To celebrate the re-issue of the iconic PUMA “Clyde”, Global Sports Brand PUMA and high-end Japanese fashion label United Arrows & Sons tailored a very special iteration of the classic sneaker. Designed by United Arrows & Sons founder Motofumi “Poggy” Kogi, known for his sartorial flair that has landed him in style blogs worldwide, the PUMA “Clyde” is crafted using premium suit materials to replace the original leather upper. The result is a reverent nod to basketball legend Walt Frazier’s love for dapper clothing and signature classy styling.
The United Arrows & Sons x Puma “Clyde” is fashioned to a “T”. Designed and made in Japan, you can expect that utmost craftsmanship and attention to detail is given to each pair. Made of high quality wool tweed material in different patterns pieced together for a tailored finish. The tweed material extends to the insole as well. These fine sneakers are finished with metallic gold PUMA and United Arrows & Sons branding on the insole.
Walt Frazier was the first basketball player to have a sneaker named after him. Originally created in 1973 – in an era when sports stars began to impressively impact on popular culture, influencing everything from film, fashion and even language, the PUMA “Clyde” quickly became the sports sneaker of the 70s. It has maintained a strong presence in pop culture in the decades to come, being adopted as sneaker of choice by the hip hop stars, skateboarders, B-boys and musicians leading the punk movement of the 90s. Its many important cultural links ensure it’s a crucial shoe for the sneaker collector of today. Clyde himself describes the shoe as ‘a timeless design’ enabling it to remain a cult sneaker and return to the streets after five years.