept that style and stayed in my own lane instead of wearing Nike’s and Jordan’s which is more popular now. One thing about me is that I like to be different and not go with the crowd. Everything I buy have to be different, and since Puma’s are not really popular in the States that makes them more attractive to me.Puma’s remind me of my past days growing up with my brothers and my god-parents!”

As you scroll through Cliff’s feed you’ll see Clyde’s. Sure, there is a Suede or a Basket here or there but he says, “This style is nostalgic.  The Clyde style was the first Puma that I purchased on a trip to Las Vegas at the Puma Outlet. My wife pointed out the orange Puma Clyde with the white stripe , and I fell in love, and have been collecting Puma’s since 2006-07.” Good job, wife!

One thing I noticed is that Cliff owns some unique shoes. He has a few styles I haven’t seen before and of course, some designs that I drool over as I wanted them for myself. He says, “I just get the ones that I’m feelin’! New York stores and overseas stores have a lot of limited Puma releases so it’s hard for me to get the ones I want since I’m in L.A. I do a lot of searching online or at the local sneaker shops! When I do find the ones I want I just hope it’s in my size.”  I asked Cliff if there were some styles that he coveted but hasn’t found yet.  He mentioned a few: Puma X Atmos – Polar Bear, Puma X Atmos – Ibis, Puma Clyde Powder Blue/Cordovan, Puma Clyde Hall of Game Gray/Blk/White.

Cliff is a collector who wears his shoes. He said, “I wear all my shoes. In my opinion anyone who buy shoes and not wear them …..what’s the point? The whole purpose of collecting shoes is to enjoy them, dress them up and let other people see and admire your collection, not keep them in a box hidden away!”  I have to find a collector of Pumas who doesn’t wear what they buy. I think this is fantastic. 

I know many people don’t “get” the whole buying of sneakers thing. I am sure we have all had that one family member or friend who asks, “Um… how many pairs do you need?” (Sorry Mom). Cliff commented, “…They know that I have a style of my own, and they are pretty much used to seeing me wear  Puma Clyde’s that match all of my outfits now.”  In fact, as you read above, his wife was the one who first pointed out the orange Pumas that caught his attention.  Cliff says he doesn’t have time to collect much of anything else as Clyde’s take up his extra “time and money”.

The question I really wanted answered was, “Where do you find your Clyde’s?”  If you pick through his collection you’ll see some nice, rare Clyde’s. He even had a few pairs that I hadn’t seen. We all want that hookup, right? We want to know that guy in Japan who can find us the rare shoe or the style that wasn’t released here in the States. I have to say Cliff is holding fast to his source right now. I honestly don’t blame him. He replied, “For the time being I will keep that to myself because if I tell how I get them, then it will be harder for me to find the Puma’s I want down the line.” Although my foot is so small it isn’t like he would have to compete in sizes with me. Maybe I’ll wear him down one of these days.

I think that Cliff has a rare collection here in the States. I am amazed to see two or three new pairs almost daily on Instagram. There are those who collect Suedes and then there are people who like me who buy whatever tickles their fancy at the moment. Clyde’s are getting more difficult to find and there aren’t a lot of new releases here so Cliff’s collection is enviable. There are two things that Cliff loves more than Pumas. His wife, Latricia and his daughter, Symphony who, Cliff states, is “a future Pumahead”. Great job, Cliff, in furthering the Puma legacy!

I want to thank Cliff for taking time to answer my questions. Don’t forget to check him out on Instagram and please be sure to look through the slideshow to see a glimpse of his collection.

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Jul 10

BioWeb Review by The Running Moron

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My friend is a runner. He didn’t used to be but one day, much like Forrest Gump, he decided to run. He hasn’t stopped since. He’s become an accomplished runner and is well-respected on the Inter-webs for his opinion on shoes, socks, races, and stuff like that which he posts on his page called The Running Moron.  I have been kinda picking at him to try out some Pumas for running. He’s very particular about his shoes and wasn’t familiar with their running sneakers.  He found the BioWebs online for a cheap price and decided to try them out.  He let me know immediately and I waited with baited breath to find out what he thought.  I have never had a chance to try on the BioWebs – never having seen them in any store in my size – so I have no way to compare what he is saying.

