“What more could I say? I wouldn’t be here today/if the old school didn’t pave the way”(Grand Puba)





Old school. That’s the rule. Nothing these new cats put out can ever have the flavour of a Kangol on a Bronx kid in his b-boy stance back in the day. Breakers spinnin on cardboard with a ghettoblaster. Cyphas with mcs doing their first lyrical steps on the rhyming path. Everybody doing their thing in this fantastic world called hip hop should have owned a pair of Puma Clyde at a point. The thing got so big that even skaters were into Puma Clydes. EMB days, the progression of street skating in a steaming hot San Francisco square with the street elite had Clydes on everybodys feet: from Mike Carroll to Henry Sanchez. If that was the fever back in the day, how could my persona be safe? There I am in my twenties getting an all pink Clyde from Action Now distribution (I think it wasn’t an authentic pair, but I got no proof) and then a navy/white pair that I got God knows where. Ah, those crooked grinds on curbs felt good on them. Later on even Puma marketing department couldn’t ignore this trend anymore so they got the likes of Kien Lieu and Scott Black Arm on the team. Even recently I spotted Joey Brezinski wearing a pair of Puma S in his trademark tech steez. This made up a few rumours about the comeback of Puma in the skate community but for now these are just rumours. What is realest than the real is this UNDFTD Nylon Ripstop Clyde “NRC” Pack version of what we are talking about. I’m excited to say the least. Ripstop looks good to me. It has been appealing to my taste for years now and in this nylon variation I gotta admit that these kicks got me watering at the mouth. UNDFTD sneakers store has a kickass private label that stands out for simplicity and for the strength alone of their logo that is officially one of the best ever in streetwear. All the colourways are on point, I honestly can’t pick up a favourite in this range above. Does this mean that I gotta buy ’em all?! I will think about but i gotta be careful: only a few days are left before this model drops in stores on September 10th. On a final note, just don’t skate with these, nylon ripstop is not friend with griptape…

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