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Looks like Puma got something for us this summer… Jovi Rockwell’s PUMA photoshoot and video shoot

(its gotta be the shoes)

Man, I swear Nike better watch it’s back cause not only is Reebok trying to make a comeback (and using fitness for the ladies to do it… yes they did that bfore, remeber the Freestyle?), but Puma is trying to get back in the game of being the sneaker you will see just as often as you see Nike.

But can they do it?

They are teaming up with Jovi Rockwell for their summer blitz. Personally i have never heard of Jovi until now, but she has been out for a hot minute and best of all she sounds good too. Justr watch the video:

More pictures and junk on The 305.com HERE (shout out to the 305!!! they won’t admit it but they got mad sneaker love, just look at the pictures they have on the site lol)

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Puma Bode on a hardwood floor

(its got stars)


Diggin’ In Those Sneaker Crates: The Puma Winner Pack

The Puma Winners pack

(for those winner months of yesteryear)

Did you get these back when they came out? Well, did you? Aren’t you a winner? lol Just digging in those sneaker crates… March 2009 on Sneakerfiles.com


On Sale: Puma Drift Cat II SF Casual Shoe

(well now isn’t this an interesting look)

Pua seems to be always making a sneaker with ties to Ferrari. So if you can imagine yourself coming out of a Ferrari you may see yourself in a pair of these (if anything, it has the same prancing horse on it).

I have to admit that these caught my eye as I was browsing the internet for sneakers and shoes. they are nice and clean, original euro style (remember when that was REALLY popular in NYC back in 2006-07?), and it has a nice pattern that doesn’t totally overtke the sneaker.

I think I am in love.

Details (courtesy of Finishline):

This high-octane, Formula One-inspired shoe will get your blood pumping. The Puma Drift Cat II SF features a leather and synthetic upper with repeat print detail and Ferrari branding. A cushy midsole gives you comfort and support, while an oil-resistant outsole to keep you on track.

Get a pair if you wish AT FINISHLINE.COM by clicking here. These type of sneakers stlye tends to be one size smaller than what it says (especially size 12) so either try it on in a store or know your size.


On Sale: Puma Men’s Hooper Mid at Finishline

Puma Men's Hooper Mid

(a smooth sneaker for a smooth gu… if you know how to rock them)

Currently on sle at Finishline for $44.98 size 8 – 14 left as of today


In Case You Missed It: Usain Bolt 9:58

(amazing… don’t tell me your not gonna watch the finals)

(not going for the Bolt Arms though lol)

Yes take a look at this. Its one of the most popular things read on Sneaker and Shoes for the past week.


On Sale: PUMA Cell Voltra at FootAction

PUMA Cell Voltra

(this looks VERY interesting)

I plan on stopping by FootAction sometime in the next week (hopefully to pick up those Half Cent Penny’s) and I hope to see these in the store so I can get a look at them. I can’t imagine that the whole yellow area being cushion but then again with technology going as far as it is, why not? Can’t wait to get a closer look at this.

So who is willing to put there feet in these for $99.99?

See more pics of these at kenlu.net


Notice The Bike… Notice The Shoe

Aprilia RSV 1000 Factory Transformers

(serious riders wear Pumas lol)

(I guess he opted out of the AJV’s Motorsports)

You know what? I want a bike. I have settled on the fact that I want one. It will be the 6th vehicle that I want  (what I want is pretty plain for the most part – Nissan Quest, Buick Enclave, Chevy Camaro, Lexus GS450 Hybrid and the Cadillac CTS Wagon… 7th car may be the previous version Cadillac truck with the workbed TOTALLY hooked up and painted but that )

What will I get to ride with my bike? A pair of Pumas of course (for some reason, I just don’t see me riding hard and heavy with a pair of Air Jordan V’s that match my bike)


Super Sale: Puma Men’s Basket Bode on Finishline

Puma Men's Basket Bode

(guess what is on sale???)

