In a world where re-issues have become 'close copies' Puma have stepped up and raised the bar. It may not be a shoe that everyone knows, but then, that may be because everyone seems to be chasing the same old silhouette, long gone are the days when people wanted to stand out from the crowd and their footwear was the first point of call for this. The Puma Te-Ku doesn't conform to either of these two current themes.
The Te-Ku (TEppich = carpet and KUnstböden = artificial court, so an artificial court shoe) is a shoe of its time. Originally released in 1971 when Puma were moving in to multi purpose training shoes, away from the track and field base they had inhabited for so long. This version is faithful to a painful degree, every dimension and material as close as is now possible to the original. Its easy to see too, from the shape on the toe to the unlined body of the shoe and fabric of the brand tab on the tongue. Combine this with European manufacturing and you get an idea of the work gone in to this release. Premium suede is used for the upper, of course and the whole package is wrapped in the classic green Puma box. All in this is one not to skip over, it's a real one to one reissue of a long lost trainer.
The Puma Te-Ku is released in cordovan, peacoat and black on September the 1st online and in store.