November 3, 2011 BY John Kim / 2
Continuing its collaboration with West-Coast based UNDFTD is this new capsule called the Microdot Collection. In addition to the classic Puma Clyde, the Microdot Collection will also introduce the Puma RS high-top to the UNDFTD x Puma ongoing partnership. UNDFTD founder Eddie Cruz cites early-90’s dress shirts as the inspiration behind this stylish and sporty set of kicks, and with four to choose from (two colorways of both the Clyde and the RS), it won’t be easy to resist such a classic vamped up with a simple bit of flavor. Check out the entire collection in detail below as well as a short Q&A with Cruz.
Q&A With Eddie Cruz:
Q: Can you tell us about the inspiration behind the Microdots
A: Inspiration came from early 90’s fashion dress shirts. Besides, it’s time to start showing a little bit of whimsicalness with kicks going forward.
Q: This is the first time within this collection that you have included a style other than the Clyde, why did you choose the RS and how was it to work with another shoe?
A: The RS’s are a classic looking very timely kick. It’s what people want to wear – High Tops. We took a little piece of the Microdot Clyde and applied it to them. I think people will dig them.
Q: Do you plan to explore other styles in future drops? Or stick with the classic?
A: As of now, we plan to stick with the Clyde, although we have some experimental stuff coming up in 2012 with the Clyde. You’ll see.
Q: What design challenges did you run into with the Microdots?
A: None. PUMA got them right on the first go around.
Q: Can you tell us about the name Microdot? Does this have any sort of significance? Or Military inspiration like some of the previous names in the collection?
A: No, not at all. The name Microdot is also an exact description of what we did with this particular drop. I think they look quite sophisticated.
Q: How do you feel this shoe fits into trends our there in the market place right now?
A: You’ll start to see other brands adding fun elements to their kicks. The whole basic thing is almost over. You need a twist on it.
Q: This is the first time you have incorporated a pattern or print in the designs, is this something we will see more of?
Q: How do you feel this drop fits in with the past drops in the collection?
A: Well, it’s a Clyde with the same high quality tooling as the previous. Only difference is the pattern on the shoe. It’s important for us to stay consistent, but also flex a little bit of flavor to keep things new and fresh.
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