Size and fit

The Puma California Vintage has regular flat lacing and fits narrow to medium width wearers. It comes with regular flat shoelaces that secures the foot with a padded tongue and collar. It comes in men’s sizes. Women may also wear these kicks by getting equivalent sizes for men by reducing them by 1.5 sizes.

Puma California Vintage Style

A throwback tennis shoe design, the Puma California Vintage is a silhouette that designed bestselling Puma tennis shoes like the GV Special and the G. Vilas shoes.  Coming in three vintage colorways that are naturally more versatile to style, the colors navy, black, and grey with white ‘80s sneaker accents are great pairs for casual streetwear. 

The silhouette takes on a retro look that is best paired with stonewashed denim joggers, skinny pants, and shorts.  Wear them with relaxed tees and hoodies reminiscent of the mid-1980s when the design first made its appearance. The perforated synthetic leather material in the toe box mixes easily with the rest of the mesh material in the upper. The lightweight sneaker is great alternative sneakers for those looking for lightweight, breathable, and vintage-inspired kicks for their sneaker rotation.

Notable Features

The throwback appeal of the Puma California VTG most especially its black, peacoat, and grey hues brings wearers back into the 1980s where the popularity of the shoe reached its peak. The shoe has external arch support aided by an Ethylene Vinyl Acetate or EVA midsole for lightweight cushioning.

Puma California Vintage History

German footwear brand Puma has been releasing iconic shoe designs since it was established by Rudolf Dassler in 1948. Founded in the town of Herzogenaurach where the company has its headquarters until today, Puma has produced some iconic shoes that are now considered classics like the Puma Suede, Puma Clyde, and Puma Basket. In addition to creating classic kicks, the company has been providing shoes for soccer, running, basketball, and motorsports. The German brand has also designed shoes for the fitness market and the recent sports style which is geared for casual and athletic wear.

In recent years, the brand has been aggressively upgrading its portfolio with the longtime partnership with music superstar Rihanna as creative director of the Puma Fenty line that started in 2014. In 2018, the brand also partnered with the likes of musician and rapper Jay-Z as creative director of the newly resurrected Puma Basketball line which last sponsored NBA player Vince Carter way back in 1998. 

Another classic design from the brand is the Puma California. It was an original way back in 1983 and made even more famous when it was worn by a champion professional tennis player and grand slam champion Guillermo Vilas. The Puma California has been the inspiration behind the creation of two other silhouettes which were called the Puma G. Vilas and the Puma GV Special. The company currently employs more than 13,000 people and distributes footwear in more than 120 countries.

Through the years, Puma California sneakers have shifted its audience from tennis players into the street-style appreciative crowd. The brand named the design Puma California after the sunny state of California. The Puma California VTG or Vintage relives the early years of the California silhouette when after being known as a tennis shoe it shifted gears with a newfound crowd and atmosphere. It quickly built a reputation in soccer terraces as a trainer as the mesh and leather upper with a low-slung design.

The recently launched Puma California VTG (Vintage) has been dropped in three original colorways that include Puma Black/Puma White, Peacoat/Puma White, and Gray Violet/Puma White. Among the shoes’ features include a clean mesh and leather upper with its tone-on-tone white colorways. Other updated features include a thick EVA midsole with external arch support for those with arch problems. The shoe is suitable for extended wear because of the improved arch support. To re-introduce the name of the Puma California shoes, the brand tapped singer and actress Selena Gomez to endorse the silhouette by posing with the 1980s-inspired sneaker in a Puma tracksuit.

Additional Info

  • Perforations at the toe box add breathability to the Puma California Vintage.
  • External arch support aids those with flat feet to feel comfortable.
  • Rubber outer sole delivers grip and traction.
  • A woven Puma tongue patch and a gold-toned branding at the lateral side bring the signature Puma look.

Facts / Specs

Base model: Puma California
Style: Sporty, Retro
Top: Low
Inspired from: Tennis
Collection: Puma Classics
Closure: Laces
Material: Canvas, Rubber Sole, EVA / Fabric

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Danny McLoughlin
Danny McLoughlin

Danny is a sports nut with a particular interest in football and running. He loves to watch sports as much as he loves to play. Danny was lead researcher on RunRepeat and The PFA’s report into Racial Bias in Football Commentary. His football and running research has been featured in The Guardian, BBC, New York Times and Washington Post.