Puma is known for its excellent quality and stylish running shoes, and with their Puma Ignite evoKnit, this brand’s reputation for style continues. A unique high-top with an upper design featuring a sock-like fit that reaches up to the ankle, the evoKnit wraps the shoe comfortably for a shoe that mixes casual fashion with the sports capability.
With comfortable breathability and a responsive cushioning, the Ignite evoKnit offers a midsole with great flexibility. The signature Puma logo is displayed prominently on the tongue with a traditional lace closure, this high top covers the whole foot from toe to ankle, with an ankle strap that secures the foot firmly into the shoe.
The dynamic knit upper wraps comfortably around the foot while the midsole provides a good amount of cushioning. The entire upper is made of Puma’s proprietary EvoKNIT material, which provides great ventilation while also being comfortable. The evoKnit’s outsole is flexible, with deep flex grooves placed throughout. This helps balance out a thick midsole foam, which may feel a little stiff, by having a flexible outsole.
This throwback high top is reminiscent of a style of sneaker that once dominated the world of trainers. While Converse and Reebok have turned away from this sort of style, Puma, always a leader in fashion in the sports shoe world, is reintroducing this style in the Ignite evoKnit. With a fresh, kinetic aesthetic and eye-catching design, the evoKnit will find fans in retro gear enthusiasts.
More of a casual everyday shoe than a running shoe, the evoKnit is more than capable of functioning as a great workout or activity sneaker. With a slightly higher than average price, the Ignite evoKnit is still not extravagantly expensive, and those who demand a little style with their active wear will appreciate the extra bit of flair that has been added to this line.
Meanwhile, its heel-high design makes it look more like a trail gaiter than a sneaker. For sports enthusiasts looking for a dash of fashion in their active wear, the Ignite evoKnit certainly provides on that level.
- Sturdy outsole made of EverTrack rubber
- Numerous flex grooves for great flexibility and surface control
- Very stylish design that will appeal to fans of retro high tops
- Durable construction makes it a long-lasting sneaker
However, for those looking for a specific style reminiscent of the high top designs of decades past and enjoy the more colorful style of old Reeboks may take another look at the evoKnit and decide this is the shoe for them.
In fact, this shoe is probably better as an all-around athletic everyday shoe than one dedicated solely to running. After all, its ankle-high design will probably not appeal to most runners, but it will appeal to those whose days are spent on their feet, constantly in motion or those who transition from sedentary to active pursuits at a moment’s notice.
Its eye-catching kinetic design and retro feel will certainly appeal to fans of the nostalgic aesthetic, while its ability to function as both a casual and activity sneaker will find fans in those looking to get the most out of their sneaker purchases.
With a tight mesh one-piece upper that offers a sock-like fit, the Ignite EVA foam midsole that provides good cushioning, and a flexible but durable outsole, the Puma Ignite evoKnit is a great sneaker for those that have an active lifestyle and can enjoy its colorful, retro design. It may not be the best running shoe out there, but it’s a solid all-around activity sneaker.