Inspired by the Iconoclastic Bruce Lee: Jeff Staple x Puma Suede “Yellow”
Bruce Lee and Uma Thurman pulled off the color, so can you.
Jeff Staple has taken on the Puma Suede in several occasions over the years. From the recent “Create from Chaos 2” to the “Create from Division” colorways; and less we forget, one more with atmos (another frequent collaborator of his). Adding another in their collaborative portfolio of Puma Suedes is the titular “Yellow” makeup.
There’s no one more synonymous with the Black/Yellow color palette than the martial arts icon, Bruce Lee and his appearance in 1978’s Game of Death. It’s one that’s inspired The Bride’s look in 2003’s Kill Bill and many other sneakers since.
All of the silhouette’s hallmarks are a mainstay. There’s the overall suede finish of the upper, to the dirty white sole unit below. Complementing the singularity of the dominant yellow up top is the black Puma wave on the profiles. Therein, a snakeskin finish is applied.
Adjacent to it is a debossed marking of the two institutions, Puma and Jeff Staple. Branding elements of the two maintain a strong presence across the body, elevating the aesthetic intrinsically and holistically. Notably the tongue tag that features an imprint of an oriental dragon, with Puma’s name presiding above and the Staple Pigeon subtly place inside the loop of the “D” in the word “GIDRA”.
More dual-branding take up real estate with the Pegion nestled next to the “Puma Suede” imprint on the lateral, opposite to the brand’s Puma vector. They make their mark on the interior as well on the footbed. Seen within, the collaborative pair is another homage to the Asian American Community as with previous efforts on the Suede. Rounding the motifs is the Pigeon framed inside the window on the heel counter, with Puma’s mark embossed on the heel of the midsole.
They’re set to be released on 10 March on Puma and Foot Locker’s website. Prepare to fork out US$100 if you’re planning a cop.
Arriving the same day, check out the collaborative END. x Reebok Club C “Stout”.