Size and fit

Much like its parent model, the Puma Storm Origin, this Adrenaline iteration is also available in both men’s and women’s sizing. Various recommendations from several reviews mention that it is best to get this in half a size down for a snugger fit.

The mesh-line padded tongue and collar provide ample support and protection to one’s feet. As the shoe comes with a detachable footbed, one can easily replace this with their custom orthotics for a more personalized fit.

Puma Storm Adrenaline Style

Consisting of a predominantly mesh upper makes this shoe breathable to wear for long periods of time or even allow the wearer to don on for light runs and walks. However, featuring a timeless sneaker silhouette, the Puma Storm Adrenaline screams a laid-back kind of outfit.

  • Going back to basics is a sure no-fail style. Wearing a pair of pin rolled denim jeans, a plain white shirt, and a couple of either the black/blue/white or gray/blue/neon green color variation on feet will make the wavy patterns stand out against one’s simple outfit.
  • For those who love to experiment on colors, there is always the white/blue/orange or the white/black/pink/teal option to choose from.

Notable Features

Taking elements from its running archives, the Storm Adrenaline features mixed upper materials of mesh, suede, and leather. Strategically set leather overlays are crucial in keeping the trainer durable, while the mesh fabric not only adds to the lightweight feel but allows ample ventilation for breathability. 

One standout detail on this iteration is the wavy patterns on the midsole, which is inspired by swirling cloud motions and is reminiscent of Puma Thunder Spectra.

Puma Storm Adrenaline History

Designed with the new generation of creators in mind, Puma released the Puma Storm in May 2019 just in time for summer. This is in line with Puma’s renowned Futro campaign. 

Futro - an amalgamation of the words “Future” and “Retro” - refers to old models from the archival section and are stripped down and given a modern appeal to attract the sneaker aficionados of today, especially the youth culture.

                 Ill-fated coincidence

Since its release, several color variations have been released. One, in particular, has stirred some controversy for its similarity to Nazi leader Adolf Hitler, thus garnering the moniker, “Hitler sneakers.”

First making rounds in Russia, the top view of this white/black/orange/teal colorway reference has spread the internet since. Most of these digital-savvy people claim that the black toe guard is likened to Hitler’s parting hairstyle, while the black lace stay on the tongue is reminiscent of the infamous dictator’s mustache.

On top of the looks, several people are pointing out that the Storm Adrenaline name is a closer-to-home reference to the Nazi party’s paramilitary wing the Sturmabteilung, which translates to “Storm Detachment.” 

Sneaker historians stated the fact that Puma, owned by German Rudolf Dassler and brother to Adidas founder, Adolf Dassler, supported the Nazi regime in the day. So profound was their support that they secured membership to the Nazi Party.

Apart from Hitler, the Storm Adrenaline is also a dead ringer for Russian author Nikolai Gigol and American poet Edgar Allan Poe.

Puma was quick to issue a statement assuring sneakerheads, “that no Puma product has connections with this person.”

Nice to know

  • Rubber outsole on the heel is exaggerated to the side for added style.

Facts / Specs

Top: Low
Inspired from: Running
Closure: Laces
Material: Leather, Suede, Mesh, Rubber Sole, EVA / Fabric
Season: Spring, Summer
Features: Breathable

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Danny McLoughlin
Danny McLoughlin

Danny is a sports nut with a particular interest in football and running. He loves to watch sports as much as he loves to play. Danny was lead researcher on RunRepeat and The PFA’s report into Racial Bias in Football Commentary. His football and running research has been featured in The Guardian, BBC, New York Times and Washington Post.