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10 Best Puma Running Shoes Reviewed

last updated Oct 02, 2018
Puma is undeniably one of the most recognized footwear brands out there. They’ve been in the shoe game forever, and with success on both the road and trail, continue to put out great running shoes.

The best part about Puma running shoes is the various designs that appeal to both novice and pro runners alike. They offer shoes for elite runners as well as for the casual fanatic—all thanks to the cutting-edge technology and research they put into each pair of shoes.

Any long-term Puma wearer will attest to the comfort and durability of these shoes. Puma offers a wide range of shoes, so regardless of your budget there is an option for you. Here you will find our top 10 list of Best Puma running shoes.
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This update has a new #1, the Tazon 6, as well as the Ignite Ultimate being added. We dropped a couple of shoes from the list because of feedback from runners, and tell you a bit of the history behind this iconic brand. Our most recent update brings the Ignite Limitless running shoe by Puma. This innovative shoe will keep you comfortable and secure during your runs, and we encourage you to check out the full review below. 10/02/18 This update is part of the great new look RunnerClick is bringing to all our guides, catering to the readability and strong, informative layout that our readers want access to. Much of our selection remains the same, it's just been organized in our improved format.

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In Depth Review Top 10
  • Tazon 6
  • Super Elevate
  • Carson Runner
  • Faas 500 v4
  • Ignite Ultimate
  • Ignite v2
  • Faas 800
  • Ignite Limitless
  • Ignite Dual
  • Ignite Disc
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Top 10 Picks

1. Tazon 6

The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
98.7
1. Tazon 6
Features
99
Comfort
99
Durability
98
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$46.95
Pros:

Very comfortable

Lightweight and durable

Not super colorful, but available in three sleek styles

Molded heel cap

EcoOrthoLite materials

Sockliner and cushioned midsole

Cons:

Sizing runs small

A sleek, streamlined design sets the Tazon 6 apart. A midfoot saddle and cushioned midsole give them a comfortable and stable ride. A great shoe and tremendous value that won't break the bank.

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Features
The rubber outsole helps with traction and gives the heel cap a stable base. There is also a TPU shank for added stability.

Comfort
A well-cushioned midsole, midfoot saddle, and sockliner all provide great comfort. The EVA molded heel helps to absorb impact. Some users did report that they liked that the arch was not very high, which could be a perk or a flaw depending on how much arch support you like.

Durability
Synthetic leather uppers that are perforated for breathability offer decent durability and the rubber outsole isn't just great for stability and grip, it holds up fantastic through your runs.

2. Super Elevate

The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
97.7
2. Super Elevate
Features
98
Comfort
98
Durability
97
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$33.99
Pros:

Comfortable

Lots of Puma shoe tech

The right level of cushioning

Classic Formstrip stability

Padded collar

Breathable mesh tongue

Cons:

If you prefer longer runs watch out for excessive wearing on the sole

For those who are familiar with this good performance shoe, it won't need an introduction. These Puma's are durable, breathable, and offer a great combination of performance and value. They also have classic Puma style.

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Features
You'll see the classic Formstrip design on these shoes, adding stability and style.
They have a carbon rubber outsole for grip, a TPU shank for more midfoot and heel support, as well as an extra supportive EVA heel unit. The shoe gives great bounce back thanks to reliable shoe technology from Ignite. The grip is excellent and will appeal to runners.

Comfort
With these shoes, you get protection, moisture-wicking, and structural strength, plus breathability! It comes with a nice sock liner, tried and tested, so we know it works for runners. There's extra padding on the collar and the tongue, which is made from breathable mesh.

Durability
The upper is constructed from tightly woven durable synthetics. The shoe's durability looks good if you're primarily an indoor or road runner. The built-in outsole constructed from carbon rubber means you will definitely get your money's worth, but do think twice if you're off on a really long run or heading for a trail.

3. Carson Runner

The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
96.3
3. Carson Runner
Features
98
Comfort
96
Durability
95
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Pros:

Allover mesh for super breathability

Formstrip overlays for a snug fit

EcoOrthoLite sockliner for great bounce

EverRide cushioned outsole for support and protection

Fantastic reviews on comfort

High-abrasion rubber for tough surfaces

Lightweight IMEVA foam cushioning

Cons:

Sizing fits small and slightly more narrow

Puma really steps it up with the Carson Runner model when it comes to style. Some of the most breathable shoes Puma has to offer, these shoes put a modern spin on a classic look, complete with midsole Formstrips.

