PUMA Top Winner (Made in Italy)
- MODEL: PUMA TOP WINNER
- MADE IN: ITALY
As the name subtly eludes, the PUMA Top Winner was designed as an athletic trainer, particularly for court sports, such as basketball, racquetball, squash, badminton, or tennis (to name a few). In general this model was produced as a cross-training shoe – to be used for sporting in general, and not one particular sport – but overtime it has became a more casually worn piece, especially by (and thanks to) the fashion-conscious football fans of the 1980′s.
While the silhouette itself has yet to be forgotten – even being re-released in various colorways of tumbled leather and plush nubuck – it’s definitely not one that frequently comes up in daily trainer talk as it’s popular has dwindled with its again. Pictured here is a classic white and navy blue Top Winner from PUMA’s prehistoric days. The “made in Italy” statement is not just a sneaker nerd fact, but in actuality a claim to the shoe’s quality and age.
written by Dylan Cromwell
photography by errol