Size and fit

Much like most of Puma’s retro collection, the Inhale Flares is available in both men’s and women’s sizing. Several reviews point out that sizing runs on the smaller side, and suggest getting half or even as far as two sizes up. 

As snugness is a personal preference, it is essential to keep in mind how wide or narrow one’s forefoot is. Another thing to take note of is if one opts to wear this with socks or not regularly.

Additionally, this Flares iteration of the Puma Inhale comes with a removable footbed, allowing one to put in their orthotics for a more personalized fit.

Puma Inhale Flares Style

Breathing its way back into the sneaker market after 19 years, Puma re-crafted the Inhale with more color options to appeal to the trendier and more fashion-forward street style of today. 

  • Denim jeans and pastel-colored shirts with some Inhale Flares in maroon/pink or black/white hue will always be a certified no-fail attire no matter the age.
  • Putting on an Aztec-printed maxi dress, a wrap headscarf, and an Inhale Flares in an all-white with hues of blues on feet and summer fashion is on-point.

Notable Features

Apart from the blazing flare movement design, this running-inspired retro features a finer kind of mesh with some zoned-out suede paneling as reinforcements. The tongue in Flares is dressed in a glossy textile while its base model, the Inhale Origin, has the mesh material. 

In keeping with the flame-in-motion theme is the contrasting outsole detail that peaks from the bottom to the midsole. This layout seamlessly melds into the theme of the upper. 

Reflective underlay details, which are barely noticeable, are strategically-placed by the toe and heel area, which are purposeful and trendy.

Puma Inhale Flares History

The first Puma Inhale was released in 2000 as a high mileage running shoe as it featured e+CELL technology in both the forefoot and heel area. 

Known back then as the Cellerator Inhale, Puma injected it with a blow-molded polyurethane elastomer (TPU) that was configured in a pattern of hexagonal cells. Combining these cells allowed the brand to customize cushioning and stability for various footwear. 

Re-issued nearly twenty years since its first release, this re-ignited version possesses the same comfort and silhouette. Like flames that come in varying colors, Inhale Flares breathes a new life of color schemes to ignite the sneaker wearers of the now.

Nice to know

  • CELL branding is on the midsole heel.
  • Translucent outsole allows for a see-through of the CELL technology in its hexagonal pods.


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