Our verdict


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 shoe look are also the main reasons why these vintage kicks with CELL Technology and translucent air pods are becoming popular again.


  • Stylish design
  • Excellent durability
  • Chunky midsoles cushioning
  • Trendy beefed-up style


  • Construction flaws
  • Narrow fit

Who should buy PUMA CELL Venom

The PUMA Cell Venom sneakers are the ideal choice for women and men who are looking for:

  • 90's styling sneakers that have customized fit and great support, 
  • sneakers that are best worn with  jeans, ankle pants, and track pants paired with track jackets, hoodies, loose shirts, and relaxed tops

PUMA CELL Venom logo


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.

PUMA CELL Venom cushioning

Bouncy and responsive

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.

PUMA CELL Venom outsole

History of PUMA CELL Venom

Coming out only in 1998, the PUMA CELL was the latest among the silhouettes given a timely revival by PUMA.

PUMA CELL Venom heel

As many ‘90s silhouettes were 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.

PUMA CELL Venom sole

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.

PUMA CELL Venom collar

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.

PUMA CELL Venom lacing

The PUMA CELL Venom shoes’ modern makeover, meanwhile,  comes with updated materials and production techniques for a contemporary sneaker that retains its ‘90s aesthetics.

PUMA CELL Venom toebox

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.