Brett’s first impression of the shoe was that it was stiff and heavy. And by heavy we are talking about 1-2 ounces heavier than his regular shoes. He weighed them at 10-11 ozs and his other regular shoes are 9 ozs. Those couple of ounces can make a big difference when you are running 10-20 miles.

I commented that the Mobiums I own encourage a mid-foot strike while running.  Brett said that the mid-foot strike is his style of running and he could tell immediately that the BioWebs would also be like that. One his first run in the shoe he said, “I think I liked them a little better than the first run. They were less stiff and they fit my stride pretty well.”  The plans were to take them out for a couple more runs and a few more miles before settling on a decision.

A few more days passed and he came back with the following comments, “I have three runs and over 10 miles on the Pumas. I think they still need a little more breaking in. A lot of the other shoes I try feel like they come pre-broken in so it’s a little odd to have to put so much effort into these. But I think they’re ok. I could see using them for runs 5 miles or less, but I don’t know about 10 milers or half marathons or anything like that in them. And the shoelaces are too fat!”  I had to laugh at the ‘fat shoelaces’ part considering how us Puma people are forever wanting fat laces for our suedes or Clydes. I do believe that the laces are similar to my Mobium laces and I don’t consider them fat but I can’t compare them to Saucony (his regular running shoe brand).

With this review I think that a long distant runner may not be as impressed with the BioWeb. It sounds as if the Web Cage is a bit stiff although that may be in the design for stability. I have read tweets where people have commented that the shoes hurt their feet. I’m wondering if this is why and if they just break them in a few more times whether the shoe will open up a bit for them.

A big thanks to my friend, Brett, for allowing me to pick his brain on the shoes. Since I try not to run more than 2 miles at any given time it was interesting to hear feedback from a non-Puma person who also has run marathons and weird races like that.  If you are into running I suggest going and checking out The Running Moron on Facebook. He knows his stuff and is very friendly. Go give the page a “Like”.

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Jun 20

One day I was window shopping online for shoes – shocking I know – and I saw the Future Suede Lite on Zappos.com. They had the colorway that I wanted and I was about ready to purchase the shoes. Thankfully I have learned to wait a day or two before doing that and the next day the shoes were on RueLala.com for half the price. Excited I added the shoe to my cart immediately. However, by the time I got to checkout the shoe was sold out. I was sad. Mad even because in my opinion the shoe should be mine for a period of time once it is in my cart. Nevertheless I clicked the “try to find it for me” button.

Jump ahead a month or so and I returned from vacation to find a Rue La La box. I couldn’t figure out why I had received it until I opened it and saw the Little Red Bag. Lo and behold they found them for me. I find the shoe very interesting as the materials are new for a ‘suede’.

I new when purchasing the shoe that it wasn’t really suede. I had read that the material is really a type of nylon or something. The stripe is suede but that’s it. They have named it “Future Suede” because the shoe design retains the shape of the 1968 suede. Would I prefer it in suede? Yes. I think it wold look great but otherwise it is beautiful. I love the colors. The mixture of light blue, pink, and yellow are very pretty. Of course I got comments on them the first time I wore them. The shoe pops.

Comfort is not even a question with this shoe. They are like all other Pumas – cushioned and as light as air. I do wish the shoe would have come with a lace option. The laces are light blue like the main part of the shoe but I definitely want to get either yellow or pink laces to match the accents. Fat laces would really enhance the shoe.

At the time of this posting you can find the Future Suede on sale at Puma.com (I can’t guarantee that if you are reading much after the posting date). I would suggest getting a pair. They have great colors for both women and men.