For the special price that is under 30 Dollars, you can get your hands on a very comfortable pair of sneakers. I have a pair (bought the wrong size though cause I forgot Puma’s run a size small) and even though they are tight, they are still comfortable.

Nevertheless, I think I will get a new pair of 13’s. Sure glad I decided I need to start surfing the next for what’s out there cause I would have missed this one… and those Puma’s really look good.

So if you missed out, here is your chance to get them. Here is some history as told by the description on finishline and the article post on Nicekicks:

Finishline:

This casual Puma features the cartoon creation of late artist Vaughn Bodé. Comes laced with three colors of shoelaces with the star pattern of the Cheech Wizard’s hat. The interior of the shoe features the star print and Cheech Wizard sits on the tongue replacing the Puma cat logo.

The star pattern is still prevalent on the exterior of the Bode Baskets, but depicted through glossy paint the same color of the upper. Complimenting the glossy finish, the Puma stripe on the side of the shoes is made of patent leather. Each pair comes laced with three colors of shoelaces that have the star pattern carried to the lace tips. The interior of the shoe features the signatory print and Cheech Wizard sits on the tongue replacing the Puma cat logo.

What you waiting for???


On Sale Puma Jago III at Finishline

Puma Women's Jago III

(hottest womens sneaker out???)

(price??? who cares about price, just look at this thing! you want it)

I gotta tell ya I am in love with this sneaker look. Yeah, I know its for the ladies, but it is a really nice look. Seeing these in person in the mall was a real sight. My lady friend loves it, but she says its too young looking and doesn’t want the young boys to think she is their age (which happens allot for her lol) But whatever, I still think she should have gotten them.

For those of us who actually work out in their sneakers, I hear that these are pretty comfortable…. not VERY comfortable, but pterry comfortable. Either way, you will at least look pretty while your doing whatever your doing.

By thw way Puma (as well as Reebok and other brands) are stepping up their game when it comes to the ladies i have been noticing over the past few months. Hot colors at relativly low prices (most of the time).

You can still get these Puma’s at Finishline.com


On Sale: Sergio Rossi for Puma on Net-A-Porter

Sergio Rossi for Puma

Price of Admission: $190

(yes, you saw that right, $190 dollars)


Fast and Furious x PUMA?

(???)

Saw an advertisment on KicksOnFire via Google Ads leading me to this account on YouTube. It makes me wonder if this is real or is there something that Puma isn’t telling us just yet. The account was made in late March of this year.

Hmmmmm….


Get Her Puma Sneakers Next Time

(what? a 2k watch thingy? where’s my PUMAS?)


Color Change Puma???? When did This come Out?

(while I am no crazy about the particular colorway, the idea is fresh)

The video was done in 2007 so I will have to do a search and see what the deal is…

This might be one of those Diggin In The Sneaker Crates posts… stay tuned


PUMA Introduces The L.I.F.T. Sneaker

(need a l.i.f.t.?)

Don’t exactly get what Puma is trying to achieve here… flexibility maybe? Fun? Dancing? People somehow sliding across the stage (aka life)? Nice. Well, IF YOU BELIEVE THE NEXT COMMERCIAL, of which I don’t… for now… then I guess Lift will be the lightest thing you ever put on your foot.

(I need someone to confirm this one lol)


Puma x Sergio Rossi Capsule Collection… Interesting!!!

(this one is the best looking one out of all of them)

I wanted to say “WOW” considering that this is a sneaker company making high heel shoes that have a sort of sneaker quality but they are sort of more “interesting” than “wow”. Nevertheless it is defiantly noteworthy and is DEFIANTLY a collectible if you are into all footwear like I am.

