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Best Puma Shoes Reviewed for Performance & Style

last updated Nov 16, 2018

Puma running shoes and athletic footwear is known throughout the world as forerunners in function and style. The brand has long stood out for its products, as well as, its fascinating history. In 1943, the Dassler brothers of Herzogenaurach, Germany, had a disagreement in a bomb shelter and decided to split up their company – Gebrüder Dassler Schuhfabrik – and go their separate ways. In 1948-1949, the two brothers started their new companies, Puma and Adidas, respectively.

From football on both sides of the pond to NASCAR, Puma is a prolific sportswear and athletic shoe company. Celebrity endorsers have run the gamut from Pele (in a famously clandestine deal that violated a truce between Dassler cousins) to Boris Becker to Jay-Z, who was named Creative Director in 2018. Puma has been donned by Olympic gold medalists, as well as, Korean boy bands, and its popularity shows no sign of waning, as the brand adopts a more and more eclectic style.

Here, we bring you a collection that spotlights Puma versatility in both function and aesthetics. From the classic suede to high-tech knits, these beauties will take you wherever you need to go in style and top condition.

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The recent update reflects the best of 2018’s Puma shoes of all types, shapes, sizes, colors, with new information as to how to choose the best Puma shoes and our criteria for evaluation. Also, included are some of the most frequently asked questions about Puma shoes.

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1
The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
94.6
Comfort
92%
Flexibility
97%
Breathability
94%
Support
96%
Durability
94%
Price Comparison Last Updated (21.11.18)
$52.68
2
The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
93.8
Comfort
94%
Flexibility
95%
Breathability
93%
Support
92%
Durability
95%
Price Comparison Last Updated (21.11.18)
$64.99
3
The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
92.2
Comfort
96%
Flexibility
93%
Breathability
89%
Support
92%
Durability
91%
Price Comparison Last Updated (21.11.18)
$65.00
4
The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
90.4
Comfort
89%
Flexibility
92%
Breathability
90%
Support
91%
Durability
90%
Price Comparison Last Updated (21.11.18)
$51.19
5
The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
89.6
Comfort
88%
Flexibility
90%
Breathability
89%
Support
91%
Durability
90%
Price Comparison Last Updated (21.11.18)
$61.93
6
The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
88.8
Comfort
88%
Flexibility
89%
Breathability
90%
Support
91%
Durability
86%
Price Comparison Last Updated (21.11.18)
$44.95
7
The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
87.8
Comfort
86%
Flexibility
87%
Breathability
89%
Support
91%
Durability
86%
Price Comparison Last Updated (21.11.18)
$61.99
8
The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
86.6
Comfort
85%
Flexibility
89%
Breathability
84%
Support
87%
Durability
88%
Price Comparison Last Updated (21.11.18)
$49.95
9
The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
86.4
Comfort
85%
Flexibility
89%
Breathability
87%
Support
85%
Durability
86%
Price Comparison Last Updated (21.11.18)
$99.00
10
The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
84.4
Comfort
84%
Flexibility
85%
Breathability
83%
Support
85%
Durability
85%
Price Comparison Last Updated (21.11.18)
$40.99
In Depth Review Top 10
  • Fierce Core
  • Ignite Evoknit
  • Super Elevate
  • Classic Wedge
  • Suede Classic
  • Tazon 6 FM
  • OSU NM
  • Tazon 6 Fracture
  • Cell Surin 2 Matte
  • Roma
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10 Best Puma Shoes

1. Fierce Core

The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
94.6
Fierce Core
Comfort
92
Flexibility
97
Breathability
94
Support
96
Durability
94
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$52.68
Pros:
  • Breathable Ariaprene Upper
  • Greater Stability
  • Control &Comfort
  • All-Around Enhanced Movement
  • Unrivaled Aesthetics & Functionality
Cons:
  • Size Runs Small
  • Size Runs Narrow

The Fierce collection is PUMA performance elevated to amazing levels of style and function. They are inspired by the movements of dance and incorporate rigid but comfortable construction to take on the most strenuous workouts. The slip-on design provides cage and mesh combinations to provide stability and support without laces.

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Pull-on Construction
As the visual implies, this unique sneaker features technology that provides stability and security with overlocking mesh and cage construction. To ensure that the slipping in and out won’t compromise structural integrity, there are pull-tabs on the tongue and heel.

Greater Stability in the Heel
These booties feature exaggerated heels, which are thicker to promote increased stability. The rubber outsides, also, provide for greater grip.

Cost and Value
The Fierce collection is going to cost you a little more, but it’s a fair price to pay for unique looks and cutting-edge technology.

2. Ignite Evoknit

The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
93.8
Ignite Evoknit
Comfort
94
Flexibility
95
Breathability
93
Support
92
Durability
95
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$64.99
Pros:

Sock Like Fit

Great For The Gym

Casual 

Traction On Wet Terrain

Cons:

Expensive

This pair of Cross-trainer shoes is a great running shoe for those who combine other elements to their routine (i.e. weightlifting, etc.). Furthermore, these shoes are highly breathable and have decent stability. For those in need of better control over their heel and ankle area, in terms of support and structure, then these are the running shoes for you.

