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The BURN RUBBER X PUMA STEPPER takes its inspiration from the notorious abandoned Michigan Central Station.

Detroit’s decline started back in 1950 and the city went on to become a bit of a ghost town, which means there are countless abandoned building in what was once a thriving town. One of these buildings is the Michigan Central Station, which is located in Detroit’s historic Corktown neighbourhood. It was, at one time, the largest railway station in the world, with massive marble and stone fixtures resting on Terrazzo flooring, resulting in what can only be described as a beautiful building. Since it closed in 1988, the building has become somewhat of an eyesore to residents and tourists alike, due to being dilapidated and eerie… but at the same time, it also represents strength and resilience to Detroiters far & wide. Although the building has been through it all, it still stands tall with hopes of one day being restored to its former glory. It’s this story that inspired Detroit residents BURN RUBBER to create a homage to the station with their first collaboration with PUMA.

The STEPPER take design cues from the tones in the building’s original concrete structure and the surrounding landscape, which results in a two-tone grey upper, with hits of green on the formstripes and tan on the ankle collar providing some pop. Down below, a milky rubber outsole provides an unusual look, whilst tying in nicely with the tan detailing on the upper. As a finishing touch, the BURN RUBBER logo features on the heel. The story of Detroit’s decline is a sad one, but on the plus side, it has inspired a whole new wave of positive energy and, in this case specifically, an excellent collaboration project.

The BURN RUBBER X PUMA STEPPER drops first at BURN RUBBER on Saturday 31 October. Make sure to keep checking back with us for updates on if and when these will receive a wider release.

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