Designer Tomas Maier Explains His (Very Affordable) Puma Collaboration
There are only 200 pairs of the new Roma 1968s.
BY Jonathan Evans | Sep 18, 2017 | Shoes
For his new shoe collaboration, designer Tomas Maier—who, in addition to serving as creative director of Bottega Veneta, helms an eponymous line—looked to the year 1968. The Italian national football (soccer, for Americans) team had just won the UEFA European Football Championship, and Puma issued the Roma 1968 sneaker to commemorate the victory. For 2017, Maier has reworked that silhouette in his own high-design image.
"This shoe reflects a period of design I enjoy still today," Maier explains, noting the "modern, minimalistic approach that I always try to bring to the products in our brand." That translates to a simple and sophisticated colour scheme of black and white, with a classic gum sole. The black suede formstripe remains unadorned, but the white leather uppers get treated to a debossed palm tree scheme that remains subtle while lending just the right amount of elevated visual interest.
As for the collaboration itself, Maier says it came together without a hitch. "Puma is very dynamic about doing collaborations, and as we share a parent company the meeting was fairly organic." There was some shared DNA to be explored, as well. "They also appreciated the casualness of our company and what we stand for," Maier notes.
The collaborative sneaker comes in at a non-wallet-shocking $150 (approximately RM628), and is available starting September 16 at Tomas Maier stores and online. But there's a catch: There are only 200 pairs available worldwide. If you want to get your hands on a designer sneaker that won't break the bank, you'd better move fast.
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From: Esquire US