April 5, 2012 BY Aaron Hope / 1
Hussein Chalayan’s Puma designs might not attract the kind of mainstream attention as something like the Nike Air Yeezy 2, but there’s no doubting that the German Cat’s Creative Director is making his mark in the lifestyle sneaker market. Not only can Kanye West’s latest Nike Sportswear collaboration be seen as influenced by the molded styling on Chalayan’s Urban Swift, but his latest pushes into a new territory with its unique collection of textures. On paper, the Puma Haast Leather is just another grey and white sneaker during a period rife with neutral designs, but even the quickest glance reveals there’s a bit more going on with this one. From the gradient perforations on the side panels to the scratchy epi leather-leaning texture on the rest, this is a model that doesn’t have all that many peers, and their unique sensibility is yours for the taking now from SNS.