Verdict from 100+ user reviews

9 reasons to buy

  • The Puma CELL Endura’s hideously chunky silhouette appealed to various reviewers, who crowned it as a “pinnacle of ugly dad shoes.”
  • Though a chunky dad shoe, the CELL Endura has a subdued color palette, which makes it surprisingly versatile to style, a reviewer remarked.
  • A couple of testers regarded the CELL cushioning tech as a game-changer when it comes to delivering superior comfort, support, and stability.
  • The CELL Endura is made of strong, sturdy materials, some customers observed.
  • Quite a handful liked the accents brought by the distinctive rope loop eyelets.
  • Its bubbly midsole pods gave it a pop, an exclamation point, a user added.
  • A person whose feet are prone to swelling and hurting expressed that the CELL Endura helped him walk.
  • A few customers thought it to be a good wide-footer shoe.
  • The Puma CELL Endura generally runs true to size.

2 reasons not to buy

  • The CELL Endura felt stiff, especially at the toe box area, to a few wearers.
  • Several reviewers said it’s not suitable for all-day use since it’s heavy.

Bottom line

On its twentieth anniversary, the shelved CELL Endura returns, fueling the involvement of Puma in the ’90s classic sneakers renaissance. The signature CELL bubble units, built into its EVA midsole, was one of the most durable and resilient cushioning tech in the ’90s, or any era.

Built to endure, its plump upper comprised of a breathable mesh base, layered with distinctive PU-coated leather and suede paneling. Colored rope loops serving as eyelets create refreshing accents. Priced at $130 apiece, this hefty, beastly CELL Endura joins the ranks of “ugly dad shoes.”

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Good to know

The Puma CELL Endura is available in both men’s and women’s sizing. Men can select from sizes 7 to 13, women from 5.5 to 11. It has a low-top profile, which allows full ankle mobility. Moreover, an eyelet lace-front closure fastens the upper and locks the foot in securely with a custom fit.

Dad shoes have been trending now for quite a while and seem to show no signs of slowing down. Just the perfect time to put these fat CELL Enduras on feet and level up one’s outfit game. Its chunky, round-toed silhouette alone gives any outfit that sought-after pop. Tapered-down joggers or sweatpants, slim-fitted jeans, and even dresses complement this model and accentuate each other.

Also, the CELL Enduras come in surprisingly smooth colorways, such as Puma White/Blazing Yellow, Glacier Gray/High-Risk Red, Puma White/Classic Green, White/Green/Black, and Mita’s “Asphalt.” Because of this, one can pair the Cell Enduras with light-washed colors or khakis.

Aside from its overall beefy structure and bubbly midsole, which the eyes couldn’t ignore, the CELL Endura has still got some exciting details that make it a unique sneaker. These details appear clearer upon a second look. Like the hexagonal outsole pattern, whose cells look like a transparent beehive, and the Puma branding detail on its heel tab, which has some subtle reflective hit to it.

Puma first introduced the CELL Endura in 1998, a pinnacle sneaker of the CELL range. The brand had developed the CELL technology to provide stable cushioning when running. The molded TPU in a hexagonal cell pattern delivered this stability, which also gave this model its trademark look and made it an icon.

On October 4, 2018, Puma had reissued the CELL Endura, bringing it back in its OG White/Green colorway while updating it with new materials and production methods, such as digital stitching. In collaboration with Mita Japan, Puma also debuted the “Asphalt” colorway exclusively in Hypefest 2018.

  • A branded pull tab at the tongue aids on-and-off wear.
  • Both the tongue and collar are padded to deliver added comfort.
  • Puma logo and CELL label are detailed in the tongue, insole, heel, midsole, and outsole tread.


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