There are very few franchises more influential than Pokémon. Having produced a drove of cherished video games as well as a much-beloved anime adaptation, it’s no surprise that the series is still relevant — especially with Scarlet and Violet hitting the Switch later this month. But outside of these mediums, the original 151 and beyond have been celebrated several times by the likes of fashion and sneaker’s finest, from Hiroshi Fujiwara’s fragment design to Boston’s own Converse. And now, PUMA, too, is gearing up to be trainers themselves, and they have a quite a few starters to choose from.
For their upcoming collaboration with the franchise, PUMA has selected five different sneakers but only four Pokémon. Pikachu dresses two different silhouettes — the RS-X and the Rider FV — both of which feature the lovable icon’s likeness as well as its signature colors. The execution is similar on the pairs’ three counterparts, with the designs of Bulbasaur, Charmander, and Squirtle being translated well to the Rider FV, Slipstream Lo, and Suede, respectively.
For a closer, more detailed look at the entire Pokémon x PUMA collection, see below. At the time of writing this, all five shoes are scheduled to release on November 12th, doing so in adults, GS, PS, and Infant sizes.
In other news, Perks and Mini is also getting their own PUMA collab.
Pokémon x PUMA
Release Date: November 12th, 2022