Pirelli, Puma launch motorsports-style shoe

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Replicat-X combines sports shoe and high-performance racing tire technologies and style | Pirelli photos

Tire-producer Pirelli and athletic shoemaker Puma have contributed their expertise to create a shoe designed “to control the grip off and on track.” The Replicat-X, they say, was inspired by modern sports cars. It launches May 15.

Calling the design “revolutionary,” the companies said the shoe has “a completely fresh silhouette made with a sole and upper construction that helps you to control the grip off and on track.”

Variety of colors are available

The shoe also launches a new Puma motorsports design philosophy of “bringing racing to the road.”

The shoe has an oversized full rubber outsole, perforated Microfiber-suede upper on the vamp, lateral mesh panels for breathability, and a molded sock liner. It features the same tread pattern as Pirelli’s Cinturato Blue tires, which are designed to maximize traction on wet racing surfaces. 

Grip for the car or for casual wear

The shoes retail for $120.

For more information, visit the Puma website.

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A former daily newspaper sports editor, Larry Edsall spent a dozen years as an editor at AutoWeek magazine before making the transition to writing for the web and becoming the author of more than 15 automotive books. In addition to being founding editor at ClassicCars.com, Larry has written for The New York Times and The Detroit News and was an adjunct honors professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.

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