22 Sep Designer Tomas Maier Explains His (Very Affordable) Puma Collaboration
For his new shoe collaboration, designer Tomas Maier—who, in addition to serving as creative director of Bottega Veneta, helms an eponymous line—looked to the year 1968. The Italian national football (soccer, for Americans) team had just won the UEFA European Football Championship, and Puma issued the Roma 1968 sneaker to commemorate the victory. For 2017, Maier has reworked that silhouette in his own high-design image.
“This shoe reflects a period of design I enjoy still today,” Maier explains, noting the “modern, minimalistic approach that I always try to bring to the products in our brand.” That translates to a simple and sophisticated color scheme of black and white, with a classic gum sole. The black suede formstripe remains unadorned, but the white leather uppers get treated to a debossed palm tree scheme that remains subtle while lending just the right amount of elevated visual interest.