Following on from the successful reintroduction of the RS Collection, PUMA continues their forward-thinking line and introduces a new design celebrating the brand’s past, while embracing their future: the RS-X Reinvention. But before we analyse this new runner, let’s look back at the Running Series history.
The innovative ‘RS’ or ‘Running System’ was ahead of its time in terms of technology and performance. With a demand for stable high-tech runners in the 1980s, the high-quality cushioning within the RS sole-units provided an answer to the call. Remaining fashionable without compromising on comfort, the first in the progressive series, the PUMA RS-100, was originally released in 1986.
Continuing to raise the bar in terms of technology, PUMA followed the RS-100 with the groundbreaking RS Computer shoe. The RS Computer shoe was the first ever training shoe to feature analytical data saving, giving runners the power of computing to aid performance. The RS Computer featured a built-in custom-designed chip embedded into the right heel that automatically recorded your distance and time. The recorded data could then be transferred to any Apple IIE, Commodore 64 or IBM PC.
For their latest foot-piece, PUMA looks to designs from the past and repurposes them for the modern day as they introduce the RS-X Reinvention. Arriving with an on-trend bulky aesthetic, the pairs uppers are constructed from a mix of breathable nylon mesh with luxe leather and suede overlays.
Utilised for luxury, the archive-inspired silhouette features a moulded sockliner for plush comfort and underfoot, the brand’s patented RS-Technology is infused within the stacked lightweight midsole for comfort with each and every step.
PUMA’s archival pieces inspire the RS-X’s striking ‘Whisper White’, ‘Red Blast’ and blue colourway and finishing the pair, PUMA branding decorates the woven tongue tab and a pull loop is attached to the heel to ensure easy entry.