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When I was in my teens, my favourite pair of trainers were a pair of turquoise Puma Suede trainers that I had bought from a closing down sale for £10. I love these trainers, partly because I loved the colour, and also they were very comfortable. I wore them continuously for about two years, until they fell apart. I hadn't seen many Puma Suede trainers after that, and they faded slightly into the background, and Nike, Adidas and Converse seemed to have the trainer market covered.
In the summer of 2013, I noticed that the Puma Suede trainers were having a sort of revival, and suddenly were fashionable again. With my old pair fresh in my mind, I went in search of a pair in the same colour. I tried many different shops across Northern Ireland, and even Dublin, but they remained elusive. I was about to give up, when I walked into Schuh and saw them. I didn't buy them at that time (had hoped Santa might have brought me a pair), but as Santa didn't get my hint, I decided to treat myself.
Everywhere seemed to have been sold out, until last week, when by chance I checked the Office website, and a pair had appeared in my size. They arrived last Friday, and I was a very excited bunny opening the parcel from Office. I had heard of the Puma Clever Little Bag, but I had no idea what that was until I opened the parcel. Instead of the shoes being in a shoebox, they were encased in what looked to be a rigid shoebag. When you slide the shoes out, the shoes are in what looks like half a shoebox, without a lid, and with holes in the side of the box. My trainers lay inside, encased in tissue paper, with some balled up paper inside each shoe. This means that the packaging is better for the environment as there is 65% less paper used and you have a small free bag as well, which is another bonus.
Puma as a brand has been around since 1924, and originated in Herzogenaurach, Germany. It was two brothers Adolf and Rudolf Dassler the company was originally called Gebrüder Dassler Schuhfabrik . In 1948, the brothers parted ways, and formed two companies. One became Adidas, the other was Puma. The Puma suede has been in existence since 1968, although it does seem to have had a recent revival.
As I mentioned above, my shoes are a gorgeous turquoise shade, which is called Blue Grass by Puma. The main body of the trainers is this turquoise colour, with a thick rubber sole and the puma logo in white stitched onto each side of the trainers. There is also a small gold Puma logo on the back of the trainers with a white background, which gives the shoes another added feature. There is also Puma Suede etched in gold on the side of the shoe, above the logo. Mine came with two pairs of laces, one were white and the other the same colour as the trainers. The trainers had the blue grass coloured laces already in them, but I switched them, as my original ones had the white laces, and also I preferred the look. You can lace both through the trainers as well, but as you rarely see my laces, I thought this was a little too much hassle.
The soles are quite thick, and are a white colour, which has a rough finish. There is also Puma etched on the back of the sole, just in case all the Puma advertising didn't quite catch your eye. While the soles do look thick, the shoes themselves are very light, but the slightly thicker base means that there is slightly more absorption than some of my flat trainers. The uppers are also slightly padded, which helped to make the shoes even more comfortable when I first tried them on. They are quite soft and mould easily to my feet.
When I first tried these shoes on, I was amazed at how light they feel. They look quite heavy and chunky, but there are really light on. I have worn these for a day's shopping, and didn't have the aching feet that I get when I wear my Converse trainers. I am very happy with these, and I love the colour and the comfort of these. I am a size 6, and the size was a perfect fit for me, so these shoes do seem to be true to size. When I wear them with fluffy socks, they were slightly tight, but that is easily rectified, and I prefer shoes to be slightly tight, so they can mould to the shape of my feet better.
These trainers are available in many different colours, and some are unisex, and also some more feminine colours, such as pink and baby blue. The ones that I have are harder to find, but more common colours such as blues, greens and blacks are very easy to find. Most shoe stores such as Schuh, Bank and JD sports stock the Puma Suedes, and they are also available from Puma shops and Puma online. Mine cost £55, which seems to be a standard price for these trainers, although you might be lucky and find them cheaper online - Amazon sometimes have good offers on this range. You can also get high top Suedes, wedges and also some with a below ankle upper. Most trainers in this range have a white Puma logo, but some are different colours, including the navy colourway with a Blue Grass trim.
I would definitely recommend these trainers. I love the unique colour that I have, although there is a colour in the range for most people. I have found that the Blue Grass ones are difficult to find now, as they seem to be very popular, but as my purchase was partly driven by nostalgia, there should be a colour that will suit most people in the range. The trainers themselves are very light and comfortable. They're not the most supportive of shoes, but no trainers are. These are ideal if you are looking for a pair of fashionable but comfortable trainers, which won't break the bank. I know that my last pair lasted a long time, and even though they did start to look very worn, I found that they wear in such a way that it enhances the look of the trainers. I am hoping for a similar length of wear from these ones, although I have to be careful wearing these, as Suede doesn't like rain, and it seems to be raining 24/7 here at the minute. I feel these have a classic look, and one that will never go out of style.
