About the Clyde

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When is a name more than a name? When that name is Clyde. 

In 1973, basketball great Walt ‘Clyde’ Frazier made a name for himself, times two. Known for skillfully stealing the ball from his opponents, he earned the nickname ‘Clyde’ —a reference to infamous crime duo Bonnie and Clyde. And when he went looking for a custom-made pair of Suedes, PUMA reconfigured the original, made it lighter and wider, and stamped his moniker on the side in gold—and the PUMA Clyde was born. Clyde famously wore his Clydes with alternating colors and Formstrips and pop culture quickly took note. The shoe went on to star in break-dancing films, perfect its skateboard ollie, and prove that suede sneakers look superb with fedoras and thick sideburns. And that, friends, is more than a name. That’s the stuff of sneaker legend.