PUMA is re-launching the classic Clyde at New York's ALIFE RIVINGTON CLUB on Saturday, July 23. In celebration of the Clyde re-launch, Walt “Clyde” Frazier will be doing a special in-store signing. Make sure to head out to this event, only 150 pairs of the Knicks colorway will be available in the US. (More information below regarding the Clyde... )
July 23 - NYC Launch
ALife Rivington Club, Classic Kicks, Nom De Guerre, Flight Club, Clientele
Aug 14 - Other US Markets
Goods (Seattle), Sportie LA and Conveyor (LA), Huf (SF), Classic Soles (Atl), Ubiq (Philly)
This July PUMA® launches a new heritage program entitled “From the PUMA Archive.” Each product housed under this concept is a reissue from PUMA’s storied sports history. The re-released product will be a combination of exact replicas and color or material updates in order to capture the essence of the original. The notorious and much sought after PUMA Clyde will be the first sneaker of this series to be released in July 2005.
Arguably one of the most beloved and significant shoes from PUMA’s past, the Clyde has been a part of contemporary sneaker culture since its inception in 1973. The first signature basketball sneaker, the Clyde was a custom version of the popular PUMA Suede, tailor made for basketball legend Walt “Clyde” Frazier. Nicknamed “Clyde,” as a reference to Bonnie and Clyde, for the way he stole the ball, Frazier was a pioneer for becoming a style icon both on and off the court during his all-star career.
The first re-issue of the PUMA Clyde is an identical of the original shoe. Distinguishing features include gold block CLYDE lettering, authentic green tongue label and single color cotton laces. In keeping with the 1973 edition, the signature heavily textured and seamless midsole transitions smoothly to the outsole with no demarcation lines. A gold stamp on the sock liner replicates the “Real Leather” ink stamp that was placed on the first Clydes.
To signify this early release, the addition of a city name is stitched onto the outside lateral heel to denote one of the key 2005 launch event cities, New York, London and Tokyo. The heel window features No 1., No 2. and No 3 to correspond with each launch city. 1000 pairs globally will be produced in navy-natural, the original style that Frazier wore the most, as well as natural-orange and orange-navy, two color combinations that reference Clyde’s game jerseys.
Packaged in the new From the PUMA Archive box, the July release of the Clyde will include also include a certificate of authenticity, shoe care instruction booklet, suede shoe brush and a picture of Walt Clyde Frazier sealed in a gold envelope. Collectors should note that one out of every 25 pairs per store will be packaged with an autographed picture.The PUMA
Clyde will hit 40 select retailers globally on July 23rd and retails for $100. In October and December 2005, additional color ways of the PUMA Clyde will become available with a larger distribution.
To celebrate the relaunch of his namesake sneaker, Walt Clyde Frazer and PUMA will reunite for a series of events starting in September in the New York, London and Tokyo. Clyde will host exclusive signings for sneaker aficionados and fans at select retailers in New York when the shoes hit stores in July. For more information on From the PUMA Archive and the PUMA Clyde sneakers consumers can email email@example.com