Size and fit

The Puma California is available in unisex sizing. It has a low-cut collar that keeps the ankle free, while its nubuck and leather upper provides a sturdy fit. The classic lace-up system secures the sneaker and keeps it snug to the foot.

Puma California Style

A sporty, old-fashioned style is featured in the Puma California, which comes in a lot of colorways for buyers to choose from. The brand Puma made sure to release this shoe in color combinations that are reminiscent of old-school kicks, giving the sneaker a distinctly vintage appeal. Various sportswear would go well with the model for a casual sporty flair. Track pants or suits, joggers, t-shirts, and sweatshirts will emphasize the footwear’s athletic vibe.

Meanwhile, the shoe also has a smooth and timeless silhouette that makes it suitable for more relaxed activities. Shorts, jeans, t-shirts, and more casual clothes will pair well with the shoe’s laidback yet unique appeal. Some of its vibrant colorways will add an eye-catching touch to any outfit.      

Notable Features

Leather and nubuck make up the upper of the low-top Puma California, giving its athletic-inspired design a smooth appeal. There are perforations on the toe for breathability. The Puma Jumping Cat logo is on the tongue and heel, while the Puma California label can be found near the laces. Completing the elegant branding touch is the Puma Formstrip, stitched on the shoe’s lateral side.

Puma California History

In 1924, brothers Adolf “Adi” and Rudolf “Rudi” Dassler established the Dassler Brothers Shoe Factory in their small hometown of Herzogenaurach in Germany. The business started out small right in their mother’s laundry room, with the brothers having to pedal a stationary bicycle to make the machines work when the power went out. They often disagreed, but they were united in their goal of creating high-quality sports shoes.

Even as success followed suit, the brothers split up for good in 1948, with Rudi leaving the company and establishing Puma on the other side of town. Meanwhile, Adi founded Adidas, leading to a fierce rivalry between the two brands that would persist for years. Puma found early success with the Puma Atom, the brand’s first soccer cleat, which was worn by members of the West Germany National Team in 1950.

Since then, Puma and its Leaping Cat logo have been ingrained into mainstream popularity. The brand’s kicks are in demand by athletes and casual wearers alike, who value Puma shoes for their performance and looks. Among its classic offerings is the Puma California, an O.G. sneaker that rose out of the tennis courts in 1983. It was worn by Argentinian grand slam champion Guillermo Vilas, helping it rise in popularity.

These Puma lifestyle sneakers have since found their way from the court into the streets. They were then renamed the Puma California, after the sunshine-infused state. It has a laidback style and an iconic silhouette that has been enshrined in sneaker history, lending the model with a timeless touch. Puma brought back the sneaker in all its sleek glory, updating it for the modern men and women of today. 

Additional Info

  • There’s padding in the collar and tongue to add comfort for the ankle.

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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.