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EverTrack Technology
This is technology strategically placed, in order to extend the life of the shoe in high-wear areas, such as the heel of the outsole. In return, there is more cushioning in those areas which are of high impact.

Arch Support
The arch support is minimal, which means someone not in need of arch support will greatly benefit from the design. This, also, means that those who need arch support will need to purchase an insole, just for that.

Cost and Value
This pair of shoes falls into the upper end of cost association when compared to other shoes on this list. They are, however, a cross-trainer shoe which adds the element of multi-workout types (e.g. running and weightlifting in the same workout). As such, these are shoes, most definitely, worth the investment.

3. Super Elevate

The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
92.2
Super Elevate
Comfort
96
Flexibility
93
Breathability
89
Support
92
Durability
91
best offer for today
$65.00
Pros:
  • Flexible Upper
  • TPU & EVA Heel Units
  • 2.25-inch Shaft Height/Heel Height
  • Great Value
  • Strong & Smooth Surface
Cons:
  • Minimal Breathability
  • Minimal Color Variety

The Super Elevate is one of PUMA’s more popular running shoes. With classic PUMA styling and synthetic or leather uppers, the comfort and functionality of the Super Elevate sneakers make for a great entry-level shoe.

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TPU and EVA Midsole Heel Units
The TPU and EVA midsole heel units in the Super Elevate provide cushioning without compromising stability. The comfort throughout makes the Super Elevate great for everything from running to racquet sports.

Fashionable Functionality
The smooth upper material allows for these sneakers to pass as casual on-trend fashion footwear while giving the shoe the flexibility and smoothness to perform in multiple places.

Cost and Value
This is a true entry-level shoe with a great price point. The cost is extremely reasonable and is a great way to get introduced to the brand; as well as, whatever sport has inspired your purchase.

4. Classic Wedge

The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
90.4
Classic Wedge
Comfort
89
Flexibility
92
Breathability
90
Support
91
Durability
90
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$51.19
Pros:
  • Concealed Wedge
  • Classic, Suede Uppers
  • Cushioned Support
  • Triple-Padded Collar
  • Heel Pull Tab
Cons:
  • Size Runs Small
  • Size Runs Narrow

A surprise in every sneaker! The PUMA Wedge is exactly what its name implies. The high-top outer shell conceals a 2.5” wedge heel inside the shoe. The Wedge is available in a wide array of colors and styles and even with the elevated heel, the PUMA comfort level is still spot on.

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Wedge Heel
The PUMA Wedge gives the classic suede style a little lift while maintaining comfort. This shoe is the perfect merge of fashion and function.

Triple-padded Collar
The Suede Classic was, originally, celebrated as a basketball shoe. The triple-padded collar on the Classic Wedge is a throwback to the original style.

Cost and Value
The Classic Wedge trends to a higher price point than the entry-level styles, but for the gorgeous suede, a variety of colors, and cushy comfort, these sneakers are worth the extra dimes.

5. Suede Classic

The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
89.6
Suede Classic
Comfort
88
Flexibility
90
Breathability
89
Support
91
Durability
90
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$61.93
Pros:
  • Suede Upper
  • Formstrip Overlays
  • Lace-Up Vamp
  • Foam-Padded Collar & Tongue
  • Rubber Outsole
Cons:
  • Size Runs Narrow
  • Minimal Insole

The PUMA Suede Classic lives up to its name. This style has been around for decades and is often considered the quintessential PUMA style. The Suede Classic is the essential model for PUMA’s fashion-conscious crossover from sport to streetwear. It comes in a wide variety of colors and is so popular that many fans have purchased them over and over again.

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Fashionable Suede
It’s the look of the Suede Classic that sets it apart from other casual sneakers. There are a variety of colors available and a quick change of the laces can take your pair from on-trend and contemporary to cool retro. Whatever color you choose, this sneaker will always be classic PUMA.

Comfortable for Sport and Leisure
While not meant for hardcore workouts or long-distance running, the Suede Classic is sturdy and comfortable enough to fulfill many of your athletic needs. Many people will keep two pairs on hand - one for their day-to-day athleisure wardrobe and another for their more active times.

Cost and Value
The Suede Classic is a moderately-priced shoe that holds its value. It won’t break the bank and the cost is well worth the reputation and reliability that come with these amazing shoes.

6. Tazon 6 FM

The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
88.8
Tazon 6 FM
Comfort
88
Flexibility
89
Breathability
90
Support
91
Durability
86
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$44.95
Pros:
  • TPU Shank
  • Synthetic/Leather Upper
  • EVA Heel Pod
  • EcoOrthoLite Sockliner
  • T-Toe Construction
Cons:
  • Stain Easily

These running shoes are built for durability, as the T-toe construction is a great design. Furthermore, perforations at the collar and found within side ports help to sustain a bit of airflow, as you run. This provides a level of breathability and, furthermore, adds elements of both promoting healthier feet and reducing overall fatigue level, as can be found in relation to overheated feet. In addition, the EcoOrthoLite sockliner works in conjunction with the overall design to give you comfort and further breathability.

