Palace and adidas Skateboarding have teamed up to create a new signature shoe for Lucas Puig: the aptly-named PUIG. The French street skating icon has been a part of team adidas for close to a decade and already has two signature models under his belt — 2012’s Lucas Puig Pro and 2016’s Lucas Premiere ADV — so the PUIG is his third total release, and first after signing to Palace in 2017.
Offered in pink, white and black, the PUIG is a low-cut silhouette built of supple, monochromatic leather. Puig’s name is stamped in gold by the lateral midfoot’s Three Stripe graphic, with Palace’s signature tri-ferg and an adidas logo done up in gold on each tongue. There’s also a metallic top eyestay above the shielded lacing system.
Palace spellout graphics are embossed on each midsole, and heel clips reach up high with contrasting rubber stripes: white on the pink pair, red on the white pair and blue on the black pair. Due to the abstract traction pattern utilized on the outsole and this rugged heel embellishment, each offers a slight dose of driving shoe flair. Final Palace graphics hit the insoles, and secondary lace sets offer a contrasting dash of flair if the wearer so chooses.
HYPEBEAST briefly spoke with Puig himself about the new collaboration, what he looks for from his skate shoes and what he likes about being a member of Team Palace. See the interview below.
From 2012’s Lucas Puig Pro to 2016’s Lucas Premiere ADV and now the Palace Puig, how has your signature line evolved?
I feel like this one is really special! I got the best crew involved for the design: my mates at Palace on one side, the skate legend that is Scott Johnston on the Adidas side. The shoe is really just made by skaters and made for skating. I know the Lucas Première was a bit low; it was kind of hurting your feet when you skated in it a lot. And my first shoe was a bit puffy.
This Palace Puig shoe has just got everything I need to skate, basically. Comfy, classy, tech! And it looks mad different to any other Adidas shoe ever, which is banging. Everything about it is brand new, and it is beautiful to look at.
What performance feature do you look for the most from your skate shoes?
What I look for the most is the shoe needs to be grippy, slim and sharp in the front. I’m always looking down at my feet when I’m skating so I need the tops of the shoes to look classy.
What’s your personal favorite feature of the Palace Puig?
The triangular back of the shoe with sole going up. That’s classy.
Some skaters seemingly burn through a pair of shoes a week. How often do you swap out your skate footwear? Do you prefer the feel of a fresh pair or a more worn-in one?
I definitely like it better when they feel used! So if I skate every day I will probably swap my shoes every 10 days.
What drew you to skate for the Palace team?
The bros, the mates, the skate team, and the owners who are real real legends! One of them can even switch back tail shuv-it like Gino [Iannucci]! What they did with the brand is so bananas, and they always come correct. Palace is still 100% skateboarding, even if Ronaldo’s wearing a jersey. I love that sh*t. Much love to the PWBC. :)
The Palace x adidas Skateboarding Puig Pro will release on the Palace webstore in the US and Europe May 22. The retail price is set at $140 USD.
For more from the British skate brand, check out its full Summer 2020 lookbook.