ART NUMBER: 184
On initial looking one may assume that this is another pair of Cruijff Royal’s. But looking closely you’ll see some differences. These are PUMA Intersport’s, and a fine example of them too. If little is known about Cruijff Royal’s even less is probably known about these. As they bear such as resemblance it’s likey that these were their predecessors from which the Dutch football star signature shoe was based; similarly to how the PUMA Suede was adapted for Walter “CLYDE” Frazier.
Johan Cruyff was the start player of the Netherlands team during the 70’s. At the 1974 World Cup Final with West Germany both teams were kitted out in Adidas shirts and boots, apart from Johan. He had an exclusive deal with Puma and was wearing their PUMA King boots. These therefore must predate this and be from the late 60’s to early 70’s. This would tie into their West Germany production and details.
The deep Orange and Royal Blue colourway has always been tried & tested mock-up amongst other Puma models and brands. Here it works just as well and is set off against the gum sole. They feature no Puma branding on the shoe apart from the tongue and have no rear window on the shoe. They only bear the “Intersport” stamps, which are in slightly different positions on each foot. Such final details were finished by hand, adding to their craftsmanship.
These and Cruijff Royals are excellent examples of Puma’s extensive back catalogue which is rarely seen and is well overdue the opportunity to be retro’d for today’s current market and consumer.
Text: Professor B