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EVA Heel Pod
This EVA heel pod helps to maximize shock-absorbent properties already found within the midsole. This, in turn, helps to further reduce impact gained from heel striking. As such, the midsole isn't solely responsible for shock absorption.

EcoOrtholite Sockliner
This sockliner helps to maintain airflow and comfortability level. Furthermore, it is environmentally-friendly and helps to reduce the overall carbon footprint of the shoe.

Cost and Value
These shoes range in the upper-mid- to- lower-high in cost association. They are made with a sturdy construction, have a bit of airflow, contain an EVA heel pod, and are environmentally-friendly. As such, these are shoes which should hold out well while under the stress of running; a great buy.

7. OSU NM

The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
87.8
OSU NM
Comfort
86
Flexibility
87
Breathability
89
Support
91
Durability
86
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$61.99
Pros:
  • Laceless
  • Hook-and-Loop Closure
  • Flexible
  • EcoOrthoLite Sockliner
  • Carbon-rubber Outsole
Cons:
  • Size runs small

These shoes may look a little funky at first sight; however, once you feel the flexibility and mobility this shoe provides, you’ll never want to take them off. Designed for cross training, these laceless shoes come equipped with synthetic suede straps layered in mesh that secure the foot in place while, also, being flexible enough for all types of movements. The bottom of the shoes is made with a carbon/rubber combination with small cut grooves throughout the sides; this helps, again, with flexibility and movement; allowing the shoe to bend with your foot.

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Laceless
You can't go wrong with this feature! Now, you’ll never have to trip over untied laces or spend the time to tie them every time you wear them. With the hook and loop closure, you can simply slip on the shoes, buckle them up, and head straight out for your activities.

Versatile and Flexible
Both the top and bottom of the shoe were designed to move with the movement of your foot. The multiple straps provided at the top create security yet flexibility, while the slits at the bottom of the soles able the shoe to bend. This feature is great for runners, climbers, parkour, and many more.

Cost and Value
These shoes are towards the higher side; yet, for their value, they are well priced. These shoes are very versatile and are made to last a long time, so the initial investment is, definitely, worth it.

8. Tazon 6 Fracture

The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
86.6
Tazon 6 Fracture
Comfort
85
Flexibility
89
Breathability
84
Support
87
Durability
88
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$49.95
Pros:
  • Sleek, Modern Appeal
  • EcoOrthoLite Sockliner
  • Comfortable Insoles
  • Shock Absorbing
  • TPU Shank
Cons:
  • Narrow Toe Box
  • Minimal Breathability

Featuring a sleek and edgy style for both men and women, these Puma running shoes will provide you with all the comfort you need during your long workouts. The signature EVA heel pod and Eco OrthoLite insoles combine to absorb shock during movement and ease tension in the foot. Multilayered quality fabrics and streamlined silhouettes make for a simply modern, yet classic appeal. Coming in a couple of different color combinations, these are a great pair of neutral shoes that can match with any outfit.

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Eco OrthoLite Insoles
This type of insole is great for athletes, especially runners who are constantly working their feet. Eco OrthoLite insoles are breathable and lightweight, and cushioning all at the same time. The material it’s created with help to wick away moisture, so your feet can stay cool and dry.

EVA Heel Pod
During movement, if you don't have the right shoes, your heels can really feel the weight of the surface which can cause pain and lead to future physical injuries. The EVA heel pod was specially designed to help absorb the shock and impact created during running. Your heel will stay cushioned on the inside while the shoe takes the damage away for you.

Cost and Value
Actual price varies depending on shoe size and color choice. Overall, however, these shoes are priced in the midrange of cost association and are great shoes for both running and weightlifting in the same workout. As such, these shoes are a worthy investment.

9. Cell Surin 2 Matte

The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
86.4
Cell Surin 2 Matte
Comfort
85
Flexibility
89
Breathability
87
Support
85
Durability
86
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$99.00
Pros:
  • Ventilating Perforations
  • TPU Shank
  • Matte Nubuck Upper
  • Rubber Sole
  • Formstrips
Cons:
  • Size Runs Narrow

PUMA’s Cell Surin 2 Matte may not make a really loud statement but it’s a powerful shoe and designed with athletics in mind. It is well-cushioned and built with stability and breathability features for maximum safety and comfort. This is a high-quality shoe and it’s perfect for many athletics.

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Ventilating Perforations
This cross-training shoe is designed for breathability with its ventilating perforations. These are strategically placed to keep your feet cool and dry while you enjoy that nice run.

TPU Shank
The thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) shank in this shoe is placed just under the arch of your foot to give you maximum stability and support when you wear this sleek shoe.

Cost and Value
The PUMA Cell Surin 2 Matte can be found safely in the middle price range of this list. It’s a great value because it has several amazing features and is fairly priced.

