Puma & Staple
In his first collaborative project with the brand, Jeff Staple and the Staple Design team join forces with Puma to create the Pigeon Suede...
We last featured Jeff Staple on the blog back in November, after he worked with New Balance and UK sneaker store size? to create the third installment in the New Balance Pigeon series. We should probably mention that this ongoing series of pigeon-themed shoes originally stems from Staple's work on the Nike SB Pigeon Dunk from back in 2005.
The colour palette used on this (handmade in Japan) Puma Suede is almost identical to that of the original Nike shoe, with tonal grey uppers and deep orange on the outsole. A lighter pink has been used in place of an orange for the sock-liner, but in typical Staple style (aside from the New Balance Black Pigeon release which didn't feature this detail) an embroidered pigeon icon is placed on the rear of the upper. As a final touch, the tongue tab displays a pink silhouette of a pigeon instead of Puma's standard leaping cat insignia.
As you can see from the imagery below, the visuals created by Staple pay homage to the Suede's roots in hip hop culture, and inparticular that of the breakdancing scene in New York. The images also feature the added detail of a make-shift cardboard dancemat (made out of boxes from Staple's Reed Space store) a ghetto blaster and, of course, pigeons.
Available in limited numbers (approximately 500 worldwide), the Puma Pigeon Suede by Staple was released instore exclusively at Reed Space, New York on 17 April and a worldwide release at selected accounts is scheduled for 3 May