Summary

We spent 10 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what sneaker fanatics think:

7 reasons to buy

  • The Puma California Wild is very comfortable, according to most users.
  • Many loved the stylish look of this low-top sneaker.
  • Several positive comments were about this shoe’s supportive fit.
  • This Puma California sneaker feels a lot lighter than it looks, as mentioned by some wearers.
  • A few noticed that the insole is very soft.
  • The quality of this shoe is commendable, based on plenty of reviews.
  • A lot of buyers would not hesitate to recommend this shoe.

2 reasons not to buy

  • Most wearers noticed that the Puma California Wild feels too tight, especially in the toe box.
  • One person felt that this shoe has a very shallow heel.

Bottom line

This sneaker is another attractive iteration from the classic Puma California collection. It has a comfortable and supportive fit, thanks to its high-quality leather upper and front lace-up closure. Also, this shoe’s overall look reflects the stylish and sporty vibe of the collection. Overall, it is one of the sneakers from Puma that is worth a space in a style icon’s closet.

Facts

Base model: Puma California
Top: Low
Inspired from: Tennis
Collection: Puma California
Price: $75
Colorways: Multi
Special editions: 6 special editions
Size
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This Puma California iteration is available in sizes 5.5 to 11 for women only. It is crafted with a full leather upper that stretches and follows the shape of the foot after breaking in. Also, the laces offer a more customized fit.

LIke the classic Puma California, a stunning old-school sneaker with a vintage vibe is also found in the Puma California Wild. With its neutral color scheme, it can go well with any outfit from plain to printed. A short floral dress will look great if you want to achieve a more feminine look. Meanwhile, this round-toe kick can also be paired with jeans and shorts.

The leather upper of this Puma California casual kick is perforated for extra breathability. Featured on the heel is an animal print detail that acts as the shoe’s accent. This shoe also comes with an EVA midsole and thick rubber outsole for excellent cushioning and traction.

Puma has long been known to create high-quality shoes for some of the world’s greatest athletes. Because of this, the company is often associated with the likes of Pele, Boris Becker, Linford Christie, and a lot more. But it was not an overnight success. Contrary to that, the brand has a long and pretty interesting history, which is linked in part with its greatest rival brand.

In 1924, Rudolf Dassler, together with his brother Adolf Dassler, started a shoe company in their parents’ home in Germany. The Dassler Brothers Shoe Factory was known to manufacture spiked shoes to be used by German athletes to the Olympic Summer Games in Amsterdam. The success of the company continued for many years.

Unfortunately, Rudolf and Adolf had an argument and decided to close down their company. They divided its assets, and the brothers parted ways, never to speak to each other again until the day they died. Rudolf went on to start his own company which is now known as Puma. On the other hand, Adolf also started Adidas.

Puma was first known for their soccer shoes, namely the Atom and the Super Atom. But, as time passed, the brand has released a number of other shoe collections, including lifestyle sneakers. A popular sneaker collection during the 80s was the Puma California, which was named after a specific technique in making shoes.

More than a century after the California technique was conceived, it was used in making shoes. Puma was able to acquire a spraying machine that enabled the brand to produce California-styled shoes. These kicks later became iconic in the sports shoe history.

Now considered a classic shoe, the Puma California returns in different iterations, including the Puma California Wild. It features animal accents in desert tones.

  • This sneaker features a leather Puma Formstrip and a branded tab on the lateral side.
  • An animal-printed Puma Archive No. 1 tab is found on the tongue of this shoe.
  • The heel of this shoe is measured 1.5 inches high.

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Danny McLoughlin

Danny is a sneakerhead turned sneaker industry expert that believes a good outfit begins from the feet up. His aunt currently isn't speaking to him for wearing a pair of kicks at his cousin's wedding. He spends most of his time trying to keep on top of the latest releases, hitting up his contacts and doing what needs to be done to secure his next pickup. Danny has been featured in prestigious publications such as The Washington Post, The Irish Times, Footwear News and the like.

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