10. Roma

The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
84.4
Roma
Comfort
84
Flexibility
85
Breathability
83
Support
85
Durability
85
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$40.99
Pros:
  • Multi-Color Variety
  • Provides Grip & Traction
  • Classic Design
  • Padded Tongue
  • Arch Support
Cons:
  • Size Runs Narrow

This simple, yet sleek design is a Puma classic; if you're a true fan of this brand, you’ll recognize these shoes right away. This retro sneaker features signature Formstrips on the shoe, which creates the main focal point of the design and furthers stability. The sawtooth outside soles of the shoes are great for traction and providing grip. Coming with a padded tongue and arch support, these shoes are able to provide constant comfort during all types of movement.

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Sawtooth Outsoles
Most regular sneakers aren't as functional as these. The sawtooth outsoles create ultimate grip; great for traction and all types of terrain. Whether climbing, running or walking, you won't have to worry about your shoes making you trip, per se. These textured soles are, also, a great way to prevent injuries and slip-ups.

Complete Comfort
They may not look like it, but these shoes are very comfortable. Get a variety of features like a padded tongue, arch support, cushioned midsoles, and sawtooth outsoles; these shoes were made to help keep your feet at ease.

Cost and Value
Sizing and colors change the pricing again with this one. Overall they're a great pair of shoes, but it's understandable not to want to make a dent in your wallet, just for some sneakers. When picking the most basic options, however, the pricing seems very reasonable and worth the cost.

Criteria Used for Evaluation

Comfort

Cushioning protects your feet from painful impacts. Shock and force from walking, jogging, or running can vary, but wearing shoes with minimal or no cushioning is hazardous. To prevent injuries, Puma has used many aspects of its shoe designs to provide the most cushioning without sacrificing support and durability.

Insole
Having cushioned insoles built into your shoes is a great way to keep the pressure off the ball and heel areas of your foot, helping to evenly distribute weight as you move. Puma makes sure to create all their shoes with just the right amount of cushion to provide you with all these features. If you’re someone who spends long days on their feet, you’ll be very thankful for this.

There are many kinds of insoles used by different shoe manufacturers, but Puma appears to use EcoOrthoLite more than the other insole types. EcoOrthoLite is resilient and environmentally-friendly.

Midsole
Midsoles are just as important as insoles, if not more so. The midsole unit can be found wedged between the insole and the outsole and this is where most manufacturers, Puma included, place their best cushioning technologies. Here are a few examples of Puma’s best midsole technologies:

  • CELL Cushioning Technology
    Puma’s CELL Cushioning Technology is a honeycomb-styled midsole that is made of polyurethane elastomer cells. It absorbs shock but doesn’t wear out the same way that foam does. This is an old, reliable shoe technology that Puma still uses today.
  • IGNITE Foam
    IGNITE Foam is a foam-based cushioning technology developed by Puma for maximum bounce-back, cushioning, durability, and flexibility. It’s, generally, used in their IGNITE product line.
  • NRGY Beads
    Puma’s NRGY Bead midsole unit is a transparent midsole filled with beads. These beads will compress and shift inside the midsole as you walk, jog, or run, and this means you’ll have optimal cushioning for whatever terrain you’re traversing. The beads, also, provide optimal bounce-back to save your energy while you travel or work.
  • Outlast Memory Foam
    Outlast was, originally, designed for space suits to regulate the temperature in them. Puma has taken that technology and turned it into a temperature regulating memory foam midsole material. This midsole technology is one of the best, as it is designed for intense space travel and that means it’ll be more durable in our more temperate conditions here on Earth.
  • Outsole
    Believe it or not, the outsole plays an integral part in cushioning your feet against painful impacts. A flimsy, thin outsole will not provide much protection or cushioning if you step on a rock or land too hard while you’re running, and this can lead to injuries. Fortunately, Puma uses their patented outsole technologies. Here is a couple of the best that Puma has to offer in well-cushioning outsoles:

  • Puma duoCell
    Embedded in the outsole, the Puma duoCell reduces foot strike impact to give you a more comfortable run. It utilizes a hexagon cell structure, not unlike the CELL Cushioning midsole technology mentioned previously.
  • Puma iCell
    Puma’s iCell technology is embedded in the outsole to reduce impact and cushion your feet. It, also, utilizes the CELL cushioning style hexagonal cell structure. iCell is placed in the forefoot and the heel to strategically provide the cushioning you need in areas that endure the most impact.
  • Padding
    While the bottom of your foot is being protected it’s, also, important that the areas around the shoe are cushioned, as well. One big problem people commonly have with shoes is that they rub against their ankles and create blisters. This is why Puma creates their shoes with padding around the insides of the ankle areas. They, also, give the tongue of the shoe some extra padding, as well; so, all around your feet, you can feel at ease and less constricted.

    One such way that Puma uses padding in the upper design of their shoes is with the AccuFoam Topaz Dots on the sides of the upper.

