As part of their ‘Made In Italy’ Handcrafted Pack, PUMA introduce a new vintage tennis inspired style; the PUMA Star.
Having relaunched PUMA Tennis last year, it’s good to see PUMA continue to push and develop the sub-brand, especially in a minimal, premium manor. These PUMA Star shoes are simple and clean, looking much like the PUMA Court Star 2014 re-issue in appeal, but bringing a different shape to the table. The silhouette shares a lot of similarities with the old PUMA Wimbledon, in fact I’d go as far as saying this is a re-issue of the Wimbledon with a few minor tweaks and under a new name (probably due to licensing). That’s my educated guess. The official story is that it’s based on the GV Special, but I’ll let you do some Google image searching and make up your own minds. As much as the Star does share a lot of similarities to the GV Special on the upper, I’d put my money on the Wimbledon.
Whatever it is/was, it’s a good looking shoe and it’s nice to see a retro tennis shoe that isn’t based on a more traditional style with 2 separate shoelace eyelet tabs reaching all the way down to the midsole. It brings something a little different to this category at the moment.
Handcrafted in Italy using premium nu-buck, the shoe comes in 3 colourways at a premium price point. With the very recent announcement of Le Coq Sportif’s ‘Made In France’ range, as well as the ‘Made In France’ adidas Originals Superstars, it seems that traditional European craftsmanship is high up on the agenda for 2015.