Verdict from 23 user reviews

8 reasons to buy

  • The majority of the users are one in saying that the Puma Inhale Flares delivers when it comes to look and comfort.
  • Loyalists of Puma sneakers highlight that the flaming design on this reissue is unique and dope.
  • Numerous shoe collectors describe that the overall construction of the Inhale Flares feels and looks durable.
  • Plenty of reviewers notice that the quality is made of premium grade, just like its predecessor, the Puma Inhale Origin.
  • The soles do not look as chunky versus images online, quips some people.
  • A handful of individuals express that this trainer is surprisingly lightweight.
  • Several sneaker aficionados share that the silhouette reminds them of the Yeezy 500 from Adidas.
  • The Puma Inhale Flares’ affordable price point makes it a cheaper alternative to the more expensive Yeezy 500.

2 reasons not to buy

  • Some users opine that they find the comfort level on this retro as mediocre.
  • A few of the older age group of sneaker connoisseurs comment that the fiery patterns are too much for them.

Bottom line

In addition to the CELL-powered shoes by Puma, the Flares version of the Inhale performs beyond visual appeal. Looking past the flurry of wavy designs is a tried-and-tested technology for utmost comfort.

More felt than seen is Puma’s hexagonal CELL technology on the heel and forefoot for high energy return, cushioning, and stability.

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Good to know

Much like most of Puma’s retro collection, the Inhale Flares is available in both men’s and women’s sizing. Several reviews point out that sizing runs on the smaller side, and suggest getting half or even as far as two sizes up. 

As snugness is a personal preference, it is essential to keep in mind how wide or narrow one’s forefoot is. Another thing to take note of is if one opts to wear this with socks or not regularly.

Additionally, this Flares iteration of the Puma Inhale comes with a removable footbed, allowing one to put in their orthotics for a more personalized fit.

Breathing its way back into the sneaker market after 19 years, Puma re-crafted the Inhale with more color options to appeal to the trendier and more fashion-forward street style of today. 

  • Denim jeans and pastel-colored shirts with some Inhale Flares in maroon/pink or black/white hue will always be a certified no-fail attire no matter the age.
  • Putting on an Aztec-printed maxi dress, a wrap headscarf, and an Inhale Flares in an all-white with hues of blues on feet and summer fashion is on-point.

Apart from the blazing flare movement design, this running-inspired retro features a finer kind of mesh with some zoned-out suede paneling as reinforcements. The tongue in Flares is dressed in a glossy textile while its base model, the Inhale Origin, has the mesh material. 

In keeping with the flame-in-motion theme is the contrasting outsole detail that peaks from the bottom to the midsole. This layout seamlessly melds into the theme of the upper. 

Reflective underlay details, which are barely noticeable, are strategically-placed 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. 

Re-issued nearly twenty years since its first release, this re-ignited version possesses the same comfort and silhouette. Like flames that come in varying colors, Inhale Flares breathes a new life of color schemes to ignite the sneaker wearers of the now.

  • CELL branding is on the midsole heel.
  • Translucent outsole allows for a see-through of the CELL technology in its hexagonal pods.

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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.