Announced last year at DC FanDome, the new collection from PUMA — collab’d with Batman for the release of the film starring Robert Pattinson — features 52 different items, ranging from R210 – R2500. Fans of Batman can now show their allegiance to The Dark Knight with a variety of stylish PUMA products, including clothing, bags, caps, sandals and sneakers, inspired by the film’s characters and emblems. This includes the epic PUMA x Batman Suede Classic sneakers / trainers.
PUMA states, “Step into the night. The new PUMA x BATMAN collection is created in honour of the release of the new film, The Batman. The collection captures the essence of the film through moody colours, dramatic design elements, and graphics and patterns inspired by the Caped Crusader. Gotham City, we’re coming for you.”
While there are 18 different sneakers in the new line, the standout from the crowd definitely seems to be the red and black PUMA x Batman Suede Classic Trainers.
Here are 5 reasons why you should cop these new PUMA x The Batman sneakers.
1. Cool Factor
The iconic PUMA Suede has managed to capture the imagination and love of sneaker collectors and casual shoe lovers for over half a century. The sleek, minimal design and dependability have made the sneaker iconic. And the PUMA x The Batman Suede Classic Trainers is an embodiment of that quality and style.
The sneakers manage to integrate the complex storytelling into its simple two-tone makeup — that’s half black and half red — by simply adding a flock of bats to the design. This means that the PUMA Suedes are able to keep the minimalistic look that has captured the hearts of fans but still nod to the iconic new film from Matt Reeves.
Plus, much to PUMA’s advantage, it looks like the kinda sneakers Batman would wear.
Unlike the Batsuits which are usually a nightmare for Batman actors, sneakers are all about comfort. Thankfully, PUMA understands this and has created the kind of sneaker Bruce Wayne would probably enjoy during his downtime. There’s a good reason why this silhouette, which originally debuted in 1968, is still found in closets over 50 years later. A considerable number of wearers find the Puma Suede Classic super comfortable.
It’s also incredibly versatile. Whether you’re looking for footgear for you if you prefer going sock-less, or wish to match your formal attire with some kicks, the PUMA x Batman Suede Classic Trainers somehow manages to be the right choice for all occasions.
It probably goes without saying but the PUMA x Batman Suede Classic sneakers are collectables too. That means that there probably won’t be more of the exact same sneaker released in future. With the movie released this year (in March), you can imagine that this sneaker will be pretty hard to find in a year or two.
If you’re a collector of all things Batman, this is a really cool collection piece to display or store in your beloved Batcave.
4. It’s Not Pricey
The best thing about the PUMA x Batman Suede Classic Trainers is its wallet-friendly price. Retailing around R1800, they’re quite affordable for fans and sneaker collectors. I was personally genuinely surprised by the cost of the shoe. It’s a lot less than I had imagined. For a branded collectable sneaker, this is well worth the asking price.
5. You Don’t Need To Be A Batman Fan To Love The PUMA Sneakers
While the PUMA x Batman Suede Classic Trainers are essentially targeted at Batman fans, you don’t need to be a fan of the Caped Crusader to enjoy the comfort and look of the sneakers. The design is subtle enough for DC lovers and those who don’t care for the character to enjoy. I imagine metal fans and skateboarders would love these too. Heck, maybe even those who are fans of vampires and bats might be attracted to the blood-red and dark-black colour tone sneakers too.