This season PUMA celebrates 125 years of Manchester City FC with a limited-edition capsule collection. The selection fuses four pivotal stories in City’s history with four classic silhouettes from the PUMA vault, dressing each rendition with exclusive detailing which honours the club’s landmark moments.
The collection’s first drop uses PUMA’s early ‘70s Crack as its canvas. For a little background info, the superbly named silhouette was originally made in West Germany and was designed as an athletic training shoe. They featured a foot-hugging shape, soft suede uppers and a rubber outsole which promised traction to the track.
Back to the collection now, and part one of two references stories from opposite ends of City’s history – so stick around as we pour into each release’s details.
Ardwick Association Football Club
Back in 1880, Man. City resided in Manchester’s West Gorton area, going by the name of St. Marks FC. Seeking a place to call their own, they moved to the newly built Hyde Road Stadium in Ardwick. The club felt they needed to rename themselves after their new home and, naturally, Ardwick Association Football Club was born. This change of name marked the second chapter in Manchester City’s history.
PUMA’s AAFC rendition of the Crack pays tribute with a gold ‘AAFC’ brand patch to the sidewall. Smooth suede uppers are complemented nicely with sky blue Formstripe branding to the sidewall, tied together with a white cushioning midsole underfoot.
On 13th May 2012, Manchester City lined up to play QPR. A simple win against a team fighting for their Premier League survival would be enough to lift the Premier League trophy for the first time in 44 years, but any Manchester City fan will know the club doesn’t like to do things the easy way.
Two minutes into injury time, City find themselves 2-1 down with a seemingly impossible mountain to climb. After several chances, Edin Dzeko heads one in from a David Silva corner. With the clock ticking, cameras cut to desperate Manchester City fans. Their hopes of clinching a first Premier League trophy are agonisingly fading away with every second. With in-game, live coverage reaching captivated fans worldwide of City’s bitter rivals securing their needed win, Sergio Aguero, 93 minutes and 20 seconds into injury time, wriggles past a challenge and rifles a shot into the corner to send the stadium into rapture.
Honouring City’s crowning moment, this edition of the Crack comes ornamented with a gold ’93:20’ patch to the sidewall. The left shoe is detailed with a ‘93’, while the right reads ‘20’. Sumptuous suede uppers are decorated with a purple Formstripe to the sidewall, and a custom insole is emblazoned with ‘Limited Edition No. 00/125 – nodding to the exclusive collection.
Part 1 of the PUMA MCFC Collection, which includes the AAFC and the 93:20, will be available in men’s sizes via the size? Manchester store on Friday the 4th of October.
Keep your eyes peeled for the more info on part 2 of the PUMA MCFC collection.