104 users: 4.4 / 5
Base model: Puma Cali
Top: Low
Inspired from: Tennis
Collection: Puma Cali

Verdict from 10 hours of research from the internet

5 reasons to buy

  • Many reviewers are mesmerized with the beautiful materials and overall aesthetic of the Puma Cali Velvet sneakers.
  • Almost all reviewers are so impressed that they highly recommend this Puma shoe to anyone.
  • The affordability of the Cali Velvet is another plus factor for some buyers.
  • “Cute” is often used to describe the Cali Velvet sneakers from Puma.
  • At least one reviewer mentions that she gets compliments on these shoes almost every time she wears them.

2 reasons not to buy

  • Lots of reviewers are disappointed that the Puma Cali Velvet shoes fit narrow. 
  • These Puma low-tops are available in limited colorways.

Bottom line

The classic Puma California from the ‘80s receives a modernized makeover through the Puma Cali Velvet sneakers. From a laid-back sneaker base model, this ladies exclusive low-top elevates street style with its stacked textured platform sole and velvet-finished upper.

The fresh spin results to a win-win both for Puma and its lady followers. The Puma Cali Velvet is one-of-a-kind, fashion-forward, and street-ready. 

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Ladies who are into platform sneakers should probably take a look at the Puma Cali Velvet sneakers. It is a low-top shoe with an elevated platform sole and a full soft velvet upper. Constructed to provide wearers flexibility, support, and comfort, the Cali Velvet presents a well-structured upper with traditional lace closure and padded collar and tongue.

Up your style game with the Cali Velvet shoes from Puma. A modernized transformation of the ‘80s California classic, this shoe fuses together retro style with today’s fashion trends. Fit for street style, the upper of this shoe transcends the usual leather, canvas, or suede materials with the use of smooth and soft velvet finish in rich tones.

It is as if the textured upper upgrade isn’t enough, the Cali Velvet further elevates its façade with a stacked textured platform sole. You can strut a pair of the Puma Cali Velvet in red or black with jeans, joggers, shorts, midi skirts, or even dresses to add edge and glamour to your look.  

One of the few brands that pioneered an edgy feminine style of sneakers for the ladies is Puma. Since it released the Fenty Creepers, it seemed like the brand pushed even harder for such kind of kicks to penetrate the market. Who says that the sneaker market is just for men, right?

When Puma introduced the Puma Cali Velvet, it made sure that the Puma-approved aesthetic is evident. It based the shoe from the classic California shoe (hence the retro look) but then transformed it into a contemporary adaptation. Full soft velvet material dons the upper as it sits atop an extra edgy stacked platform sole.  

A leading sports brand, Puma has been in the business producing clothing apparel, footwear, and accessories for men, women, and kids across the globe since 1948. It was founded by Rudolf “Rudi” Dassler soon after a controversial split with his brother and Adidas founder Adolf “Adi” Dassler. Before splitting up, together they formed the Dassler Brothers Shoe Factory in Herzogenaurach in Germany.

Backed with 50 years of an established position in the footwear industry, Puma holds a share of innumerable popular and classic sneakers. One of these is the Puma California – a shoe that rose to fame in various tennis courts during the early ‘80s. It was worn by Guillermo Villas, an Argentinian Grand Slam champion.    

Recently, Puma released an updated and modernized upgrade to the timeless Puma California shoe called the Puma Cali. The Cali is a women's sneaker that brings a contemporary aesthetic to the classic style of the Puma California. It even expanded into a multitude of colors and variations, forming a Puma Cali Collection.

One of the shoes in the Puma Cali Collection is a velvet version of the Puma Cali shoes dubbed as the Puma Cali Velvet. Like the Puma Cali, it exhibits a textured rubber platform sole and a three-piece rubber tooling at midsole and outsole. However, instead of full leather upper, the Cali Velvet features a total soft velvet material for an added glamour to the Cali's edgy façade.  

  • Also featured on the Puma Cali Velvet women's sneakers are full lace closure, perforated detailing on the front upper, and rubber midsole with texture tooling.
  • Puma brandings in foil finish are placed on the heel and lateral tab. Other Puma logo is seen on the tongue and heel.  

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Danny McLoughlin
Danny McLoughlin

Danny McLoughlin is a researcher for RunRepeat covering football, sneakers and running. After graduating with a degree in computer science from The University of Strathclyde, Danny makes sure never to miss a game of his beloved Glasgow Rangers or the Scotland national football team. He has been featured in prestigious publications such as The Washington Post, The Irish Times, Footwear News and the like.