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Puma x Roland

After a successful teaming up with SEGA's "„Sonic” ", Puma embraces nostalgy once again - but this time in an alliance with a Japanese manufacturer of electronic musical instruments - Roland.

Puma sneakers meet legendary TR-808

German designers chose to take on one the very first drum machines that premiered in the dawn of the 80s - the famous Roland TR-808. "TR" here stands for "Transistor Rhythm". and quickly became an indispensable tool for music production, mainly that of demos of all sorts and genres. Although TR-808 not sound anything like real percussion, it soon acquired an iconic status, followed by a cult.

puma roland sneakers

It's safe to say that if it wasn't for TR-808, genre-defining milestones of synth pop, electro, techno or hip-hop would have sounded different or may not have been created at all. That drum machine unarguably was the mainspring in the process of emerging numbers of electronic music sub-genres - what is music without a beat, after all.

Puma RS-0 and RS-100 themselves

Now let's move on to the design itself. Just a glance, and it's obvious that we're dealing with a Roland here. Graphite-and-black upper perfectly reflects the TR-808 front panel. The buttons, knobs and orange-red typography have been perfectly transferred to the Roland-inspired Puma models: Puma RS-0 and RS-100. Roland branding can be found on the sneaker's tongue, insert and anodized metal tag. On the midsole we can find prints referring to the instrument, reading: "Rhythm Composer TR-808 / Computer Controlled". On top of that, the whole project got silver details, just like the Roland TR-808 drum machine did.

puma rs-0

puma rs-100

Puma x Roland collection premiered on - being another reference- 8/08 and now is available only in the SneakerStudio in Cracow!


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