Following the success of Undefeated x PUMA Clyde “Stripe Off” collection, UNDFTD Co-Founder Eddie Cruz went to work on the preparation of UNDFTD x PUMA Cali Canvas Clyde. Scheduled to drop at select retailers tomorrow, June 10th, the UNDFTD x PUMA Cali Canvas Clyde is a playful interpretation of the “Stripe Off”. In canvas as inspired by the casual setting of California, the Cali Canvas Clyde features a 2 different iterations of the PUMA formstripe. On the medial, or instep side, the formstripe is in tonal colorway, seamlessly “disappears” on appearance. Meanwhile, on the lateral side, the formstripe is in contrast colorway, thus creates the iconic PUMA branding.
Release Date: June 10th, 2011 (Tomorrow!)
To differentiate this release with the one back in April, Eddie Cruz replied a few questions:
Q: How would you describe the California lifestyle that you reference as the design inspiration for the Cali Canvas Clydes?
A: California style is very casual, but at same time sophisticated and understated. We wanted a simple, classic fabric story that would be versatile as well. We wanted to let the fabric and color story do the talking.
Q: What was it about this West Coast lifestyle that inspired you to apply it to the Clyde?
A: The first drop we did with PUMA had more of an East Coast feel to represent where we come from. With the June drop, we wanted to represent where we are at today and the time of year of the release. The logical choice was something clean and light, with strong colors.
Q: This is the first time that PUMA has done a Clyde in all canvas. How do you feel this new material evolves the design of such a classic shoe?
A: Canvas is a very versatile material that can be as expensive as you want it to be, from an espadrille to a brown shoe. It’s all in the finish — it’s what makes the shoe separate from anything else.
Q: Can you talk a little bit about why you decided to go with the two different color formstrips on the shoes?
A: Like anything we do at Undefeated, we added a sport influence by using team colors (white/red, black/gold, blue/white); then we added the “fashion” khaki/brown colorway.
Q: What do you see people wearing with the Canvas Clydes?
A: Anything they want. It’s a really versatile shoe that works with so many different styles.