Featuring the classic Puma California silhouette, this sneaker has a low-top construction and a lace-up front. What makes it different from the core model are the animal print panels found all around its upper.
The Puma California Animal also uses EVA for its midsole and thick rubber for its outsole. These features offer excellent cushioning and traction, respectively. The iconic leather Puma Formstripe creates a nice contrast against the printed upper.
Puma California Animal History
Puma is a global brand that currently dominates the clothing and footwear arena, together with Nike and Adidas. Unbeknownst to some, Rudolf Dassler, the founder of the company, was one half of the Dassler Brothers Shoe Factory, which was founded in 1924. The other half being Adi Dassler, the founder of Adidas.
After some unfortunate turn of events, the brothers had a falling out sometime in the 1940s. With the company’s assets equally divided between the 2 brothers, Rudolf and Adi started each of their own shoe brands.
During the 60s, Puma became known for its innovative vulcanization technique, which bonds the sole and the shaft of the shoe. Because of this, popular athletes were seen wearing Puma shoes. The brand’s fame continued until the 90s.
Puma focused on expanding their football-related products. Also, it has started collaborating with other well-known brands, such as MTV and Evisu. The popular Puma Basket sneaker line is, in fact, a product of Puma and Evisu’s collaboration.
Several sneakers were also released since the Puma’s first shoe. One of them is the Puma California Animal. It is part of the Puma California collection which was inspired by Guillermo Vilas, a grand slam tennis champ from Argentina. The California Animal takes on a funky update with its leopard and zebra panels.