Just as Amir said, the shoe has a cheap leather layer on it that peels off after a few hours of use. Underneath the primary layer is another layer of black "leather," I'm not sure if the second layer is more durable. The top layer includes the stripe/curve on the side, though, which really sucks because if it stayed attached the shoe might be wearable after losing the top layer. Otherwise the shoe is great...
I love these shoes. But I tried two pairs and the black 'leather' part has some kind of cheap film on it which peels and flakes after a couple hours of use. Its really very unfortunate because Hussein Chalayan has designed an incredible shoe, but Puma has really come up with piss poor construction. I really wish they just used normal leather and left it at that ... whatever the film coating is they've used is some real third world quality. You can't pay 150$ for a pair of sneakers and have them look flaky and peeling after a few hours of use. I can't even imagine what a few weeks would look like. I'm returning my 2nd pair and just getting another pair of shoes even though I really tried very hard to keep them cause I love the styling....
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