Cape Town, South Africa; 29 May 2023 – Made for the court, and proven in the streets, the new Slipstream BBall is an elevated evolution of PUMA’s ‘80s basketball classic.
The original PUMA Slipstream was a high-top basketball shoe born in 1987 as a successor to the SKY LX. Presented as a performance model that was “engineered for the serious player,” the Slipstream was a pioneer for its innovative material makeups, which featured embellishments like faux snakeskin, leather, and faux fur.
A retro program in 2002 reintroduced Slipstream models like the Slipstream Snake and Slipstream Beast into the Japanese market, to appease an appetite for eye-catching designs that were popular at the time. Subsequently, the Slipstream was created in special made-in-Japan versions and other collectible editions. In 2022, PUMA brought back to Slipstream to celebrate the silhouette’s 35th anniversary.
The low-top silhouette brings the Slipstream legacy into the future, with punctuated lines, modernised details, and updated materials. PUMA’s signature Formstrip leaps off the shoe’s profile, creating a unique visual effect on the Slipstream’s upper. The reworked heel makes the Slipstream a statement shoe from all angles, while added cuts in the shoe’s upper reveal underlying colour pops, adding another element to the silhouette’s modernised look and feel.
Featuring a clean white upper in smooth leather, and hits of green throughout, the new Slipstream BBall is finished with a special badge on the tongue, commemorating over 30 years of basketball DNA.
PUMA celebrates the arrival of the Slipstream BBall with a sun-soaked editorial lensed by photographer Quentin De Briey, backdropped by quintessential West Coast street courts.
The PUMA Slipstream BBall White Archive Green is available from 1 June 2023 from PUMA.com, Superbalist, Shesha and Archive, while the PUMA Slipstream Bball White-Cool Light will be available on PUMA.com, Al Capone, Shesha and Superbalist.