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Features
The Carson Runners come in awesome neutrals like black on white, but they’re also available in bright reds and blues as well as some wild and fun patterns. When it comes to actual runner-friendly features, they score high.

Comfort
As is common for Puma running shoes, these beauties are ultra-comfortable, too. They’re lightweight which means great toe-offs and smooth transitions. Whereas some Pumas are less breathable due to leather features, these are super breathable thanks to allover mesh uppers.

Durability
The durability of the Carson Runner doesn't extend beyond average. The EVA cushioning does a good job of absorbing impact over time and the rubber outsole with EverRide material adds a little buffer. But overall they'll probably hold up about as well as any other running shoe.

4. Faas 500 v4

The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
95.3
4. Faas 500 v4
Features
95
Comfort
95
Durability
96
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Pros:

Affordable

Anti-bacterial sock liner for healthy feet

EverTrack durable outsole has great traction

Faas Foam+ for springy take-offs

Flex grooves encourage natural foot movement and flexibility

High on comfort

Cons:

They may be a bit stiff

The Faas 500 line comes in a multitude of attractive and interesting color combinations and their design is gorgeous. It’s all of the high tech features, though, that keep runners coming back. The 500 v4's are no different, with Puma favorites like foamy, supportive midsoles, durable outsoles, breathable mesh uppers, and almost unparalleled comfort.

Experts and beginners alike have a lot to gain from the Faas line, and the 500 v4 are some of the best Puma running shoes around. These shoes will easily support you in day to day training.

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Features
Weavemesh offers a breathable protective layer plus a nice sock liner. For extra protection the toe box sports a durable plastic layering. The minimal styling for the shoe comes with a hard heel which locks down the foot for performance. It feels and looks like a performance shoe but the classification is for a support running shoe.

Comfort
These come with a medium level of support with innovative Everfit built into the midfoot gives stabilizing foot holding lace-up support for the midfoot. This works in conjunction with the upper mesh for security, good breath-ability, and sound comfort. A modest sole unit built from FaasFoam with a type of memory characteristic which molds to your foot. You get good lift-off and solid shock absorbing.

Durability
The EverTrack+ outsole is made using injected blown rubber that helps target sections of the outsole for support. It is springy and flexible, contributing to the above average durability of this shoe overall. From heel to toe we see a drop of 4mm which helps promote a natural stride and increased tread capability for the ball of your foot for grip. The shoe really performs on a firm or hard surface but exercise caution for wet surfaces.

5. Ignite Ultimate

The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
94
5. Ignite Ultimate
Features
95
Comfort
93
Durability
94
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$50.99
Pros:

Nice comfortable cushion

Good road grip and moderate grass surfaces

Top notch breath-ability

Neutral shoe

Good flexibility

Durability

Cons:

Some runners said the shoe felt a bit heavy

The Ignite Ultimate shoes from Puma are highly suitable neutral running shoes for road surfaces. They've been upgraded to give high-energy return without compromising provides absolute comfort. The style is unmistakable and synonymous with Puma

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Features
This Ignite Ultimate Layered running shoe is a good shoe for a 5k with no resulting soreness or tired feet. Another reviewer took the shoe for a six mile walk and found they did not need breaking in. They were just right! So they work well for distance running as well as walking. The mesh uppers are ultra-breathable which helps with temperature regulation. Great flexibility comes from the built-in flex grooves running from the forefoot to the heal area.

Comfort
In terms of arch support, the shoe is neutral and good for those daily road or park runs. The heel-to-toe drop for the men's version is a friendly 12mm.  For shoe weight we see the women's shoe at 305 grams and the men's at 350 grams. The shoes come in a normal width for both. 

Durability
It does seem that these running shoes can and do serve multi-functional sports purpose. Real user reviews echo the solid durability for the soles with minimal wear even after a few hundred miles. A factor that remains constant is real comfort and durability, something which runners will value very much.

6. Ignite v2

The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
93.3
6. Ignite v2
Features
93
Comfort
93
Durability
94
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$59.40
Pros:

Breathable, flexible mesh upper

EverTrack tech in outsole for durability

Forefront flex grooves for smooth, natural running experience

Ultra-thin tongue for comfortable but natural fit

Silicone print on inner heel for security and no slippage

Cons:

Narrow fit in the forefoot

Puma Ignites really keep you going on long runs and through daily training. This is thanks to their superb cushioning. Whereas some support shoes lessen flexibility, the Ignites keep the flexibility high. Think highly breathable running shoes with a natural and flexible but snug fit.

