The limited-edition The Walking Dead x Puma sneakers have officially hit the shelves on Monday, March 25th — six days before the highly anticipated Season 9 finale of the AMC zombie drama.
These modified Puma GV Special shoes retail for $200 a pair and are now exclusively available online at Footlocker.com, in Foot Locker’s Times Square POP shop, and in select Puma Labs. Given the huge size of The Walking Dead fandom, the shoes are expected to sell out fast. So if Foot Locker’s stocks get sold out, head over to eBay or Amazon to spot some pairs that are being resold for a much higher price.
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The Walking Dead x Puma sneakers have a white base with yellow detailing and a perforated toe. Along with black laces and black tongues, the shoes also feature tops and heels adorned with unique leather detailing. The footwear also has hand-painted dirt patterns for a distressed post-apocalyptic look.
While the sneakers’ exterior appearance doesn’t exude much The Walking Dead vibes, its insoles will surely please any TWD fans, as they bear a terrifying image of The Whisperers leader Alpha (Samantha Morten).
Alexander-John, the designer of the shoe, said that he came up with the sneakers’ look with the Whisperers in mind. “When I got the call about the project I knew the storyline of the Whisperers was going to play a very important role in how I brought this shoe to life,” said Alexander-John. “I love the simplicity of the concept and how the Whisperers hide in plain sight. I’ve done many product collaborations with Foot Locker over the years and this one is right up there with my all-time favorites. I hope these PUMA shoes take the show’s fans even deeper into the world of The Walking Dead.”
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BEHIND THE DESIGN || “Alpha GV Special” || My approach for this design came from an in depth study of a character named Alpha who is the leader of a crazy group rightfully named The Whisperers. + They hide behind masks made of walker skins and pretend to be walkers, whispering to each other while taking out members from different communities. + This shoe is indeed Brand New but just like the whisperer it is masked with distressed marks and hidden in plain sight. The laces are synonymous with the laces that the whisperer uses to tie the mask with the X lace style. The insole when both shoes are put together create the full view of “Alpha” (The whisperer) and the X on the shoes have a couple of different meanings… The end of season 9 and the beginning of 10, The stitch pattern in the whisperers mask, The marks on Michonne and Daryl’s backs that they obtained together after Rick was lost. ➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖ #amc #thewalkingdead #puma #footlocker #angelusdirect #nicekicks #complexkicks #hypebeast #highsnobiety #solecollector #designer #fashion #kotd #picoftheday #blogger #fashionblogger #alexanderjohn #ofluxury #thegreat
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“ALPHA” GV SPECIAL RELEASE INFO // Thanks to all for the positive response to this release! Also a special thanks to my team that is always accepting the challenge to do something new while under extreme pressure and deadlines. For those who are wondering how to grab a pair checkout the details below. ?? Date : 3/25 (Monday) Type : Limited Release / Wearable/ Collectable Where : Selected @footlocker Locations and Footlocker.com ➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖ #amc #thewalkingdead #puma #footlocker #angelusdirect #nicekicks #complexkicks #hypebeast #highsnobiety #solecollector #designer #fashion #kotd #picoftheday #blogger #fashionblogger #alexanderjohn #ofluxury #thegreat
Theresa Beyer, senior vice president of promotion, activations and partnerships for AMC Networks, is also thrilled with the collaboration, not only because TWD fans have a brand new way to show their love for the show, but also because the Whisperers have been celebrated in a rather unique way.
“What a cool thing, to partner with Foot Locker and PUMA and give some lucky fans of The Walking Dead yet another way to celebrate their love of the show,” said Beyer. “The Whisperers have been such an exciting new element of the show this season, to see them immortalized through this limited-edition shoe is something our passionate fans will love.”
The Walking Dead Season 9 finale airs on Sunday, March 31st, at 9 p.m. ET on AMC.