Puma Faas 500 v4

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Puma Faas 500 v4 Review Facts

The Puma Faas 500 v4 is the fourth iteration of the Faas, and it brings back many of the key features that were lost in v3.  It is a neutral, cushioned shoe with a comfortable design that benefits high mileage runners and everyday runners alike. It is ideal for a runner that wants a minimal and lightweight, yet cushioned shoe. It helps runners add speed without sacrificing support. In this upgraded design, Puma upgraded the midsole with its faasfoam+. In addition, the new weave mesh technology that is used on the upper adds to the shoe’s stability, while still providing great breathability.  And let’s not forget the shoe’s affordable price tag that makes this shoe ideal for runners of all types, even those who are just starting to get into running. This added benefit makes this shoe one that everyone should consider.

Editor's Pros & Cons
Pros
  • The EverTrack+ outsole helps runners add more miles while encouraging a natural stride.
  • New faasfoam+ feature helps with cushioning.
  • Light-weight
  • Affordable pricing for everyday runners
  • Increased responsiveness
  • Greatly improved from the previous version
Cons
  • The style and color choices are lacking.
  • Grip suffers in the wet condition
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Positive
  • These deliver on neutral running, I noticed this right away, the sock liner is just so impressive from the moment I put these on, I do feel the toe cap features does actually give protection instead of just looking decorative.
  • Breathability is standard, comfort standard, the shoe interior well above standard, support very very good, and that's all I need, done 110 miles so far and these are a good set of shoes, well done Puma.
  • So comfortable and these allow a more natural stride, I see some additional cushion which I like for the comfort, and the toe cap for these gives more protection, Puma always put out good shoes in relation to the price, I’m sold, I love these. Colors are ok..
  • The neutral qualities in these are beyond simply good, as soon as I ran in these I could feel the quality and support, I think Puma were right to slip in a little extra cushion, this works without impacting on the shoes neutral performance. I jog every evening, just a few miles but these mount up and the durability is holding up for these
  • Thanks Puma these are super, the best comfort from a pair of neutral shoes, nice touch with the low impact cushion you added. Use these for treadmill, regular running and even casual, the price and the shoe are both outstandingly good.
  • Changed over to Puma to try out these because of back problems, these did the job and my back is fine now, like the level of drop because it works for me, not only do I run regularly in these but I also use them in the gym, they are a very good price and certainly a good shoe.
  • Love the 4ml drop and these have just enough cushion to offer enough comfort, I have found after 125 miles no wear and the shoe is clearly going to be durable. Got the right amount of ventilation and the price of these was well within my aims. These are good and worth a shot, you wont be let down.
  • Very impressed with performance for regular distance running, with the price in mind I’m taking care not to over punish the shoe, my foot arch is near to average and these prove to be very supportive, as for my narrow feet, very nice fit.
  • Firstly I noticed the discrete cushion, felt the 4ml drop while running, impressed by the traction and ventilation, I wear these for running around 4 times a weak and my wife bought a pair for casual, these shoes are a reliable part of our family now.
  • For jogging these are perfect in every sense of the word, I have no idea about taking these for longer distances but I’m inclined to think they will work, five stars for these because I just cannot fault anything about this latest shoe from Puma.
  • Had no break in stuff with these, fit and comfort was there as soon as I took off for a run, Puma has updated with some cushion which is not a bad idea, the shoe deals well with shock, the support is on target and ventilation is consistent even in hot weather.
Negative
  • The shoe feels bigger than previous Puma's, there is more cushion and I wonder if this is the reason why. I like flex space in the toebox but this is too much.I get a loose feeling while running. Watch out in the wet you could end up sat on the ground, they can slip. I have not rejected the shoe, I still use it, just giving out some feedback.
  • Like the shoe a lot but need to watch out if your running in or after rain on surfaces where water can deceptively pool up, the grip can be unpredictable and skiddy when not expected. Apart from that, a nice enough shoe
  • Well, I so much wanted to keep these but they do run narrow on both my feet, I tried and tried these hoping to get fit by wearing and stretch but it did not work. What I did succeed at doing was over punish the shoe to the point that it looked an odd shape and still felt narrow. I think sizing is something I might have got wrong because I do like Puma.
  • Is it just me or is the toebox way too big? I messed around with inserts to fix these but the toebox is spacey which i don't personally like at all. I only run treadmills and I get a feeling of insecure balance from these.
  • I run daily, no matter what the weather mood is and I run 5 miles everyday, I'm hard on shoes I know this, these could not take the punishment, wear was really showing up in these by the 6th week.
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Outsole
Outsole

