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post #16 of 66
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Originally Posted by imageWIS,16 July 2004, 06:47
CT Guy, Since I mentioned before my latest obsession with Speed Cats, I have become pretty familiar with the line and the different variants. So, if you have any questions, I should be able to help you out. My latest purchase (ok, so I am wearing them as I type this): Jon.
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I do not like these one because of : - leather in "nubuck" = looks 1 year old after a few wearing - no rubber soled on the front but just leather = scratches on leather when you walk = looks 2 years old after a few wearings. = very short life.
Interesting...my friend walked all over (and I mean ALL OVER) Manhattan for three months wearing Speed Cats and they look perfect. I think regarding the whole nubuck / driving shoe controversy, it really depends on a few variables: how hard the person is on shoes, what kind of surfaces they usually walk on, how often do they use the same pair of shoes, etc...this reminds me off the Tod's Driving shoe thread, some people hated the shoes and said that they don't last, while others were happy with their purchases. Now, obviously the Puma's will last a lot longer than Tod's Driving shoes, but the best way to make sure they last is to buy several pairs of Pumas and rotate them. Why buy one pair at $70, when you can buy 3 pairs for $210? Edit: plus they make Speed Cats in leather, if you prefer. Jon.
post #17 of 66
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[so what do you recommend ernest?  I've seen some other variants such as the "anjun" model- what model you prefer?
My favorite are these 3 pairs I just bought because they are good mix of : - Cat walk (the black on on left on my picture) which are strong and looks like soccer shoes with the sewing (you see it on my last purchase). - Sprint (the black on the right on my picture) which are vey thin with the central sewing (you see this on my last purchase) but has soles which get unglued very quickly and have too tight soles in the middle of the foot I habe worn 30/40 euros soccer shoes style (black with sewing on the top) for many years (10 years) and was happy to see it became a fashion when Puma made the catwalk (which seemed to be a copy of a designer's sneakers). It was rather difficult to find black nice sneakers before. Little by little it became a fashion, it was the end of ths uggly fat white NIKE with thick sole worn by basket players.
post #18 of 66
Speed Cat in leather: Jon.
post #19 of 66
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Im a pretty big fan of the Puma H street.
Too urban for my tastes, I prefer Ernest's shoes. But, if you like them, buy "˜em. Jon.
post #20 of 66
Most Pumas are not quite urban enough for my tastes. The Street Cat models, for example, can be seen on just about every French teenager from the burbs that I've seen. And the leather ones that look like old fashioned soccer cleats and can only be found in "boutiques" are nice but pretty much peg you as a guy who might consider wearing a peasant shirt or man-capris or both, with mandals to match. Yeah, these days I'm starting to become a bit of a Nikehead (and I'm liking Reeboks more and more.) The Nike quickstrikes are not all that expensive (coming in at the $80-120 range, generally) but require dedication, and not just a big wallet, to acquire.
post #21 of 66
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Most Pumas are not quite urban enough for my tastes. The Street Cat models, for example, can be seen on just about every French teenager from the burbs that I've seen. And the leather ones that look like old fashioned soccer cleats and can only be found in "boutiques" are nice but pretty much peg you as a guy who might consider wearing a peasant shirt or man-capris or both, with mandals to match. Yeah, these days I'm starting to become a bit of a Nikehead (and I'm liking Reeboks more and more.) The Nike quickstrikes are not all that expensive (coming in at the $80-120 range, generally) but require dedication, and not just a big wallet, to acquire.
Reeboks are cool, and I have a pair of Adidas that I bought in Paris that are amazing, but I still prefer Pumas, especially in South Florida. Plus, I mostly see people wearing Cole Haans, than Pumas (particularly Speed Cats), thus I rather go against the trend than towards it. As Ernest said: "I'm an original". Jon.
post #22 of 66
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Also- is there anyplace in the U.S. you can get those leather soccer/retro type pumas?
No, no, no, no no. Don't be that guy. But if you must, they are available at Louis, and also on the website. You can also get Pantaforo d'Oro (sp?) for similar prices on Yoox.
post #23 of 66
Not sure if they have exactly what you are looking for, but you can try: Village Shoes or Classic Sport Shoes I just placed an order with the first company (for the first time) for a pair of (Drum-roll Please&#33 Puma Speed Cats. So, I'll let the forum know if the company is worth doing business with, but I have a feeling they are above board. Jon.
post #24 of 66
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Also- is there anyplace in the U.S. you can get those leather soccer/retro type pumas?
