I didn’t grow up wearing Puma. I grew up wearing basketball sneakers, whether it was the X-Beams from Reebok because Steve Francis was one of my favorite players or the Skip to My Lous because if you copped the shoes you got Vol. 5 of the AND1 Mixtape. During high school, I wore Timberlands and Lugz every day to school. (Seriously, every day.) And then on the court, I wore everything from custom iD Nike Basketball joints to Charles Barkley‘s Air Max2 CB 94 to Allen Iverson‘s Answer V to even Tracy McGrady‘s first signature sneaker with adidas.
I didn’t wear Puma too often. I thought it was a soccer shoe–they still are, in a way. But also, at the time, the most anyone was dipping into the “lifestyle” movement was with white-on-white Air Force Ones.
Now that we’re deep into 2015, times have changed and so has the intention of the Puma Roma, including the all-white colorway that is available at Champs Sports.
The Roma is a Puma legend, a shoe that started off in 1968 as something meant for track and field–sprints, hurdles, you get the picture. It had padded nylon-suede styling. The newest retro release, though, comes equipped with an upgraded padded tongue, arch support, a new leather upper, and even new colors.
It may not be the biggest release of the year but it’s definitely going to have a place in the game simply because nowadays it’s all about classic, comfortable, and simple silhouettes. Before you go all in and start copping, make sure you know what you’re getting into, especially if you’re like me and grew up on totally different sneakers.
Here are 5 Reasons Why the Puma Roma Is an Underrated Classic.
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