PUMA Palermo OG trainer

Everything You Need To Know About The PUMA Palermo OG Trainer

The PUMA Palermo OG trainer takes its name from the Sicilian capital with its Mafia connections and Mediterranean coastlines.

PUMA have gone all out over the last 12 months or so with their very special archive releases. From the original GAT trainer (we still don’t really know if that one was originally Rudolph or Adi), the Oslo, the Mallorca & the Delphin to name a few were all treated to an archive re-release. This time around its the turn of the PUMA Palermo trainer, an original gum soled performance training shoe from the 1970s. Continuing PUMA’s legacy of city names like the Roma or the St. Petersburg, the Palermo takes us to the Sicilian capital with its Mafia connections & Mediterranean coastlines. A relatively unknown & unappreciated archive silhouette when compared to say the likes of the Suede or the Clyde, the Palermo now makes its grand return for 2021.

PUMA Palermo OG trainer

Above: The PUMA Palermo OG trainer in navy/white now available from 80s Casual Classics.

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Whenever we talk about archive releases from PUMA it’s usually got some subcultural relevance. The Palermo is no different. As B-Boy culture from New York merged with the continental flare of Casual sportswear in the UK, PUMA was at the very forefront of the scene. The Palermo was a popular terrace style throughout the 1980s, typically worn with jeans and track tops. Just like a lot of the sought after styles at the time the Palermo was pretty rare so owning a pair was like a badge of honour. With its Sicilian ties and sought after rarity, the Palermo is another one of them magical moments in Casual trainer history.

PUMA Palermo OG trainer

Above: The PUMA Palermo OG trainer in navy/white now available from 80s Casual Classics.

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There was also something a bit different about the Palermo. On closer inspection it’s not just another gum soled suede shoe. Little details like the oversized Palermo label to the sidewalls, the suede panelling & the suede overlays give the Palermo its own unique identity. Originally released throughout the 1970s & 1980s, the Palermo was another one of PUMA’s OG City silhouettes that saw numerous countries of manufacture alongside little performance tweaks along the way.

PUMA Palermo OG trainer

Above: The PUMA Palermo OG trainer in navy/white now available from 80s Casual Classics.

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Now re-released from PUMA’s Herzogenaurach archives the Palermo is back with all its ‘Cosa Nostra’ charm. Highlights include synthetic uppers with premium suede overlays in the original blue Palermo colourway from the 1970s. The original oversized Palermo branding still features to the sidewalls in gold foiling alongside the signature stripe to the sidewalls & T-toe detailing to the front. The Palermo is finished off with a PUMA branded gum sole unit for that all important retro aesthetic. Shop the OG PUMA trainer now from 80s Casual Classics via the links.

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