Outsole

The outsole helps to support the foot from underneath. The Faas 500 v4’s outsole uses EverTrack+ technology, which is injected with blown rubber and is abrasion-resistant. While a relatively minimalist shoe, there is still a great deal of cushioning throughout the durable outsole. The outsole also has carbon rubber coverage that helps with the shoe’s durability. The Faas 500 v4 also uses flex grooves that allow runners to have an easier toe-off with flexibility. While many of these features help with the shoe’s durability and comfort, the one area lacking is the grip. Reviewers felt like the shoe could add more traction in the rain. Overall, though, reviewers were pleased with the outsole.
Midsole
Midsole

Midsole

The Faas 500 v4’s midsole has been upgraded since v3, as it now utilizes Faas Foam+ throughout the shoe. This helps to increase the shoe’s overall responsiveness as it is shock absorbent and provides a springy feeling when pushing off. The midsole, while it utilizes the soft foam, still gives the runner a feel for the road. Runners enjoyed the feel of the midsole, but many did desire a bit more flexibility.
Upper
Upper

Upper

Puma has outdone itself when it comes to the shoe’s upper. On the Faas 500, Puma uses a weave mesh technology that gives the runner great breathability and stability. The shoe also has the EverFit2.0 which is an upper lockdown system. While often this is designed in a heavy manner, Puma managed to create a lightweight but still supportive fit. The tongue and lacing also provide a unique extra addition to the support the shoe provides. There are straps that attach to the tongue, providing extra support to the foot. Runners also appreciated the heat-retaining material the upper uses during the winter. Most runners felt that the features of the upper contribute to the shoe’s personalized fit and stability.
Weight
Weight

Weight

Puma has managed to create a lighter, more streamlined shoe, helping runners add more efficiency to their runs. The shoe clocks in at 8.8 ounces for men and 7.1 ounces for women. This encourages an easier stride and a faster time for many runners. Even though the shoe is still super light, runners felt like they had ample support throughout the shoe.
Breathability
Breathability

Breathability

Breathability is above average for the Faas 500 v4. Puma’s upgrades to this shoe from previous versions definitely impacted the breathability in a positive way. The weave mesh technology in the upper improves breathability and provides perfect airflow. This lightweight material ensures that the foot is comfortable and stable throughout runs. The sockliner also helps improve the shoe’s breathability, keeping the foot cool throughout the shoe. While one reviewer complained that the plastic layer over the toe box impacted the shoe’s breathability in a negative way, most runners feel like this added layer of protection doesn’t hurt.
Comfort
Comfort

Comfort

Comfort ratings are above average for this shoe. The Faas 500 v4’s new mesh technology and foam cushioning create comfort in a shoe that you wouldn’t expect it from. The faasfoam+ provides a supported, comfortable feel that one reviewer described as like running on clouds. These features combined with the adequate toe box and soft sockliner create a comfortable experience for all runners.
Style
Style

Style

While the Faas 500 v4 comes in a variety of colors like blue, orange, grey and teal, the options don’t help on the shoe’s style. For an updated shoe with such streamlined technologies, Puma is lacking in the design, as it still appears fairly dated. While it has upped its game in trying to follow the trends for colorful running shoes, the look still utilizes a lot of white and dated styling, but keeps with what has been seen in previous versions. However, if runners are not worried about having something too flashy, the simple, sleek look should be appealing.
Durability
Durability

Durability

The Faas 500 v4 has above average durability. With Puma’s added cushioning, this neutral shoe still has a strong rubber outsole that is greatly durable. The carbon rubber coverage also adds to the shoe’s durability, but it does not impact that shoe’s grip, which is lacking. The midsole is also a strong feature that helps create a durable shoe. And of course the newly designed mesh upper with its added locking system, strong tongue and laces create a strong shoe option.
Protection
Protection

Protection

There are many features that promote protection within the Faas 500 v4. The shoe’s foamfaas+ provides protection from the elements, without sacrificing the feel of the ground. This cushioning, combined with the strong outsole, provide an added level of protection on a tough surface with rocks. The shoe’s mesh layer is tightly woven together on the newly designed upper. The Everfit 2.0. Lockdown system provides additional protection to the foot while still allowing the foot to have a natural movement. The added plastic layer on the toe box also offers lightweight security.
Responsiveness
Responsiveness

Responsiveness

The Faas 500 v4 is designed to increase responsiveness, without sacrificing the overall weight of the shoe. The shoe by far offers above average responsiveness. Its features maximize stability and responsiveness during impact. The shoe itself is designed to help runners improve their stride and their running technique. The shoe’s faasfoam+ midsole cushions the foot while helping with responsiveness. While absorbing shock, the shoe helps the runner get a better push off, and thus a smoother transition.
Support
Support

