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Puma for Jil Sander Sneakers

Discussion in 'Streetwear and Denim' started by rach2jlc, May 8, 2006.

  1. rach2jlc

    rach2jlc Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Just wanted to get some opinions on this designer collaboration (the one that started them all).

    I've long thought it an interesting collab, having watched it since its inception in 1998, but over the past year or so have managed to accumulate a fair number of them thanks to ebay, yoox sales, etc. They've quickly become my favorite sneakers, thanks to their low profile and slim design. They're sneakers that look great but don't wear YOU instead of you wearing them.

    Any thoughts on the Puma/Jil Sander collab? Or any other designer collaboration, for that matter?

    John
     
  2. Arethusa

    Arethusa Senior member

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    Most collaborations, in my experience, are little more than well marketed and stupidly comical markups.
     
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    Personally as much as I like Jil Sander, the collabo wasn't my cup of tea. Mihara's pumas, in my opinion, was also a little bit on the wack side.
     
  4. rach2jlc

    rach2jlc Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    I have yet to see a product from that collaboration that strikes me as particularly attractive. In fact, from an appearance standpoint I rather prefer many of the non-designer Pumas. It's too bad, since Jil Sander has put out so many nice shoes for her main label.
     
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    About four or five years ago, the collab was producing some leather track shoes with thin soles. I bought a couple pairs in different colours, and they are still some of my favs. Stragnely simple design that non-designer mfrs seem unable to do. Holding up well. The leather is full grain and a bit softer than what I normally notice on trainers. That said, most of the markup wenmt towards the little tag on the side.
     
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    anyone got pics of these...?
     
  8. rach2jlc

    rach2jlc Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Here are a few pics of mine (the model no. of them is 340446 03).

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    John
     
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    Those are the ones I have in a couple different colourways.
     
  10. rach2jlc

    rach2jlc Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    When you described yours, I wondered if they might be the same. I'm glad to hear that they'll hopefully hold up pretty well.

    John

    p.s. What other colors do you have?
     
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    I don't wear them hard or often but they are pretty fresh. I have: white with lime green logo; dark olive with light beige logo; sand with orange logo.
     
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    i got a pair of Puma MY-12s from an online retailer that are so amazingly plain. they were $99 marked down from $275. i would have returned them were it not for the sale policy of the retailer (read the fine print online shoppers!!!).

    give me a pair of $40 (on sale) Puma Anjans any day of the week.

    -Jeff
     
  13. rach2jlc

    rach2jlc Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    I don't wear them hard or often but they are pretty fresh. I have: white with lime green logo; dark olive with light beige logo; sand with orange logo.

    Sand with orange logo, eh? Sounds nice. Wouldn't happen to be a size 11 or 12 that you've recently gotten tired of wearing, would they????

    John
     
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    Haha sorry. But they are probably the best looking trainers I own.
     
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    whoopee Senior member

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    Neil Barrett has designed some rather sordid affairs too but at least lacking the pretension of those McQueens. Anatomical viens, My Left Foot inded.
     
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    rach2jlc Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    I generally quite like McQueen, but I agree totally about those shoes... they are really unnattractive. I know that he (and Stella McCartney, for that matter) have really felt pressure by the execs at Gucci Group to make their brands financially solvent. I believe that only Bottega Veneta has yet really to make much money, followed by Balenciaga. But, of the other smaller brands under the Gucci umbrella, I know that McQ and Stella have yet to make a turnover.

    So, hence we see LOTs of collaborations (Stella for H&M, Stella for Adidas, McQ diffusion line, McQueen jeans, McQueen for Puma, McQueen perfume, etc.) but after the initial wave of interest passes from these McQueen shoes, I think we'll be seeing lots of them on ebay for $50 or less.

    Especially look at that awful sneaker with the buttons sewn all over it. What was he thinking???

    John
     
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    When you attempt to commercialize designers like McQueen all you get is less than mediocre for the crowd who thinks they are avant-garde by buying distilled collaborations between a sportswear company and a coerced designer.

    YSL has almost become financially solvent what with the recent popularity of Stefano Pilati and the trend of wide belts, and tulip skirts, which he introduced.

    Out of all the Gucci Group brands, probably Balenciaga has remained more or less untouched, at least now. Their lariat bags have sold well. Although thinking from what they were, as a couture atelier to becoming some sub-brand really also taints the brand image.
     
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    I really like most of the 96 Hours collection, though $440 is pretty nuts for a pair of sneakers.
     
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    Neil Barrett has designed some rather sordid affairs too but at least lacking the pretension of those McQueens. Anatomical viens, My Left Foot inded.

    I saw the Neil Barretts last fall in NYC and thought they looked really cool, but not worth dropping $300. The Puma Miharas are another collaboration that I think are ass-ugly.
     

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