This season PUMA celebrates 125 years of Manchester City with a capsule which revels in landmark moments associated with the club. Following the first release, the second and final drop celebrates the Kippax and the Hacienda – both of which have come to embody the spirit and energy of the club and Manchester as a whole.
The Kippax was the heart, song and soul of Maine Road.
The iconic singing section – which was named after Moss Side’s Kippax Street – was City’s last standing area before Maine Road became an all-seater stadium.
Through thick and thin, good times and bad, the stand was consistently crammed to the rafters with rapturous support. Home to many of Man City’s most famous moments, the Kippax holds a cherished place in the memories of thousands of blues.
Using PUMA’s Blue Star as a blank canvas, the iteration pays tribute to the stand with a gold ‘Kippax’ emblazoned to the sidewall. Sky blue suede uppers feature a ‘125’ patch to the heel tab to commemorate the club’s 125-year history, while a white midsole underfoot rounds the clean-looking shoe off nicely.
The Whitworth was the birth-street of the Hacienda.
Bankrolled by Tony Wilson’s Factory Records and New Order in 1982, the ‘people’s palace’ became a mood, movement and cultural force which epitomised Manchester’s frenetic energy.
Over the years, the epicentre of the ‘Madchester’ scene was the home to many of this era’s iconic nights and fuelled the metaphoric rise of acid house music and rave culture.
Embodying the Hacienda’s spirit, this iteration of the Blue Star comes coated in the club’s powerful yellow and black colours. A gold ‘Whitworth’ patch adorns the side sidewalls and each shoe’s heel tab honours the club’s momentous birth year. Signing off the limited-edition release, a classic gum midsole cradles the sole of your feet underfoot.
Part 2 of the PUMA MCFC Collection, which includes the Kippax and the Whitworth, will be available in men’s sizes via the size? website on Friday the 25th of October.