Puma’s Latest Pair Of Basketball Shoes Honors Ralph Sampson


Puma’s latest foray into basketball shoes is far from its first. The company had a long legacy of shoes from decades earlier when it relaunched its basketball line last year, assembling a collection of NBA rookies and some established stars to wear its gear on the court once more.

But the company’s signature shoes have relied heavily on the past, with the Clyde Court leading the way. And nostalgia is certainly the case with its latest model, named in honor of Ralph Sampson.

The company debuted two different models of Puma basketball shoe on Monday with a reissue of a classic 1980s silhouette — the Ralph Sampson OG. The shoe comes in two models, with a low-rise edition and a mid-rise look that adds a bit more color to the palate.


Puma released a video of the shoes on Monday as well.

Puma is really proud of the colorway here, noting that it’s the first time since 1985 that it’s used its white/gray violet/peacoat colorway on a shoe. You can really see that on the mid-rise edition here, which definitely feels a bit less timeless but definitely more in fashion these days.


The Ralph Sampson OG will initially drop exclusively at KITH on April 13, then will go on sale globally on PUMA.com and at retailers on April 27.