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Features
Let's start with the very impressive upper with high breath-ability, strong durable construction, and water resistance. Puma flexibility is evident throughout the shoe design. The sole is durable and strong but gives the right level of flexability. Runners love the level of breath-ability in the Ignite v2. On a hot day you will find that your feet stay reasonably cool.

Comfort
On a long run, you will be delighted with the cushion technology built into the shoe. It's comfortable, molds to the foot, and gives a snug feeling. Touchdown is comfortable and shock absorbance means no jarring. The bounce of the shoe pushes you forward and makes you feel like this pair of shoes was built specifically for your gait.

Durability
The shoes hold well onto the foot and the structure has durability combined with a secure structural design. Surface grip is at a high level where runners can be confident they will stay on their feet on slippery ground (unless you hit a patch of ice - not too many people will stay upright then...). Expect a really smooth natural running sensation due to the excellently designed flex groove system built into the shoe. That's track technology at its very best! The sole has solid durability and can handle frequent long pounding rides.

7. Faas 800

The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
92
7. Faas 800
Features
93
Comfort
91
Durability
92
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$105.00
Pros:

Natural ride

Comfortable

Light-weight

No inserts

No dual density foam

Customer friendly Price

Cons:

Some runners miss the traditional systems for foot support

The philosophy of this shoe boils down to a lightweight build. This is great for minimalist racing and speed, as well as great daily use. “Less weight, more Faas” has been the backbone of the Puma Faas line since its inception. Geometric focused stability works to prevent any over-pronation. Inserts and dual densities are absent in the shoe which gives a lighter shoe with high-performance stability.

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Features
Puma retained the high visibility detailing. Durability is built into the shoe with plastic reinforcements at the eyelets and heel overlays. Merely pick up the shoe and you will be impressed at how lightweight it is. The ride in this shoe is created through Bio Ride tech from the Faas shoe system and centers on three key features: groove, flex, and rocker tech.

A solid midfoot overlay extends backwards into the heel system. Then a midfoot overlay with a TPU foam striping with reflective capability lends to more structural integrity, shoe stability, and--don't forget--secure protection!

Comfort
The Faas 800 has a roomy toebox for flexing tired toes. The heel remains minimal in terms of functionality plus it's made from an exoskeleton instead of a heel cup which are usually a rigid form of plastic. You get a comforting built-in memory foam in the heel lining.

The shoe incorporates more in its tech build with a curved rocker component which enables for a smooth touch-down and easy toe-off. While you run you can feel the natural and smooth promotion for your gait.

Durability
The entire upper is a durable mesh construction, which contributes to the lightness of the shoe and also promotes flexibility. The overlays are simplicity itself, combining style and functionality.

8. Ignite Limitless

The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
91.7
8. Ignite Limitless
Features
92
Comfort
91
Durability
92
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$100.00
Pros:

AirMesh upper for breathability and comfort

EverRide lightweight and protective outsole

Faas Foam+ midsole with forefoot flex grooves encourages natural foot movement

Lightweight

NeutralCELL tech for cushioning and flexibility

Bold design with plenty of color options

Cons:

Sizing may run narrow or small

Great, bold design and attractive color combinations make the Ignite Limitless model a shoe that will surely fit your style They’re lightweight, affordable, and of course super comfy. They have so much going for them that runners get giddy over them. Check ‘em out!

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Features
Nice featured updates ensure the shoe stays a top player for performance. First, they have a great transition from strike to liftoff due to the 8mm drop. Secondly, they now give higher visibility through built-in reflective details. The shoes offer Neutralcell technology, high optimal breath-ability, reflectivity for 360 degrees, and bonded suede built in.

Comfort
Out on the road, the shoe feels good with a very balanced and firm but plush cushion system and highly flexible sole. Whether you are running uphill or downhill, these shoes perform. For toe performance, we can thank the reliable Ever-Ride technology which ensures comfortable smoothness.