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Dec 21

The Josey Winter Shoe by Puma

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In the box that arrived from Puma I found the most delicious shoe – the Josey Winter Shoe. I was immediately taken by the shoe. The fuzziness of the top part of the shoe grabbed my attention. I honestly loved the furry McQueen shoes that Puma released this past fall and I’ve been secretly coveting some fuzzy shoes since then. The Josey shoe comes in this Army green color, ebony, and a oatmeal. I am super happy with the Army green. It is unique and although you may think it would not get attention when worn with darker jeans, I will say that my friends commented on them immediately.

I slipped on the shoes immediately. I didn’t fix the laces or anything. I sent a Kik message off to Katie S at Puma and thanked her profusely and proceeded to dance around the house in joy. The shoe also comes with two pairs of laces. The other laces are more hiking-boot like. They are thin and colorful but I prefer the fat black laces. The gray part of the shoe – the front – is suede. I plan on treating that part of the shoe with my spray. The lighter green part just under the gray (refer to the side view of the shoe) is  nylon. I think that is a great choice for winter. Nylon is easy to keep clean when treated.  The Puma stripe is the darker green and is in leather. Together they make for a pretty shoe. The oatmeal color is also really beautiful, but, I imagine much harder to keep clean.

You can see the fuzzy part inside of the shoe. This just adds to the comfort. I wore these out on a day that wasn’t very cold but I could tell the difference. My feet were toasty warm. They shoe has a little extra space in it. I presume to make way for thicker socks. I had on thinner socks and I could feel the extra room. That is a good thing because during the winter I like to wear thicker socks but sometimes my shoes feel too tight. With these, I can wear warm socks and my feel will not freeze. You may see reviews that list them as running small. I wouldn’t agree with that at all.  I am itching to get some colder weather so I can really test them out.

Right now, you can find these shoes on Amazon.com and on Nordstrom.com (although Nordie’s only offers ebony and oatmeal).

*I received this for free from Puma but the opinions and thoughts about the shoe are all mine.

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Nov 13

Yesterday I had the day off of work so I decided to spend some time in Harper’s Ferry, WV. Harper’s Ferry is a landmark of the Civil War and much of the city is original. There are trails for  hiking all over the place and even the Appalachian Trail runs right by it. I parked and proceeded to walk over to the town but saw a sign for the Maryland Heights trail. I figured I would just  go ahead and do that trail even though I hadn’t researched it. That’s probably a good thing as I probably wouldn’t have hiked it. Once I start down a path I tend to finish that path regardless of what lays ahead. I kept climbing higher and higher and realized I was not in ‘hiking’ shape. I’m tough though and kept going.

I had put on my Faas 550s mostly because they matched my Puma capri’s and my 1/4 Zip-up Running Hoodie. They are super comfortable but have had a lot of miles put on them. They don’t grip rocks anymore so I had to be careful not to slip in some areas. When I left my house it was sunny and promised to be a beautiful day but by the time I reached the trail it had grown cloudy and windy. I was worried about being cold as I only had a tank top on under my hoodie. I bought the hoodie in Puerto Rico last November and it is not a warm piece of clothing. It is not designed to keep you warm – unless – you happen to be out moving. The material is not thick but it does shield you from the wind. Also, as you move, it warms you up. It was actually the perfect piece of clothing for the hike. I think a traditional sweatshirt would have just made me sweat and something heavier would have been too hot.

So up I climbed. At one point I had to make a decision if I’d go on the longer hike or the shorter one. I did pick the shorter one because I was hiking alone. I didn’t want to chance being 3 miles out and having a problem. It was a good choice. The end of this trail leads to the Cliffs as they are called. The rocks jut out from the mountain and you have a perfect view of Harper’s Ferry. The trees were still in full color and although it was overcast the town still looked amazing. I was lucky someone offered to take my photo.

