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Puma Mongolian Shoe BBQ v2

by Josh Rubin in Style on 02 August 2006

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In March 2005 Puma unveiled their Mongolian Shoe BBQ—an in-store sneaker customization experience where you pick out actual parts and they get shipped off and sewn in to shoes (see our preview here and the shoes I made here).

Now Puma is doing it again, this time with the RS-100, their 80s running shoe. And this time, in addition to being a touring, in-store experience, there's an online version. The site matches the original process of picking parts and laying them out on a tray, tightly maintaining the Mongolian BBQ metaphor. Though the process of picking colors and materials for over 20 different bits of the shoe is tedious, it's fun and thoughtful resulting in a more deliberate design. As you're building you can preview the show in a photorealistic viewer, then when you're done you get a full screen version to inspect. My creation, CH Greens, is pictured above. I'll be sure to post some pics of them when they arrive.

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