Durability
The Ignite Limitless has flex grooves plus a functional and durable perforated sock liner. Additionally, super FAAS foam for the comfortable mid-sole which gives a secure but nice bouncy feel to the shoe. Try out the smooth transition enhancement from the innovative flex groove system. For wear prevention, the top class Ever-track technology never fails to perform its durable protective purpose.

This shoe is built onto an outstanding high-tech platform. The uppers give ample breathability, a solid sole offers appropriate road surface grip, and durability is consistent throughout the shoe so the material construction offers longevity.

9. Ignite Dual

The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
90.3
9. Ignite Dual
Features
91
Comfort
90
Durability
90
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$44.96
Pros:

Comfort

Breathability

Nice cushion

Flexible where needed

Durable

Good performing shoe-responsive

Cons:

A few runners questioned the weight of the shoes

These shoes ignite your running game, so the name really fits. The Ignites have a sleek, neutral look available in white and black. The heel is thick and supportive with the TPU heel cushioning unit. Textured Formstrip overlays keep the fit snug. The upper is particularly supportive. In general, these make for solid training shoes. The big plus? They’re very affordable.

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Features
The shoe sits above the rest for effective neutral appearance blended with solid performance. Take these shoes for a short, medium, or long ride and you know you're wearing performance products. Your stride works with the shoe. The grip is sound so when you want speed you can immediately pick up the pace and the shoes will go with you. Shoe bounce and lift-off are noticeably good and the quality of bounce is appropriately in sync with a runners touch down and toe off.

Comfort
Mega support comes from the Heel TPU technology. Cushioning works nicely within the shoe. Your feet are cushioned to the extent that it feels quite natural. In short, when you put on these shoes they feel nice, they ride well, and they perform to a runner's expectations.

Durability
This well-designed neutral shoe offers a comfort which comes from the durable uppers built to enhance support while staying with just the right amount of cushion in exactly the right areas of the shoe. Built with the preferred array of Puma shoe technology, you get functionality, durability, performance, good cushioned comfort, and a nice feeling of stability.

10. Ignite Disc

The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
89.7
10. Ignite Disc
Features
90
Comfort
90
Durability
89
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Pros:

Upper construction made of plush durable materials

Good level of ventilation

Breath-ability and good wick factor

Flexible for purpose

Good cushion

Great transition

Flexible and responsive

Cons:

Some runners warn to secure the shoe tongue or it might slide

Puma will tell you that the Ignite Disc is one of their top responsive running shoes and they definitely know what runners want. This is a great road surface shoe which takes you for a good ride and lets you push for speed.

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Features
In a nice range of sporty colors, aTPU logo welds look nice, and a no-sew overlay system, the Ignite Disc shoes are definitely appreciated by runners. You get a stabilizing foam under the heal insert, which absorbs shock. The midsole technology is impressive and constructed with polyurethane at single density. Nice shoe weight at 321 grams and the shoe is offered in standard and single width sizes. For the sole, you get hard heel and forefoot cushioning. The shoe is flexible and responsive with a great transition. Arch support is above average and the outsole grip is very good.

Comfort
For the upper construction, we see plush durable materials and a good level of shoe ventilation. The Achilles dip may be a little stiff but the collar gives a medium snug fit. Breathability through the upper construction is nicely functional. Plus the shoe performs to expectations for wick factor. The midfoot area gives a snug fit and the lace system offers stabilizing support for the upper area.

Durability
The outsole features the popular and durable EverTrack Carbon from the toe through to the heel and the decorative under heel Urethane insert is a nice touch. They have a sound upper mesh constructed of durable synthetic Nubuck leather.

Criteria Used for Evaluation

Features

A shoe is only as good as the sum of its parts. We looked at all the little perks (and flaws) that made each and every model the total package that it is and how that applied to the performance lifestyle of a runner.

We know there are a ton of Puma footwear options on the market. In fact, test runners report that they come across so many Puma models in retail and running shops that they stopped paying attention. This is because Puma has split into a lifestyle company, creating suede wrapped shoes that look great but are not meant for running – some of them can’t even be taken out into the rain! We have waded through these shoes and made sure that only their performance-driven options are on our buying guide.

The biggest advantage that comes with these select Puma footwear options is the solid value they provide runners. You are able to select a running shoe that is constructed with premium materials and quality design but at a lower price than their many counterparts. We made sure to cross-reference all models with what real-world users had to say about them in terms of performance and durability to make sure that our readers get the most value from their selections.