Set to release next year (unless the world goes into the Great Depression II) spring/summer ’09. As seen on Trashbag Aesthetics via HighSnobette.com


Olympic Sneakers And Shoes: UPDATE – What Usain Bolt Wears – Fastest Man Alive

The Puma Men’s Complete Theseus II Croc $99.99

(I don’t think that this is the sneaker This is not the sneaker because I think the shoe is all gold, but it sure looks like it… I’m sure we will know in a few days)

Pictured above is Bolt winning and Puma grinning with the Jamaica Puma Cell Meio

Nicekicks.com saves the day and may show the sneaker he wears soon

If you want to watch a commercial (that doesn’t even show the sneaker lol what’s up with that?) then click here (why it is on AOL website I don’t know). Here is another teaser video on Runningspace.com

Puma commercials from 2006… funny!!! Bolt is in some of them

You can also find out more about what Bolt wears here at Pumas website (ChasingBolt.com)

The sneaker looks ok (if it is the Puma Men’s Complete Theseus II Croc). Not great but ok. He also has a more causal sneaker that you can actually wear on the streets. There is a sneaker for Bolt based off the new Puma Cell Meio “street style” sneakers that are pretty interesting to me but I have not seen too many people wearing them.

Special Edition Puma Cell Meio

See More Pictures Here At Freshness Magazine

Oh and yeah, Usain Bolt holds the 100M world record.

The question is, just how fast is he? So far I, nor anyone else, has seen him push it to the limit. He has, so far, let up just before he reaches the finish line (sometimes way before). I’m not too into his show boating either, but hey I remember what I was like when I was 21… and it wasn’t grown and sexy (more like brash and reckless… ok, ok, I was a nerd but you get the point).

I hope he looses some of the show boating otherwise I think he will become the fastest and most disliked man alive.


Everybody Has A Skate Shoe: Puma First Round Skate

I think that the skate board movement is the most interesting “retro” thing to happen in the 21 Century of the Future lol.  I mean, aren’t we all supposed to be flying around in space cars and stuff? Please someone tell me why I see people with high top fades and rope chains a couple of days ago (and I think they were wearing striped polo shirts too)?

Anyway there are three models available for people who want Puma as their skate sneaker. As seen on Sneakerfiles.com


On Sale: Puma Men’s Jago II Suede at Finishline

On Sale currently for $64.99

Nothing really to say here. I like Pumas and I like how these look. And I like earth tones. Its on sale for $64.98 at Finishline. Currently limited sizes are left.


On Sale: The Game Mid by Puma For The Ladies

Now this looks like a great looking sneaker. There on sale at Dr Jays for 80 Bucks. I don’t know if it is a Dr. Jays exclusive or not but I haven’t seen it yet anywhere else. Something this good might not be a general release. lol

It sells for 80 dollars which isn’t too bad. I wish I bought them before I headed out for my “daycation” at Great Adventure (and yes I saw plenty of sneakers there that I don’t see people wearing in the city like the Air Jordan Omega AJ22… seen them like 5 times on different people in the park) because Pumas are really comfortable for me. There is only one problem I have with Pumas:

The run about a size too small.

I have the Puma Bode and I sure wish I got them in a size bigger. I can wear them, but with either no socks or really thin ones.  And I wouldn’t walk around in them all day either.  Now if I got them a size bigger they would be some really comfortable sneakers. (If you are wondering why I didn’t take them back is because I didn’t even try them on until a month later LMAO)

So if you get Pumas and you live in the USA, make sure you either try them on first or get a size bigger.

And no I do not care that these are for the ladies, they look like great guy sneakers.


On Sale: Karmaloop Got The Puma First Round Repeat

As Seen On Karmaloop

I know I saw these sneakers before somewhere… probably from one of the Fab Four of Sneaker Sites that I usually visit everyday. Anyway, these things look sweet! Very blush looking to me for some reason. Maybe its all the repeated words on the side of the sneaker. Whatever it is, it looks great.

Just look at that detail shot! This is one of those sneakers that you have to think about where you are going to wear them for the first time. To school? To work? To the house party? Just chillin? At the skate park? LOL

I like them allot, but I will be honest and say that I can not fit them in my budget.


