Verdict from +100 user reviews

7 reasons to buy

  • Many people say the Puma Cell Venom is a great purchase because of its stylish design.
  • Some say the heritage sneaker is very comfortable.
  • Among the Puma Classics, it offers excellent durability that is praised by a few wearers.
  • Some of the customers say they bought the low-top Puma Cell Venom as a future collector’s piece.
  • A couple of observers say the chunky midsoles and individual accents in the design work well in giving cushioning and adding to the look of the sneaker.
  • A significant number of users have expressed their appreciation to the Puma Cell Venom’s dad-shoe look.
  • It is among the Puma sneakers that are recommended to others by a handful of users.

2 reasons not to buy

  • Many people have noticed construction flaws in Cell Venom sneakers by Puma.
  • The shoe’s fit is a bit narrow, according to some reviewers.

Bottom line

A fitting resurrection of a heritage runner, the Puma Cell Venom is one stylish sneaker that has made a serious comeback. While there have been countless revivals of heritage runners by several other brands the sneaker community couldn’t get enough of this lightweight, breathable, and cushioned runner from the 1990s.

Its affordable pricing and chunky dad shoe look are also the main reasons why this vintage kicks with Cell Technology and translucent air pods are becoming popular again.

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Good to know

The Puma Cell Venom sneakers come in men’s and women’s sizing. It has a lacing system for a secure lockdown as well as a customized fit. The padded tongue and collar give added support. Also, its low-top silhouette allows the ankle to move freely. 

The first colorway that came out of the Cell Venom utilized blue suede overlays with green hits over a white mesh upper and rubber midsole. The colorway was a versatile choice as it gets paired easily with athleisure clothing. The shoes are best worn in jeans, ankle pants, and track pants paired with track jackets, hoodies, loose shirts, and relaxed tops.

Soon thereafter several colorways came out to emphasize the unique color-blocking in the overlays of the shoe especially with collaborations with brands and retailers like Ferrari and Japan-based sneaker retailer Mita. It can be worn with a lot of flairs while retaining that ‘90s styling that has recently become the buzz of the sneaker community in recent years.

Puma’s Cell cushioning technology remains to be the highlight of the 1990’s revival. The Cell Technology is a series of hexagonal cells embedded in the midsole that provided cushioning, especially in the heel area.

The hexagonal cells made of Thermoplastic polyurethane or TPU cushioning kept running bouncier and responsive while running. Also noticeable in the design is the Puma Cell Venom’s lacing system, translucent air pods at the back heel, and the rugged outsole that clearly shows that the sneaker was a product of the ‘90s.

Coming out only in 1998, the Puma Cell was the latest among the silhouettes given a timely revival by Puma. As many ‘90s silhouettes slowly being given timely makeovers and material upgrades, the German brand searched among its extensive shoe archive and settled for the heritage runner which perfectly depicts 1990s design and aesthetics.

When the Puma Cell was released, it fully shows the aesthetics of its era, comprised of mesh and suede, striking logo hits, and technology that was introduced during its time. This technology is called the Puma Cell cushioning technology. It is a series of hexagonal cells embedded in the midsole that provided vital cushioning, especially in the heel area.

The hexagonal cells made of Thermoplastic polyurethane or TPU cushioning kept running bouncier and responsive while also helping to absorb shock while keeping pace and doing fast treads. Also noticeable in the design is the Puma Cell’s lacing system and the rugged outsole that clearly shows that the sneaker was a product of the era. The Puma Cell Venom was also previously marketed for distance runners.

The silhouette of the Puma Cell Venom, if one would look at the dad shoe sneaker trend of this past years, clearly laid out the groundwork for the contemporary sneaker trends of today. The shoe’s 1990s-inspired design and techniques such as aggressive lines and exaggerated branding logos, chunky soles and color blocking.

The release of the Puma Cell Venom is a followup to the successful drop of the Puma Cell Endura in October 2018. The nostalgia piece of a sneaker satiates the current thirst of sneakerheads for all things that were dropped in the 1990s. Nineties kids tickle their memories of the 1990s sneaker with a bit of a twist akin to the release of another heritage runner Pumas Running System line. The Puma Cell Venom, on the other hand, utilizes the same technology of the past solidifying its claim of being a high-mileage trainer that can be worn on and off the track.

The Puma Cell Venom shoes’ modern makeover, meanwhile,  comes with updated materials and production techniques for a contemporary sneaker that retains its ‘90s aesthetics. Cell technology remains to be its main catch but this notable feature sits on top of an EVA midsole and rubber outsole. The Puma Cell Venom sneakers were initially dropped in limited release via the company’s website and select retailers across the globe on December 6, 2018.

  • A Puma x Scuderia Ferrari Cell Venom shoe came out on February 23, 2019, in a White/Red and Black/White colorway, an embroidered Scuderia badge on the lateral side, a white midsole, a red-colored Cell heel cushioning unit.
  • mita Sneakers also came out with an exclusive rendition of the Puma Cell Venom with a design composed of a greyscale mesh and leather paneling on the upper with lime green hits. It also has reflective accents as well as a Japanese-inspired Electroharmonix text at front.
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.