TikTok Says You're Sleeping on the Puma Palermo Sneakers, and I Just Found a Bunch on Sale

They're set to be the shoes of summer

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Rumor has it that the Puma Palermos are shaping up to be the next "It" sneakers à la the Adidas Sambas—at least according to TikTok. While I’m not one for style debates, I *do* enjoy witnessing an old-school sneaker that’s been floating under-the-radar finally get its due. Over these past several months, the Palermos have made a slow-but-steady return to the fashion spotlight, most notably due to celebrity endorsements from the likes of Dua Lipa and Emily Ratajkowski. And if you ask me, the timing couldn’t be any better. With summer on the horizon, most of us probably have a few vacations and day-long trips to Disney planned, for which comfortable (and stylish) travel shoes are a must. Even better, I just found a *bunch* of Puma Palermos on sale right now at Macy’s, meaning you can snap up a fresh pair for just $75 (originally $90).

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The Palermo sneakers originally debuted in the 1980s, when they became a staple among soccer fans. So, what makes them appealing to a new generation? Simple—their comfort. These bad boys are constructed with durability and functionality in mind, featuring a suede/leather upper, rubber midsole and gum outsole which, per the brand, includes a distinctive traction pattern that enhances its grip. The shoes are also equipped with a mesh sock-liner, which promotes breathability, and a lace-up closure that allows for a firm, secure fit. Comfort aside, the Palermos also offer lots of versatility when it comes to styling, given their classic, sporty design.

Personally, I think these shoes strike the perfect balance between comfort and style due to their sleek silhouette and range of colorways, but don’t just take my word for it. “I feel so light and confident in these shoes,” says one shopper, who adds, “I went out dancing the other night with my friends and busted out dance moves that I wouldn’t have done with other shoes.” Another happy reviewer raves, “I fell in love with the color combination of these! Now that I've worn them a few times, they're very comfortable and I love the leather."


Per the reviews, you’ll need to wear them a few times to fully break 'em in, but after that you should be all set comfort-wise. Additionally, the Palermos are stocked in half-sizes as well, which is an important factor for somebody like myself who often struggles with finding the perfect fit. Needless to say, these shoes have my vote for sneaker of the summer, so I wouldn’t waste any time snagging a pair (or two) for yourself—especially while they're marked down.

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