No, no, no, no no. Don't be that guy. But if you must, they are available at Louis, and also on the website. You can also get Pantaforo d'Oro (sp?) for similar prices on Yoox.
What Louis? (Louis Boston?), what website...inquiring minds (ok, inquiring mind) wants to know. Jon.
post #25 of 66
Louis Boston. And the Puma Website.
post #26 of 66
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(Renault78law @ 15 July 2004, 8:47) Ernest, Puma shoes, and all puma style shoes have been exceedingly popular in the US for at least 3 years now. I was just in store called sportie LA today, on Melrose...if you like sneakers, you'll love that store. btw, any comments on these? Kind of pricey, but at least I got them on sale. ps I think today is picture sharing day.  please join in.
Renault- those are very cool. can you tell us some more about those kicks?? Ernest- Cool pumas.  As a member of the mid-twenties crowd pumas are very much in vogue with the hip urban twenty somethings in the US these days.  I have been lookig to get a pair of speedcats or something, but have held off...mostly out of my own indecision.
CTguy, These are sneakers from the spring/summer collection by Dolce and Gabbana. They're a nice shoe, fully lined with calf-skin, trimmed with suede, even a removable suede insert. They made (I believe) 4 different models, Japan, Spain, Germany, and France(?), each with it's own color scheme. I think they were made in relatively limited quantities, which is why I was so fond of them. It's hard to get around LA without seeing someone with the same shoes you have on...I guess it doesn't bother most people, and it shouldn't, but it drives me nuts. I've been fortunate so far. LA guy, Unfortunately, greater than $300 is an understatement. They retail for $425. I feel you about the designer sneaker theory, however, I made an exception for these because 1) they were on sale, 2) the quality is actually quite nice, as opposed to being a rebadged Puma, and 3) they were a birthday gift that I picked out, so I was kind of in the mood to spoil myself.
post #27 of 66
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Louis Boston. And the Puma Website.
Ok, I was unclear as to what you meant. Louis Boston carries Puma? That's news to me. What I really want and I can't seem to find in the US, is this (These are from the Platinum collection by Puma): Macchina Anyone know if I can get these in the US? Jon.
post #28 of 66
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(LA Guy @ 16 July 2004, 11:09) Quote Also- is there anyplace in the U.S. you can get those leather soccer/retro type pumas?
No, no, no, no no. Don't be that guy. But if you must, they are available at Louis, and also on the website. You can also get Pantaforo d'Oro (sp?) for similar prices on Yoox.
hahaha. I don't think that guy was the guy I am am trying to be. What I was thinking of was more along lines of this possibly. Although I checked the puma website and found quite a lot of stuff. BTW- www.eastbay.com seems to be the best source I can find in terms of price and selection.[/quote] Hmm, not bad...the color is definitely different. How about these for color though: Jon.
post #29 of 66
Gola is an English brand. They are cheaper and considered much lower tier than Pumas and Adidas there, and sold at Saks and Barneys here. Ah, the magic that is product placement.
post #30 of 66
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Gola is an English brand.  They are cheaper and considered much lower tier than Pumas and Adidas there, and sold at Saks and Barneys here.  Ah, the magic that is product placement.
If I'm not mistaken, I believe there is a connection between Reebok and Gola...as in Reebok owns Gola.  I don't know for sure, but from what I can recall, a Gola shirt that I bought had a Reebok tag on it.  Can anyone confirm? Sidenote: a tag on the shirt says, "Styled in Italy" but it was made in some third world country.  I always find that amusing. CT guy, I'm a fan of Gola, and really like those shoes. edit: know what?  i think may have been mistaken...the tag I saw may have been the British flag, as opposed to the Reebok trademark.  It said "classics" underneath, so it reminded me of Reebok.  Mah bad. edit #2: another sidenote, anyone know why Gola shoes are so expensive on the yoox site? that's how much they retail for in the US. I find that particularly strange given LA guy's testimony. perhaps, as Ernest noted earlier, that sneakers just cost more in Europe?
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