These are my second pair of Puma Suede trainers, but they won't be my last. I have my eye on the baby pink colour for my next pair.....
Being a student, I am absolutely addicted to trainers which are comfy and kind on your feet. I am a huge fan of converse, and those are usually my trainers of choice, until I seen a friend wearing the burgundy version of the Puma Suede's and I fell in love! I've noticed that these seem to be a popular trainer recently, but the burgundy seems to be one of the more uncommon colours, whereas the pink, purple and blue versions are more popular.
I bought my Pumas in Bank. There was a huge selection of different colours, from light pink to black, but after originally going to purchase a pair of burgundy converse, i opted for the burgundy puma's. In Bank they cost £55.00, and at the time Bank had a 20% student discount on, so I got a really good discount. They have a 10% student discount all year round which is worth thinking about if you're buying these.
I purchased the burgundy trainers which are shown in the picture above, because I absolutely adored the colour and thought the design was quite unusual and very appealing. They're a rich colour, with a striking white/cream stripe across the side. One thing I was worried about when purchasing these trainers was if they would match outfits, or if I would struggle finding colours to match the trainers. However, the colour is really versatile and can be matched with most outfits. The sole on the trainers are a decent thickness, and very white which can be a pain as they tend to get dirty easily. I love the suede effect the trainers have, it makes them very unique and looks great.
What I absolutely love about these trainers is how comfy they are. With converse, or other kinds of trainers, I sometimes get rubbing at the back of my ankle, but at the back of these shoes there is a lot of padding and i found that didn't happen. I tend to save these trainers for nice weather, as i don't want to ruin the suede with the rain. The colour on them can apparently also run, so if you're buying these it's probably best to save them for the better weather.
I also love how versatile they are, and how I can wear them with basically any outfit. Its great if you sleep in like me, and need to be out the house in a rush, you don't have to worry about whether your trainers match your outfit or not.
The one thing that I don't really like about these trainers is that they seem more chunky and masculine than the other trainers i'm used to wearing. However, a cute top and skinny jeans and they look a little more feminine.
All in all, I really do like these trainers and would recommend buying them. They are really good value for money as they are durable, thick soled and very, very comfy. I also think the design on them is really nice and looks very unique, and the golden puma label is a very nice touch. Overall, they re a comfy, versatile, everyday pair of trainers!
I'm not really a person for wearing trainers and the only ones I own are a pair of Converse and a £10 pair for exercising. Doing a lot of window shopping when I have no money (too often) I fell in love with the blue Puma Suedes in Shuch. I did leave them for a while wondering if I'd actually get my use out of them, but eventually gave in and treated myself to them.
In the Women's section at Shuch I had the choice of seven different colours: blue, light blue, light pink, black, green, coral and burgundy. I opted for the blue as I thought they were a bright enough colour to stand out yet would still match a lot of clothes I already owned. They're really versatile and can be worn with jeans, leggings, disco pants or anything else really. The shoes are also unisex as they're sold in the men's section too where they have a slightly different selection of colours. In Shuch they'll set you back £55 and they can also be found in Office and on the Puma website.
The pair I bought are in fact the ones on the photo above. They're a lovely blue colour, not too light or dark, and can easily be teamed with a lot of different clothes. Whatever colour you choose will have a white strip down the sides (except the men's have more variation in colour) and also Puma Suede written in little gold lettering on the outer sides of the trainer. The soles are quite thick and are white. The sole themselves can get dirty easily but it's not hard to clean with a wet wipe. Barely anybody wore these when I got them so they seemed a little unique, but I think they must be a little trendier now as I've seen a lot more of them about! They're not too girly at all, and my dad even got a little jealous that I picked the blue colour before he got a look in - we don't want to go out matching now, do we?!
A lot of shoes tend to rub my ankles on the first couple of wears but with these I didn't find that at all. They were comfortable right from the word go and I have no complaints at all. A size 6 fit me perfectly, which I'm thankful for as half sizes aren't available. It's advised not to wear them out in the rain though as the colour of the suede can run. That's my only worry with these shoes as I'm too scared to wear them if I think there's a possibility of me getting caught in the rain! I can't comment if they do run or how badly as I've been lucky enough to avoid it for now...I hope I haven't spoken too soon.
From what I've heard, these Puma Suede Classics have been around for a good few years, and I'm pretty gutted I didn't find them sooner as I absolutely love mine. They're the kind of trainers that suit everybody and are also really comfy to wear so I really can't fault them. My reason for deducting one star is for my worry of the colour running if I wear them out in the rain - but that's what I signed up for when I bought suede trainers.