Puma is the product of a sibling-rivalry moment between brothers Rudolf and Adolf Dassler, who in 1948 resolved an argument by splitting their Bavaria-based shoe factory into two new companies: Puma, founded by Rudolf, and Adidas, established by Adolf. In addition to creating iconic suede basketball shoes, Puma has outfitted elite athletes such as soccer legend Pelé and was the first footwear company to use vulcanized rubber and foam-free midsoles. These days the globally recognized lifestyle megabrand produces sneakers and stylish sweats for men, women, and children as well as underwear, accessories, sports league uniforms, golf gear, chic outerwear, and watches. Puma Black Label is the brand’s collection of luxury lifestyle clothing and shoes created by couture designers such as Alexander McQueen, Mihara Yasuhiro, and Puma creative director Hussein Chalayan. From McQueen’s Velcro high-tops to Chalayan’s outer space-inspired gear, each Black Label piece reinvents classic styles with high-tech fabrics, sleek silhouettes, modern shapes, and — of course — Puma’s signature leaping cat logo.
Sure, leather and suede are great, but when the summer’s in full swing, there’s nothing quite like a pair of classic canvas kicks. Which is exactly why we’ve pulled together this selection of seasonally appropriate sneakers in an array of styles. Go ahead, take your pick.
We’re all for a good pair of wingtips or cap toes, but no guy’s footwear arsenal is complete without a solid selection of good sneakers. And any of the picks in this sale — from classic kicks to teched-out trainers — would be a welcome addition to your collection. In fact, why not grab one of each style?
It’s hard to improve on a sneaker classic, but Puma Black Label pulls it off thanks to a roster of top-notch guest designers. Japan’s Mihara Yasuhiro puts a kinetic Tokyo twist on leather low-tops, Alexander McQueen’s take on high-tops boasts his exuberant color palette and exquisite sense of design.
With spring kicking into gear, there's no better time to loosen up. So why not take a cue from the spirit of the season and give those brogues and cap toes a rest? Stock up on classic sneakers — from canvas slip-ons to suede lace-ups — and give your feet a much-needed casual day.