Filling Pieces x Puma Blaze of Glory
The Filling Pieces x Puma Blaze of Glory is something unique. When you think of collaborations on sneakers, you think main sneaker brand + designer / store / fashion brand. What we have here, though, are two brands that operate in the same field, albeit it on different planes, coming together to produce something rather special. It is like that mythical Nintendo and Sony joint console that was made and never produced, although the Filling Pieces x Puma Blaze of Glory is something you can own, you can keep and, if you feel like it, you can wear it too.
The Puma Blaze of Glory silhouette has seen many collaborations over the past few years. Some hits. Some misses. Alife, Kith, Sneakersnstuff, Rise, Monkey Time, Stampd, Highsnobiety, Sneaker Freaker… to be honest, everyone has had a Blaze of Glory collab rolled out with Puma. Whilst Filling Pieces might be the latest name added to what has become a very long list, it is by far and away the best one yet. That’s a fact. We stand by it.
The Filling Pieces x Puma Blaze of Glory is different. It has the class, premium touches and detail you would expect from Filling Pieces, alongside the sporty silhouette and sole of Puma’s iconic Blaze of Glory. The upper eschews the traditional Puma materials and instead is made with a woven leather vamp, with fish-scale effect leather wrapping around the toebox. Around the heel and lace cage, the sneaker is adorned with soft nubuck. In addition, there is the elastic band wrapping over the forefoot. This work seemingly makes the Blaze of Glory look uncharacteriscally sleek, less bulky and lighter.
Quite evidently, the Blaze of Glory silhouette is altered and adapted to incorporate the Filling Pieces trademark style elevated tongue. Beyond this, there is a rather soft and delicious goatskin insole to add luxury to hug your feet. The rose-tipped waxed laces add a real touch of understated opulence.
Of note on the Filling Pieces x Puma Blaze of Glory is that distinct lack of visible branding. When you think of Puma, you instantly see the support formstrips along the side, or the big, leaping cat logo that first appeared in the 1950s. That’s not quite so visible on this sneaker. Instead, the branding has been reduced and relegated to insignificance to allow the core design of the sneaker take the forefront. The puma logo can be found on the heel tab, whilst the Filling Pieces branding is on the tongue. Both brandings are embossed and fit seamlessly into the Blaze of Glory.
Retail price is at around £140. Naturally, it is priced for its premium materials and look, but you have to wonder what market it will appeal to – this is over and above what you might expect to part with for Puma, and not quite what you would expect for a Filling Pieces sneaker. We think they are quite amazing regardless and definitely should have a spot in your collection.
The Filling Pieces x Puma Blaze of Glory has already dropped at the Filling Pieces EU store. It will be expected to drop this coming weekend with Footpatrol, End, Oki-Ni and Hanon.