PUMA States x size?
- MODEL: PUMA STATES
- TYPE: BASKETBALL
- DESIGNED BY: Size?
- MADE IN: CHINA
- MADE ON: 10/06
- ART.NO: 344293 02
- FACTORY: CDT
Creatively entitled the PUMA States?, this pair of collaborative kicks comes straight from Europe’s sneaker super-store, Size?, showing off their design talent in 2006.
Released in limited numbers alongside two other colorways (a greenish yellow and a pinkish red) these lush ‘nightshade’, ‘prism’ violet, and ‘whisper’ basketball trainers hit the open market in parallel with the launching of a large holiday bash by PUMA, size?, VICE, and 1xtra.
They went on sale at Carnaby Street’s size? store December 5th and the first ten folks to purchase a pair were given free tickets to the party. Acts such as Big Daddy Kane, Doug E Fresh, Norman Jay, Patrick Forge, DJ Biznizz, Mike Pickering, Graeme Park, and Baby Ford.
Even Crooked Tongues got wrapped into the holiday merriment, launching a contest to offer up five pairs with 5 free tickets if the lucky contestants could accurately answer a music-related question posted on their online magazine.
For those that missed the European release, worldwide sales went out on March of 2007, though, of course, without the accompanying party. If you didn’t pick up a pair then, you better get hunting, for this deep purple States? are definitely some of the classiest collabs we’ve seen on the classic basketball silhouette in a while.
written by Dylan Cromwell
photography by errol
shoes contributed by Ollie Teeba