Size and fit

The Puma Cali Emboss is a tennis-inspired low-top sneaker created for the ladies. It has a leather upper that holds the foot for adequate support. Like the first Cali, the Emboss variety highlights an adjustable lace closure system with reinforced eyestays and flat cotton laces. On the tongue is a loop tab to help keep it from gliding to the sides. The collar and tongue are padded for an extra plush feel. 

Puma Cali Emboss Style

Step up your street style game with the Puma Cali Emboss sneakers. This embossed version of the Cali silhouette shows a retro look inspired by the classic Puma California shoes from the '80s. The leather upper gets a boost with embossed detailing allover and perforations on the toe box. The entire sole unit, on the other hand, gives out a sporty vibe with its texture platform outsole and three-piece rubber tooling at midsole and outsole. 

The Puma Cali Emboss makes a versatile low-top. It is available in multiple dreamy sunset tones colorway options, so you could choose one that suits your personal style best. Pair it with denim shorts or jeans for a relaxed look, leggings or jogger pants for a sporty or athleisure getup, or with dresses for a more feminine style. 

Notable Features

The shoes in the Puma Cali collection resemble features that are patterned after the original Puma Cali sneakers. Most, if not all, boast the Cali's signature textured, chunky rubber sole unit. The uppers of these shoes basically look similar, except that most of the time, the materials vary. 

The Puma Cali Emboss, however, flaunts similar leather upper as the original Cali model. The main difference is the design details. This Emboss version is named as such because it dons embossed detailing on the top. 

Puma Cali Emboss History

Puma introduced a new shoe model called the Puma Cali in October 2018 as a modern reinterpretation of the classic Puma California shoe. The Puma California is one of the most highly-sought shoes from the brand since the early 1980s. Initially a performance tennis shoe, it rose to fame when it landed on the feet of Guillermo Villas, an Argentinian Grand Slam champion, during his tennis games. 

Like other performance-turned-street classic models, the Puma Cali debuted several more color variations and updates through the Puma Cali Collection. Released as part of this collection is the Puma Cali Emboss, an updated Puma Cali shoe with embossed design details on the upper. The rest of its features are similar to the original Cali model. 

Additional Info

  • It has the signature chunky sole with prominent Puma branding at the heel. 
  • Across the lateral side is Puma’s signature Formstrip branding. 
  • Other Puma brandings are on the tongue, eyestay, and heel tab.  


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