PUMA – ‘Bonnie’ Clyde
ART NUMBER: 344134-03
MADE ON: 10/06
MADE IN: CHINA
The legend that is Walt ‘Clyde’ Frazier was an icon both on and off the Basketball courts. Known for his silky skills, he was also recognised for his fashion and style. He adopted the Clyde name from the infamous ‘Bonnie & Clyde as it suited the way he stole the ball from opponents on the court and his taste for fine clothing. In 2006 that partnership was solidified as PUMA released the Bonnie & Clyde pack.
The pack consisted of two predominantly Black and White shoes, with this being the male version. Although for those lucky to fall within a few cross over sizes that were available in both, they’re could own the full pack. The shoe features various details that marry then duo including a Tommy Gun on the rear heel panel, a wide-brimmed hat on the tongue label, lining with dollars symbols and “I steal for a Living” printed on the inner-sole.
The shoe has a relatively simple mock-up of a Black leather upper and White formstripe, but it’s the quality of details and materials which still make these as one of the best Clyde collaborations ever made. The leather is buttery soft and smooth, a quality of material rarely seen on many trainers. The Beige sole offsets and brings out the details of the other components. The shoe also came packaged within a cotton money bag of the same print used on the inner-sole.
In recent years PUMA have chosen to work with individuals, stores and fashion brands when releasing special edition projects, but these ‘Bonnie & Clyde’ shoes show that when the concept and execution are of great quality they sell themselves.
Text: Professor B