Support

While many would assume that the support would be lacking in this neutral shoe, it definitely is not. Puma uses the number within the shoe’s name to designate the amount of support that is provided. The Faas 500 is on a scale of 1000, so the shoe is said to offer medium support. The comfortable, supportive shoe not only cushions the runner with its new faasfoam+ feature, it also provides a shaped and cushioned heel. The lockdown system, the EverFit 2.0, provides a supportive fit for runners at any level. In addition, on the upper, the mesh technology keeps the foot supported. Reviewers feel like the Faas 500 v4 offers an adequate amount of support throughout both heavy and everyday running. It is a great option for those runners looking for a daily trainer.
Terrain
Terrain

Terrain

The Faas 500 v4 is designed to be used on the road or track. While the shoe does have flex grooves and foam cushioning, many feel that the shoe’s grip is lacking. While the shoe is not made for trail running, it still does well on many road surfaces. It is best to use the shoe on a dry, paved surface. Reviewers that used the shoe in the rain struggled to not slip, as they felt that the shoe was not able to grip. The shoe would not be ideally suited for intense trail running because of this as well.
Price
Price

Price

While most shoes with these types of features would be difficult to find anywhere near $100, the Faas 500 v4 is available at just about $90 for retail price, but if you search, they can be found for much less. With the redesigned shoe and added features, one would expect this shoe to be a much higher price tag. The affordable price makes this shoe not only a great price for those that are doing timed events, but also those who are just an everyday type of runner. Those that use this shoe are sure to get a faster shoe for a great price.
Traction
Traction

Traction

This is one of the main areas that the Puma Faas 500 v4 is lacking. The grip on the shoe is minimal. While the shoe does well on dry, hard surfaces, it performs poorly once there are wet conditions involved. The shoe also struggled when some runners went off of the paved surfaces, as the shoe is not designed for soft, trail-like surfaces. However, the cushioning and strong outsole do provide adequate protection from rocks and other items often found while running. Take caution though to avoid wet conditions when running in these shoes.
Flexibility
Flexibility

Flexibility

While often shoes like the Faas 500 v4 do not offer much in terms of flexibility, this shoe offers the perfect amount. Past versions tended to be less flexible so it appears that this is yet another feature that has been adjusted and added to throughout the redesign. The faasfoam+ technology is flexible enough to provide a great running experience. One reviewer did note that he wanted more give in the midsole, but others felt that the shoe was lightweight and flexible enough for their comfort. The flex grooves also offer an added benefit by assisting with an easier toe-off and added flexibility.
Stability
Stability

Stability

While the shoe’s minimalistic characteristics could cause some to think that stability would be lacking, the Faas 500 v4 offers an adequate amount of stability for runners. The features like the faasfoam+, EverFit 2.0 lockdown and the mesh upper provide stability for runners of all levels. The shoe encourages a more efficient stride, and thus helps to avoid injuries. However, the Faas 500 is a neutral shoe, so if stability is a key feature throughout the purchasing process, it would be best to explore the options in the Motion Control category of shoes.
Drop
Drop

Drop

The shoe has a 4mm heel to toe. A common drop for those who are regular runners, the 4mm drop helps the runner’s stride to naturally go to the midfoot. This is definitely a feeling that beginner runners will have to get used to. It is something that is best eased into, but will help you become a more efficient runner in the end. The shoe’s added cushioning helps runners feel more comfortable with the lower drop.
Key Features
Key Features

Key Features

• Lightweight cushioning
• EverTrack outsole
• 4 mm drop
• EverFit 2.0 upper lockdown that provides stability
• Breathable sockliner for added comfort
• FaasFoam+ midsole
• Reduced weight
• Blown rubber EverTrack+ outsole for enhanced cushioning, durability, and a smoother toe-off
• Forefoot flex grooves
Bottom Line
Bottom Line

Bottom Line

Puma does it right with the Faas 500 v4. Taking notes from previous versions and what’s been done right and wrong, this shoe has almost all of the features runners of all levels need to up their game. This shoe could benefit the long distance racers, while also helping everyday trainers. Once the runner gets used to the minimal drop, the shoe will help improve efficiency by improving the runner’s natural stride. This lightweight, running shoe offers a combination of features that provide a comfortable, supported and smooth run. The shoe’s cushioning helps runners feel like they are on clouds. The newly designed upper uses mesh to optimize support and improve breathability. The EverFit 2.0 lockdown system helps create a supportive, lightweight fit. The updated midsole with the faasfoam+ creates a durable shoe that still feels springy. While runners felt like the two things that could be improved would be the grip when running in wet conditions and the shoe’s style, overall this shoe has a price tag that anyone could appreciate.