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  • Top

    Low Top

    Extremely popular sneakers because of their price range, versatility when it comes to style, and freedom of movement. Almost everyone is guaranteed to have low-top sneakers in their shoe rotation.

    Mid Top

    Mid-top sneakers extend toward the ankle for a little more support and hold. These lie somewhere in the middle between low-top and high-top sneakers in terms of usage and popularity.

    High Top

    Sneakers with collars that go above the ankles for optimal hold and support are some of the most sought-after models in lifestyle shoes. Most of these shoes take their roots from basketball and have easily or fashionably crossed to mainstream wear.

    Good to know

    Regardless of cut, it's always good to start with sneakers that can be worn for the daily grind, also called as "beaters" by some, as these are usually cheaper, easy to clean, and still gives that lifestyle "edge" before going for those wallet-thinning models.

  • Inspired from

    Sports

    Sneakers dominantly take their heritage from running, basketball, skate, tennis, training, hiking, and football. Still retaining a few of their performance-based technologies, these sneakers have transcended their respective niches and have successfully and popularly transformed themselves as staples of fashion footwear.

    Casual

    Sneakers designed for a laidback, "cool" vibe that is built for lifestyle wear right from the get-go.

    Good to know

    Brands are now blending elements of performance and casual appeal in basically every sneaker. One can hardly go wrong with a sports-inspired sneaker or a simple casual shoe.

  • Collection

    Good to know

    Shoes sharing the same inspiration, history, materials, or technologies are routinely assembled under one compilation for the convenience of those who may wish to categorize or label their own collection as such. The classic collections like the Adidas Originals, Air Max 1, Air Force 1, new balance classic sneakers, and the Classic Leather head the pack of frequently asked about collections.

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    $80
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Fit & Sizing

The Puma California Animal is available in sizes 5.5 to 11 for women only. Despite being tagged as true to size, reviewers noticed that it is a bit tight-fitting. But its leather upper does stretch after a few wears. Also, its lace up closure can be used to adjust the fit, especially for users with wide feet.

Puma California Animal Style

A shoe that has wild prints and bold colors such as the Puma California Animal is great with plain dresses. This eye-catching iteration of the tennis-inspired Puma California sneaker can also be paired with skinny jeans or wide-legged denim pants and a solid-colored top.

Notable Features

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.      

Additional Info

  • The California Animal features the Puma Archive No. 1 on its tongue.