PUMA Clyde (Made in Yugoslavia)
- MODEL: PUMA CLYDE
- MADE IN: YUGOSLAVIA
- ART.NO: 9681
Not much can be known for certain on PUMA’s ‘Made in Yugoslavia’ Clyde but the elusive silhouette is one of the most sought after models. As PUMA never released much information on the shoe the specifics are constantly under debate. What was the original year of release? How many were made? And why did PUMA choose to produce in Yugoslavia?
It’s widely believed that this Clyde was produced circa 1973 with Suedes, Baskets, and Colibris all also being produced in Yugoslavia around the years of the Clyde’s release. It’s still completely unknown why PUMA chose Yugoslavia to produce their footwear, one theory claims Puma manufactured there, as the price of production was cheaper. However many pairs of these Clydes have been seen to have minor differences implying they could be handmade. Differences such as the signature ‘Clyde’ imprint on the side of the shoe, present on some, but not on others. The inscriptions on the tongues of the shoe have also been found to differ between older and younger pairs.
Another theory behind the ‘Made in Yugoslavia’ Clyde claims that PUMA moved production every so often to imprint a different cultural identity on their lines. Apart from Yugoslavia PUMA also manufactured their footwear in Taiwan, Vietnam, China, Japan, and Italy.
On first glance it’s hard to single out the ‘Made in Yugoslavia’ PUMA Clyde; made from the same materials we’re used to seeing on Clydes and Suedes. However the shoe discretely sports its production location on the tongue and a distinctively different PUMA cat on its tongue tab.
written by Sam Arojo
photography by errol
shoes contributed by Ollie Teeba