For its latest collection, Puma went deep into the Puma archives in Boston, MA. After months of searching the PUMA archives, designers found and retooled the highly sought after original Suede silhouette from 1978.

The Suede Classic features the original last and tooling from the original Puma Suede that was first put into production in 1978. The shoe is a well known and iconic Puma Archive sneaker that was inspired by the classic Puma Clyde, Walt “Clyde” Frazier’s signature basketball shoe.

While the new Suede Classic’s tooling is a bit narrower, the toe is a little shorter, overall lending themselves to a sleeker appearance. Constructed with premium calf suede sourced from North America, the grain on the material gives off a super soft look and feel.

The shoe will be sold for approximately €70 beginning in August 2009.

—Melanie Gropler