PUMA Stitch Sashiko Detailing into the Made In Japan SuedeRelease: 19 September 2021
As ubiquitous as the 50-year-old-plus PUMA Suede is, there are still plenty of low-key editions to keep the connoisseurs chasing. One such example is the Made In Japan variant, which sees its latest releases draw upon the rich culture of the country of manufacture in the form of Sashiko stitching.
Sashiko is a distinctive form of stitching that has existed in Japan since the 17th century. Often decorative in nature, it also has an important structural function in reinforcing the fabric it’s used on. In the case of these Suedes, their indigo denim twill Formstripes are already plenty tough, and the Sashiko stitching (arranged in shippo-tsunagi, aka ‘Seven Treasures’, for those playing at home) is a thoughtful cultural nod to the craftsmanship of these Japan-made PUMAs.
Of course, given the model name, these PUMA Suedes are indeed made from suede. It’s some top-shelf stuff too, usually reserved for premium releases such as this duo. There’s ‘Vaporous Grey’ or ‘Intense Blue’ on offer, which allows the aforementioned Sashiko stitching to shine through. Less obvious details, like the sleeker cut and different tongue lining, become clear once on foot.
This PUMA Suede Made In Japan drop is coming quickly, releasing on September 19 at retailers including asphaltgold.