We spent 6.5 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what sneaker fanatics think:

7 reasons to buy

  • Many satisfied purchasers highly recommend the Puma G. Vilas 2 Core sneakers.
  • The overall quality of this shoe impresses lots of testers.
  • Several commenters recognize the stylish look of this shoe from Puma Classics
  • This shoe is comfortable, several buyers mention. 
  • For a small number of buyers, another plus point of this particular model is that it is a value for money.
  • Some reviewers report that they receive lots of compliments from other people every time they wear their pair of the G. Vilas 2 Core.
  • A few reviewers claim that the shoe they have purchased came exactly as pictured.

2 reasons not to buy

  • The Puma G. Vilas 2 Core sneakers are not breathable despite the perforations on the toe box, according to a few disappointed testers.
  • This particular Puma shoe is narrow in the toe box area, a few reviewers mention.

Bottom line

The Puma G. Vilas 2 Core is another Puma tennis-inspired sneaker that manages to deliver not just a stylish facade but also comfort and function rolled into one. Many reviewers are greatly impressed with the overall performance of this low-top as an everyday casual shoe; more so with its style that can easily dress up any casual outfit. 

Named after the famed Argentine tennis player Guillermo Vilas, this Puma sneaker features a slim profile, leather upper, perforated toe box, and durable rubber outsole.  


Top: Low
Inspired from: Tennis
Collection: Puma Classics
Price: $75
Colorways: Black, Grey, White
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The Core edition of the Puma G. Vilas 2 is a tennis-inspired sneaker with a slim profile, low collar, and lace closure. The lace-up closure system, which consists of seven pairs of eyelets and flat cotton laces, permits a customized and secure fit on foot. The leather upper offer sufficient support and hold, while the perforations on the toe and ventilation on the sides allow the feet to breathe for extra comfort. 

The Puma G. Vilas 2 Core is a low-top tennis shoe that features the signature Puma Formstrip logo on the side and the Puma Jumping Cat logo on the tongue and heel. It is a sporty shoe that has been making its way to the casual fashion scene and in the athleisure trend. It can be worn with a simple shirt-short outfit combo or can be dressed up with a pair of casual jeans.

Inspired by a classic tennis shoe, the Puma G. Vilas 2 Core has similar features as the Puma G. Vilas 2 but in a slimmed-down profile. It bears a textile, leather upper with perforated details on the toe box. This silhouette is something that most tennis or Puma fans should be familiar with as the GV special was quite a hit when it was first released.

Guillermo Vilas was a professional tennis player from Argentina who won several major titles in the 1970s, including four Grand Slam titles – the 1977 French Open, the 1977 US Open, the 1978 Australian Open, and the 1979 Australian Open. He also won runner-up titles at the French Open three times in the years 1975, 1978, and 1982, and at the 1977 Australian Open.

Such wins and his popularity in the field of professional tennis led to a team up with the German shoe brand Puma in creating a line of tennis shoes that best present his style of playing. First off the list is the Puma G. Vilas, which was first released in 1983. The G. Vilas shoe exhibits a very thick and durable outsole, a perforated rounded toe box, the Puma Formstrip on the side, and the Puma cat logo on the tongue. While initially aimed to be a tennis shoe, it has become prevalent also among the casual fashion scene.

Following the success of the Puma G. Vilas, another casual kick in the tennis-inspired Puma shoe line was introduced into the sneaker market – the Puma G. Vilas 2. The G. Vilas 2 bears similar features as its predecessor but has a slimmer profile. The Puma G. Vilas 2 is subsequently upgraded with new materials and made available in various colorways to keep its style up-to-date and on-trend. This upgrade is called the Puma G. Vilas 2 Core.  

  • The Puma G. Vilas is now known as the Puma GV Special.
  • There are Puma Formstrip on the side panels and the Puma Jumping Cat logo on the tongue and heel. Alongside the eyelets is the Puma G. Vilas branding.
  • Its durable rubber outsole features a pivot point as support for quick rotation.
  • The upper is composed of a durable leather material upfront and a mesh canvas material on the sides.


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