There are only a handful of athletes that truly changed the course of sneakers but no matter how much you shorten the list, Walt “Clyde” Frazier will always be near the top. Frazier’s uncanny ability to steal the ball from opponents with his smooth emotionless composure on the court, combined with his off-court sense of style reminiscent of Bonnie and Clyde, earned him the nickname Clyde.
While playing for the New York Knicks, in 1973 Walt Frazier asked PUMA to make him a wider version of the popular PUMA Suede basketball shoe he was wearing. PUMA obliged and the Clyde was born. Needless to say, the PUMA Clyde has become one of the most popular sneakers of ever produced.
The PUMA Clyde was not only popular on the basketball court but it became one of the first sneakers to become legendary in the streets. In the 1970s, Walt Frazier could be seen around New York City wearing a mink coat, stylish top hat and on his feet would be a pair of Clydes. Clyde Frazier defined cool, so much so that he later wrote a book called Rockin’ Steady: A Guide to Basketball and Cool. Trends may come and go but whether it’s basketball, b-boying, skateboarding, or just kicking back on the latest collaboration with Undefeated, the PUMA Clyde remains a staple in the sneaker world, and for that we have to thank Walt “Clyde” Frazier and wish him a happy 67th birthday today.
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