  • AccuFoam Technology w/Topaz Dots
    Puma uses their special AccuFoam technology to pad the upper of some of their shoe models. The Topaz dots built into the side of the shoe cushions against impacts from sports activities, such as kicking a ball, and other situations that result in bumps and scrapes.
  • Flexibility

    The upper of your shoe needs to be flexible enough to bend with your natural foot movements but, also, firm enough to support your foot. It’s a case for your foot, which is designed to protect it from harm. Think of a shoe as a carrying case for your most prized possession, your feet. When you have a musical instrument, such as a guitar or flute, you carry it around in a protective case. The insides of good instrument carrying cases are soft and absorb impact while the outer layer is firm and protects the instrument from falls and bumps. While you don’t need an inflexible upper in a shoe, as that would lead to injury, you do need one that’s built with materials that will protect your feet from harm.

    The best upper designs incorporate firm materials and flexible, breathable materials. Stripes made of synthetic leather, along with the sides of the shoes teaming up with a breathable mesh, is one such example. It’s best to avoid shoes that are a hard, unforgiving prison for your feet because there will be no freedom for your foot to naturally move within their shoe shell, and you could get hurt.

    Breathability

    Hot and sweaty feet are utterly miserable and uncomfortable, but they aren’t just uncomfortable. Hot and sweaty feet that are not dried quickly are a health hazard. Fungi can develop and grow in hot, wet, and dark conditions; the conditions that are found in shoes that lack breathability and temperature management features. One such fungus is the one that results in what is commonly known as Athlete’s foot. Also, wet feet are more blister-prone than dry feet. Wet feet are softer and more vulnerable to blistering; so, it would be in your best interests to invest in shoes that keep your feet cool and dry.

    Here are some examples of how Puma manages moisture and temperature in their shoes:

    Cushioning
    The type of cushion used in the shoe is very important. While some shoes may feel plush and comfortable during the first wearing, you may tend to find that your feet sweat more and because of this, they smell. Puma makes sure to create their cushioned insoles and inside linings with materials that do just the opposite.

    Puma, generally, uses a special brand of cushioned insoles called EcoOrthoLite. This is currently one of the best insoles on the market that works all around to keep your foot comfortable, dry and cool.

    You may have heard of OrthoLite insoles before, as many popular shoe companies are starting to use this type of material. EcoOrthoLite is a more environmentally-friendly version of the original insole. If you’re someone who cares for the environment and wants to reduce your carbon footprint, Puma shoes are something you can feel good about wearing.

    Using the same open-cell foam technology as the original, these insoles are created to allow the foot to breathe inside the shoe. Proper airflow and circulation allow the foot to cool down and helps keep moisture from staying stagnant in your shoes.

    The breathability features go hand in hand with the moisture-controlling technology. The materials used in the insoles help to absorb the moisture away from the foot while the air circulation helps to filter it out and keep it dry. This creates an overall comfortable feel inside the shoe and allows you to work harder and keep reaching your goals.

    Upper Features

  • Mesh Upper
  • Not only are mesh uppers flexible and, generally, softer than other, firmer materials, but they are much more breathable. The mesh design found in some Puma shoes allows more air to slip through the walls of your shoe, which helps dry and cool your feet.

  • Ventilating Perforations
  • For anyone looking for a shoe that is breathable but not built with a mesh upper design, Puma offers shoes designed with ventilating perforations along the sides of the upper. These perforations offer a more limited amount of moisture and temperature management, but you get more protection for your foot from outside threats through the firmer material that the upper is built with.

  • Toe Perforations
  • Hot, sweaty feet are unpleasant, but little is worse than having sweaty, hot toes. Some Puma shoes have toe perforations. There are more perforations in the toe area than the ventilating perforations usually require in the upper and they’re smaller than the ventilating perforations along the side of the shoe. However, the toe perforations are just as effective as their ventilating perforation cousins. Like the ventilation perforations on the sides of the upper, these perforations allow Puma to create more durable and protective uppers.

  • Sockliners
  • Sockliners line the top of your shoe to protect your upper feet from abrasive rubbing, but Puma takes their sockliners a step further. Their sockliners are temperature managers, too!

    BreathActive
    BreathActive is a mesh sockliner designed with a “micro-channel system” which helps wick moisture away from your feet, keeping them dry and helping them cool down.
    PWRCOOL Technology w/ CoolCELL Materials
    CoolCELL materials are used in this sockliner, which helps to keep your feet cool while you go about your day. The sockliner wicks moisture away from your feet and socks to keep them dryer and cooler.
    EcoOrthoLite
    Puma utilizes EcoOrthoLite in different ways, but the sock liner is probably the most impactful. The EcoOrthoLite sockliner provides a soft, cool layer of cushioning between the soles of your feet and the insole of your shoe. This thin layer, also, has moisture wicking properties to draw the moisture away from your feet to prevent blisters and other unpleasant foot conditions.

    Support

    On the trail, on the road, in the hall, or at the office: it doesn’t matter where you are. You need to have sufficient support and stability features in your shoes, so you can walk or run comfortably. People, who have high arches or overpronate, especially need support features built into their shoes. These features provide safety and comfort, so you don’t need to sacrifice one for the other.

    Arch Support
    Many manufacturers have different means of providing support and stability in their shoes. Puma has their own methods, which are just as effective as other manufacturers who focus on designing stability shoes with minimal cushioning.

