PUMA and SNEAKER FREAKER have once again joined forces, this time to commemorate the release of their first collaboration together.  As notorious as it was successful, Sneaker Freaker’s ‘Great White’ version of PUMA’s Blaze of Glory runner hit the street in April 2008.  Melding sleek silver-grey nubuck suede with gummy pink pops, aqua blue and blood red highlights, the subversive shark-themed design was met with a profound and positive response first time round.

Back in 2008, PUMA released two versions of the Blaze of Glory in collaboration with Sneaker Freaker.  The first was known as the ‘Great White’ and the second release was known as the ‘Black Beast’.  Laden with subtle references to sharks in the form of anodized tooth jewels, triangulated attack logos and a translucent Trinomic ‘river of blood’ sole, the ‘Great White’ and ‘Black Beast’ Blaze of Glory’s sold out in seconds all over the globe.  A third Friends and Family Blaze of Glory version was made from exotic and genuine sharkskin and stealthily given away in limited numbers.

Some five years later, the PUMA x SNEAKER FREAKER Blaze of Glory have cemented their status in the history books as arguably PUMA’s most successful collaboration projects of all time.  Revisiting such an iconic collaboration has never really been done before, but sheer demand and interest in the shoes convinced SNEAKER FREAKER founder Woody that the timing was right and the idea was sound.

Under Woody’s direction, the Blaze of Glory shoes were remade with selective contemporary amendments.  The satin sock-lining is now colour coded, the lush nubuck has been fettled with a deep emboss that mimics sharkskin and a performance inner sole has been inserted to ramp up comfort.

The Blaze of Glory LTWT is made up of lightweight neoprene mesh with an innovative twist using welded synthetics and reflective materials.  Signature features like the shark tooth jewels, diamond-like logo and the fluorescent pink pop intact on the Blaze of Glory OG black shoe, are still maintained on the re-issued versions.

The PUMA x Sneaker Freaker Blaze of Glory 5th Anniversary pack will be sold in an oversize custom box complete with foam padding and embossed with the project’s trademark diamond ‘shark attack’ logo.

The exclusive double release of the Blaze of Glory – in both original colours and with a new lightweight version and will be available from FootpatrolHanon and END from November 30th

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