Trust Us—These Trainers Are Destined for Cult Status This Year

We here at Who What Wear are always on the look-out for the next items destined for cult status, and when it comes to trainers in 2022 there is one style making a seriously big impact. PUMA has recently launched its Cali Dream pastel collection, which you might guess by the name is inspired by the street style scene in California. This state is known for its laid-back take on summer style combined with a can-do, positive attitude, and these trainers reflect that upbeat sensibility. 

The Cali Dream is a classic trainer shape in so many ways, however they are given a striking edge thanks to the chunky stacked sole and the use of new sugary, soft pastel colourways. The shape is like a traditional court shoe, making them a staple trainer which will go with almost any outfit, while the soft blue and chalky pink colours add personality and will give any look a confident twist.

What we love most about the Cali Dream is just how easy they are to style. You could wear them for an afternoon in the park, a birthday party or a music festival—their simplicity really means they can be styled up or down depending on how adventurous you are when it comes to your own personal outfit building. To help give you an idea of how you can wear them every day, we have created three looks centred around the Cali Dream below. There’s a T-shirt-and-socks look that will look amazing for all of your summer plans, and a pale blue pastel leggings set that really makes the colour of the pink Cali Dream pop. These trainers also look great contrasted against dressier fabrics, like silk-satin, as shown above with the lavender slip skirt and crop top. 

So in essence, the idea is that these are trainers you can wear in absolutely any way you want and that is completely in line with PUMA’s overall business mission. The sportswear giant continues to encourage women to take their own individual path and strive for confidence in everything they do. So dedicated is the PUMA team that they have set up an entire digital platform, SHE MOVES US, where female ambassadors share how they found their confidence and made it to the top in their own fields. You’ll find fascinating personal stories from supermodels and superstars like Dua Lipa, Winnie Harlow and Cara Delevigne alongside athletes such as footballer Nikita Parris and pro golfer Lexi Thompson. As part of this, PUMA has also introduced powerful campaigns which make an impact in the community, such as a partnership with Women Win to increase the visibility of female athletes and help give girls and women better access to sports. They also worked with Modibodi to create a range of period underwear to make playing sport on your period more possible. It trainers and a whole heap of female empowerment? Count us in for a pair (or two).

To show you how just versatile these trainers are, we have put together three summer outfits below that all look amazing with the Cali Dream.

Style Notes: Why not go head-to-toe pastels? This powder blue set looks amazing paired with these peachy-hued Cali Dream. Wearing one accessory in a different colour to a tonal outfit really makes it stand out, and draws your focus to the trainers. 

Style Notes: Wide-leg trousers are trending right now, and we love how this black Ami x PUMA pair looks with the chunky sole of the Cali Dream. 

Style Notes: This outfit would look amazing at a festival or for a day party, as it’s casual styling with a twist. Pair this boxy T-shirt dress with pulled up white socks, to really draw attention down to your trainers. You could always add some cycling shorts underneath in case your dance moves are particularly energetic…

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