I can honestly say that this morning as I write this, my feet do not hurt. My knees ached last night but feel good today. The Faas 550s came through for me once again. They are great shoes and really keep my feet from hurting. I worked up a sweat and wasn’t overly cold due to the hoodie. I have to say that although it sounds cheesy this is why I like Pumas gear. I can look cute (really – don’t I look cute?), be comfortable, and still have high-tech gear that works for me while I’m hiking. Thanks Puma!!

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Nov 02

Birthday Pumas

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Happy Birthday to me!

Turning 41 isn’t exactly my idea of a fantastic birthday. I don’t like to think of myself as 41. I don’t feel 41. I don’t really think I look 41. But I’ve come to accept it. Kind of.

Anyway…. I decided to buy myself some Pumas. Big surprise, right? I had found these Pearls on Amazon.com a long time ago. I saw them and wanted them. I love the color, the design on in the insole, and thought they were unique. It wasn’t too long ago though that Puma had announced their Puma Factory. I really want to design my own and order those so I was debating on which direction I should take. Some Puma friends said make my own. Others said to order the Pearls. I finally, obviously, decided on the Pearls. I’ll make my own Pumas soon. Now I just need to find the right shirt/clothes to wear with this mint green color.

 

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Oct 04

Breaking News: Create your own Pumas?

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Puma Factory Design your own shoesI saw the posts from Puma yesterday on Instagram with custom-designed shoes from Puma Factory. Back in the day I always wanted to create my own pair and I never could decide and then one day the customization page was gone. I almost went with custom Converse shoes but really… why would I? So I was looking up something else on Puma and the splash screen came up which allows you to choose a country. And as I clicked on the USA I noticed in the bottom-left corner ‘Factory’. I was so happy. I tried to get back to the splash page but it is hard to do without completely restarting my machine and erasing cookies, history, etc.

Anyway….. I typed factory.puma.com into my address bar and wa-la the page came up! It doesn’t open well at work where I have a lot of restrictions and only one browser choice but I could see that it is going to be amazing. I know Puma is planning to announce this today so I’m probably raining on their parade. Sorry Puma! I’m just so excited I couldn’t wait.

How will I ever decide? I have no idea. I guess I pick colors that are meaningful to me and hope they work together. My birthday is coming up at the end of October (hint hint) and this is what I’m doing for my birthday. I’ll save my money until then and figure out the best design ever!!

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Aug 15

Pumas by Sergio RossiI wear heels every day to work. Well, pretty much everyday. During the winter I have some flatter boots but generally, I wear heels. The pants I buy are usually a tad too long on me so heels help them not to drag. Plus I just look good in them. *humble* Now and then sneaker companies come out with heeled versions of their shoes. More times than not they just look like sneakers with heels on them. That really doesn’t interest me. If I want sneakers, I’ll buy sneakers. Same for heels. I really don’t want to take my Clyde’s and just stick heels on them.  You can see examples of this by Adidas (sample 2), Nike, and even Converse. If   some women like those shoes – fantastic!  I kinda think the Converse ones are cute but I wouldn’t wear them.

Sure, I’m biased where Puma is concerned but ever since they released the Sergio Rossi heels I’ve loved them. They are chic. They are fashionable. And even better, while they have Puma styling they don’t just look like a pair of suedes with heels on them. I love Mary Janes and I know that these would look amazing on me – if I could afford them. Rossi comes with a high price tag and although I found them on sale… $300 is still a high price for them.

Puma Clydes Heels The site also had black Sergio Rossi Clyde heels. They actually look a lot like a pair of patent leather tie up shoes I already have in my closet. These do have very clear Puma detailing on them but I could definitely wear them to work and no one would think they were sneaker heels. The heels are higher than I normally wear but I’d suffer through it for how good they look.

For a limited time you can go to 6pm.com and buy yourself a pair. Or even better – buy me a pair. I’d be forever happy if you did.

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