Sneakerheads: Puma x Def Jam Clydes salute the fabled early days of hip-hop history

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      The deets:

      Made of white leather with a burgundy stripe, the unisex Puma x Def Jam Clyde sneaker rocks a low-cut, old-school-hip-hop vibe; check out the woven Def Jam logo on the tongue. Puma released the custom collection last month to mark the 35th anniversary of the game-changing label behind iconic acts like Public Enemy, Run DMC, and LL Cool J. The style feels a bit like a throwback to the original Puma suedes the Beastie Boys sport on the cover of their Solid Gold Hits compilation.


      The original style is named for 1970s New York Knicks star Walt "Clyde" Frazier, who—in one of footwear's first true sport-star collabs—helped design the court-friendly runners. The look's malleable outsoles and  flexible uppers made them a favourite among the B-boys breaking on Brooklyn streets in hip-hop's earliest days.

      Stockists: and, about $120.


      Run DMC's "It's Tricky", Beastie Boy's "She's Crafty", Public Enemy's "Don't Believe the Hype".