Verdict from 100+ user reviews

10 reasons to buy

  • Many users like the Puma Whirlwind Classic because of its classic looks and retro feels.
  • Majority of buyers agree that the shoes are budget friendly at $60 price tag.
  • Most comments point out how ‘comfortable’ the shoes felt on feet.
  • Several customers are impressed by its snug fit that needs a little break-in for a perfect fit.
  • Quite a lot of wearers applaud the soft and comfortable midsole cushioning.
  • Some users are surprised that the trainers are still performing well during workouts in the gym despite it being a classic lifestyle sneaker.
  • A good number of consumers love the vibrant colors of the shoe that blends well with various clothes.
  • Numerous reviewers find the Whirlwind Classic from Puma as a good quality walking shoe ideal for everyday use.
  • The shoes used lightweight yet durable materials, some critics have observed.
  • The rubber outsole has a good and solid grip, according to some commenters.

3 reasons not to buy

  • A few reviewers notice that the minimal arch support of Puma Whirlwind Classic could be difficult for extended wear.
  • One observer notes that suede material used in the upper is difficult to clean.
  • A few users cite that this shoe runs a bit narrow.

Bottom line

The vintage looks of the Puma Whirlwind Classic remains to be its major catch. However, aside from promising good looks, the shoe offers the same advantages it did in the early 1980s when it was released as a running shoe.

This is probably the reason why several generations of sneaker fans continue buying these shoes not only for its nostalgic appeal but also for its consistent delivery of a comfortable midsole cushioning, a snug fit and a durable outsole to last for years.

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Good to know

The Puma Whirlwind Classic has a T-toe construction that gives enough space for the feet to breathe while a classic lace enclosure keeps the foot secured for various movements and a snug fit. The classic sneakers are available in men’s and women’s sizing.

Inspired by its early designs like the Speeder and Easy Rider, the Puma Whirlwind Classic’s retro look takes every user back to the 1980s. This running sneaker’s re-issue retains the style of the original but its use is more of a lifestyle sneaker than a running shoe.

Stylish colors have also made this a fashion staple for many sneaker fans that are into retro fashion. With its stunning 1980s style, its comeback is definitely a welcome addition and a strong competition to the retro sneakers being resurrected by other brands. Finishing its retro appeal is a Puma #1 logo on the tongue that gives the wearer a badge of the 1980s glam and style that Puma has been known for.

The nostalgia behind wearing this classic 1980s sneaker is probably the main reason why people are buying the Puma Whirlwind Classic. The memories of good fitting, durable sole materials and the lightweight midsole cushioning are just some of the reasons why this vintage shoe remains popular among sneaker fans today.

The superior cushioned midsole and the good grip of the rubber outsole are also among its notable features that are complemented by the good-looking nylon upper and suede overlays with leather detailing in the Puma Formstrip that makes this classic shoe look good in the eye and feel good on foot.

The German brand, Puma has been in the footwear industry for close to 100 years. The shoe manufacturer traces its roots from the Gebrüder Dassler Schuhfabrik (Dassler Brothers Shoe Factory) that was founded in 1924 in the small town of Herzogenaurach.

Rudolf Dassler together with his brother Adolf founded the company until the two brothers decided to go on separate ways with their business.  Rudolf decided to build his own shoe company which he initially named Ruda in 1948, but eventually changed to Puma Schuhfabrik Rudolf Dassler or simply Puma.

The Puma brand, after establishing its credibility as a soccer shoemaker, needed a logo to further its aims of being recognized. Dassler introduced a sans-serif Puma typeface with a picture logo in 1957. The following year the second brand logo now included a Formstrip which initially was intended to stabilize the foot inside the shoe and later on would be the typical trademark one would see in Puma shoes.

Some 10 years later, in 1967, Nuremberg cartoonist Lutz Backes would, later on, create the logo of the jumping cat that is now among the most recognized brands in the world.

  Puma: From Sports to Lifestyle

Fast forward several decades later, Puma established itself as among the most recognized brands in the world creating sports shoes for the world’s top athletes. However, the brand also shifted into more fashionable Puma shoes as it crosses over as a lifestyle shoe manufacturer.

Back to the days when the running lifestyle started to become a craze, with jogger and sweatpants to complete the look, the Puma Whirlwind Classic was released by Puma in 1980. Puma had actually been making similar designs of this sneaker together with its fierce rival Adidas since the 1970s, starting with the German Army Trainers that both companies have been supplying to the army.

Then in the 1980s, the Puma Whirlwind Classic became an instant favorite among the running and recreational fitness generation who wanted a reliable sneaker for short runs and gym workouts. The most distinct feature of the original Whirlwind Classic was the blending of nylon and suede and the lug rubber outsole pattern. In 2015, Puma re-issued the Puma Whirlwind Classic from its archives retaining its slim silhouette.

  • Puma details of a woven Puma logo label at tongue and Puma cat logo at heel.
  • Puma Formstrip at medial and Puma Whirlwind callout on lateral strides retains its vintage look.
  • Neil Patrick Harris has been spotted wearing the Puma Whirlwind Classic.
  • A size 10 of this shoe weighs 275 grams or 9.7 ounces.


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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.