PUMA Rekord


It’s no secret that PUMA’s specialty in the 1980′s was low cut running models in classic, simple colorways. It’s also no secret that Adi Dassler and Rudolf Dassler frequently overlapped each other in model names as they seemingly looked to each other for competitive inspiration in place of the brotherly love they lacked during their political separation.

The PUMA Rekord is just such a shoe that fits the mold formed from all the bits of common knowledge listed above, yet despite that fact it clearly stands out on its own. Built of a soft, black leather upper, the shoes main feature is the double layered toe box that’s partially covered in a raised, rubber bumper. The majority of the midsole itself is also black, giving the illusion of a sleek, thin outsole.

Finer detailing includes the magnificently contrasting side stripes in white above which reads the brand type, PUMA logo, and model name in gold lettering. The side stripes wrap back to the heel, diving underneath a thin, black heel strip, that climbs sharply up the ankle to clearly display the black panther image against a white heel spot.

The tongue is decorated with the squared PUMA logo tag, printed in green, white, and black, in a the style which is often seen from vintage shoes of this era (1980′s). Thin black laces and a pimpled gum outsole complete the shoe and provide a quality, casual kick for low cut trainer collectors to gobble up if they ever get a chance to score the lucky pair.

written by Dylan Cromwell

photography by errol