Verdict from 60 user reviews

7 reasons to buy

  • Numerous sneaker lovers express that the Puma Inhale re-release stays true to its origin in terms of comfort and style.
  • Fans of Puma shoes emphasize that the fire-flicking design on this retro is lit.
  • Plenty of purchasers notice that the construction of the Puma Inhale feels and looks premium quality.
  • Many of the users highlight that they find the overall design pretty unique.
  • A few individuals exclaim that they are happy that the sole does not look that chunky in person compared to online images.
  • This Inhale reissue looks better than Adidas Yeezy 500, quips some shoe aficionados.
  • Given its similarity to the Yeezy 500, the Puma Inhale has more value for its price.

2 reasons not to buy

  • Some older generation sneaker wearers explain that the design and particularly the Summer Melon colorway might fit the styling profile of the younger age group.
  • Several reviewers opine that the comfort level is just moderate on the Puma Inhale.

Bottom line

This reawakened version of Puma Inhale is a stand-out primarily because it remains true to its OG off-white colorways. Limiting the stacking of different material overlays, contrary to most sneakers nowadays, stands in the flaming patterns making it a walking art piece.

Much like the rest of Puma’s CELL-infused footwear collection, this retro version possesses this technology in both the heel and forefoot for cushioning and stability.

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Good to know

This addition to Puma’s running-inspired roster is available for both men’s and women’s sizing. Plenty of reviews state that the sizing on this runs small, and most recommend going half or even as far as two sizes up. Depending on how wide or narrow one’s feet are, or if one decides to wear socks with this kick, patiently going through the site’s sizing guide will help in getting the most accurate size.

Additionally, the sock liner is detachable on this, so one can always replace it with one’s orthotics for a more customized fit.

From its name, Puma Inhale Origin, it carries the original color variations. Add to it the intricate wavy design and exaggerated curves, outfit options run from basic to eccentric.

  • Basic with a twist. Don on an all-black attire with a pair of the Inhale in either the blue/red/grey or grey tonal for a hit of red or one that bleeds to the pavement.
  • Funkadelic. Go adventurous and throw on a black rainbow spiral tie-dye shirt, black jeans, and the white hue Inhale with purple accents.

One of the most-coveted original colorways of the Puma Inhale is reminiscent of a car painted in flaming hot rods. And this one-of-a-kind design is what makes retro kick lovers want to add Inhale to its sneaker rotation. 

Adding a visual appeal is the contrasting outsole detail that peaks from the bottom to the midsole. This layout seamlessly melds into the theme of the upper. 

Barely noticeable are the strategically-put reflective underlay details by the toe and heel area, which are purposeful and trendy.

The first Puma Inhale was released in 2000 as a high mileage running shoe as it featured e+CELL technology in both the forefoot and heel area. 

Known back then as the Cellerator Inhale, Puma injected it with a blow-molded polyurethane elastomer (TPU) that was configured in a pattern of hexagonal cells. Combining these cells allowed the brand to customize cushioning and stability for various footwear. 

Almost twenty years after the first release, Puma re-issued Inhale with very minute changes. Cell technology is still visible from the outsole. Same comfort, same colors, same silhouette. Feels like Inhale breathed it’s way back into the sneaker fever of today.

  • CELL branding is on the midsole heel.

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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.