Everybody Wants To be A Star: The Puma Bode and Nike Trickstar

It looks like Nike and Puma are seeing stars. Infor on the Bode:

This casual Puma features the cartoon creation of late artist Vaughn Bodé. Comes laced with three colors of shoelaces with the star pattern of the Cheech Wizard’s hat. The interior of the shoe features the star print and Cheech Wizard sits on the tongue replacing the Puma cat logo.

Source: Finishline

As for the Nike Trackstar style, is all about bicycle riding becoming a new Olympic sport:

IF YOU DON’T ALREADY KNOW, BMX RACING IS GOING TO BE IN THE OLYMPICS THIS YEAR. NIKE SB DECIDED TO DO A LITTLE SOMETHING SPECIAL FOR ALL THE OLD SCHOOL BMX FANS OUT THERE. HERE ARE SOME PHOTOS OF THE TRICKSTAR PACK. DQM LENT A HELPING HAND IN THE DESIGN PROCESS, THEREFORE WE ARE GOING TO BE RECEIVING THEM A LITTLE EARLY. IF YOU ARE NOT FAMILIAR WITH THE STORY BEHIND THESE YOU SHOULD SCROLL DOWN AND READ THE POST ABOUT THE “MOST EXPENSIVE BIKE EVER MADE.

Source: The Shoe Game.com

Now that is hot. The Shoe Game as even more shots of what will be an obvious collectible for the ages. I may be just getting into the sneaker game, but I know that these will be something to have in the sneaker collection.

By the way, I bought these:

For those who want lots of pictures of them, be sure to come back here. While the color I bought may not be the most popular, but I like them and its fits my style lol


On Sale: Ducati Paginale Borgo on Finishline.com

Finishline has the Puma Ducati Paginale Borgo for $109.99

I’m not too into these Puma’s right here. I do remember a time back in ’06 when the Europe cut was SOOOO in, but its not so in right now. Never the less, Puma made this to go with those bikes you may ride in the summer. I have to hand it to Puma, they sure do make sneakers to drive or ride in. No Joke. I don’t have a bike (yet) but these could work. I do have a pair of driving sneakers and they do what they do and that is making driving a little bit simpler.

Check out this really long diescription on finishline:

This shoe is the first fruit of the PUMA-Ducati collaboration-the Panigale. This exciting shoe is specifically designed by Puma with creative insights from the Ducati Design Team. The name itself refers to Borgo Panigale, the Bologna district where Ducati has had its headquarters since 1926. Attention to detail has always been an important element for Ducati and with a close link to the Puma Moto performance world, such as PUMA?s Formula 1-inspired footwear, this shoe invents a new style for sneakers: Moto Lifestyle. Taking inspiration from PUMA research on its Moto GP boots, the Panigale has an outrigger on the forefoot which is reminiscent of the forefoot sliders from the Moto 1000, the competition boot, as well as an exo-skeletal support structure in the heel to improve comfort without making the product heavier. Infused with Ducati-design DNA, the Panigale uses key elements from most contemporary bike designs from the brand, and in particular from their high performance bikes, true icons from the Italian company. A truly innovative style, the shoe is built around a 360-degree graphic, which represents…

And it just keep going like that LMAO. I think it would have looked better if they put in some paragraphs in there. If you want to read more (for whatever reason), you can read it and see close up shots of the sneaker on Finishline.com

These shoes still ugly though lol But the bike… the bike is hot.

The video is hot too… You see anybody wearing Puma sneakers on their? lol I CAN’T TELL


Nicekicks.com Lookbook: PPG x Pony City Wings Lo FOOTACTION EXCLUSIVE

Take a look at what Pony and Nikekicks has cooked lol

Wow!!! Just Wow!!! OMG!!!

Pony has hooked up with a company called PPG that has a process that gives cars their shine called Vivaflex and has put in on its shoes (if I am reading what is on the site correctly). It looks like what Jordan has on its Spiz’ike sneakers (I even think Jordan wanted it on its AJ 14’s but the technology wasn’t there) except WAAAYYY more polished.

Just take a look at this detail found on Nikekicks: (more…)