The origins for Puma, one of the leading athletic footwear, apparel and accessories companies in the world, began in 1924 when Rudolph Dassler, Puma's original founder, started a manufacturing company with his brother Adolf. Their family-owned business originally produced slippers and outdoor shoes, yet they soon saw a need for athletic shoes in the market. Despite the economic depression of the late 20s, their business took off. And, during the 1928 Olympics they gained national attention when nearly half of the participating athletes wore Dassler shoes.
The Dassler's business continued to grow in the 30s, and reached epic proportions when Jessie Owens won four gold medals in the 1936 Olympics while wearing their shoes. Everything was going great for the Dassler brothers until 1948 when a bitter family dispute divided the brothers and the company split in two. Rudolph started Puma Schuhfabrik Rudolf Dassler (currently known as Puma), and Adolf founded Adidas (derived from his nickname "Adi" and the first three letters of his last name "Das").
Puma continued to thrive under Rudolph's guidance (and Adidas hasn't done too badly either). Throughout the years they were the first to introduce many new footwear innovations, including vulcanized soles on soccer shoes, uniquely shaped soles on running shoes to enhance natural motion, athletic shoes with a Velcro strap, and the Puma Disc system, which replaces laces with a series of wires. After Rudolph's passing in 1974 his son Armin was appointed CEO, and in 1986 Puma went public.
Today, Puma has an impressive and versatile collection of footwear, apparel and accessories. They have collaborated with top designers, including Alexander McQueen and Hussein Chalayan. The motorsports collection includes co-branded sneakers with industry leaders Ferrari and Ducati. And, the fastest man on the planet, Usain Bolt, endorses the innovative Faas, Puma's latest, technologically advanced running sneaker.
Although Puma continues to evolve and diversify their collection, they still remain true to their origins by re-releasing the classics. The Puma Suede, Basket, Easy Rider, Roma and more are now available in a wide array of colors, patterns and materials. Whether you are looking to lace up a classic, get stylish with a pair of sneakers, or enjoy the comfort of modern footwear innovation, Puma has a style to fit your style. Check out the current collection at Sneakerhead.com.
Take a look back at past Puma releases with Sneakerfolio. Categorized by year of release, Sneakerfolio provides detailed photos, descriptions, price history, popularity, and original customer reviews.
By Andrew from Newport, VA on May 15, 2011
It's a very well put together shoe. The color scheme works well with most of the clothes that are in stores during summer or spring seasons, so it'll match a lot of things.
By Ricardo from Bensenville, IL on May 28, 2011
Not a big fan of puma shoes but i love these..thinking of buying same pair in black..they are comfortable and good for any occasion.
By Jessica from Dallas, TX on April 10, 2011
They're really comfortable for him and he wears them everyday. he loves the unique style it brings to his outfits. and the original puma look.
By Kristi from Tampa on March 31, 2011
They were excellent exactly as described, very fast shipping.
Puma and sneaker store/brand Undefeated have teamed up once again on a sneaker that has undeniable appeal. The Puma Clyde X Undefeated Luxe is a contemporary take on the classic Puma Clyde, the signature sneaker for the always stylish Clyde Frasier. The first difference you'll notice on this design from the original Clyde is the removal of the Puma Formstripe, which is how they got the nickname, the "Stripe Off." But, the differences don't stop there. They also feature a leather tongue tag with an embossed Undefeated logo, gold Puma Clyde text on the side of the heel, and a contrasting leather accent piece on the back heel. The Puma Clyde X Undefeated Luxe is available in 4 coloways, including White, Gray, Black and Forest. Find the entire colorful collection at Sneakerhead.com.
PUMA Social honors the After Hours Athlete. Forget calorie counting, fitness training, and hydration levels. PUMA Social reminds us that we are all athletes, even if the only time we run is to catch a cab home. From ping pong and foosball to darts and karaoke, PUMA Social is dedicated to after hours sports. Because we know it takes just as much effort to score a phone number as it does to score a goal.
Fast has arrived, in all its black, green, and yellow glory. The v1.10 SL Lightning is the lightest football boot in the world, inspired by the World's Fastest Man, Usain Bolt, and Jamaica. Watch as Bolt delivers this new PUMA boot to fellow athlete and football megastar Samuel Eto'o.
The Puma Suede is one of the most recognizable Puma sneakers ever created. This simple design with fresh lines and Puma Formstripe was originally released ...
Puma updates one of their most iconic sneakers with a modified look and new materials. The Puma Future Suede Lite is a lightweight model with ...
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