These are great looking running shoes. While we focus on performance, fit, and technology, we know that runners like to express themselves and have a shoe they love to look at. We’re the same way. That’s why Puma brings in what it learns from its “lifestyle” brands and translates that into their performance line. What you are left with is a great looking shoe with lots of awesome color options. No matter which model you choose, you’re going to get a great shoe that has that trendy look that everyone’s looking for.

Aside from running, we also listed models that can be transitioned into other activities such as training. Make sure you base your selection on the type of activity you plan on logging the most time of in]If you’re going to run long distances, there’s nothing like a lightweight, breathable running shoe to keep your focus on endurance and stride. For gym training that has you switching between multiple workouts in short spurts, our training selections are the best fit for the job. Trust us, you’ll notice the difference once you make a footwear selection that matches your activity.

Comfort

Puma puts out a lot of products, but the models above have been rated the highest for their particular uses and features. Their shoes tend to be versatile and easily transition between the track and other sport activities or general training. Part of this versatility is the great support and comfort that they provide.

According to runner feedback, finding a running shoe with adequate support can be a tedious process. Here at Runnerclick we are avid runners and know that achieving the right amount of support and cushioning can be tricky. However, when you’re going long distances, getting the support levels right isn’t a luxury, it’s a necessity. So we took a close look at what user feedback had to say about the support levels of the Puma models tested. We know it’s crucial to get the support you need.

Another advantage of the Puma brand is the breathability of their footwear. We have a solid variety of selections here that will keep your nice and cool during your runs. Whether it’s woven, tightly knit fabric or synthetic mesh, the material found in the upper portion of the shoe is what needs to be inspected when determining the breathability of the shoe. Regardless of whether you are running in the heat or cooler, very shoe needs to be breathable in order for you to get the most out of your runs.

Puma running shoe models can really be divided into two categories: narrow and less narrow. Maybe it’s a German engineering thing (like those smaller German cars). We know that happy feet make for a great run, so it’s important to let our readers know about specific sizing properties that may or may not work for them. If you have had issues with the narrowness of running shoes in the past, make sure you look for the options that we have noted for their width. We have options for runners with wider feet, but keep in mind the Puma as a whole tends to manufacture a more narrow shoe.

Durability

Puma has a rich history and they take the construction of their performance running shoes very seriously. We have narrowed down the selection to the best of the best they have to offer in way of durability as much as performance.

Here’s another factor to consider: maintenance. Puma running shoes have awesome, runner friendly materials that make for a lightweight and breathable running shoe. If you’re going to go with a knitted, formed fabric model, keep in mind that keeping those materials clean is essential to keeping their integrity levels high. So if you’re not the type of runner that doesn’t like to be hands on or proactive with the care of you running shoes, you might want to make a selection that is more “lace up and go” with a less breathable construction and design. Needless to say, never machine wash or machine dry your Puma’s.

Frequently Asked Questions

q: What is Puma best known for? What can I expect from the brand?
a:

Depends on whom you ask. Track runners know the name for solid Olympic events Gold Medal wins. Soccer players know Puma for being the most trusted name in International play. Football players know then for being extra sticky on the field. We can go on, however, what they mean for runners and what you can expect from them is quality materials with attention to details for an incredible value. Count on the brand to give you a durable and dependable running shoe with a trendy style all of their own.

q: I’ve heard that most people run without socks in their Puma shoes, what’s the consensus?
a:

It’s really a personal preference. Puma shoes are often used for track and field events, which are typically done sockless–and perhaps this stuck with the brand along the way. Regardless of why, running without socks is a choice that each individual runner has to make, there’s no right or wrong answer.

q: Do Puma shoes run true to size?
a:

Yes. The majority of Puma footwear runs true to size, and a lot more consistent than most running shoe brands. The particular models that run a little small, we have made sure to make note of in our guide so our readers have the most information available to them.

q: I’m planning to decrease my times, are Puma’s a good selection for that?
a:

They are a great selection for speed. Puma’s are literarily built for short distances and high speed. Their traction is high to give runners more torque off of the starting line, and they are lightweight and very flexible. If speed is something you’re after, Puma’s are a good selection to make.

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  1. Amazon, Amazon, Product Reviews,
  2. Self Magazine, Self Magazine, Lifestyle Magazine,
  3. Wikipedia, Wikipedia, Online Encyclopedia,
  4. Runner’s World, Runner’s World, Running Website,