Who should buy the PUMA Cali 

Consider snagging this thick-soled kick from the fab PUMA Cali lineup if you are searching for:

  • clean and straightforward PUMA platforms
  • pumped-up kicks
  • versatile sneaks that don’t go beyond $80
  • breathable options

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Who should NOT buy it

Swap this shoe with the Cali Star if you prefer a PUMA platform kick that can accommodate wide feet. If you want a pumped-up shoe with a softer and more flexible sole, check out the PUMA Carina.  Or, if you prefer a thicker sole, look at the PUMA Mayze.

PUMA Cali back

An everyday sneaker that makes you look taller

PUMA Cali lets you update your basic, flat shoes with its platform sole. The small fraction of added height it gives makes you look taller and your feet slender. Those who love sporty wedges and tried this shoe have nothing but praises as it made them look oh so fab. 

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Long-lasting, no-frills style 

Classic style will always find its place in fashion. This is why buyers who wanted an extra stylish sneaker and beefed-up sole have opted to take this shoe into their collection. Its simple, no-frills design works with any street-ready attire. Adding to its already fascinating look are quality materials, making it long-lasting. 

PUMA Cali intro

It offers remarkable comfort from day one

Reviewers find this shoe gentle on the ankles. They like how the softly padded collar and textile lining contribute significantly to giving them step-in comfort. 

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Its underfoot foam feels homey

The soft foam underfoot compensates for the lack of flexibility coming from its thickset rubber sole. It helps cushion the impact and cradle the feet so you can enjoy comfortable strides. 

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PUMA Cali’s slim frame flatters your feet

This sneaker doesn’t make your feet look bulky. But its tapered toe could cause issues if you are wide-footed.

PUMA Cali toe space

It’s cheap but not poorly made

PUMA Cali is $19 cheaper than the average price of platform shoes from the brand. Those who have tried this say it's worth adding to their casual wardrobe rotation for an extended period. Its leather cover doesn’t get ripped easily. And its upper is efficiently attached to the rubber sole. 

PUMA Cali material

Stylish without going over the top

This leather-made lace-up shoe offers a classy vibe even as you pair it with laidback clothes. Its sole is enough to make this shoe so appealing. It lovingly matches with minidresses, tapered pants, and leggings. Even celebrities like Selena Gomez went gaga over this kick from PUMA.

It makes your feet breathe

Tiny air holes are punched on the toe area that allows air to flow freely.

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Wear that California spirit

PUMA Cali sneakers are leveled-up versions of the iconic silhouette, PUMA California. These new-generation styles are among the fantastic options that will give you extra oomph when pairing them with streetwear clothes for your OOTDs. If you adore the straightforward look and the chic West Coast style to strap on for your day-to-day hustles, these platform shoes are great choices. Below are some of the iterations under the same lineage. See how they fare side by side with PUMA Cali. 

PUMA Cali Sport got all the striking elements of PUMA Cali but dressed more stunningly with premium materials. You might love some of the colorways made with suede hits on the side and heel. It is $10 pricier than PUMA Cali. But it is still included among the most affordable sneakers from PUMA. 

PUMA Cali Wedge takes things much higher as it isn't only taller than a classic flat sneaker but fiercer with a wedge-like heel. You might fancy this shoe if you're leaning towards a bold aesthetic. It is also priced at $10 more than the Cali silhouette.

A quick look at PUMA Cali's history 

Since the brand's inception, PUMA has continued to design and deliver a myriad of comfortable and stylish pairs of kicks. Global influencers and athletes have been turning to PUMA for unique-looking footwear. Among its new releases is the PUMA Cali. Released on October 2, 2018, the PUMA Cali has a low-profile silhouette built with chunky outsoles that can keep you on-trend.

Apart from its stylish look, this sleek shoe also offers comfort that you can enjoy while running errands, taking long walks, or going for a date night. It is a lace-up sneaker that has a breathable leather upper. It sits atop a rubber outsole with contrast progressive tooling and branding at the back and front.

Facts / Specs

Style: Platform, Sporty, Retro
Top: Low
Inspired from: Tennis
Collection: PUMA Cali, PUMA Classics
Closure: Laces
Material: Leather, Rubber Sole
Season: Spring, Summer, Fall

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Danny McLoughlin
Danny McLoughlin

Danny is a sports nut with a particular interest in football and running. He loves to watch sports as much as he loves to play. Danny was lead researcher on RunRepeat and The PFA’s report into Racial Bias in Football Commentary. His football and running research has been featured in The Guardian, BBC, New York Times and Washington Post.