  • ArchTec
    This technology incorporates a shank in the midfoot region to provide support where you need it: under your arches, so you can have a more comfortable step. This helps stabilize and support your every step.
  • TPU Shank
    TPU stands for thermoplastic polyurethane, which is a material that is firm, durable, and heat resistant. This shank is designed to provide under-arch support and runs through along the middle of the foot from the heel to the forefoot area. This lessens some of the impact from each footstrike for a more comfortable step.
  • Ankle Support
    Many Puma shoes come with a higher ankle than most sneakers. This feature offers optimum ankle support and is, usually, teamed up with padding to give you the most support without becoming uncomfortable and abrasive. Most shoes from Puma which come with a higher ankle have an ankle section which is made of firmer materials to offer your ankles the support they need. Some Puma shoes, also, use Velcro hook-and-loop closures which are large straps that wrap around the ankle, offering another layer of support and protection to your weak ankles.

    Traction
    You need an outsole that will support you and your gait. It can’t be too flimsy or too firm, or you’ll get hurt. Puma uses high-quality outsole materials to create the perfect balance of flex and firmness. However, Puma also invested in a few special technologies to include in the outsole that support your feet and enhance the traction capabilities of their shoes.

  • High-Performance Spikes
  • Some Puma shoes, especially those designed for sports, bear high-quality spikes that dig into the ground and help give you the traction and grip that you need to play your game hard.

  • Puma SPEEDFRAME
  • The Puma SPEEDFRAME is an innovative outsole technology, which is built with all the durability and flex features of standard outsoles but it weighs less. The SPEEDFRAME helps you run faster for longer, as its lightweight design helps reduce the onset of foot and leg fatigue.

  • EVERTrack
  • The EVERTrack outsole is an outsole specially designed to be more durable than other outsoles. Puma’s EVERTrack outsole lasts longer and still provides your feet with ample cushioning and support.

  • Rubber Sole Motorsport
  • The Rubber Sole Motorsport is a special class of outsole that Puma offers in its safety work boot and shoe product lines. This outsole is heat resistant up to 572 degrees Celsius, or 1,061 degrees Fahrenheit, making it perfect for construction and factory work. It has great traction, making it slip-resistant, too. The Motorsport even comes with iCell technology built into it to absorb shock and grooves are cut into it to give it more flex and lighter weight. Safety, support, cushion, and lightweight, this outsole has it all.

  • Rubber Sole Running
  • Like the Motorsport, the Rubber Sole Running outsole can endure up to 572 degrees Celsius. What the Running has that the Motorsport doesn’t, however, is a duoCELL insert in the outsole to absorb shock and a torsion control system to keep you safe when you’re on the go. No sprained ankles from rolling feet on the job or the run for you!

  • PWRADAPT Technology
  • The PWRADAPT Technology used in some PUMA shoes is special because it’s designed to offer similar traction effects to spikes and cleats, but these are shorter and less prominent. These outsoles don’t need lugs to be longer to be effective. PWRADAPT outsoles come with bumpy suction cup looking pod inserts that stick out just a bit from the rest of the outsole. They grip the ground and flex to allow your foot to rest safely and comfortably on any surface.

    Protection
    Puma takes your protection very seriously. Having shoes that protect your feet is essential for construction sites and factories, but you need protection in your everyday life, as well. Shoes come in a variety of shapes, sizes, and styles. PUMA uses many popular technologies that are used in many safety shoes and work boots across brands, but they have, also, patented some of their own. Many of the protective features and technologies mentioned previously in this guide have protection providing elements from cushioning to absorb impact to breathability features that control temperature and flexibility, which prevents the formation of blisters and other injuries.

    Here are just a few of the other technologies which have not been mentioned previously in this guide:

  • NETFIT Lacing Technology
  • NETFIT is a revolutionary lacing technology used in some Puma shoes. The entire upper portion of the shoe is covered with a net that is firmly secured to the shoes where the upper meets the outsole. You can loop your shoelaces through any of the holes on this shoe to tie the shoe closed. This gives you the very best fit possible, and that means you’re not going to have your shoes fly off on a hard run or in the workplace. Plus, securely fitting shoes will not slide and slip around on your feet and thus will not give you as many blisters and painful abrasions.

  • Composite Cap I/C 75
  • For the person working at a factory or construction site knows that it’s essential that you have protection for your toes from heavy falling objects. The composite cap is a lightweight alternative to the steel toe cap. Plus, composite caps insulate your feet to keep them warm in cold environments, and they aren’t metal, so they won’t be a danger when you’re working with powerful magnets.

  • Steel Cap I/C 75
  • The steel cap is the standard hardshell used to protect the toes of construction and factory workers everywhere. It’s not as lightweight as a composite cap, but it’s stronger. Fortunately, steel caps, also, generally come with ample toe space; so, you can relax your toes, even on the job!

    Durability

    Everyone wants the shoes they love to last forever; or at least, a long time, right? It’s always frustrating or sad when you’ve only worn a pair of shoes a couple of times before they start showing wear or damage. Then you have to spend more money on new shoes, and the cycle just seems to repeat itself.

