Size and fit

The Puma Cell Alien Kotto is available exclusively in men’s sizing. Many of the reviews expound that sizing runs on the smaller side, and recommend getting half or even to a full-and-a-half size up. Because of its androgynous color palette and makeup, the ladies will have no problem copping this version of the Cell Alien. 

It is important to note, however, to patiently follow the site’s guide on getting one’s size preference.

Similar to most of the running-inspired style of kicks from Puma, this futuristic-inspired shoe comes with a textile-lined removable footbed, allowing one to put in their orthotics for a more personalized fit. Or remove to give more size room.

Puma Cell Alien Kotto Style

Similar to most of Puma’s dad-style footwear, dressing a 90s running technology with modern touches of monochromatic black or white or vibrant turquoise and contrasting bold orange detailing, makes the Puma Cell Alien Kotto a fun and practical kick to style.

  • Look and feel breezy, yet tough, in a mid-length flowy off-white dress under a slim leather black jacket, and a pair of the straightforward tonal black with purple details of the Cell Alien Kotto.
  • Pull-off a certified street style attire with a white tee under a sea-green jacket and black denim jeans cuffed at the seams to show off that turquoise/orange/black Kotto Cell Alien on feet.

Notable Features

One major difference that the Kotto iteration has over the Cell Alien OG is the TPU hot-press paneling to the sidewalls, where the OG has the leather material. A major factor with this updated material is the fact that it is reflective, along with the round-woven laces and the toe bump and heel area.

Where the lining on the OG version has the plain terry fabric cloth, this Kotto variation of the Cell Alien possesses clashing or not (depending on the colorway) CELL-inspired lining that is a nod to the hexagonal-shapes of the tech.

While the Cell Alien Kotto is every bit looking like the OG, the texture of the mesh in this release is a consistent coarse mesh contrary to the OG’s mixture of fine and coarse patterns.

Puma Cell Alien Kotto History

The original CELL Alien was released in 1998 as a high-mileage running shoe. Two models also debuted the CELL cushioning innovation, the CELL Endura and CELL Venom. 

Unconventionally bulky at that time, the CELL technology is created from blow-molded polyurethane elastomer (TPU) that is configured in hexagonal cells. Putting these cells allowed for engineer cushioning and stability for runners.

To mark the 20th anniversary of this technology, Puma released various versions of the Puma CELL in 2019 infused with updated designs, artful color palettes, better materials, but remaining the core of the silhouette -- the hexagonal cells.

Nice to know

  • Translucent CELL pod is visible on the heel.

Facts / Specs

Style: Retro
Top: Low
Inspired from: Running
Collection: Puma Cell
Closure: Laces
Material: Leather, Mesh, Rubber Sole, EVA / Fabric
Season: Spring, Summer

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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.