PUMA Cruijff Royal
The game of football during the 1960’s and 70’s had several stars that were lighting the pitch up with their skills. Several of them at the top were endorsed by PUMA, including Pelé, Eusebeo and Maradona. One of the others was Johan Cruijff. The Dutch playmaker was one of the most skillful around, inventing the infamous Cruijff-Turn. Together with his playing boots PUMA also made him his own signature training/casual shoes.
When the Cruijff-Royal’s first released during the 1970’s they were an instant hit and remain and classic decades later. The form and colourway resembles that of the Intersport which came earlier. Due to their football connection and it’s mock-up with suede uppers and gum sole it was well received within the terraced and casual culture.
Holland are known for the Orange and Blue football kits they play in and the Cruijff-Royal’s used the same colour combination. They have a suede upper, with a leather formstripe and interior; both of which also match the light blue laces. It’s completed by gum sole which has a unique tred pattern.
Since it first got released, collectors worldwide have been searching high and low for their own pair. They were never been re-issued past the era, making that search even harder. Until the day that PUMA do grace them with a retro or searches come up rewarding, then take pleasure in viewing this pair.
Text: Professor B