Puma Launches the Spirex to Hop on the Y2K Running Sneaker Trend

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The Y2K running sneaker craze is getting a new participant, as Puma has announced the new Spirex silhouette.

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Taking inspiration from track spikes in the early-aughts, this brand-new design is intended for everyday wear. A mix of mesh, nubuck and suede — a hallmark of 2000s running shoes — form an asymmetrical upper with a Formstrip taking on a gridded, futuristic appearance. Down low, an IMEVA foam midsole sits above of an aggressively lugged outsole.

For its launch, the Spirex arrives in two monomochrome colorways, “Prairie Tan” and “Grey Fog.”

Y2K running shoes have been one of the dominant trends in sneakers for the past several years and may only get more popular in 2024. New Balance has been the proliferator of the trend with a robust catalog of archival models that have helped put the company back on the map among sneaker enthusiasts. Nike’s also had success with its Zoom Vomero 5 and is bringing back a number of old models for the first time this year.

Also born of the same era but originating in the lifestyle space, Puma’s Mostro has also been tapped for a major come back in 2024.

The Puma Spirex is out as of Monday through Puma’s website, physical stores and select third-party retailers. Pricing is set at $150.


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