PreraceJitters.com originally brought you news of the Tommie Smith shoes by PUMA. The German-based shoe giant has released more styles in the collection to honor 1968 track legend Tommie Smith.
Puma’s relationship with Tommie Smith dates back to the 1960’s. He was a PUMA sponsored athlete while winning the gold medal in the 200 at the 1968 Mexico City Olympics in a world record time of 19.83 at the time.
I love that the “Gold Clydes” have replica gold medals and the winning 200-meter time on the shoe tongue. The “Blue Clydes” are the shoes that Tommie wore on the podium in the 1968 Olympic games. They have been lined with a metallic gold leather, a reference to his gold medal win.
By Jay Hicks, a.k.a. Track Evangelist.