    Puma, truly, understands the value of a quality shoe and works hard to create shoes with durable materials. From inside to out, these shoes were made to last a long time and continuously provide support and comfort throughout their use.

    The EcoOrthoLite insoles used on the inside of the shoes are made to keep their form and shape so that they won’t wear down to the shape of your foot. While on the outside, the special rubber material is used to create the bottom base and heel of the shoe. The rubber is resilient and helps to absorb shock from heavy movements on hard surfaces.

    Puma shoes that are made specifically for running and soccer, which are both hard sports on the feet, seem to have the most durability of them all. The materials used on the outside are expected to get dirty, which is why Puma uses materials that won’t get ruined from a little dirt or mud and can, also, be cleaned

    Overall, the durability of Puma shoes is a top reason why the brand is so successful. You can, truly, get your money’s worth when you’re buying from this brand.

    Style

    Puma creates a wide variety of styles which makes them a great brand for all genders and a large group of ages. If you’re looking for classic, retro, minimalist or modern styles, you can expect to find them all here.

    The original shoes that helped the launch the brand over 65 years ago are still being used as models to create newer updates of your favorite classics. If your heart is set on those original styles, you’ll be happy to know that Puma still keeps them alive.

    If you’re more into current colorful retro styles, Puma has those, too. You can find styles like these, mostly, in their specific running section. Puma is constantly using innovative technology to keep styles current. The mesh layers they use in their shoes are a great example of a newer fabric that adds color and is a highly trendy style.

    While Puma has some wonderful color selections, you can, also, find simple, sleek styles great for the everyday minimalist. Most of the classic designs stay in neutral color options, which allows them to be easily paired with many different styles of clothing.

    Puma is constantly creating new styles and updating their originals. No matter what type of shoe you’re looking for, you can always expect Puma to have all the latest in trending styles.

    Use

    Puma has created multiple shoe lines for a variety of sports, including running, training, football, soccer, golf, and motorsports. Each activity works the body and feet in different ways; Puma understands that it’s important to create quality features that enhance the user’s abilities in each type of activity.

    Puma has created a very large selection of running shoes to choose from. Whether you’re running long distance, short sprints, on hard tracks, or rough terrain, Puma has made a shoe for all types of running exercises. Made with EcoOrthoLite insoles and comfortable padding, these type of shoes were specially made to keep your feet cool and at ease.

    If you’re a golfer, you’ll want to check out Cobra Golf, a brand created by Puma, specifically designed to provide all the comfort, support, and traction needed for amateur, intermediate, and professional golfers. Puma, also, creates their own golf shoes from their brand, too. It doesn’t matter which one you buy from, they’re both made from the same creators so that you can expect the same levels of quality.

    Many professional soccer athletes wear Puma during training and performing. Some of their soccer cleats may seem expensive at first; however, if you’re serious about succeeding in your sport, you’ll want to make this investment. These shoes are specially designed to be lightweight, yet have enough grip and traction to keep your movements fluid.

    Puma’s shoe designs allow the user to be more specific about the types of needs for each activity. Once you can specify what the use for the shoe is, you’ll be able to find a match much easier than you would with other shoe brands.

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    Pairing Pumas For Fashion

    Pumas make a great addition to your footwear collection, as they mix stylish fashion sense with the comfort of a sneaker, and can really be worn with nearly any kind of attire. Casual settings can showcase your style sense with a clean cut pair of pumas paired with jeans or shorts, while sporting a darker black suede or leather puma to work can also be appropriate.
    If your looking to add some fun to your style sense, select a bolder color Puma to wear that can add a pop of color to your outfit.

    Puma Care

    Since many Puma models use softer suede or leather uppers, you can easily care for them to keep them looking new with a simple shoe protectant spray. Many protectants help against water or other stains, but also against dirt and grime.
    Always store your shoes away from direct sunlight or heat, which will help them keep their original color.

    Frequently Asked Questions

    q: What makes Puma a brand worth choosing?
    a:

    For over 65 years, Puma has been a world-leading sports brand dedicated to creating only the most current styles of footwear, apparel, and accessories. Puma offers sport-specific designs in a variety of categories including golf, soccer, running, football, and motorsports. They, also, make sneakers for everyday wear, as well. Created with only the most innovative technology, these high-quality shoes are made for comfort and long-term reliability. Puma has worked hard to create a positive brand reputation and has earned the right to be recognized as a top brand in today’s current industry. Even Olympic winning athletes like Usain Bolt wear Puma brand shoes (i.e. Puma Ignite).

    q: Are Puma shoes made for both men and women?
    a:

    Yes. While most shoes in their collection are labeled by gender, there are still both styles for men and women. If you can find one shoe style you like and it says men’s in the title, you can, usually, always guarantee to find them in women’s, as well. Sizes of feet are commonly assessed by gender as women tend to have smaller, narrower feet; while men, typically, have wider, larger feet.

    q: Are these shoes only made for athletes?
    a:

