Size and fit

The Puma Cali Nubuck from the Puma Cali roots features a low-top construction inspired by a tennis shoe. It has a nubuck upper that gives adequate hold and support on foot with its reinforcements on the sides and heel area.

The fit is secure with a customizable traditional lace closure system, which is comprised of reinforced eyestays that hold seven pairs of eyelets and flat cotton laces. Both the collar and tongue are padded for added comfort. 

Puma Cali Nubuck Style

This lace-up sneaker from Puma dons a luxe nubuck upper that looks great when paired with casual outfits like jeans, leggings, cropped pants, shorts, and dresses. It also has a chunky outsole that adds a retro vibe to the shoe's overall style. On its sides are Puma's signature Formstrip brandings for that athletic Puma appeal. 

The Puma Cali Nubuck low-top women's sneakers are available in several colorways, including elderberry, peach bud, and hibiscus-Puma white. 

Notable Features

The Puma Cali is a modern reinterpretation of the classic Puma California sneakers from the '80s. It has this stylish retro look that appeals to the contemporary sneaker audience. One of its renditions is the Puma Cali Nubuck. 

The Cali Nubuck further transforms the tennis-inspired silhouette and elevates its look with a nubuck-finished upper. This low-top transcends from the usual leather of the original Cali and uses soft nubuck upper with patent details. 

Like the Cali and its several other renditions, the Puma Cali Nubuck flaunts a textured and slightly elevated rubber outsole.

Puma Cali Nubuck History

One of the classic shoe models produced by Puma is the California sneaker. It launched in the '80s as a performance tennis shoe and gained global popularity as the shoe worn by Argentinian Grand Slam champion Guillermo Villas. 

On October 2, 2018, the sneaker brand known for its Jumping Cat logo introduced the Puma Cali sneakers as the modernized upgrade to the iconic Puma California kick. The Cali sneakers are made available in a multitude of color variations for the ladies. It also received several versions under the Puma Cali Collection. 

Released as part of the Puma Cali Collection is the Puma Cali Nubuck. It shadows the original Puma Cali but with a nubuck upper material instead of leather. Other shoes in the said collection are the Puma Cali Velvet, Puma Cali Croc, and Puma Cali Suede, among others. 

Additional Info

  • The Puma Cali Nubuck also features a perforated toe box for breathability.
  • Puma brandings are evident on the tongue, eyestay, and heel. 
  • Selena Gomez wears this version of the Cali sneakers.


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