PUMA’s relationship with track star Tommie Smith dates back to the 1960’s. He was a sponsored PUMA athlete & took home the gold medal in the 200M in the 1968 Mexico City Olympics with the world record time of 19.83 seconds. After setting 7 individual world records in track & field, Tommie played professional football for the Cincinnati Bengals for one season and was elected into the National Track & 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 in the 1968 Olympic games. They have been lined with a metallic gold leather lining, a reference to his gold medal win. Other details include an embossed gold medal FOT, Mexico City reference on the sockliner & lateral and the tongue labels display his record breaking time of 19.83 s in the 200M race.
An upper made out of metallic gold leather, with an embossed 1968 Mexico City Olympic gold medal all over pattern. Other details include an embossed gold medal FOT, Mexico City reference on the sockliner & lateral and the tongue labels display his record breaking time of 19.83 seconds in the 200M race.
Oki-Ni will be one of the few select retailers to carry the collection as of August 23rd, 2008.
Have a look at some more detailed images of both Clyde’s after the jump.