    While most shoes created by this brand are made for specific sports and physical activities, the versatile styling and cushioned comfort enable them to, also, work well as everyday shoes. Some Puma shoes, also, feature more minimal designs and colors, which is great if you’re just looking for a new pair of sneakers. The Sportstyle line, by Puma, is the best choice for finding less sport-specific shoes and features the most current styles in fashion.

    q: What methods of care should I use to keep my Puma shoes clean?
    a:

    First things first, never put any of them in the washing machine or dryer; this can shrink the shoes or damage the outer materials. Keep your shoes away from areas of high heat like radiators or space heaters. Depending on the type of material used on the shoes, you’ll need to use certain methods of cleaning to remove dirt or stains. With leather, canvas, nylon, and synthetic leather, you can use mild soap and cold water with a washcloth to clean the surface; then, leave out to air dry. Make sure to never, fully, immerse in water or use any chemicals or bleach for cleaning. For suede, a specifically designed suede brush can be used to lightly scrub the dirt out; never clean with any liquids.

    q: Does Puma offer customization on their shoes?
    a:

    At this current moment, Puma does not offer any personalization. On the bright side, all shoes, usually, come in multiple color options; so, finding colors that fit your kind of aesthetic is very easy. There are many designs and fabrics used in the creation of these shoes to where the option for customization is simply replaced with a higher number of styles. With Puma constantly coming up with new ideas for shoes, deciding which one is your favorite is, actually, the hardest part; you’ll thank them for not complicating things.

    q: Where are Puma shoes made?
    a:

    This is an international brand that distributes its products in more than 120 different countries. There are over 100 suppliers from that number sourced from Asia, so you’re most likely to get a pair of shoes created from overseas. Their established headquarters is, actually, located in Germany. If you’re purchasing shoes from Puma online in the U.S, you may receive them from the same country, as there are 3 distributors located here. Puma factories are widespread throughout the globe, so it’s easier to ship products with the least amount of distance.

    q: What does the price range look like with this brand?
    a:

    Prices all vary depending on styles, sizes, and colors. Overall, the brands pricing ranges from average middle-higher cost values. You can find some cheaper styles that offer fewer features or designs but these are better for everyday wear, not athletic performance. Puma’s running and other sports shoes come with special features that help to optimize the user’s capabilities, making them of a higher price value. The cost of these shoes are worth every penny though, you won’t be disappointed when purchasing a pair.

    q: Can I wear my Puma shoes to work?
    a:

    That depends on the dress code where you work and the style of PUMA shoes you invest in. If you buy a shoe from the PUMA safety shoe line, then you’re good to go on some construction jobs, because some of them have steel toe caps built in. Most PUMA shoes, however, don’t have safety features. They’re great for nurses, as they can be both fashionable and practical footwear. You probably wouldn’t be able to get away with wearing PUMA shoes to an office job that requires formal wear, though, even if they are a pair of fashion sneakers.

    q: Are my Puma shoes good for all sports?
    a:

    Not all PUMA shoes are good for sports. It depends on the style of PUMA shoe you invested in. If it’s a running or cross-training style shoe, for example, then yes, you can use it for just about any athletics. However, the fashion and safety shoe styles probably wouldn’t work, as the fashion shoes have less cushioning and safety shoes are designed for hazardous work environments and need to be firmer, not just running around.

    q: Are Puma shoes environmentally friendly?
    a:

    Some are. Puma has a little-known line of biodegradable shoes, which are completely biodegradable and, thus, environmentally-friendly. They, also, use EcoOrthoLite, which is a biodegradable technology.

    q: Does Puma use environmentally friendly sustainability practices?
    a:

    Not yet, but they’re working on it. Their Chief Operating Officer, Lars Sørensen, says that they are working towards sustainable business practices that maximize their positive impact on the environment. One way that they have become more environmentally friendly, in addition to their biodegradable product lines, is by using recycled materials in their packaging and by reducing the number of materials needed in their packaging.

    q: Are Puma shoes made of vegan-friendly materials?
    a:

    Many Puma shoes are made with synthetic leather, but it would be wise to check to confirm on the product description page, just to make sure you aren’t getting real animal leather shoes. Other Puma shoes are made of suede, which is made from animal leather, or synthetic meshes, which contains no animal products.

    q: Do Puma shoes run small?
    a:

    Yes, Puma shoes, generally, tend to run small; so, try going up a half size or more when you purchase your new Puma shoes. Some people find going up a full size is necessary, but others are fine with only going up a half size for their Puma shoes.

    q: What if there’s a problem with my shoes? Can I return them?
    a:

    Depending on the seller, you can send them back. PUMA’s official page states that they will give a full refund of the merchandise and you can return it with a prepaid label they provide, so it’s no cost to you. However, the shoes must be unworn and be returned in the same condition that they arrived in, so if a problem comes up after a few days of using them, you can’t send them back.

    The official PUMA site says that they will not exchange the shoes you purchased with a new pair.

    q: Do Puma shoes come with a warranty?
    a:

    No, but you can return them if they are in their original, unused condition.

    q: I have a question that isn’t listed here. How can I learn more?
    a:

    Puma’s official U.S. website has a live chat option where you can speak with a sales representative about Puma brand shoes.

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