At the 1968 Olympics in Mexico City, Tommie Smith and his teammate John Carlos came in first and third, respectively, in the 200-metre dash. As they received their medals, each man raised a black-gloved fist, creating an image that will always stand as an iconic representation of the complicated times of race, politics, and sports.
PUMAs relationship with track star Tommie Smith dates back to the ’60s. Tommie set seven individual world records in track and field, which included the gold medal win at the ’68 Olympics (with the world record time of 19.83 seconds). He also played professional football for the Cincinnati Bengals for one season and was elected into the National Track and Field Hall of Fame in 1978. A tribute to this brave athlete and his favorite pair of PUMA sneakers (the Clyde in navy suede) the Tommie Smith Clyde collection features 2 exclusive Clyde offerings.
Blue Suede Clydes
These are the shoes that Tommie wore on the podium at the 1968 Olympic games. They have been lined with a metallic gold leather lining, a reference to his gold medal win. Included is the Mexico City reference on the sock-liner with the tongue labels displaying his record breaking time of 19.83 s in the 200M race.